Check the detailed schedule of the Conference between the 19th and 21st of May

Political tours, films and panels about feminism and Capitalist anti-ecologies are on the programee of #CAPS22

Between the 19th and 21st of may – the last three days of #CAPS22 – the Conference will host panels, performances, political city tours, films and debates.

Check the detailed programme here and the schedule for the first days here

Registration can be done here

Thursday, May 19

[10 am – 6 pm]

Political City Tours
The number of participants is limited, only with prior registration

[8 pm – 10 pm]

Short Films & Debate at SINEMA TRANSTOPIA:
Monangambé (Sarah Maldoror, Angola 1969, 16 min.)
Bir Savunma / A Defense (Aylin Kuryel, Turkey/Netherlands 2021, 16 min.)
I Signed the Petition (Mahdi Fleifel, UK/Switzerland/Germany 2018, 10 min.)
Handbuch / Handbook (Pavel Mozhar, Germany/Belarus, 2021, 26 min.)

Is signing a petition an efficient way to protest against political oppression? What is the potential outcome and what does a signatory risk? In the context of colonialism, can language be used as a weapon against the oppressor? What does political activism mean in the face of a system armed with brutal, methodical torture, and how can one begin to understand torture’s physical and psychological impact? A selection of short films from a range of times and geographies that reflect on strategies of resistance.

A discussion with Pavel Mozhar (Filmmaker) and Aylin Kuryel (Academic & Filmmaker, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) will follow the screening.

The screening is part of the „Contesting Authoritarianism“ film program curated by Berke Göl and Nafiseh Fathollahzadeh

Book tickets here
Haus der Statistik, Otto-Braun-Straße 70–72

Friday, May 20

[10 am – 12 am]

Anti-gender politics: religious fundamentalism and political neoconservatism
This panel will address the presence and expansion of anti-gender politics around the world and in the Global South, and its connections with authoritarian politics and with religious neo-conservatives. Specifically, the discussion will identify actors, discourses, political devices, and platforms (transnational, regional and local) where anti-feminist and anti-LGTBIQ activism is organized. The presentations will also address the strategies of these actors and platforms, their agenda and the challenges they represent for queer and feminist political action.

The conversation will be in a round table format, with a moderator / discussant. The presenters will specifically work on the national cases of Brazil, Poland and Turkey, and will raise the regional discussion on anti-rights politics in Latin America, Europe and the Global South in general. Each presenter will make a presentation, introduced and commented on by the moderator/discussant. There will an open debate with the participants.

With: Ailynn Torres Santana (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Ecuador, IRGAC), Sonia Correa (Sexuality Policy Watch, Brazil), Ewa Majewska (Feminist Philosopher and Activist, Independent Scholar, Warsaw, Poland), Funda Hülagü (Independent Scholar, Adjunct Lecturer at the Philipps University of Marburg, Ger- many) // Moderation: Andrea Dip (Investigative Journalist, Brazil, IRGAC)
Straße der Pariser Kommune 8a

Housing Crisis in a time of Democratic Backsliding

The current global housing crisis at times manifests thorough a wide range of issues that lead to authoritarian and less than democratic practices in the urban space. Punitive policing or coercion against protests that expose housing insecurity are some examples of the housing crisis through authoritarian practices. In this panel, the panellists will go beyond the usual geographical limitations to discuss authoritarian practices that selectively engage with neoliberal urban policies which results in displacement, spatial segregation and lack of affordable and adequate crisis.

With: Mariana Morais (Researcher at the Humboldt University-Berlin / Right to the City, Berlin), Natalie Koch (Professor at Syracuse University, New York, USA, IASS-Pots- dam Visiting Fellow), Lorena Zarate (Global Platform for the Right to the City -GPR2C-, Argentina/Mexico/Canada) // Moderation: Aysegul Can (Researcher at the Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey, IRGAC)
Münzenberg Saal, Franz-Mehring-Platz

[2 pm – 4 pm]

Queerfeminist strategies & transnational solidarity against gender-based violence

This roundtable discussion will address the question of transnational solidarity for strengthening the anti-gender based violence activism under authoritarian politics. It will bring together activists from India, Latin American, and Berlin-based queerfeminist activists (especially from migrant and in-exile political organizations) to generate a collective discussion on the fight against patriarchal violence and its connections with other types of violence, and on transnational queerfeminist action as a key point in counterstrategies.

