Program

Saturday 12.05.18

Sister, Sister and Friends – Part II (Lunch afternoon)

Date: Saturday 12.05.18
Time:
12:00 – 15:00
Location: Buurtkamer Hoofdkwartier / register via people@sideroom.org
Price: Free choice donations
Hosts: Amal Alhaag and Maria Guggenbichler

“These women distinguish themselves in their differences, but do not separate themselves from each other” – Stichting ZAMI (ZAMI Foundation).

Sister, Sister and Friends is a joyful intergenerational gathering of five decades of self-organizing by and for migrants, refugee women*, trans people and gender non-binary persons in Amsterdam and other parts of the Netherlands. In the past decades various feminist, queer and women’s* collectives and individuals have worked towards self-representation, emancipation, solidarity and amplifying (transnational) social networks.

Sister, Sister and Friends honors these women* plus their collective work and activism. Through the anecdotes, memories, images and webs of connections of and between groups such as ZAMI, Sister Outsider, Strange Fruit & Friends, and VON (Refugee Organization Netherlands) Vluchtelingenvrouwen, the program offers a look into recent and historical traces of structures, struggles, friendships and actions, that reflect and represent a rich history of women´s* solidarity and initiatives.

With contributions by Bibi Fadlalla, Hélène Christelle Munganyenda, Hodan Warsame, Anne Kruk, Tracian Meikle, Zami & many more.

Women* refers to all women’s experiences and positions

Register via people@sideroom.org

Sunday 13.05.18

Workshop: The art of restoring and restorying climate politics

Date: Sunday 13.05.18
Time:
13:00 – 15:30
Location: Academy of Theatre and Dance
Price: Free (registration required)
Facilitator: Chihiro Geuzebroek

The art of restoring and restorying climate politics radical healing amidst ecological collapse

What’s climate change got to do with the now? How climate-justice-sensitive is Amsterdam? What’s gender and class got to do with the impact of climate disaster? How does systemic destruction of ecology relate to the survival struggle of indigenous nations? What story do we tell ourselves to cope with, or be in denial about, the escalating existential crisis on earth?

Expect stories, know that you will be part of it and so will everybody else. Chihiro Geuzebroek, climate justice filmmaker/activist and public speaker will not just sprinkle facts and perspectives you may not have contemplated before, but above all invites you into a space to learn about lesser known ‘environmentalists’ and through creative exercises work on a collective intersectional narrative of healing.

Full (register here for waitinglist)
SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) workshop

Date: Sunday 13.05.18
Time:
14:15 – 16:45
Location: Academy of Theatre and Dance
Price: Free (registration required)
Facilitator: SJP

Since March 30th this year hundreds of thousands Palestinians have participated in the Great Return March with one clear demand: to return to their homes. They will continue at least until the al-Nakba (‘The Catastrophe’) commemoration on May 15th, marking 70 years since 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their land.

The Great Return March comes at a time when across the globe we see the political landscape moving to the right. Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and to cut UNRWA funding, anti-BDS legislation being pushed in parliaments in many countries reflects this shift. 6. 7.

In this workshop we will analyze the cause and effects of these political developments. We will try answer the question of how our work as activists can improve against what appears to be a strengthening enemy.

How can we tackle Zionist and right wing media rhetoric? How can we, just as the Palestinian resistance has done through its history, connect anti-imperialist progressive struggles in our communities and beyond? What can we do to uplift and amplify Palestinian voices, particularly at the time of the Great Return March and 70th commemoration of Al-Nakba?

Join SJP for this interactive workshop and explore current issues with practical tools to use as solidarity activists!

Full (register here for waitinglist)
Public Dialogue: Radical Solidarity and Intergenerational Coalitions

Date: Sunday 13.05.18
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
Location: Tropenmuseum
Price: € 8,-
Participants: Olave BasaboseAngela DavisGina DentFlavia DzodanNawal MustafaJoy Mariama Smith
Host: Hodan Warsame

Public Dialogue: Radical Solidarity and Intergenerational Coalitions is an evening on radical solidarity, intergenerational activism and coalitions within and between various (marginalized) communities, activist groups, scholars, artists and cultural producers. In what ways is solidarity negotiated in our contemporary fragmented and globalized societies? What forms of intergenerational activism are currently present and fueling social movements in the Netherlands? What futures do these global and mediatized solidarity practices sketch for new forms of racial, gendered or sexual belonging?

Public Dialogue: Radical Solidarity and Intergenerational Coalitions centralizes the multiplicity of activist work, voices and positions, and reflects on the complex and layered relationship between activism, art and education within and outside of the institutional context. Activists, academics and artists such as Olave Basabose, Flavia Dzodan, Nawal Mustafa and Joy Mariama Smith will be in conversation with Professor Angela Davis and Professor Gina Dent.

