Tag Archives: Berlin

A Southasian journalist discovers the limits of Berlin’s presumed enlightenment

My friend Hani Yousuf: A few weeks ago I met a pleasant Austrian woman at a party in a bar in Prenzlauerberg, the formerly East Berlin area now home to the young, professional and cool. It was a weeknight, lights in the bar were violet and dim and conversation was possible. We were celebrating a […]

Call for applications: Cultural Diplomacy

I just got this in the mail. If you have any questions, write to the email addresses in the body of the Call. “Call for Applications” (ICD Conferences, January – March 2012) Dear Sir/ Madam, On behalf of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, I am writing to bring to your attention the following major programs […]

CFP – Borders and Borderlands: Contested Spaces

15th Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality, March 28 – 31, 2012 With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, a new era seemed to have opened up: a world without borders and thus – potentially – a world with less conflict and more freedom. Today, more than 20 years later, we can observe that some […]

In praise of futile acts of resistance

Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin(Jeder stirbt für sich allein), written in 1946, 18 months after the end of the Second World War, is based on the true story of Elise and Otto Hampel, a working-class couple who lived in Berlin during the Nazi period. After the death of Elise’s brother in the war, the couple […]

Arm aber sexy (poor but sexy)

Jonathan Rosenthal, The Economist’s European finance correspondent writes about my (for now) adopted city, Berlin: Iconoclasm is not just the preserve of the rebellious poor. In Berlin’s opera houses—there are still three, despite the broken budget—audiences are known to boo and hiss. When I went to a performance directed by Nigel Kennedy earlier this year […]

Judith Butler turns down civil courage award from Berlin Pride: ‘I must distance myself from racist complicity’

Press Release by SUSPECT on the refusal of the Zivilcourage Prize by Judith Butler at the Berlin Pride on 19th June, 2010: As Berlin Queer and Trans Activists of Colour and Allies we welcome Judith Butler’s decision to turn down the Zivilcourage Prize awarded by Berlin Pride. We are delighted that a renowned theorist has […]