Winter Term 21/22


With the return to face-to-face teaching, our open space for change to break binary theory-and-practice structures and discover new paths of thinking will no longer exist only online, but finally back in reallife! An important step for the Lab, which sees itself as a hub of transversal movements and as a place of relations, where encounters and exchange, coming together and a togetherness in the end are indispensable.

For this reason, we would like to invite you to our first Lab plenary in presence, which will take place on 27.10. at 17:00 in ArchipelagoLab in C5.225. We will have the opportunity to spend time together, talk about important and moving topics, and develop ideas for the new semester. In order to use the upcoming time productively, we would also like to encourage you to already formulate more or less concrete ideas for possible event formats or content that you could imagine in the context of the Lab.


LAB-READING GROUP // Stefano Harney & Fred Moten: All Incomplete
NEXT MEETING: Wedneyday, 03.11.2021 at 19:00 in C5.225

Organized by Christoph Brunner

Five years ago the Lab began with the desire to make space for shared experiences of study, that is, a ways of inhabiting the time and space of reading, thinking and being together, without constraints of seminars, credit points, or the accumulation of academic surplus value. We started by reading The Undercommons, a book by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten that asks about the fugitive sociality in the gaps and cracks of institutions such as the university. They do so from the perspective of Black Studies and the experience of refused, rejected, and subjected lives in the wake of the ongoing repercussions of the transatlantic slave trade. In their new book All Incomplete, they extend the critiques on logistics, individuation, and sovereignty, while developing tools of conviviality in the „ground and underground of social existence.“ The reading group invites for a collective and collaborative engagements that help us to activate and strengthen the sociality that prevents us from isolation and late liberal individualism.

Since some have attended from a distance in the past, we would like to offer this for the reading circle on All Incomplete and will make the event hybrid.

Here is the zoom link:

Meeting ID: 944 8031 2191
ID code: 979804

3.11. // 19:00 // ArchipelagoLab

Chapter (13-36):
The Theft of Assembly
We Want a Precedent
Usufruct and Use

17.11. // 18:00 // ArchipelagoLab
Chapter (37-60)
Leave Our Mikes Alone
Unwatchable, Unwatchable

01.12. // 18:00 // ArchipelagoLab
Chapter (61-88)
A Partial Education
Against Management

12.01. // 18:00 // ArchipelagoLab
Chapter (113-136)
Base Faith
Plantocracy and Communism
Who Determines if Something is Habitable?

19.01. // 18:00 // ArchipelagoLab
Chapter (137-154)
Black (Ante)Heroism
Suicide as a Class

26.1. // 18:00 // ArchipelagoLab
Chapter (155-172)
The Gift of Corruption
Home is Where We Displace our Selves


LAB-READING GROUP // Jane Bennett: Vibrant Matter (readings in german)
weekly on Thursdays, next meeting: 04.11.2021 at 18:30 in C5.225

Organized by Liane Schlumberger, Max Waschka, Sophia Wagener, Thekla Molnar

The work of political theorist Jane Bennett belongs to the strand of theory known as "new materialism." She develops an ontology of matter without focusing on human experience. By negotiating assumptions about the agency of non-human actors, she challenges key assumptions of a humanist stance and changes the way we look at our relationship to things and the world. In order to approach this version of New Materialism, we will read together Jane Bennett's book Vibrant Matter, first published in 2010. We would like to open up this space for further thinking and discussion together, without the pressure of productivity, but with the possibility of criticizing and questioning what we have read.

04.11. // 18.30 - 20.00 //ArchipelagoLab
Getting to know each other
Vorwort, S. 7–26

11.11. // 18.30 - 20.00 //ArchipelagoLab
I Die Kraft der Dinge, S. 27–53

18.11. // 18.30 - 20.00 //ArchipelagoLab
II Die Handlungsmacht der Gefüge, S. 54–81

25.11.  // 18.30 - 20.00 //ArchipelagoLab
III Essbare Materie, S. 82–100
IV Ein Leben des Metalls, S. 101–114

02.12.  // 18.30 - 20.00 //ArchipelagoLab
V Weder Vitalismus noch Mechanismus, S. 115–142

09.12.  // 18.30 - 20.00 //ArchipelagoLab
VI Stammzellen und die Kultur des Lebens, S. 143–159

16.12.  // 18.30 - 20.00 //ArchipelagoLab
VII Politische Ökologien, S. 160–182

13.01.  // 18.30 - 20.00 //ArchipelagoLab
VIII Vitalität und Eigeninteresse, S. 183–201

20.01.  // 18.30 - 20.00 //ArchipelagoLab
closing session: résumé & critique

est. 27.01. // time tba // Zoom
Reading with Jane Bennett (requested)


03.12.2021 // 19:00
Delphi Showpalast (Eimsbüttler Chaussee 5, Hamburg)

Book Presentation // Texturing Space - Towards an Exponential Cartography
Christoph Brunner, Nuria Krämer, Patrick Müller, Jana Vanecek

Together with authors from Zurich we present the recently published anthology Texturing Space - Towards an Exponential Cartography by Amélie Brisson-Darveau and Christoph Brunner (eds.) at Booky McBookface (temporary bookstore with event program) in Hamburg. The book, published by adocs Publishing, deals with artistic-research and cultural-theoretical approaches to texture - a term whose theoretical and pragmatic interpretation allows a high potential for strategies and techniques of exploration of urban, social and political spaces.


