• 23​ – 24​ 04​ 2016 •
North African Men, German Women. Two-day symposium on sexual violence and racism



Venue: ACADEMYSPACE, Herwarthstraße 3, 50672 Cologne
Free admission
The lectures and discussions at 23 4 will be in English

The outburst of sexualized crime on New Year’s Eve at Cologne’s Central Station is an echo of a distant powerful thunderstorm largely ignored by the West—of more horrible violence perpetrated regularly on women in other places, far to the East or South. For the West, those places are on the periphery: poor and irrelevant— or, depending on the mood, lusty and alluring. In the aftermath of the events of New Year’s Eve themselves and of their media backlash, it is important to discuss and counteract Orientalist fantasies and the real discrimination that this event unleashed, as well as the realities it brought to public attention. How widespread is sexual violence in European daily life in less public forms? What does collective sexual violence mean in the Middle East, and what role did it play in the aftermath and the reaction to the Arab Spring? Which social conditions does the rampage of New Year’s Eve make evident? How have power relations between dominant groups and the deprived become sexualized? And how can we position ourselves against both sexism and racism?

Nora Amin is a woman of letters as well as a dancer and director. After completing her studies of French and comparative literature, she worked as an assistant at the Academy of Arts in Cairo. She also founded the performance group La Musica, initiated a theater festival and is a founding member of the Modern Dance Company at the Cairo Opera House. In 2004 she held the Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship at the FU Berlin. She was a fellow of the Academy of the Arts of the World in 2015. She is the author of several dramas, short stories and novels. Her latest publication is her essay Migrating the Feminine (60pages, MiCT, 2016), which deals with the role of the female body in public space, exemplified through the violent incidents in Tahrir square. Nora Amin lives in Cairo.

Kübra Gümüşay is a journalist, blogger and public speaker. As a freelance author, she contributes to Die Zeit, Zeit Campus, taz and other media. She reports on politics, Islam, racism, feminism and social media at universities, conferences, in the press, and on radio & TV. In addition, she works as a social media consultant at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is currently an ambassador against racism with the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency. Her blog, Ein Fremdwörterbuch, was nominated for the Grimme Online Award in 2011. She currently lives in Oxford, UK.

Anne Wizorek is a media consultant and author who became known to a wider public through her Twitter campaign #aufschrei (outcry) in 2013, which won her the 2013 Grimme Online Award. In 2011, she was one of the organizers of re:publica. After the 2015/16 New Year’s Eve sexual assaults, she initiated the new hashtag #ausnahmslos gegen Sexismus und Rassismus. She published the book Weil ein #aufschrei nicht reicht (Fischer, 2014) In 2015, she was appointed ambassador of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency for the thematic year “Against Gender Discrimination.” Wizorek lives in Berlin.

*(The participation of Noah Sow is cancelled.)