We are committed to the idea that study is what you do with other people. It’s talking and walking around with other people, working, dancing, suffering [...].” - Fred Moten

The ArchipelagoLab focusses on study as a social practice. Similar to an archipelago, study emerges from the in-between. Water and islands – of which the institution is only one – come together in a field of relations and movements. How can we imagine a space and time in which study unfolds through the process of being-together, from the desire to make space for such a sociality?

By walking around mentally (or actually), new formations open up – beyond the critical, conventions of academic conduct or enlightened rationality. What transpires in this being-together is just as important as the modes in which communality takes shape and what the issues being addressed are. The Lab is an invitation to explore how study could become. It is a space where felt experience and the vernacular forms of knowledge are valued and exceed their supposed boundaries.

In its practice the lab is interested in the transformative potential of artistic, cultural, and socio-political processes. It is a place for projects and initiatives that interlace approaches in Cultural Studies with practices of engaged critical inquiry aiming to breach the gap between university and its socio-cultural surrounding. In particular, the Lab departs from the humanities in their transformative social potential but also their implicit structures of power. A key aspect of the Lab’s activity resides in questioning these power structures through forms of “collective problematization.” Affect-based, diversity-aware, anti-racist, and anti-/decolonial as well as care-oriented approaches often shape such practices of problematization. Through lectures, artists in residence, workshops and in cooperation with local and translocal partners the lab develops new forms of collective (un-)learning and knowledge production beyond disciplinary boundaries.


We are currently planning the coming summer term 2023.

If you have any suggestions or wishes, reach us at Engage as much as you have the time, energy and joy to do so. We are excited for your ideas, impulses and most certainly for you!


The program for the next semester is being planned

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