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Monday 14.05.18

Workshop: Shame Research Lab

Date: Monday 14.05.18
Time:
10:00 – 12:00
Location: Academy of Theatre and Dance
Price: Free (registration required)
Facilitator: Joy Mariama Smith

Starting with re-framing shame as a departure point for pleasure, we will draw from Dr. Morgana Maye’s notion of shame as an aspect of a state of arousal. Through using objects, movement and co-working we will plunge deeply into the transformative nature of taking a shameful experience and turning it into pleasure. While this workshop is all inclusive, members of marginalized communities have priority. Specifically: People of Color, Womxn*, Femmes*, Trans*, Queers*, Non-Binary people.

Full (register here for waitinglist)
Activism, Art and Education Lounge

Date: Monday 14.05.18
Time:
16:00 – 19:00
Location: Academy of Theatre and Dance
Price: Free
Participants: Rae Parnell, The One Minutes, The Black Archives and the public

Host: Quinsy Gario

For two afternoons the program lounge will plant itself at the heart of the Academy of Theatre and Dance in its vibrant foyer. Amid the daily life of dance and theatre students we invite different social movement organizers to share some of their work in a multimedia and interactive fashion. There will be an ongoing Zine Making workshop with Rae Parnell*; projection of One Minutes Series ‘Public Justice’ curated by Quinsy Gario; a part of the Black Archives collection, engaging in conversations on the importance of counter-institutional archival practices and Black liberation and a Soapbox that welcomes prepared and spontaneous contributions from visitors.

Zine Workshop – By Rae Parnell

Zine (independently published magazine) making has always been a medium for marginalized groups to ensure that their voices are heard. In this two day workshop, participants will learn about the history of DIY (Do It Yourself) media making, and have an opportunity to make a collective zine with other participants!
In this workshop, we will examine the following questions: What writers, political thinkers, and artist have helped to politicize you? What is your vision of justice, and what aspects of your identity have in
uenced this? How does your personal struggle connect with larger systems in place? And how can you work with others to achieve a just future?
Bring your ideas, your friends, and yourself! We’ll be processing these questions and more through zine making. And by the end of the workshop you’ll be able to take home your very own zine!

One Minute Series – Projection – Curated by Quinsy Gario

Description of The One Minutes Series: ‘What is justice? What can you say about injustice? How to pursue a just world? The answers to these questions cannot be presented in a vacuum but must be done in public’. The projection is courtesy of The One Minutes – a network devoted to moving image which has since 1998 produced and distributed over 17,000 video works by artists from more than 120 countries.

Soapbox

Take the stage and share your thoughts, your work, your ideas with us. You get around 5 min to grab that mic or rock your dance/show on the stage. There will be a sign-up sheet and a host to facilitate the participants.

ZAMI debate: Black feminism, activism and racism

Date: Monday 14.05.18
Time:
19:30 – 21:30
Location: Atria, institute on gender equality and women’s history
Price: Free, registration required
Participants: ZAMI, Astrid Elburg and Nancy Jouwe a.o.

Moderator: Sandra Doevendans

The debate will be streamed live on ZAMI’s Facebook.

On May 14, Zami Foundation organises a debate about Black feminism, activism and racism. During this event, a group of intergenerational and interdisciplinary women will discuss contemporary feminism and activism from the new wave of Black, migrant, and refugee feminists. The atmosphere in the Netherlands has become grimmer over the last decade. There exists a general sense of incomprehension and images from social media, especially from the U.S., ignite combative feelings in the Netherlands. Social media contributes to increased awareness on racism, gender related violence, women’s rights, equality and self-determination. Did the struggle for a better position for Black, migrant, and refugee women change? To what extend is racialised struggle fueled by polarised positions and perspectives? Is the Netherlands capable of embracing its multiculturality and ready to decolonize? This debate foregrounds the possibility for a different future.

 

The discussion will be hosted by Atria, institute on gender equality and women’s history. Atria is committed to equal treatment and equal opportunities for girls and women in all their social and cultural diversity. Atria conducts academic and policy-oriented research and collects, manages and stores information about women’s position and gender relations in society. It also preserves the heritage of the Dutch women’s movements

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Tuesday 15.05.18

Workshop: Waacking and Freestyle with Native Moons

Date: Tuesday 15.05.18

Time Freestyle: 09:00 – 10:30
Time Waacking: 10:30 – 12:00

Location: Academy of Theatre and Dance
Price: Free (registration required)
Facilitator: Native Moons

Native Moons is a distinctive collective consisting of three female artists: Sarada Sarita Keilman, Yordana Rodriguez and Kim Tawjoeram. With a united passion for music, art and dance, they share the same state of mind: “When we dance we are free, and when we are free, we dance”. They express this vision in the underground dance scene as well as in the theatre.

