Summer School Programme

July 2022, Parrhesia, Berlin

Three 10-hour courses taught in person and online July 2022

All courses are 10 hours in length and will be taught in person and on Zoom. Significant discounts apply for those enroling in multiple courses. For any questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When: 18 July – 29 July 2022

Where: 

  • Week 1 Venue: Gerichtstrasse 45, 13347 Berlin-Wedding (thru to courtyard)
  • Week 2 Venue: Vierte Welt, Kottbusser Tor, Adalbert Str. 96, Galerie 1. OG, 10999 Berlin (take stairs to Café Kotti, turn right and go through the iron gate)
  • All courses are also ONLINE

How: All courses will be taught in a hybrid format (in person and on Zoom). Video recordings are made available for those unable to attend. Course readings can be accessed online before the school begins. Links to the Zoom classroom are sent out prior to the course starting. All payment must be made via credit card or Paypal account during enrolment. Also it's worth noting that Berlin (CMT+1) is 10 hours behind Melbourne time and 6 hours ahead of New York.

Enrolment Fees

Courses Waged Unwaged
1 €80 €50 
2 €105 €68
3 €120 €80

 

Each Course runs 2 hours per day for 5 days

Mon-Fri 1–3 pm

18-22 July

Intellectual Emancipation: Rancière, Badiou, Illich

Lecturer: Steven Corcoran

Description

Mon-Fri 3–5 pm

25-29 July

The Politics of Not-Speaking: A Non-Conversation with Heidegger, Schmitt, Fanon, Spivak and Derrida

Lecturer: Elad Lapidot

Description

Mon-Fri 6-8 pm

25-29 July

Black Feminism: A Radical Introduction

Lecturers: Eva von Redecker & Bibi Stewart

Description

 

Course Descriptions

Course 1

Intellectual Emancipation: Rancière, Badiou, Illich

Monday 18 July - Friday 22 July 1-3 pm

Lecturer: Steven Corcoran

Description

TBA

 

 

Course 2

The Politics of Not-Speaking: A Non-Conversation with Heidegger, Schmitt, Fanon, Spivak and Derrida

Monday 25 July - Friday 29 July 3-5 pm 

Lecturer: Elad Lapidot

Description

Politics is all about speaking, that is about the social communication and discourses that generate and maintain social organization, the coordinated action of collectives. Aristotle famously established ‘logos’ (speech, discourse, rational communication) as the basis of the polis, the city, state or polity. Yet, even if speech opens up the dimension of politics, the actual political reality has been just as much connected or even predicated on not speaking. The biblical myth of the Tower of Babel narrates the beginning of human politics as arising from a rupture in communication.

This course will explore the notion of not speaking as a political, epistemological and social practice in twentieth-century theory, especially in view of decolonial discourse. We will look at texts that analyze conceptually but also actively perform the end of dialogue and the crisis of conversation in a paradoxical age of globally asserted epistemo-cultural fragmentation. From Martin Heidegger’s exchange with ‘the Japanese’ through Carl Schmitt’s anti-parliamentarism, including Frantz Fanon’s defense of anti-colonial violence, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s nonspeaking subaltern and Jacques Derrida’s one-language-that-is-not-his-own. Through these texts we will reflect together on logoclastic features in patterns, structures, and practices of dialogue and non-dialogue deployed in contemporary politics, from nonviolent boycotts to the violence of war.

Texts: TBA

Day 1 Martin Heidegger

Day 2 Carl Schmitt

Day 3 Frantz Fanon

Day 4 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Day 5 Jacques Derrida

  

 

Course 3

Black Feminism: A Radical Introduction

Monday 25 July - Friday 29 July 6-8pm

Lecturers: Eva von Redecker & Abibi Stewart

Description

Black Feminism: A Radical Introduction

Black feminism is sometimes reductively understood as tending to the specific problems of multiply marginalized groups, sorted by identity. There, the term ‘identity politics’ suggests an individualizing view of the social world – an impression confirmed by current discourses on identity politics and by neoliberal, reform-oriented appropriations of the term ‘intersectionality’. In contrast, this seminar will study Black feminism as a tradition of materialist social analysis and critique within which ‘identity' is not considered in isolation, but as a starting point and result of social struggles. As an ongoing articulation of the relationship between marginalized identities and resistance, Black feminisms hav always been embedded in broad emancipatory movements: abolitionism, workers movements, citizenship and migration. They might well provide a key perspective to connect them all.

We will read foundational texts of (mainly US) Black feminism in the context of social movements in which they were/are embedded. Sessions are thematically organized by sites of resistance, reaching from early abolitionism through reproductive justice to current border struggles. The goal of each session is to draw out and discuss analyses of the interplay of mechanisms of domination as well as the rich perspectives for transformation offered by the texts. 