25.01.2022 // 18:15
ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)

Workshop on: (New) Right Aesthetics

Sofia Bempeza, Christoph Brunner, Ines Kleesattel

The workshop deals with the aesthetics of the (new) right and its media and communication strategies. Together with the participants we will look at and analyze concrete materials. We also want to look at counter-strategies and make them productive for cultural studies contexts.

Summer Term 2021

LAB PLENUM - next meeting 16.06., 17:00, online
Wednesdays: 24.3, 21.4., 19.5., 16.6. at 17:00 (online)

At the end of last semester, we had the pleasure of experiencing a quite joyful lab plenum and decided to meet on a more regular basis in the future. The aim is to engage in a collective process of planning and to weave the resonances and themes that move us. We also want to have the chance to see each other and hang out, obviously. Everyone is warmly invited to join at any point, whether to engage concretely, or just to tune in and listen or to get to know each other.

Zoom - Link

Meeting-ID: 978 4652 1404
Code: 954995


TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE - next meeting 10.06., 18:15, online
organized by Mari Meyer-Sahling

"Punishment is a quick-fix, healing is a long process" is what Adrienne Maree Brown sums up in her book We Will Not Cancel Us.

What does it mean when institutions like the police, the judiciary, and the state do not establish security but rather pose a threat, especially to People of Color and other marginalized groups? To what extent have we internalized the oppressive mechanisms of punishment as a method of establishing "justice"? Who is actually innocent here? Transformative justice is not a future utopia; it is practiced in many places, changing, failing, and helping in faultfinding processes of engagement. It does not focus only on the perpetrator of violence as the perpetrator:in, but on a context of hurtful institutional structures that produce violence. 

Transformative Justice methods are a daily deep practice of what it means to sustain interpersonal relationships, as well as collective utopias and realities. This semester, in particular, we delve into questions about the notion of security. 

For Zoom access, please email


- 15.04.2021 Security from a feminist perspective with two Hamburg door women from the field.
- 17.05.2021 Social control between Fordism and Postfordism - Perception of danger in change with Andrea Kretschmann
- 10.06.2021 What does security mean in Germany from a migrant perspective? with representatives of Women In Exile


I HAVE A BODY - next meeting 20.04., 18:15, online
weekly tuesdays, 18:15, online

organized by Mari Meyer-Sahling and Vilma Braun

  1. I have a body. Who am I?
  2. I would not have a body, if there was no food.
  3. I would not have food, if there was not a working society.
  4. I have a body. I am part of the working society.
  5. Society could not produce food, if there was no raw material.
  6. There would be no raw material, if there was no planet earth.
  7. I have a body. I am part of planet earth.
  8. Planet earth presupposes the solar system.
  9. I have a body. I am part of the solar system.
  10. Who am I?


If I want to get close to the body with words, I must not talk about it, but WITH it. instruction, as company. At the end of which there is no finished (shelf), rather you have trudged through your own decay into nothingness. I am not interested in more layers of abstraction. I long for the contact YOU:HERE. In the corner of my eye, cascade in orange. I collect occupations for which I don't feel bad when doing. I see them. Desirious and suppressed glances. And then the pizza in the middle and those with differently abled bodies.

for online access please mail to

- always weekly on Tuesdays; organized by Mari Meyer-Sahling and Vilma Braun


LAB – READING GROUP on bell hooks - next meeting 26.05., 17:00
Every last wednesday in every month: 28.4., 26.5., 30.6. – at 17:00 (online)

organized by Sophie Peterson and Christoph Brunner

For the coming semester a small group of interested folks wants to engage with the work of bell hooks from different angles. bell hooks is an American writer, feminist, activist and academic. Her work spans a large spectrum of key concerns for cultural studies, consequently focusing on the intersection on race, class, and gender. Her work draws on a decidedly feminist critique of capitalism and includes analyses of popular culture as much as art, addresses the practice of writing and deals with counter-hegemonic pedagogies. Over three extensive sessions, we want to read different texts selected from her entire body of work. We suggest the three following clusters: 1) teaching/learning/pedagogy, 2) the intricacies between class and race, 3) The relation between theory and practice. 

Learning and Pedagogy

In resonance with Stefano Harney and Fred Moten’s notion of “study” as collective process of (un)learning we will be reading excerpts from Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice to Freedom. We consider these writing as a poignant response to an increasingly flawed deployment of the concept of freedom in academic circles in the form of an violent appropriation to guard the privileges of the hegemonic subject rather than nurturing an ethics of difference and diversity.

Class and Race

In her work hooks points out crucial blind spots of white feminism as long as it does not act intersectionally. Part of her critique is the omission of class as analytic category. In Where We Stand: Class hooks tackles the class issue head on and provides a crucial connection to a key concern of British Cultural Studies.

Theory & Practice

Engaging with her until now last book Beyond Race: Living Theory and Practice we want to further investigate the relation between theory and practice, a key concern for the Lab. Through the chapters “A Community of Caring”, “Bonding Across Boundaries”, and “Everyday Resistance: Saying No to White Supremacy” we trace hooks weaving of auto-experiential narrative and theoretical elaborations.

