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CANCELLED | Borders Suspended: Feminists picturing migration
April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
The BMW Center for German and European Studies
invites you to:
Borders Suspended: Feminists picturing migration
a lecture by:
Dr. Ulrike Bergermann
Braunschweig University of the Arts
Shortly before the so-called summer of migration in 2015, the “New Year’s Eve of Cologne” became a decisive rhetorical moment for Germany’s political right – as well as for feminists. That night, groups of mostly migrant men sexually harassed women in the middle of a huge crowd. While the political right called for a closing of the borders and a protection of German women, campaigns like #ausnahmslos (without exception) were busy explaining the connectedness of feminism and antiracism. Such intersectional work not only adds more layers of knowledge to the feminist agenda, but implies a reworking of the forms of representation. The lecture will discuss visual strategies and analyze exemplary works by feminist directors, depicting the in/visibility of migration, the singular and the many, in their political aesthetics.
Ulrike Bergermann teaches Media Studies at the University of Art in Braunschweig, has a long-standing interest in the (media) history of knowledges and academic disciplines and a research focus on Gender and Postcolonial Studies. Her PhD thesis discussed sign language notation in
the political history of a knowledge of the deaf, while her second book asks for the impact of cybernetics in Media Studies. She was previously a member of the German Research Foundation board of Media Studies (2010-2017) and has been working at the editorial board of the “Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft” since 2009, also hosting the Gender Blog of the ZfM.
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