Day1 Early abolitionism

In the first session we will read the landmark speech ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’, held by abolitionist and civil rights activist Sojourner Truth in front of an audience of white women suffragists. Truth articulates her experience as an enslaved Black women and criticizes the notions of docile femininity and protected motherhood within white feminist activism. In ‘Reflections on the Black Woman's Role in the Community of Slaves’, Angela Davis writes about the specific role of Black women in resistance struggles against slavery.  

  • Truth, Sojourner, 1991 (1851): ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ In: The Crisis. 106 (1), 31.
  • Davis, Angela, 1972: ‘Reflections on the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves’, in The Massachusetts Review, 13 (1/2), 81-100.

Day 2 Worker's movement

In the second session we will read the essay "An End to the Neglect of the Problems of Negro Women" by Claudia Jones, a Black feminist, anti-imperialist and anti-fascist leader in the CPUSA (Communist Party USA). In 1949, she addressed the American left in a class-based analysis of the triple oppression and super-exploitation of Black women, whom she saw as the “most oppressed stratum of the whole population” due to their specific positioning as mothers and breadwinners in impoverished communities (Jones 2011, 75). Frances Beal updates this analysis in her 1969 essay by showing how the racialized differences within genders help to uphoald and conceal capitalist domination.

  • Jones, Claudia, 2011: ‘An End to the Neglect of the Problems of Negro Women’, in Carole Boyce Davies (ed.) Beyond Containment: Autobiographical Reflections, Essays, and Poems. Banbury.
  • Beal, Frances, 2008 (1969): ‘Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female’, Meridians, 8 (2), 166-176.

Day 3 Identity, difference and reproductive justice:

In the third session we will speak about the meaning of "identity politics" and the role of difference in Black feminist and intersectional theory and organizing - and for emancipatory movements in general. The Combahee River Collective were the first to explicitly use the term "identity politics" to describe a main feature of Black feminist organizing. Audre Lorde's speech "The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House" continues this line of thinking with a strong argument against complacent versions of inclusion and diversity politics. Within feminist organizing, the insight in intersectional difference has led to a crucial revision of the struggle for reproductive rights. Instead of a narrow focus on abortion rights, the Black feminist agenda aims at overall reproductive justice.

  • Combahee River Collective, 1979: ‘A Black Feminist Statement’, in Zillah Eisenstein (ed.), Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism, New York/London, 362-72.
  • Lorde, Audre, 2007 (1984): ‘The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House’, in Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Berkeley, 110- 114. 
  • Ross, Loretta J. (2017): ‘Reproductive Justice as Intersectional Feminist Activism’, in Souls. Vol. 19, No. 3 July-September 2017, 286-314.
  • Gumbs, Alexis Pauline (2016): ‘m/other ourselves: a Black queer feminist genealogy for radical mothering’, in Gumbs, Alexis Pauline/Martens, China/Williams, Mai'a (eds), Revolutionary Mothering, Oakland, CA, 19-31.

Day 4 Abolitionism and critiques of police violence

The fourth session will focus on more recent forms of abolitionist organizing and analysis. The INCITE!-Critical Resistance Statement marks a crucial moment of Black feminist intervention in the understanding of punitive institutions as well as the horizon of their overcoming. One crucial site of racist state violence is the police practice of racial profiling. Fatima El-Tayeb and Vanessa Thompson situate it in European colonial traditions and discuss the various contexts of activist resistance that have formed in the present conjuncture. The functioning of punitive institutions is closely linked with ableism. We trace these intersections by reading Vanessa Eileen Thompson’s analysis of policing the Black and differently abled body. Again, this account emphasizes the centrality of a Black feminist, inclusive and care-focused abolitionism.

  • Critical Resistance and Incite!, 2003: ‘Critical Resistance-Incite! Statement on Gender Violence And the Prison-Industrial Complex’, Social Justice, 30 (3), 141-150.
  • El-Tayeb, Fatima; Thompson, Vanessa Eileen, 2019: ‘Alltagsrassismus, staatliche Gewalt und koloniale Tradition. Ein Gespräch über Racial Profiling und intersektionale Widerstände in Europa’, in Baile, Mohamed Wa et. al: Racial Profiling. Struktureller Rassismus und antirassistischer Widerstand. Bielefeld, 311-328.
  • Thompson, Vanessa Eileen (2021): ‘Policing in Europe: disability justice and abolitionist intersectional care’, Race & Class 62(3), 61-76.

Day 5 Migration and border regimes

One key site of the racist segregation of life chances across the globe is the European border. As the world’s deadliest border, the Mediterranean naturalizes the fortification of a more and more militarized dispossession of mobility. Céline Barry traces how the pan-African legacy of transnational Black feminism inscribes anti-colonial praxis within Black feminism in Germany. The border feminism practiced by Black refugee women, lesbians, non-binary, inter and trans people promotes the unfolding of the Black Mediterranean as a space of resistant solidarity.

  • Barry, Céline (2021), 'Schwarzer Feminismus der Grenze. Die Refugee-Frauenbewegung und das Schwarze Mittelmeer’, Femina Politica – Zeitschrift für feministische Politikwissenschaft, (2-2021): 36-48.