Vom 23.-26. Juni 2022 findet die nächste Edition des Afrolution Festivals unter dem Titel »Planetary [Vulner]Abilities. African//-Diasporic Worldmaking« statt. Wir freuen uns sehr, unsere 40 Festivalgäste aus Afrika und seinen globalen Diasporas in Berlin zu begrüßen. Die deutsche Programmversion findet sich hier zum Download.
From June 23-26, 2022, the next edition of the Afrolution Festival will take place under the title »Planetary [Vulner]Abilities. African//-Diasporic Worldmaking«. We are very much looking forward to together with you welcome our 40 festival guests from Africa and its global diasporas in Berlin. The English version of the program can be downloaded here.
The 2022 edition of the Afrolution Festival will take place June 23-26, 2022 in Berlin and is entitled “PLANETARY [VULNER]ABILITIES. African-Diasporic Worldmaking.
The festival will enable transnational and intersectional conversations between scholars/artists/activists from Africa and its diasporas, with a focus on:
The groundbreaking work of Black U.S. lawyer and feminist Kimberlé Crenshaw laid the groundwork for two fields of study that have become known through the terms she coined – intersectionality and critical race theory. In recent years, intersectionality has become a widely used concept in feminist, gender studies, and the social sciences within the Western academy, though the term has also been appropriated/white-washed. An intersectional perspective is a theoretical/methodological framework and an epistemic sensitization to the entangled nature of social stratification. The concept enables the interlinking of diverse modes of oppression such as racism, class prejudice, education, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and so on. As a result, intersectionality is a conceptual tool for critiquing power imbalances and opening up sites of intervention. Thus, the question anchoring the festival’s theme is How can intersectionality be made productive in the transnational space between Africa and the diasporas?
What role do major planetary issues such as COVID, the climate crisis, resource scarcity and the myths underlying these phenomena – e.g., development, civilization, freedom – play and how are they negotiated in African and Afro-diasporic perspectives?
The vulnerability of African and Afrodiasporic societies has been and continues to be addressed in artistic and philosophical works. What, though, is the place of healing and practices of healing, given that De-vulnerability opens up new spaces for re-imagining what it means to heal.
AFROLUTION 2022 looks beyond the hardship in contemporary life in order to emphasize practices of de-vulnerability, resilience and empowerment. It centers the ways in which individuals and collectivities are leaning into material and symbolic resources necessary for survival and revitalization. The festival explores the practices of healing, reparation, restitution, rehabilitation, reconstruction through which communities express agency in their lived experience. In their abundance, they are the expression of a resonant cry for the inhabiting and shaping of the world. The festival will explore these forms of recuperation, the vital resources and energies that situate themselves within the memories and histories embedded in language and ideas about life, the world, and humankind today.
Berlin, the capital of Germany, is particularly relevant for these conversations, given the growing number of civil society (and increasingly state) initiatives taking up issue with Germany’s participation in European colonialism and the question of a (de)colonial culture of remembrance.
Each One Teach One (EOTO), the Berlin-based platform for empowerment and education by and for people of African descent, is the hosting organization, located in the heart of the »African Quarter«, the former colonial district of Berlin.