Zoom - Link:

Meeting-ID: 944 8031 2191
Code: 979804


LAB - READING GROUP on Donna Haraways "Staying with the Trouble" & footnote reading with Karin Harrasser (german translation) - weekly on fridays at 14:30, online
organized by Liane Schlumberger and Max Waschka

Together we will explore the ways in which Donna Haraway's theory has changed since The Cyborg Manifesto, Situated Knowledge, and The Companion Manifesto and is able to respond to the crises of our time. Donna Haraway has been one of the most important feminist scholars of postmodernism since The Cyborg Manifesto. Her influence ranges from feminist epistemology and philosophy of science to media studies and biology.
We have invited Karin Harrasser to give an annotated footnote reading from Donna Haraway's book "Staying with the Trouble" on June 29, 2021. Karin Harrasser is not only the translator of the book, but has also contributed significantly to the genesis and systematization of Donna Haraway's complete work. In preparation for this reading, the ArchipelagoLab and the student council for the Master of Cultural Studies will organize a reading circle in which weekly all 8 chapters in "Staying with the Trouble" - with special attention to the footnotes - will be read and discussed together.

Registration at (for an overview of all those interested rather than mandatory to participate).

- weekly on Fridays at 14:30 with special event on 29.06.

Winter Term 2020/2021

Transvaluation Now!

ZINE PROJECT - 10/27/2020, 17:30-19:00, online
Organized by Adda Orbach.

Everything that does not fit into the limited forms of exams, essays, or term papers often gets short shrift in the content work of everyday university life. Yet there is always a need for other, perhaps more aesthetic, in any case more open approaches. The plan is therefore as follows: Let's develop a zine together as a group. A zine is a kind of amateur magazine with a small circulation that is self-published. What should be in it (e.g. poems, comics, manifestos, prose, short stories, ...), what content it will be about, when, how, and where we meet - we can agree on all that together. It's about becoming collectively creative, about creating a platform that allows an open, considerate discussion of diverse topics. The first meeting, where everything else will be discussed, will take place on Tuesday, 27.10. via Zoom.
For the access data please contact"
[the offer takes place in cooperation with the Alternative Teaching of the AStA,]


TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE - 16:00-20:00, online
Organized by Marie Meyer-Sahling

First meeting: Reading on Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis What to do when shit happens? How to deal with violence in our environment? And who does the violence even come from, is it always one-sided? Police as "friends and helpers" - a myth that has been deconstructed not just since the Black Lives Matter movement, but for which there are few counter-narratives. What can security and justice look like with demands like "Abolish the Police"?
In the format "Transformative Justice" there are different events in the form of readings, film evenings, workshops etc. on the topics of racist structures within the police, police violence, prisons, punishment, what does justice mean etc. It is about exploring new imaginary (dis)orders on the topic of security, questioning existing structures and finding alternatives.  No previous knowledge or regular participation is necessary, each meeting will be structured in such a way that everyone who is interested can participate unprepared.
For registration, write the text and zoom link directly to Marie Meyer-Sahling:


LAB READING GROUP - Saidiya Hartman: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, online

With Wayward Lives, author and scholar Saidiya Hartman presents a book on the lives of young black women in the early 20th century. In it, she traces lives and survival, the struggle for freedom and self-determination, and the many defeats and resistances, most of them violent. In addition to this central archaeological and genealogical work of resistant practice, Hartman also raises the question of how write in presence of these lives and not simply about them. This also means what other, more affective values, can be mobilized for a changed perspective on scholarly practice than an activist one.

As a foretaste, here is a longer piece from the New Yorker:


11/4/2020, 17:00 // Saidiya Hartman (2020) "A Note on Method," pp. xiii-xv, "Cast of Characters, pp. xvii-xxi, "A Minor Figure, pp. 13-35
Dec. 2. 2020, 17:00 // Saidiya Hartman (2020), "An Atlas of the Wayward," pp. 81-121
Jan. 13, 2021, 17:00 // Saidiya Hartman (2020), "Riot and Refrain," pp. 263-287

For reading and zoom links, please email:

[the first session is in cooperation with the Gender & Diversity Reading Group. For more info, see:]

Summer Term 2020

Politics of Care

With the shifting of all university events into the spheres of digital spaces, we have asked ourselves the question of how the ArchipelagoLab, how we, can and want to act in this process.

"As a crossroads of transversal movements, as a place of relations, we would like to keep the lab open for you and anyone who wants to contribute and share their ideas".

In the present situation, this place must seek new forms, create new possibilities of proximity and explore new ways that continue to emphasize the interwoven nature of all our lives and thoughts, feelings and actions.

