De-heimatize Belonging

25.10.2019 at 19:00

»Heimat« (homeland) is fashionable again. Whilst a ministry is being established for it in Berlin, the successes of Trump, Bolsonaro, Putin, Xi Jinping and Duterte show a clear global tendency: seeking refuge in a national enclave seems to be a vision of salvation during economical difficulties. Myths of national unity, traditional gender roles and natural hierarchies are re-filling the gap left after the grand narratives of the 20th century ended. What can be of assistance in the struggle against the seemingly unstoppable triumph of male authoritarianism, nationalism and neo-liberal regimes?

The Deheimatize Belonging conference defines itself as the 4. Berliner Herbstsalon's discursive intervention and will take place from 25th –27th October 2019 at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin and the Maxim Gorki Theatre. On the basis of current debates about Heimat and identity, representatives of the BIM, Humboldt Universität and the Center for Intersectional Justice and their guests open up an intersectional perspective on the connections between colonialism, racism, sexism, capitalism and »Heimat«.

Transcending Gender Studies, digital technologies and activism, they trace the concept of »Deheimatize-belonging«, as formulated by Prof. Dr. Bilgin Ayata in the prologue of the conference. De-heimatization will then be elucidated from historical and contemporary perspectives (hosted by Prof. Dr. Bilgin Ayata). The panel discussion Algorithms of Belonging (hosted by Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan with Prof. Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev and Dipl. Pol. Damian Ghamlouche) investigates how digital technologies transform localisation and contribute to the formation of new forms of identity and belonging. Subsequently Prof. Dr. Julia Roth, PD Dr. Gabriele Dietze and their guests analyse the connections between »Heimat«, right-wing populism and gender and discuss creative re-addressings for Heimat, so that, in the end, Dr. Emilia Roig can pose the question: »What does it mean in action?«. Prof. Dr. Gina Athena Ulysse and Michelle Higgins will conclude the conference with two lecture performances which invite to a holistic recalibration and connect the possibility of transformation with art and with spiritual growth, enabling the development of Strategies of De-heimatization and visions of planetary networking.

Initiated by Shermin Langhoff, hosted by Bilgin Ayata (University Basel), Naika Foroutan, Damian Ghamlouche and Manuela Bojadžijev (Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research/ Humboldt University Berlin), Julia Roth (University Bielefeld), Gabriele Dietze (Humboldt University Berlin), Emilia Roig (Center for Intersectional Justice), Rebecca Ajnwojner (Maxim Gorki Theatre)

program and registration

25. und 27.10.:
Maxim Gorki Theater
Container / Bühne
Am Festungsgraben 2
10117 Berlin

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Senatssaal im Hauptgebäude der HU
Unter den Linden 6
10117 Berlin