Context: „Emotions and their Effects: Affective Dynamics of Flight and Migration“ ▪ Event Series of the Collective Research Center „Affective Societies“ (Freie Universität Berlin) with the Akademie der Künste Berlin as part of the exhibition „Uncertain States“
Date/time: January 6th, 2017, 4pm ▪ Place: ‘Denkraum’ in the exhibition “Uncertain States”, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin
News from Sep 29, 2016
Flight and migration have been a dominant theme in discourse in Germany since 2015. While right-wing populists dangerously exploit the situation, many individuals and institutions are committed to a responsible approach to refugees and try to find answers to such difficult questions as: How can people seeking refuge in Germany be empowered and empower themselves? Where is assistance desired and meaningful? How can open encounters be possible? This discussion initiates a critical review of and reflection on dealing with flight from the perspectives of a variety of people involved. Refugees, volunteers, artists, scholars, researchers and students at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (FU Berlin) conduct a (self-)critical discussion with the audience on the possibilities and limits – on empowerment and powerlessness – in the debate on experiences of flight.
Presented by Olaf Zenker, Hansjörg Dilger and Kristina Dohrn, social and cultural anthropologists at Freie Universität Berlin. Over the past year, they have conducted two research projects with students on the current situation of refugees in Berlin. Olaf Zenker and Hansjörg Dilger are also heading sub-projects in the Collaborative Research Center “Affective Societies”.