Current Events

Winter Semester 2023/24

Bread and Rose Perfume: politics of abundance and pleasure against precarity

Lecture by Wilson Sherwin

Nov 22, 2023, 6:30pm, Kunstraum Leuphana University Lüneburg

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, at the peak of the Vietnam war, poor Black welfare recipients across the United States organized to demand not only access to the welfare provisions to which they were already entitled, but the expansion of those benefits beyond simple needs. Examining unfinished project of the welfare rights movement and its remarkable antiwork politics, provides insights into how capaciously defined needs and desires may help usher us beyond capitalism and towards alternative social and economic arrangements.

Born and raised in New York City, Wilson Sherwin, PhD (she, her) has worked as an electrician, a nanny, a translator, and a documentary film producer. She is currently a sociologist who writes and teaches about social movements, political economy, and public policy. Wilson is a postdoctoral fellow at Leuphana Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) in Culture and Society. 

A cooperation between Center for Critical Studies, Kunstraum and the Gender and Diversity Network


Material Performance - Olympia Bukkakis with Dagat Mera

Tues. 19 December, 6:00 pm. Kunstraum

Drag queen and choreographer Olympia Bukkakis will present a version of "Material Performance". In this piece Olympia works with, against, for, and under 10 meters of red fabric. This time she is joined by artist and janitor Dagat Mera in a performative exploration of labour conditions, queer aesthetics and the search for leftist, materialist art.

A workshop with Olympia Bukkakis will be held the following day, Wednesday 20 December, at 10:15 am. Details to follow. Both events will take place in English. They are organised by the Center for Critical Studies (CCS) in cooperation with the Kunstraum and the Gender and Diversity Research Network.

Queen of the Heavens and of the Earth, Empress of Despair, and Architect of Your Eternal Suffering, Olympia Bukkakis is a drag queen, choreographer, moderator, and writer living and working in Berlin. Since graduating from the SODA masters at the HZT she has premiered a number of new works including, Gender Euphoria (2019), Work on Progress (2019), Under Pressures (2019), A Touch of the Other (2020), Too Much (2021), and replay (2023). Her practice is situated within, and inspired by, the tensions and intersections between queer nightlife and contemporary dance and performance. Website:

Dagat Mera moved from Mainz to Hamburg after graduating from high school in 2021 and is active there both artistically and politically. His focus is storytelling through visual and time-based media. In addition, he gave various creative workshops and workshops on political education. Since 2022 he studies at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HfBK).


Queer and Trans African Mobilities: Migration, Asylum and Diaspora - B Camminga and Paul Onanuga

Weds. 24 January, 2024, 4:15 - 5:45 pm (room C 40.704)

Lecture by B Camminga, Fellow Kulturlabor, Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI), Berlin
Introduction by Paul Onanuga, LIAS Fellow 

Details to follow.

Organised by the Center for Critical Studies (CCS), Leuphana Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS), and the Gender and Diversity Research Network.