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Platform East: What Is Activism, Anyway?

Discourse | In English

With Piotr Goldstein (ZOiS, Berlin), Nadja Douglas, Félix Krawatzek, Stefanie Orphal, Felipe G. Santos, Gábor Thury

After the closed webinar Activism 1.01—Conversations with Activists, Experts, and Researchers, the experts will discuss their definitions of activism in a public panel: Does activism have to be political, or even visible? What happens at the interface between art and activism?

 

Biographies:

Nadja Douglas is a political scientist and a researcher at ZOiS. Her current project focuses on the relationship between public initiatives and state power structures in the post-Soviet region.

Piotr Goldstein is a social scientist working at the intersection of social anthropology, sociology and political science.  At ZOiS, he works within the team of the MOBILISE Project, which aims to understand why in the times of crisis some people protest while others migrate.

Félix Krawatzek is a political scientist and a senior researcher at ZOiS. His research project at ZOiS centres on youth as a political agent and a social imaginary.

Felipe G. Santos is a Researcher at the Politics Department of the University of Manchester. His work is focused on social movements and protests as well as how people react to moments of crisis. Beyond academic outlets, Felipe’s work has been featured in, among other platforms, The Guardian, BBC World News and El País.

 

Platform East
Which forms of civic engagement exist in Eastern Europe? Which agents are participating in the restructuring of public space? How has collective memory changed in the post-Soviet era? The new series Platform East will raise these questions and many others as part of the transcultural festival POSTWEST. Academics, artists, and activists from Central and Eastern Europe as well as various experts on Eastern Europe will address the socially relevant issues that affect their everyday lives: the freedom of art and media, the politics of memory and the construction of identities, generational relationships and conflicts as well as protest against political systems. Bringing together these different professions will produce mental collages that expand epistemic horizons and serve as the starting point for diverse future scenarios and a collective utopia of POSTWEST.

The series Platform East is a collaboration between the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) and the Volksbühne Berlin. Through panel discussions, films, lecture performances, and other formats, the series will function as a platform in the truest sense: at the intersection of art and science, it moves past the existing homogenous images of Eastern Europe and offers space for political, societal, and cultural diversity.