They teach in different styles of dance like Waacking, Popping, Housedance, Vogue and Hip Hop. For this workshop Sarita Sarada will teach a Waacking class; Yordana and Kim will teach a Freestyle class. Important in their classes is to feel free, playful, passionate and joyful.

Waacking is a dance style born in the clubs of Los Angeles at the beginning of the 1970s. The clubs and discos became spaces of freedom from social, political and cultural oppression faced by minority groups. Disco and Funk music became the basis for the expressions of freedom and the dance moves created in this scene are now known as Waacking/Whacking. In other words, to strike with force! Inspired by movie stars, dancers posed to the beat and punked the lyrics and feel of the music. Punking means behavioral movement, emotion/expression and/or acting in and through movement. Finally, the dancers used grooves and socially oriented dance styles specific to a certain time and place, such as Soul Train, one of the first TV dance shows where this style and others like popping and locking were shown.

We strike with force, pose with grace, move with emotion, punk with intention.

We catch the beat, embrace the moment, live our presence, affirm our greatness and whaack out the prejudice

Register

Activism, Art and Education Lounge

Date: Tuesday 15.05.18
Time:
16:00 – 19:00
Location: Academy of Theatre and Dance
Price: Free
Participants: Rae Parnell, The One Minutes, The Black Archives and the public

Host: Nadia Bekkers

For two afternoons the program lounge will plant itself at the heart of the Academy of Theatre and Dance in its vibrant foyer. Amid the daily life of dance and theatre students we invite different social movement organizers to share some of their work in a multimedia and interactive fashion. There will be an ongoing Zine Making workshop with Rae Parnell*; projection of The One Minutes Series ‘Public Justice’ curated by Quinsy Gario; a part of The Black Archives collection, engaging in conversations on the importance of counter-institutional archival practices and Black liberation and a Soapbox that welcomes prepared and spontaneous contributions from visitors.

Zine Workshop – By Rae Parnell

Zine (independently published magazine) making has always been a medium for marginalized groups to ensure that their voices are heard. In this two day workshop, participants will learn about the history of DIY (Do It Yourself) media making, and have an opportunity to make a collective zine with other participants. !
In this workshop, we will examine the following questions: What writers, political thinkers, and artist have helped to politicize you? What is your vision of justice, and what aspects of your identity have in
uenced this? How does your personal struggle connect with larger systems in place? And how can you work with others to achieve a just future?
Bring your ideas, your friends, and yourself! We’ll be processing these questions and more through zine making. And by the end of the workshop you’ll be able to take home your very own zine!

One Minute Series – Projection – Curated by Quinsy Gario

Description of The One Minutes Series: ‘What is justice? What can you say about injustice? How to pursue a just world? The answers to these questions cannot be presented in a vacuum but must be done in public’. The projection is courtesy of The One Minutes – a network devoted to moving image which has since 1998 produced and distributed over 17,000 video works by artists from more than 120 countries.

Soapbox

Take the stage and share your thoughts, your work, your ideas with us. You get around 5 min to grab a mic or rock your dance/show on the stage. There will be a sign-up sheet and a host to facilitate the participants.

Pedagogies of Violence, Pedagogies of Care

Date: Tuesday 15.05.18
Time:
19:30 – 21:30
Location: Framer Framed
Price: Free of choice donations
Hosts: Amal Alhaag and Maria Guggenbichler

Pedagogies of Violence,
Pedagogies of Care
Broadcasting on the emergency frequency
The armed resistance has arrived
We offer safety and security, food and shelter
If you’re out there, we will help you.
If you hear this, we will help you.
There is hope.

Pedagogies of Violence, Pedagogies of Care, hosted by Amal Alhaag and Maria Guggenbichler, discusses how in collective, transformative practices, violence and militancy often fall together with care and love. Militancy toward the outside, toward the oppressive structure, the violent system, state violence. Toward patriarchy. Toward white supremacy. Toward colonialism. How are these structures warping daily lived experiences and what connections of care and friendship nurture and sustain activists, cultural producers and organisers?

Violence and care seem more than a mind can hold, paradox positions that come together simultaneously and frequently when one is confronted with structural injustice and violence. ‘All oppressed people have a right to violence,’ civil rights activist Flo Kennedy posits in the film Born In Flames. ‘It’s like the right to pee: you’ve gotta have the right place, you’ve gotta have the right time, you’ve gotta have the appropriate situation. And believe me, this is the appropriate situation.’

