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The sixth edition of our discussion series Politics of Love takes place as part of the performance festival Freischwimmer*innen. The Future is Female*and, in the name of softness, addresses current queerfeminist strategies between aesthetics and politics.
We deal with questions of vulnerability, emotionality and sincerity, which are being controversially discussed, artistically and politically explored and challenged – since at least the emergence of the topic of 'Radical Softness'. The current trend towards softness as a performance strategy and as a gender-queer styling trend involves contradictions and raises questions: Can the new softness live up to its claim of alternative political principles of care and realize its rejection of gender dualisms? Or has it long been subject to a neoliberal logic of exploitation that runs counter to its critical potential? Which conditions need to be given to oppose the hardness of current sexist and neo-fascist tendencies in a way that's both gentle and determined?
Politics of Love is dedicated to different ways of being there for one another and vouching for one another; which in turn carefully and lovingly crafts a sense of togetherness. Questions of representation are currently at the center stage of theater and politics. Who is representing whom here exactly? Who can represent whom? And how does one stand for oneself? Guests from the performing arts, the fields of aesthetic and political theory will discuss strategies of representation and, herewith, the founding rules of the theater and democracy. The affirmation of concepts focused on solidarity and critical of hegemony are the focal point.
JULE GOVRIN is a philosopher whose research is located at the interface of political theory, social philosophy and aesthetics. She made her PhD at the FU Berlin on the history of the theory of desire and economics and has worked at the Institute for Queer Theory. Currently she is investigating the staging of authentic authority in the history of political ideas from the Enlightenment to the present. Govrin is the author of Sex, God and Capital. Houellebecq's subjugation between neoreactionary rhetoric and post-secular politics (2016). In addition to her academic work, she has been active as a journalist, for example as a guest author for 10 after 8.
NADIAH RIEBENSAHM is studying for a Master's degree in Inszenierung der Künste und der Medien in Hildesheim. Riebensahm literarily and theatrically deals with topics of postcolonial studies in their artistic and academic work. Recurring motifs of these works are safe spaces, BIPoC empowerment and questions of intersectionality in queer discourses. From 2016 to 2019 Riebensahm has been part of the collective TEAM SOFT. Departing from friendships, the young collective attempted to negotiate racism-critical discourses with itself and the audience in two performances.
CONcEPT, MODERATION Joy Kristin Kalu Guests Jule Govrin, Nadiah Riebensahm