How we can and would like to to implement these wishes and demands, these ideas and concepts together in the near future has not yet been conclusively - in fact it is never conclusively - determined. We would like to take the formats and topics already conceived for this semester as a starting point for our search, put them together and embodied anew in virtual space.
We would like to read and discuss different texts that deal with questions of care; against isolation and loneliness.
In cooperation with Ben Trott - as a merge, so to speak, with his Gender & Diversity Reading Group - and two students, we have selected three readings and look forward to all those who wish to exchange views!

the dates:

29.04 : The Force of Non-Violence, by Judith Butler
27.05 : Caliban and the Witch, by Silvia Federici
01.07 : Women, Reproduction, and the Commons, by Silvia Federici

Winter Term 2019/2020


23.10 / 06.11 / 20.11 / 04.12 / 18.12 // 14:15 // ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)

An open plenary discussion giving time for reflection and development. The lab is shaped through active participation, diverse ideas and projects evolving from collective thinking and acting. Therefore the possibility to get together shall be supported through this biweekly format, to ensure enough time and space in need for exchange and caring. Everybody is welcome!

24.10.2019 / 07.11 / 21.11 / 05.12 / 19.12 // 18:00 // ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)
Seminar hold by:  Alternative Lehre (alternative teaching)
Feminist Science Fiction – Cyborgs and Friends

How can we create alternative perspectives for peaceful coexistence? Story-telling as an act of creation is constantly emphasized by the Feminist Donna Haraway. Our stories inherit the power of life as they build the worlds in which we live in. Especially science-fiction literature presents an environment for worlds and creatures standing outside of normative categories such as heteronormativity, a binary conception of gender, sexist role models and (post-)colonial and racist power structures. We would like to follow Haraway’s path and search for new possibilities in feminist science fiction. Book proposals are highly welcome in our first session. How can we rethink coexistence? Which stories do we want to tell? 

05.11.2019 // 18:15 // ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)
Study Night: Renderlands: Digital Animation in Science and Art 
Guest: Joel McKim 

This talk is concerned with rendered images that operate outside the visual logic of photo-realism. It will return to the historical origins of digital animation in order to explore the possibility of more experimental scientific and aesthetic modes of representation. In the early computer animation work of Bell Labs researchers and artists, such as Edward E. Zajac, A. Michael Noll, Kenneth C. Knowlton and Lillian Schwartz, we see some of the first attempts to use rendered images to both represent computational information that would otherwise be unavailable to human vision and to push beyond the normal threshold of sense perception. This digital animation work of the late 1960s and early 1970s suggests an experimental potential in the rendered image that would soon be eclipsed by the entertainment industry’s push towards photo-realistic CGI.

06.11.2019 // 14:00 // Hannover 
Hanging out with …
… ruine hq

Evolving from  decentralized and friendly relations of a disaster-community the RUIN finds itself at the core of ruine hq’s practice as it represents an analysis of the present as well as a mode of action. Our present civilization can be no more the form of thinking or doing the world. Life has to go on within those ruins and outlive them. Rather improvised and selfmade, slow and connected, excessive and trippy, lost and yet confident.  
We are going to talk about the effect of structures through and in which we move, talk, think, produce, consume and live and what we would really like them to be for us.

05.12.2019 / 16:00 / Zentralgebäude C40.606 
06.12.2019 / 10:00 / ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)
Art, Activism, Technopolitics
Workshop and Talks

The talks and workshop deal with the intricacies of sensation, knowledge production and their techno-social milieus in artistic and activist practices. They ask: how do different modes of expression and experience allow for the emergence of forms of “participatory critique”? Such a critique, we suggest, cannot be externalized from its material, social, and geopolitical situatedness with all its complexities and contradictions. We will explicitly turn towards post- and decolonial contexts and approaches as much as material practices with the aim to develop a more distributed, collective and more-than-human account of participatory critique.

The workshop is organized by the Project „Participatory Critique as Transforming and Transversal With“ as part of the DFG research group „Media and Participation.“


Elke Bippus (ZHdK),
Christoph Brunner (Leuphana),
Short Introduction

Alessandra Renzi (COncordia University, Montreal)
Data-Bodies in Co-Research

Eduardo Molinari (Universidad Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires)
Archivo Caminante (Walking Archives). Stones in the water.

Collective Conversation

11.12. 2019 // 18:15 // ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)
Hanging Out With…  … One Mother
with Natasha P. und Preach 

Founded as a small collective in 2016 the artists* of One Mother have embedded themselves as a firm part of the german music scene by now. Corresponding to their feelings and serving as outlet for the reality of a world marked by mercilessness, their sound is varying between hiphop, pop and experimental. We would like to investigate the sensual as well as intellectual resonances evolving from those sounds and discuss their potentials to (re)create relations. 
Amongst others, One Mother is curating a Hamburg based event series called GLOBAL FEMINIST BAD(B)ASS. and taking place at Kampnagel. Through formats like that they want to give visibility to a local scene too often underrepresented: feminist, queer and non-white.

16.01.2020 // 18:15 // Archipelagolab (C5.225)
Study Night with Isabell Lorey on Precarity and Presential Democracy

How can we create alliances that allow criticism of fixed structures, of social organization as a whole, and introduce continuous reorganization as new form of social and political becoming? Together with Prof. Dr. Isabell Lorey, we would like to explore the meanings and effects of supposedly immovable circumstances. To what extent do they have a paralyzing effect and shift the focus of individual, social and political activity from change to preservation? We would like to discuss approaches and potentials of activist practices that contest these reactionary movements and connect them to theoretically developed concepts. How can resonances be identified and recreated between theory and practice?


