Winter Term 2023/24


Every second Tuesday we meet at 6pm in the ArchipelagoLab (C5.225) (or hybrid) for our Labmeeting to be together and exchange ideas. Feel free to join.

Dates: October 10th and 24th, November 7th and 21st, December 5th and 19th, January 9th (NOT on the 23rd), February 6th and 20th

The meeting in Febuary will take place online:


February 1 - Georgia and the Avantgardes. Irine Jorjadze in conversation

2.15 - 3.45pm
Guest: Irine Jorjadze (via Zoom)
ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)
This event will be held in German.

As part of the first European exhibition on modernism and avant-garde in Georgia, paintings, graphics and films were recently exhibited in Brussels. This will be presented and discussed in conversation with the curator and art historian Irine Jorjadze.

In conversation with her, we will talk about the relationship between colonialism and modernity within the avant-garde movements that took place in Georgia, and in particular about current exhibition practices. On the one hand, we will focus on the curator's work, including within the exhibition "Avant-Garde in Georgia (1900-1936)", on the other, the art itself offers space for political discourse, as Tbilisi opens up an interesting space in questions of the nationalisation of art: from the Stalinist terror of 1937 to explicitly left-wing artistic counter-strategies to it.

The discussion will focus in particular on ideas of the primitive, inscribed in artistic objects created in Tbilisi, and on entering into a discourse that negotiates Georgia's exoticisation by outsiders and its own exoticisation of the other. The works of artist Niko Pirosmani in particular offer interesting insights into how social conditions play into artistic productions and thus gain visibility in the objects. Naive art and the so-called masters without a school reflect issues of class relations and material inequality on the one hand, but also confrontations within the language of form. Within these art forms, which pose a claim to difference and are in search of authenticity, ways of thinking from the colonial and thus also figurations of the so-called primitive are also inscribed. They contain an aesthetic idealisation of the experience of a pre-industrial era, which also led to the avant-garde in Georgia reproducing racist stereotypes. This aesthetic, constructed as other without dialogue with the depicted, becomes a method of bringing the constructed other under control and is thus also structurally integrated into the colonialist world view.

The event takes place as part of the seminar "Naive Art, Primitivism and Counter-Primitivism" in cooperation with the ArchipelagoLab.

Irine Jorjadze is an art historian and curator. She was research curator of the europalia exhibition "Avant-Garde in Georgia (1900-1936)" at Bozar, Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. She lives and works in Tbilisi.

Katharina Tchelidze is a research assistant at the Chair of Art History at Leuphana University and is writing her dissertation on the artist group H2SO4.


Reading Group: Politics and Theories of Desire (queer edition)

Oktober 26, 6 - 8pm
November 16, 6 - 9pm (online)
Dezember 6/7, 5 - 8pm
Januar 12/13, 4 - 7pm
online/ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)
The group will be held mainly in German.

Theories of desire and sexuality are booming - even though they have been the subject of political and theoretical discourse for decades. We would like to cast two thematic spotlights: On the one hand, we are interested in the historical debate about the relationship between identity and desire, which developed in the context of lesbian and feminist theories. On the other hand, we will discuss recent contributions to theories of desire and sexuality that are located in the field of psychoanalytically influenced queer theory as well as affect theory. We will propose texts by Christian Maurel, Diana Fuss, Teresa de Lauretis, Alenka Zupančič, Lee Edelman, Gila Ashtor, and Lauren Berlant, and are happy to open the seminar to other suggestions.  The plan so far is to have the reading circle/event take place partly in blocks, in order to allow for thematic immersion and perhaps also a better compatibility of the additional reading with "regular" studies and other commitments. In general, however, the exact mode can be discussed at the first meeting. We look forward to reading and discussing together!

Joining later is always possible.

Material: The seminar will take place within the framework of the Autonomous Teaching program. We will upload the reading promptly in the folder for the event on MyStudy. For questions please send a short email to Thekla Molnar.


Reading Group: Drifting through the Archipelago

every second tuesday
6 pm
The group will be held mainly in German.

In this reading group we meet to read texts that are currently moving the people who are active in and around the Lab, that we would like to explore together, and that might become part of the Archipelago.

