All day

Also on Sunday there are bookstalls of different publishing houses, as well as some other information booths, to rummage around from 10 o’clock all day long! But we don’t make sooooo long for that. At the end there will be a nice and relaxed end of the day.

In addition, the screen printing workshop is also open on Sundays, where you can have the techniques of screen printing shown and explained and thus print some motifs even on different materials.

Workshops & Lectures

10 o’clock:

Imperialist Climate Change and Water Shortage in Mesopotamia (Rojava) / Make Rojava Green Again (Lecture, Language: German)

The island, Mesopotamia, or نیدفار لا دلاب these are names for a region that should be rich in water. These names describe that water can be found there in all directions – it falls from the sky and springs from the earth! Now, however, the region is marked by water shortages and war – while record temperatures are being reached. In this lecture we will look at the background of the acute socio-ecological crisis in Mesopotamia: how are colonialism and fascism, capitalist exploitation and the climate crisis connected?

In the first part we will take a closer look at the geographical features of Mesopotamia and Rojava – with a focus on water. The second will be a summary of the roots of imperialism in the region and its impact on the multicultural societies of Mesopotamia and Rojava.

How was the diversity of the region dealt with during the colonial period and what cultural and ecological conflicts did this lead to? What role did National Socialist ideology play in the region, and how did the authoritarian politics of the last 50 years in Syria lead to the ecological and social crisis we see today? The history of Rojava shows that the climate crisis is a social phenomenon in which global climate change meets local political conditions – developing a revolutionary perspective on these conditions therefore remains the most important task of a climate justice movement.

What are the ecological perspectives for the moment in Rojava? This question will be discussed in the following part of ‘Make Rojava Green Again’.

For a new anarchist consciousness (Lecture, Language: German)

Using a series of texts, Jonathan presents, interprets and develops anarchist basic ideas. How can diversity be made possible and at the same time common ground developed through constructive and solidary debate? How can autonomous anarchist theory-building be made possible? How can different anarchist organizational approaches be thought of together and supplemented? How can a successful, rich, beautiful and fulfilled life be described and shared responsibility be realized from the perspective of anarchist ethics?

These questions will be circled around in a loose input in order to open the space for small group work and joint discussion afterwards.

Linoldruck & Letters to prisoners (DIY, Language: German)

Here you can try Linoldruck/Linoleum printing! People with some experience will help you to realize your ideas. There will also be the possibility to write letters to prisoners in this space. This workshop goes until 4 p.m.

12-14 pm: Lunch break!

Two o’clock:

History is made: An overview of the German-speaking scene of movement archives (Lecture, language: German)

History is made. Not only the future, but also the already past. What becomes part of the historical memory is largely determined by the archives that transmit the past. And so, for a long time, history was the history of the rulers – because they had the institutions in which the historical tradition was preserved. On the other hand, the history of those who rebelled against rule is difficult to reconstruct, because their tradition is fragmentary and must be wrested from the perspective of the rulers.
Or rather: It was like this. For in the wake of the upheaval for which the cipher stands in 1968, a multitude of very different movement archives were founded. They all have the goal of building a counterpart to the history of the ruling class. The lecture will attempt to give an overview of the various German-language movement archives, their holdings, forms of organization, and ultimately also strategies for securing the oppositional tradition in the long term.

Cyber Valley: Production Context of Artificial Intelligence (reading, language: German)

In the region between Stuttgart and Tübingen, an “ecosystem for the development of artificial intelligence” is to be created along the lines of Silicon Valley. The goal is the rapid commercialization of scientific findings by start-ups and the companies involved, including automotive and defense companies and Amazon.

Especially in Tübingen, where a research campus is being built as the heart of the “Cyber Valley”, protests were raised. Some feared the transformation into an armaments location, others feared the development of new surveillance technologies, the further economization of the university and commercialization of the city. The protest led to an intensive examination of the production conditions of artificial intelligence, which was critically reviewed in a book entitled “Cyber Valley – Accident of Knowledge”.

Cyber Valley – Accident of Knowledge
Artificial intelligence and its production conditions – the example of Tübingen.

To be and remain politically active. Introduction to the concepts of sustainable activism (reading, language: German. 14-15 h)

The political and personal challenges are constantly increasing for committed people. How can we – without burning out – deal with these circumstances wisely? What makes activists and social movements more resistant, creative and successful? What about the fine balance between individual self-realization and collective liberation?

The author Timo Luthmann gives a compact introduction to the concepts of sustainable activism.

Rethink liberation! What is actually a narrative-based strategy? (Reading, language: German. 15-16 o’clock)

In /Rethinking Liberation/ Canning and Reinsborough examine how the power of narratives, culture and imagination can be made fruitful for a strategy of social change. This unique practical handbook provides a theoretical framework, practical tools, and an inside view of the Center for Storybased-Strategy (CSS) methodology that has helped shape many successful social movements in the United States over the past 15 years. For the first time, this wealth of experience – like oppressive narratives – is challenged and
progressive campaigns can be strengthened – available in German.

Publisher Timo Luthmann briefly introduces the concept of narrative-based strategy.