Isabell Lorey studied political science, philosophy as well as African and European ethnology. She received her doctorate at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main in 1996 with her first monograph on the US political philosopher Judith Butler, one of the most important queer theorists*. In 2009, Isabell Lorey habilitated at the University of Vienna with a study on community building and securing power, which was published in 2011 by Diaphanes. Lorey certainly became best known with her book The Government of the Precarious, for which Judith Butler wrote the preface and which has since been translated into five languages. Lorey deals with the precarisation that is spreading throughout society, the social insecurity in neo-liberal conditions, the gender relations associated with this, but also the possibilities for change.

Summer Term 2019


16.04.2019 // 18:15 // ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)
Study Night: Collective Listening
Guest: Kathrin Wildner (Hamburg)

Sound is a relay between bodies, the social and space and time. During the Study Night on „Collective Listening“ we will focus on the process of hearing. After a short introduction on sound research in cultural studies, we will explore through little exercises how to use hearing, collective listening, and an awareness for sound as methods of cultural research and what new forms of knowledge it yields.

17.05.2019 // 10:00-13:00 // ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)
How to be an Ally - Solidarity und alliance making in an anti-racist context

In their workshops, Arpana Aischa Berndt and Maja Bogojević address possibilities of action for supporting people who are affected by racism in everyday life. Together with the participants, terms of the racism discourse will be clarified and explained and the handling of situations where discrimination takes place will be discussed. 

Arpana Aischa Berndt is author and anti-racism coach. Maja Bogojević is social scientist*, artist*, activist*, and filmmaker* with a focus on anti racism and intersectional queer-feminism. 

„Not to become an accomplice, but to show solidarity with the victim - that is the core of the whole.“ - Maja Bogojević

22.05.2019 // 18:15 // ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)
Study Night: Logistiken des Affekts
Guest: Gerko Egert (Gießen)

Commonly we conceive of logistics as the movement of goods, commodities and resources - those processes of the “Global supply chain capitalism“ (Anna Loewenhaupt Tsing) that often times remain imperceptible. During this study night we want to discuss the way in which micro movements, rhythms and dynamics of logistics seep into our affective modes of existence in everyday life and how they modulate each other.

12.06.2019 // 18:15 // ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)
Study Night: Artistic Practices of Commoning
Guest: Cornelia Sollfrank, Shusha Niederberger, Felix Stalder (Berlin/Zürich)

Artistic and activist strategies of commoning exceed the maintenance and accessibility of resources. Concerns of autonomous infrastructures alternative forms of knowledge and an expanded conception of aesthetic practice are not just addressed discursively but experimentally put to work.

Felix Stalder, Cornelia Sollfrank and Shusha Niederberger will unfold their approaches and strategies with the help of three concrete artistic-activist projects taken from their current research project „Creating Commons.“
Further information at:

21.06.2019 // 19:00 // mosaique (Katzenstraße 1)
Hanging Out With... Diaspora Salon 

"The Diaspora Salon is a place for (post-)migratory voices, voices of color in Hamburg. Let’s make space for art, encounter and exchange. Against racism. For empowerment. The salon was founded as a project of friends* from St. Pauli and its surrounds in cooperation with the GWA St. Pauli" (Self description Diaspora Salon). In June the Salon is coming to Lüneburg to do an event about a specific topic. Stay tuned!

Dokumentieren am Donnerstag: Das ABC des Gilles Deleuze (L’Abecedaire)
16.05. / 23.05. / 06.06. / 20.06. // 18:15 // ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)

After the successful mini-series on documentaries last semester we want to continue our practice of collective viewing. This term, and due to many requests, we will dedicate ourselves over the course of four sessions to the interview between Claire Parnet und Gilles Deleuze in the format of an ABC of concepts - from a like „animal“ to z like „zigzag“ - we can’t think of a more delightful way of frequenting Deleuze’s thought.

Winter Term 2018/2019

Hanging Out With...

... Ecologies of Care
Perspektiven auf Sorge
JANUARY 08 2019 | 18:15 | C5.225

Um die Sorge ist es nicht gut bestellt. Selbst wenn sie es ist, die uns am Leben hält, wird sie ständig unsichtbar gemacht, abgewertet und ausgebeutet. Doch es regt sich Widerstand: transnationale feministische Allianzen weisen diese Zustände zurück, treten in den Streik oder erfinden neue Formen des Miteinanderlebens und des Sorgetragens, jenseits kapitalistischer und staatlicher Verhältnisse.

Sorge-Krise, Sorge-Streik – Ecologies of Care und Carespective. Wir wollen euch einladen, mit uns darüber nachzudenken, was theoretisch wie praktisch geschieht, wenn wir die Sorge ins Zentrum stellen. Wie kann ein Sorgestreik funktionieren, wenn die Erhaltung des Lebens doch nie ausgesetzt werden kann? Welche Möglichkeiten ergeben sich hieraus für den feministischen Anspruch, Politik im Hier und Jetzt zu machen? Auf welche Weise können existierende (queer-)feministische Konzepte durch das Nachdenken über Ökologien der Sorge erweitert werden?

