Danger Zones - racism (in)secures

Festival: 3.–10. November 2023
Festsaal, Atrium and HGB Gallery
Registration & program

Curated by:
Verband binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften, iaf e.V. Leipzig
Mehmet Arbag and Anna Sabel

3.11.: Opening of the festival: Lecture – Violence and Resistence (de, eng, DGS)
4.11.: Keynotes – Racism and Securitisation (de, eng, DGS)
5.11.: Film screening – Futur Drei and talk with Faraz Shariat (de)
6.11.: Workshop – Death in Custody (de)
7.11.: Workshop – Theatre of the opressed (de)
9.11.: Reading – Routes and Detours (de)
10.11.: Panel – State and Security (de, eng, DGS)

3.11.23–20.01.24: Open research space in the HGB Gallery

With contributions from:
Asmara Habtezion, Berfîn Karakurt, Daniel Loick, Faraz Shariat, Hasan Gündogan, Jin Haritaworn, Karosh Taha, KURINGA, María do Mar Castro Varela, Massimo Perinelli, Naomi Henkel-Guembel, Newroz Duman, Nikita Dhawan, Schohreh Golian, Senthuran Varatharajah, Sham Jaff, Simin Jawabreh, Sonja John, Vassilis Tsianos, Vincent Bababoutilabo, Zuher Jazmati, Céline Bartholomaeus among others

Curated by:
Verband binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften, iaf e.V. Leipzig
Mehmet Arbag und Anna Sabel

"Why were we in such a hurry to see the nation as the frontier of human solidarity?"
– Angela Y. Davis

Dominant notions of security and insecurity are closely linked to images of the supposed threatening nature of the racialised and the supposed vulnerability of a dominant-society "us". They draw on imaginaries of ethnicity, on distinctions between a German "we" conceived of as a nation-state and the "others", and at the same time update them. They find expression in the criminalisation of migrant places, the racialisation of violence, in debates about suspicion and border regime policies. This is so powerful precisely because it appears as "normal" in many contexts.

This is where the festival "Danger Zones" comes in and opens up a space to cross discourses of normalisation and to trace to whom practices of securitisation assign which place in society.

"Instigating the unlearning of dominance culture, undoing dominance, is, in other words, the programme."
– Sabine Hark

You are and will be cordially invited to a programme of lectures, discussions, workshops, film screenings, readings, music and good food.

About the association binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften, iaf e.V.

Verband binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften, iaf e.V. , works nationwide for a diversity-conscious and discrimination-critical migration society. The Leipzig office and counselling centre has existed since 1992. The focus of the GS is on the critical examination of power and domination, critical of racism. The projects attempt to share collected knowledge about racism, to sensitise people to the mechanisms of change and to help shape both real and media spaces in which the less violent can be tested beyond traditional routines that reproduce inequality.

Anna Sabel, Mehmet Arbag, Nino I. Bautz, Carmen Krebs, Trong Duc Do, Fatma Kütle, Bailey Ojiodu-Ambrose, Patiani Batchati, Ahmet Erdem ?entürk