reading + discussion
September 29 | 19.00
Festsaal + Online
The reading and discussion will take place with an audience in the Festsaal, but will also be available online as a live stream.
30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 30-year anniversary of German-German unification: Anniversaries such as these should provide an occasion to re-sort and realign collective memory, to renegotiate orientations and values. Remembrance culture must, therefore, remember more than just the social majority. The publication Labor 89 offers intersectional perspectives on the period of reunification. In eight portraits, political activists from black, POC and/or queer* feminist positions tell of social struggles for equality and self-determination. They explore the possibilities and limits of political participation, recall historical events, debates, actions and cross-community projects, filling the time between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s with their h*stories.
NICOLA LAURE AL–SAMARAI (main author) is a history and arts scholar, author and editor. She works on questions of marginalized memory and cultural politics, auto/biographies and postcoloniality. She lives and works in Berlin.
Peggy Piesche (editor), born and raised in the GDR, is a Black German literary scholar and transcultural trainer for critical whiteness reflection, intersectionality, diversity, and racism and power criticism in science, politics, and society. As a lecturer on diversity, intersectionality and decolonialism (D.I.D.), she also works on and supervises this field at the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb). The publication Labor 89 was published on January 30, 2020. Click here for the publisher.
BY AND WITH Peggy Piesche, Nicola Lauré al-Samarai, interviewees and contemporary witnesses (t.b.a.)