... Texture
JANUARY 22 2019 | 18:15 | C5.225

Als Projektraum bzw. Projektgruppe, die sich zwischen Universität, Institution, offenem Freundeskreis und kollektivem Lernen bewegt, organisiert texture seit Mai diesen Jahres regelmäßig Veranstaltungen. Gemeinsam mit dem Archipelago Lab aus Lüneburg wollen wir diese Praxis der semi-institutionellen Diskursarbeit selbst zum Thema machen. Aus den Ideen und Hoffnungen des gemeinsamen und kollektiven Lesens und Diskutierens entstehen unmittelbar Fragen nach der Form und Ordnung des Zusammenkommens und den „Arbeitsverhältnissen“, in die man sich begibt. Wir wollen uns selbst fragen: Welche Rolle spielen das Imperativ der projektbasierten Arbeitsweise und das kontrollgesellschaftliche Paradigma in dieser Arbeitsform? Was waren und sind die Hoffnungen und Ängste eines solchen Projektes und ist diese Praxis die einzig attraktive? Von welchen Unzufriedenheiten oder Bedürfnissen ausgehend, erscheint uns diese Praxis als sinnvoll?Wir werden gemeinsam den Text "Gouvernementalität und Selbst-Prekarisierung. Zur Normalisierung von KulturproduzentInnen" von Isabell Lorey lesen und diskutieren. Der Text ist über transversal erschienen und unter diesem Link erreichbar:


Study Night

DECEMBER 04 2018 / 18:15 / C5.225
Flavia Mereilles (Rio de Janeiro) & Paula Hildebrandt (Berlin)
Women on Streets | Women on Walls

This Study Night deals with feminist activism and resistant practices in Latin America. Focusing on the recent feminist movement in Brazil (2015-2018) Flavia Meireles will contribute her perspectives on thinking what political action could mean in terms of resistance against imposing neoliberalism/neocolonialism and the renewed image of witches. Paula Hildebrandt will share insights from her artistic research and visual ethnography in Bolivia working with women in mining contexts, emphasizing the politics of reproductive labor and domestic life from a transhistorical perspective. Together with Christoph Brunner the two guests will engage in an open polylogue on the aesthetic politics of feminist struggle and protest in light of a decolonial geopolitics.

Our focus on feminist activism in Latin America goes hand in hand with the recent publication on the 8M Movement and the Feminist Strike published by transversal texts. We will together read excerpts from the book, in particular, the contribution of Marie Bardet and Suely Rolnik. The book can be bought at the event for 10€ and/or downloaded here: 

This session is conceptualized as Study Night, meaning there will be food and drinks as well as an open and informal setting with enough time for informal conversation. 

Flavia Meireles is Dance Professor at CEFET-RJ (Brazil) and Ph.D. Candidate in Communication and Culture at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is visiting researcher of the Angewandte Theaterwissenchaft (ATW) at Justus-Liebeg Universität (Giessen) with a scholarship from CAPES - Brasil. The present work was realized with the support of "Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior" - Brasil (CAPES).

Born 1976 in Berlin, Paula Hildebrandt initially worked as a political scientist for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York, Ghana and Thailand. She holds a PhD from the Bauhaus University Weimar and lectured at various art schools and universities in Germany, the UK, Lithuania and Brazil before turning to art and photography. Her articles and essays appeared in numerous journals, a.o. Arte & Ensaios, Der Wedding, PERIPHERIE, Polar. Currently, she writes a book about the ‘Welcome City’, an artistic research project within the Hamburg-based graduate program ’Performing Citizenship’.


Activist Sense Workshop Series

NOVEMBER 30 2018 | 10:15 | C40.153
Luciana Santos Roça (São Paulo)
Sounding Territories

This short workshop proposes listening protocols to discuss the influence of sound in making space and territories, putting the relation between sound and frontiers into discussion. Sound carries a socio-political aspect, either by language or voice tone or by who speaks and is silenced, figuratively or not. Listening and sounding are not passive acts, whether intentionally or not, both acts are active and provide insights. The sound has a political and aesthetical dimension as well, which makes it a tool of representation and creation. This proposal is intended for anyone who is interested in listening and understanding urban sounds in their context. The workshop can offer ethnographic and sound insights to researchers in cultural studies, architecture, urbanism, sociology, anthropology.

Luciana Santos Roça is a researcher at Nomads.usp, holds a Bachelor degree in Audiovisual and a Master degree in Architecture and Urbanism. She does a PhD at the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo, and is currently in a research exchange at Cresson, Centre for research on sound space and urban environment, Grenoble, France.

DECEMBER 19 2018 | 18:15 | C5.225
Marc Herbst (London)
Being as it is and the sense to act

This is a talk that looks at the variety of ways the one and the many feel properly situated to struggle. This conversation looks at a variety of subjective situations and political contexts – and looks at when it is the time to struggle versus the knowing that the struggle’s time might be elsewhere, or that you might best place your energy elsewhere. Sometimes the time to act is settled between a variety of objective and subjective positions or just with common senses. While the abstract situation of the researcher or unembedded activist might objectively suggest that action seems to be the only option, subjective relations between the individual or collective, and any other variety of orientations (conditions set between operable horizons, between ones self and others, between what is common sense etc…) suggest there are many reasons to believe that the fight is not now, or not in this place. That is, until that its is clearly the time, when either individual sense, common sense or necessity determine otherwise. 

