De-heimatize Belonging Konferenz
»Heimat« (homeland) is fashionable again. Whilst a ministry is being established for it in Berlin, the successes of Trump, Bolsonaro, Putin, Xi Jinping and Duterte show a clear global tendency: seeking refuge in a national enclave seems to be a vision of salvation during economical difficulties.
Myths of national unity, traditional gender roles and natural hierarchies are re-filling the gap left after the grand narratives of the 20th century ended.
The De-heimatize Belonging conference defines itself as the 4. Berliner Herbstsalon’s discursive intervention and will take place from 25–27 October 2019 at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Maxim Gorki Theater. On the basis of current debates about Heimat and identity, representatives of the BIM, Humboldt Universität and the Centrefor Intersectional Justice and their guests open up an intersectional perspective on the connections between colonialism, racism, sexism, capitalism and Heimat.
Transcending Gender Studies, digital technologies and activism, they trace the concept of »De-heimatize-belonging«, as formulated by Bilgin Ayata, professor for political sociology. First de-heimatizing will be illuminated from historical and contemporary perspectives, then the panel discussion Algorithms of Belonging (Prof. Naika Foroutan) focuses on how much digital technologies transform localisation and contribute to the formation of new forms of identity and belonging. Subsequently Prof. Julia Roth and Prof. Gabriele Dietze and their guests investigate the connections between right-wing populism, sex and new addresses for Heimat, so that, in the end, Dr. Emilia Roig can pose the question: »What does it mean in action?«
Initiated by Shermin Langhoff, hosted by Bilgin Ayata Universität Basel, Naika Foroutan, Damian Ghamlouche and Manuela Bojadžijev Berliner Institut für empirische Integrations-
und Migrationsforschung, Julia Roth Universität Bielefeld, Gabriele Dietze Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Emilia Roig Center for Intersectional Justice, Rebecca Ajnwojner Maxim Gorki Theater
location & access
airport Tegel (TXL)
airport Schönefeld (SXF)