In a salon-like setting the actress, author, and theatre director, Lina Majdalanie addresses the tension between universalism on the one hand and relativism on the other. She reflects on the challenges that women living in non-occidental societies and communities face and uses this chance to point to the struggle for freedom, democracy, and social justice that we witness today. Her considerations emanate directly from the current political situation, and from the observation that war, terror, and increasingly powerful right-wing movements have reached a new dimension. It is within this context that Majdalanie addresses the role that values like democracy, secularism, and human rights play today. What meanings can cultural attributions assume in such a global situation? Against the backdrop of her personal experiences in Beirut and Berlin, Majdalanie argues for a re-politization of conflicts other than their culturalisation. In doing so, she seeks to work against political division.
During our three-day salon, the audience is invited to particiapte in discussions that will feature selected guests including Petra Klug, Ines Kappert, Yasmine Merei, Leil-Zahra Mortada, and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah. For the recently released HAU publication that accompanies the festival, Lina Majdalanie spoke to Sandra Noeth about her salon and the importance of self-criticism.
Salon #1 - Friday, January 20:
Drawing on their personal background and professional experience, Berlin-based activist Leil-Zahra Mortada and Missy Magazine editor Hengameh Yaghoobifarah discuss whether religion, tradition, and a feminist mindset can coexist in our contemporary culture.
Salon #2 - Saturday, January 21:
Inspired by Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson’s installation "your country doesn‘t exist", Ines Kappert, Executive Director of the Gunda Werner Institute for Feminism and Gender Democracy in the Heinrich Böll Foundation, and Yasmine Merei, editor-in-chief at "Saiedet Souria", will elaborate on the artists’ approach in order to initiate a new debate on the limitations and constraints of culture.
Salon #3 - Sunday, January 22:
Petra Klug, researcher at the University of Bremen, reflects on the paradoxical concept of culture and opens up a discussion on the intersection of racism, sexism, and religion.