Through a conversation on various current research and editorial projects (in Barcelona, in London, in France, In Berlin), Marc Herbst, recent PhD from Goldsmiths University of London and co-editor of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, will discuss certain feelings in relation to distance and proximity to the active sense. 

Marc Herbst recently received his PhD from Goldsmiths Centre for Cultural Studies and is a long-time co-editor of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest. His PhD thesis is titled A cultural policy of the multitude in the time of climate change: with an understanding that the multitude has no policy. Though concerned with general questions on the nature of culture in the time of a changing climate, research for the project was done with the Barcelona-based group of the Plataforma De Afectados Por La Hipoteca. He recently co-edited with the Barcelona-based anarchist feminist collective Murmurae the book Situating Ourselves in Displacement (Minor Compositions) and is currently editing several projects including one on punk shamanism and another with the Mauvais Troupe collective on the zad occupation.

Artist in Residence | Maju Martins

OCTOBER 23 2018 | 18:15 | C5.225
Artist Talk with Maju Martins

DECEMBER 12 2018 | 13:00-17:00 | C5.225
Workshop | Frontier Zones in Urban Spaces: Images, Sounds, Movements in History
By Maju Martins and Ursula Kirschner

This workshop is an invitation to reflect and discuss about the concept of Frontier Zones in different contexts. It will present and negotiate the processes and results of three different research and didactic experiences. Two International Summer Schools entitled “Frontier Zones” that took place in Brazil (2015 and 2017) and a seminar entitled Frontier Zones in Urban Spaces at Leuphana University Campus in 2018. The main objective of these experiences was to highlight the value of experience-based learning approaches and the method of documentary filmmaking with the focus on the audio-visual without explanatory words. The aim resided in creating methodologies and knowledges from urban audio-visual exploration applying the techniques of documentary filmmaking as a medium to reveal new insights and readings of contemporary spaces.

The workshop will be divided into two parts. Starting at the Kunstraum, the audience is invited to take part in an audio-visual exhibition that will occur in three different places around the Campus. The projected short films are a result of the seminar. The second part, back at Kunstraum, will include the screening of two films produced during the Frontier Zones International Summer School presenting the ideas and practices involved in those experiences, coordinated by Professor Ursula Kirschner in collaboration with Maria Julia Martins.

NOVEMBER 13 2018  17:00-18:30 / C5.321|C5.225
(aktionssensor | coming closer)

One-to-one Performance von Clara Wessalowski und Lena Panten
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Der Aktionssensor erlaubt uns den alltäglichen Moment der Annäherung neu zu erfahren. Wort und Sound werden als Bedeutungsträger gegeneinander ausgespielt. An die Stelle von Eindeutigkeit und Routine tritt die Möglichkeit, die Dynamik einer Begegnung auszuhandeln und das Verhältnis von Stimme und Stimmung zu befragen.

Das Format der One-to-one Performance, bei dem die Teilnehmenden der Performerin in einem geschützten Raum einzeln begegnen, bietet einen experimentellen Rahmen zur Erkundung körperlicher und konsensueller Grenzen. 

Reading Circle

A Thousand Plateaus
14.11. | 28.11. | 12.12. | 09.01. | 23.01.
18:00-20:00 | C5.225

Documentary/Documentation on Thursdays
C5.225 | 18:00

This semester, we would like to expand our range of activities. In the new format "Documenting on Thursdays" we show selected films and documentaries of central relevance to Cultural Studies. Our aim is to open up documentary and film works as reflective tools for the sensuous understanding and analysis of culture. As you can see there are some remaining Thursdays open to your filmic propositions. 

NOVEMBER 22 | The Stuart Hall Project - John Akomfrah, 2013, 95 min, OmeU

NOVEMBER 29 | I Am Not Your Negro - Raoul Peck, 2016, 90 min

DECEMBER 06 | Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival - Fabrizio Terranova, 2016, 90 min, OmfU

JANUARY 24 | Last Year at Marienbad, Alain Resnais, 1961, 94 min

Summer Term 2018

This semester the lab deals with issues of practice and organization. In three formats – the workshop and lecture series “Activist Sense”, the “Hanging Out With…” as well as two workshops on “Urban Commons”, we invited several guests to talk about their experiences between research and political work. Here the focus is on ways and manners of organization, what it means to act collectively and how this opens up new perspectives of thinking and acting. The invited positions range from queer-feminist, to decolonial and activist forms of organization, from book-making to health advice in socially precarious situations as a resistant practice. The program is based on a shared urgency to learn from each other, with the aim of becoming active inside and outside the university by oneself or in complicity, or to engage in conversations with past activities.

Activist Sense Workshop and Lecture Series

With Activist Sense, we link the questions of activity and action, immanent to activism, to the question of sense, in its double meaning - as sensuous and making sense. It is thus about the relations of experience and a politics of sensation in their ability creating new complexes of senses.


24. APRIL 2018 / 18:15-19:45
Katherine Braun (Hamburg / Osnabrück)
Decolonial Perspectives on Care Policies: What Remains of the "Long Summer of Migration"

In her lecture „Decolonial Perspectives on Care Policies: What Remains of the ‘Long Summer of Migration’?“, Katherine Braun describes from a decolonial perspective, based on the massive mobilization of care practices since 2015, the political displacements of the self and the other or the common as well as solidary achievements while tending to the also partly hierarchized conflicts within the care movement. 

