Symposium: Thinking Beyond „Crisis“ – Historical, artistic and media approaches to contemporary migration in Europe @ BOX FREIRAUM



Ewa Atanassow | Roger Berkowitz | Kerry Bystrom | Gerhard Casper | Jeffrey Champlin | Marion Detjen | Stephan Detjen | Ines Kappert | Susanne Koelbl | Carolina Mojito | Orwa Nyrabia | Patrice Poutrus | Aaresh Spanta | Annette Vohwinckel | Ulrich Wilhelm

Vernissage: Dienstag 17. Mai 2016, 14 – 22 Uhr

This symposium will combine historical, artistic and media approaches to contemporary migration in Europe and attempt to overcome the „crisis“- and „emergency“-imaginary that is dominating the discourse. It is also the launch event for a Scholarship Network that will support Bard College Berlin in giving safe haven to up to 20 refugee students.

A collaboration between Bard College Berlin, the Centre for Contemporary History (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam), the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, BOX Freiraum and the coalition for action ‘wir machen das.’

News reports commenting on the current refugee situation rotate around terms like ‘crisis’ and ‘emergency.’ Both words however isolate events within the present and are apt to block out more encompassing and creative approaches including drawing on the experiences and theories brought to us by refugees from earlier eras.

With Hannah Arendt as a central figure who speaks to us both as a refugee and on refugees, ‘Thinking Beyond Crisis’ will attempt to outline the closures of presentist ad-hoc responses and to meet Europe’s new reality in a mode of exchange and mutual adjustment rather than through technocratic ‘problem solving.’

Renowned scholars, artists, journalists and young Afghan refugees will engage in panel discussions, a poetry reading and open Q&A to help us think and speak ‚beyond‘ crisis.

14:00-14:30: Welcome and introductory remarks
Carolina Mojto, BOX Freiraum & ‘wir machen das’
Kerry Bystrom, Bard College Berlin
Marion Detjen, ZZF & ‘wir machen das’

14:30-16:00: Panel One
Historical and Contemporary Migration in Eastern and Western Europe: Arendtian Perspectives

Patrice Poutrus, Universität Wien
Orwa Nyrabia, filmmaker & – producer
Jeffrey Champlin, Al-Quds Bard College
Moderator: Ewa Atanassow, Bard College Berlin

16:00-16:30: Coffee Break

16:30-18:00: Panel Two
Arendt on Refugees/Arendt as Refugee

Gerhard Casper, American Academy
Roger Berkowitz, Hannah Arendt Center
Annette Vowinckel, ZZF
Moderator: Kerry Bystrom, Bard College Berlin

18:00-18:15: Presentation of the Refugee Student Scholarship Network by Marion Detjen

18:00-19:00: Buffet break

19:00-19:30: Poetry reading
Ghani Atai, Abdul Baseer, Shazemir Hotaki, Mohamad Mashghdost, Yassir Niksada, Samiullah Rassouli.
With an Introduction of the poetry program at BOX Freiraum by Susanne Koelbl & Aarash D. Spanta

19:30-20:15: ‘Speaking Beyond Crisis Today’
Discussion on the crisis-discourse in the media

Ines Kappert, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung & ‘wir machen das’
Susanne Koelbl, DER SPIEGEL & BOX Freiraum
Aarash D. Spanta, lawyer, Berlin
Ulrich Wilhelm, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Moderator: Stephan Detjen, Deutschlandradio

20:15: Q & A, followed by a reception

As seated is limited, please register on

Boxhagener Straße 93/96
10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain


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