Dates: October 17th and 31st, November 14th and 28th, December 12th, January 16th and 30th, February 13th and 27th

For text and access information, feel free to send a quick email to


November 29 - Erinnern

Katja Lell - Wie sich erinnern […] Вспоминать ©Leon Follert/Katja Lell
Katja Lell - Wie sich erinnern […] Вспоминать
Zi Li - Der Fluss ins Vergessen ©Leon Follert/Zi Li
Zi Li - Der Fluss ins Vergessen
Marian Mayland - Lamarck ©Leon Follert / Marian Mayland
Marian Mayland - Lamarck

7.30 - 9pm
Short Film Screening and Discussion
Scala Programmkino
Apothekenstraße 17, 21335 Lüneburg
Free admission

Wie sich erinnern […] Вспоминать by Katja Lell, 10 min, german/russian with englisch subtitles
Lamarck by Marian Mayland, 28 min, german with english subtitles
Der Fluss ins Vergessen by Zi Li, 18 min, german/mandarin with englisch subtitles

Recounted in the family, felt between generations, hidden and rediscovered in the material. In the essayistic, documentary, and poetic works of filmmakers Katja Lell, Marian Mayland and Zi Li, processes of remembering are being transformed. The three short films open up private worlds to the viewers that simultaneously feel familiar. They tell family (hi)story(ies) that intertwine the intimate, with politics and history. 

The screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmakers that will shed light on their material and cinematic approaches and illuminate boundaries between the remembered, the recollected, and the imagined.

This event is a collaboration of ArchipelagoLab and the DFG Graduiertenkolleg 'Kulturen der Kritik'. Organised by Leon Follert and Marie Lynn Jessen.


January 9 - After Solingen: Politics of unequal vulnerability in the context of racist violence

Talk in German by Çiğdem Inan

Based on the denial of racism and the mechanisms of victim-perpetrator reversal that have come to light in right-wing and racist attacks, including the Solingen arson attack, Çiğdem Inan's lecture negotiates the unequal distribution of vulnerability within discourses of security and care in migration policy. She shows how grief and fear form the contested arena in which the vulnerability of people affected by racism is simultaneously denied, re-appropriated and negotiated. To what extent can a political agency emerge from experiences of grief, loss and dispossession in the context of racist violence that is able to abolish divisions into vulnerable and non-vulnerable lives by virtue of a different social relationality?

Çiğdem Inan is a sociologist who lives and works in Berlin. Her teaching and research focuses on affect theory, post-structuralism, critical migration sociology, queer-feminist philosophy, racism studies and postcolonial social theory. She is currently working on the politics of negative affectivity, ontologies of dispossession and fugitive resistance in relation to racist violence, which she discusses in the context of right-wing and racist attacks in Germany, among other things. She is also working on a book on Das Andere des Affektiven, in which she combines classical and non-classical philosophies of the affective with critiques of racism.

This event is a cooperation between the Institute for Sociology and Cultural Organization, the Center for Critical Studies and the ArchipelagoLab.



Wednesdays (16th November - 1st February)
Autonomous Writing Group: Writing together, Practicing Feedback

2 - 4 pm
ArchipelagoLab (C5.225)
Organised by Liane Schlumberger and Max Waschka.
Registration via mail to Liane or Max.

The meetings will be held in German:

Die Praxis des Schreibens ist wichtiger Bestandteil unseres Studienalltags, wird aber nur selten zum Thema gemacht und steht dann häufig in Beziehung mit Bewertung und Leistungsdruck.
Wir möchten in diesem Seminar einen Raum schaffen, in dem eigene Schreibprojekte entwickelt, gelesen, reflektiert, miteinander diskutiert werden, um so immer wieder neue Ausgangspunkte für unser Schreiben zu finden. Jede:r Teilnehmer:in hat die Möglichkeit, im Laufe des Semesters einen eigenen Text mitzubringen – eine Hausarbeit, ein Ausschnitt einer Abschlussarbeit oder ein anderes Schreibprojekt.
Ein Schwerpunkt liegt dabei auch auf dem Miteinander, d.h. dass wir uns kennen lernen, voneinander und miteinander lernen können. Wir möchten uns darin ausprobieren, wie wir hilfreiches Feedback geben, als auch annehmen können. Welche Hilfsmittel können wir uns gegenseitig an die Hand geben? Wie können wir uns gegenseitig stärken? Und immer wieder: warum und wofür wollen wir schreiben?

Die Veranstaltung findet (vorwiegend) auf deutsch statt, gerne dürfen aber auch englische Texte mitgebracht werden!

Am Mittwoch, 16. November findet unser erstes offene Treffen statt.
Nach dem 23.11. möchten wir die Gruppe schließen, wer dann noch dazukommen möchte, schreibe uns bitte vorher eine Mail (an und