03. MAY 2018 // 14:00-16:00
Tina Fritschy (Zurich) & Laura Nitsch (Vienna)
Queer-feminist Survival Training: Precarity, Politics of Friendship and the Yearning for Normality 

How can we cross the fine line between resistance / normality and recognition / precarity, while sharing difference and establishing a politics of friendship and care?

The queer-feminist survival training invites for theoretical, experimental and everyday practical explorations of these complex intricacies. The training is equally a workshop, performance and liminal experimenting. 

19. JUNE 2018 // 18:15 - 19:45
Adnan Softić (Hamburg / Skopje)
Reading: A Better History / Eine Bessere Geschichte / Screening: Bigger Than Life

Adnan Softić (Hamburg / Skopje) reads text passages from his book “A Better History / Eine Bessere Geschichte” – a tale about the mythologization in Skopje as an attempt by the government to create a new original national identity and history.

27. JUNE 2018 // 18:15-19:45
Kelly Mulvaney (Chicago)
Body activity and political action: an experiential workshop

The critical tradition has usually considered political knowledge to be discursive knowledge, a way of knowing and an articulation of known things that takes shape outside the skin and between thinking minds. Yet critique of these premises is also not “new” (or necessarily “beyond” critique): we can think of calls for reflexivity, situated thinking, focus on bodily materiality and affect theory – for example – as attempts to grapple with the realities of embodiment with respect to what we know and how we come to know, which is always also political. In this experiential workshop we will consider space, place, and the body in the making of political knowledge. We will proceed by taking the call for reflexivity in a less popular direction: inward. What can attention to our own embodied realities teach us about the way we inhabit the world as political beings? How might attention to our bodies invite us to think differently about activity, action, and activism? A lecture drawing on multi-year activist/ethnographic research with political collectives in multiple countries will complement the exploratory approach of the workshop.


Hanging Out With...

With this format, we propose to actually hang out together, to share time and space to engage with the materials we are interested in while being together, thus liberating us from the pressures of only participating if you are prepared. Guests bring along material that we engage with together or divagate from it.

25. APRIL 2018 / 18:15
... the Lab

The first hanging out takes place with us. The ArchipelagoLab introduces itself and we invite everyone to come by and get to know us by snacks and a glass of wine.

16. MAY 2018 / 18:15
... Medibüro & Poliklinik

The Medibüro Hamburg and the Poliklinik Veddel speak together about the current health situation for illegalized and marginalized people, their community work and the challenges of maintaining a resistant practice.

03. JULY 2018 / 18:15
... Esther Meyer

Esther Meyer is bringing policy-texts from the last climate conference in Bonn and discussing them with regard of the newest developments in the recognition of indigenous non-governmental communities.

Workshops on Urban Commons (initiated by Konstanze Scheidt)

The two-part workshop is devoted to Urban Commons and Commoning: self organized, collective projects in urban space and the considered material and immaterial resources. Since years initiatives like „Recht-auf-Stadt“ struggle for a city for all, but the privatization of public places, spaces and facilities is still on the forerun while ever rising rents forces more and more people to the margins of the cities. To counteract and to establish an alternative urban development, the concept of Urban Commons in theory and practice came into focus, and not least the question of how they resonate with one another. Which resources and forms of organization are necessary? How can it be succeeded that city initiatives cooperate with city politics without triggering gentrification processes and thus dynamics of displacement? Or should these initiatives remain independent for that very reason? How can a productive networking of alternative projects work out, so that not only existing structures are being retained, but room for new emerges?

06. JUNE 2018 / 16:00-18:00
Theory and Practice
Guests: Mary Dellenbaugh-Losse (Urban Commons Cookbook) & Hajo Toppius (Hacking Urban Furniture)

Our guests Mary Dellenbaugh-Losse and Hajo Toppius give us an insight into their work as a scientist or cultural worker to discuss together possibilities and challenges of the inter-connection between academic research and the practical application of Urban Commons. 

Mary Dellenbaugh-Losse (Urban Research Lab) started lastly a successful campaign to finance the „Urban Commons Cook Book“. Furthermore she is co-founder of the Urban Commons Research Lab and researches on integrated post-industrial urban development with a focus on cultural and creative economy, dynamics of the real estate market, and urban development from below as well as Urban Commons.

Hajo Toppius founded the club gallery „Antje Öklesund“ in Berlin in 2006, which was a platform for young artists and musicians for 10 years before the area was bought by a big investor. Moreover he is co-founder of „Kollegen 2,3 | Bureau für Kulturangelegenheiten“. 

13. JUNE 2018 / 16:00-18:00
Do It Yourself

For the second session, we are inviting initiatives and organizations such as the house mosaique in Lüneburg to discuss together what Urban Commons, that are rather negotiated in the context in bigger cities, can mean for small towns like Lüneburg. What challenges do exist in small cities that differ from that in cities like Berlin or Hamburg? Where is the need for concrete action? This part of the workshop is intended to bring interested students, local residents and initiatives together to develop ideas and planning together future projects or the developments of already existing ones.