Real TalkSince 2019 Bard College Berlin has cooperated with the Grüner Salon at the Volksbühne Berlin for a series that renders visible the political discourse of the young, resistance-oriented, democratic and activist diasporas in Berlin and provides space for its debates.
This series aims to make evident the transnational realities and struggles between ‘here’ and ‘there’; ‘then’ and ‘now’, realities which Nationalism seeks to deny and erase, and which reveal themselves in the diasporas. The talks serve as a platform to explore the young, uprooted generation's own thoughts and reactions to these realities, aiming to create a space where Syrian, Afghan, Yemen, Iraqi and other students and experts in various discursive and artistic disciplines can discuss with their communities and perform their work.
The series offers panel discussions, lectures, sometimes also short-films and performances discussing themes such as the fate of the civil society in the Middle East; transitional justice and international law; the re-claiming of political agency; disappeared and missing prisoners; gender relations and feminism; the political dimension of the (post-)traumatic; poetry, multilingualism and translation; the experience of statelessness; and other topics related to the diaspora.
Previous EventsNovember 16, 2020: Volksbühne and Online
Real Talk: Sanctioning Syria through the "Ceasar Act" - Why? For Whom? Against Whom?
October 8, 2020: Volksbühne and Online
Real Talk: Learning from Afghanistan
May 19, 2020: Online
Real Talk: Syria's State Torture on Trial - A Route to Justice and the Role of the Survivors
February 4, 2020: Volksbühne
Real Talk: The Oblivious Tongue – Diaspora, Poetry, and Transnational Expression
December 10, 2019: Volksbühne
Real Talk: Couldn't They Be Allies? Political Diasporas and German Foreign/Cultural Policy
November 11, 2019, Volksbühne
Real Talk: Justice for Syria and Universal Jurisdiction in Germany - What Can be Done?
September 23, 2019, Volksbühne
Real Talk: On Changing Gender Relations in Yemen and Its European Diaspora
May 10, 2019, Volksbühne
Real Talk: On New Beginnings and Berlin’s Arab Exile Body
April 9, 2019, Volksbühne
Real Talk: Accommodating the Devil. The Syrian Civil Society’s Struggle for Survival