With: Rupali Bansode (Dalit feminist and Social Anthropologist, India), Javiera Manzi (Sociologist and Feminist Activist, Coordinadora Feminista 8M, Chile), Magdo Chuchracka (Queer Activist, Academic and Performer from Eastern Europe, Co- liberation Berlin, POPBACK Project, Goethe University, Frankfurt) // Moderation: Jana Flörchinger (Sociologist, Freelance Curator and Feminist Activist, Berlin) and Susanne Hentschel (Activist and Political Scientist, Berlin)
Straße der Pariser Kommune 8a

Capitalist anti-ecologies and authoritarianism in the Global South (I)

This conversation deals with the environmental collapse connected to capitalist development in the Global South and how authoritarian practices are used to advance these interests. The dynamics of development and underdevelopment have pushed entire regions in the Global South into sacrifice zones, where communities suffer from mega-projects, militarism, and a rhetoric that treats them as obstacles to progress. Developmentalism and Extractivism are seen as main motors for these economies and it often comes with territorial dispossession, direct violence against indigenous and peasant communities, and is connected to a stream of international deals where multinational corporations and states collaborate to access resources in a global commodity chain. The standard practices connected to this process are deep into environmental racism, involve the use of force (state or paramilitary) as well as political and military interventions from foreign states.

This event, split into two panels, connects the history of authoritarian practices related to environmental destruction with newer tendencies in Latin American and African regions. It exposes how authoritarianism comes in many forms, be it with more recent far-right governments and their overt anti-ecology or the tendencies around progressive developmentalism and even green capitalism that commodify nature and normalize violence against communities in the name of their development targets and ideologies of progress. This violence, however, is met with resistance by social movements and organized communities that not only denounce the impacts, local and global, but also struggle to build and promote alternatives to the models imposed aggressively from above.

With: Mariano Féliz (Activist and Researcher at the National University of La Plata, Argentina, IRGAC), Marco Antonio Teixeira (Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute
for Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin; Scientific Coordinator, Researcher Group Food for Justice), Myint Zaw (Environmental Activist and Writer, Myanmar), Saker El Nour (Activist and Researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Freie Universität Berlin, IRGAC) // Moderation: Inés Durán Matute (Activist and Researcher at the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico, IRGAC)
Münzenberg Saal, Franz-Mehring-Platz 1

[4.30 pm – 6.30 pm]

Capitalist anti-ecologies and authoritarianism in the Global South (II)

With: Sabrina Fernandes (Ecosocialist Communicator and Researcher at the University of Brasilia, Brasil, IRGAC), Markus Wissen (Fellow at the Institute for Critical Social Analy- sis, Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, Germany), Erika Mendes (Environmental and Social Activist,JusticiaAmbiental,Mozambique) // Moderation:BoaventuraMonjane (Activist and Researcher at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, IRGAC)
Münzenberg Saal, Franz-Mehring-Platz 1

The Power of Music and Counterculture: A Focus on Counter-strategies and Resistance Through Sound

This roundtable discussion intends to highlight how musical production and performance channels political dissent and anti-authoritarian struggles. It also emphasizes and underscores the varied efforts of migrant exile and diasporic communities from the global south at the forefront of counterculture and how they challenge many mainstream conservative norms, including right-wing discourses that emphasize neoliberal, capitalist, and fascist undertones. It will address the power of music and resistance through sound and political lyrics for social and political mobilization, transitional and inter-cultural dialogue, and emancipation in the Global South and beyond.

Cultural researchers, musicians performers and artists will discuss the power of music, sounds, lyrics, performance and technology in challenging hegmonic concepts and practices related to political conflics, identity, gender and sexuality.

With: Mo’min Swaitat (Palestinian Researcher and Filmmaker based in London), Diana Abbani (Writer, Historian & Research Associate at the Forum Transregionale Studi- en,Berlin), Enana (Syrian Rapper based in Berlin) // Moderation: Himmat Zoubi (Forum Transregionale Studien/EUME, IRGAC).
Straße der Pariser Kommune 8a

[11 am – 1 pm]

General Assembly
Straße der Pariser Kommune 8a

[4 pm – 6 pm]

Roundtable: Beyond Authoritarianism. Counterstrategies, Solidarities, Utopias

With panelists coming from different places and backgrounds, this discussion is less about an “analysis” of authoritarianism than about a reflection on the emancipatory potential of anti-authoritarian struggles and crises, about the question of what unites us or what we can unite, and what solidarity and internationalism should look like.

With: Eva von Redecker (Philosopher, Researcher and Writer, Germany), Harsh Mander (Author and Activist; Robert Bosch Academy Fellow & Centre for Equity Studies, India), Sabrina Fernandes (Ecosocialist Communicator and Researcher at the Uni- versity of Brasilia, Brasil, IRGAC), Damir Arsenijevic (Author, Activist and Psychoan-alyst at the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Yunyun Zhou (Feminist Researcher at the University of Oslo, Norway/ China)

Straße der Pariser Kommune 8a

[9 pm]

Closing party counter\ACT
Countercultural music and performances from around the world!

With: Saca Sal (Manuela Amuleto & Calamidades Lola), Prince Emrah, DJabali and VEX (AL Berlin Crew)
bi’bak, Haus der Statistik, Otto-Braun-Straße 70–72

*cover image: SINEMA TRANSTOPIA

Check the detailed schedule of the Conference between the 19th and 21st of May