Together with our guests, we will look into collective acts which resist, refuse and disrupt white supremacist hetero-patriarchy in multi-strategic ways.

Pedagogies of Violence, Pedagogies of Care is the second edition of Pedagogies of the Opaque – public research events for, with and about ex-centric cultural, communal and collective practices and thinking, initiated by Amal Alhaag and Maria Guggenbichler at Framer Framed.

The series is the preface to a master program for ex-centric public cultures, which aims to run from 2019 until 2021 in Amsterdam.

‘This is NON / This is NON speaking / Broadcasting on the emergency frequency / Urgency / The armed resistance has arrived / Repeat / The armed resistance has arrived / We offer safety and security, food and shelter / If you’re out there, we will help you / If you’re out there, we will help you / If you hear this, we will help you / There is hope.’ (NKISI)

Full (register for waitinglist via reserveren@framerframed.nl)

Wednesday 16.05.18

Workshop: Moving Through Pleasure/Pleasure Activism

Date: Wednesday 16.05.18
Time:
10:00 – 12:00
Location: Academy of Theatre and Dance
Price: Free (registration required)
Facilitator: Joy Mariama Smith

Moving Through Pleasure/Pleasure Activism

We work to create an inclusive safe® space for us to explore and perform pleasure through movement. Using Adrienne Maree Brown’s five tangible tools for pleasure activism as a starting point, we will consensually move through pleasure. Sexual pleasure is not the main focus of the workshop but we do want to acknowledge that sex and sexuality could come up. We will collectively and individually explore the following: self-love, awareness & curiosity, ways to talk about pleasure, and embodying various pleasure states.

Full (register here for waitinglist)
Workshop by Sepake Angiama: Letter from the Future

Date: Wednesday 16.05.18
Time:
14:00 – 16:30
Location: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht
Price: €5,- / free for students of AHK en HKU (registration required)
Facilitator: Sepake Angiama

Letter from the Future is a writing workshop led by Sepake Angiama that develops the transposition of our collective political imaginary within the context of the library project, ‘We Summon All Beings Here Present, Past and Future’.

Full
Masterclass by Gina Dent: The Idea of Africa

Date: Wednesday 16.05.18
Time:
11:00 – 14:00
Location: University of Amsterdam
Price: Free (registration required)
Registration: Full, register for waitinglist via nica-fgw@uva.nl, BA students are requested to write a short motivation.
Open to: MA and RMA students, PhD students, faculty, and people with reading experience in Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies, African American Studies, Feminist Theory and/or Africana Studies. There are 5 spots for BA students with demonstrable interest in the topic.
Requirements: Participants are required to read and prepare all the readings before coming to the masterclass. The readings will be distributed about two weeks before the masterclass.
Masterclass by: Gina Dent

This masterclass —the title of which is taken from V.Y. Mudimbe’s classic text of the same name—will focus on the epistemological consequences of anthropology’s role in producing an idea of Africa and responses to the legacies of slavery and colonialism in African-American popular history and memoir.

Readings include (in order of reading):

Sally Falk Moore, “Changing Perspectives on a Changing Africa: The Work of Anthropology” from Robert H. Bates, V.Y. Mudimbe, and Jean O’Barr, eds., Africa and the Disciplines: The Contributions of Research in Africa to the Social Sciences and Humanities, pp. 3-40.

V.Y. Mudimbe, “Introduction,” “Discourse of Power and Knowledge of Otherness,” and “E. W. Blyden’s Legacy and Questions” from Invention of Africa, pp. ix-xii, 1-23, 98-134.

Wilson Jeremiah Moses, “Introduction” and “Varieties of Black Historicism: Issues of Antimodernism and ‘Presentism’” from Afrotopia: The Roots of African American Popular History, pp. 1-43.

Saidiya Hartman, from “Introduction,” “Afrotopia,” and “Lose Your Mother” from Lose Your Mother.

Optional: Rosalind Shaw, “Introduction” and “Chapter One: The Atlanticizing of Sierra Leone” from Memories of the Slave Trade, pp. 1-45

Lecture by Gina Dent, Anchored to the Real: Black Literature in the Wake of Anthropology

Date: Wednesday 16.05.18
Time:
19:00 – 21:00
Location: The Black Archives
Price: €10,- / €8,-
Participants: Gina Dent and Nancy Jouwe

In her lecture, Dent will present from her forthcoming book Anchored to the Real: Black Literature in the Wake of Anthropology (Duke University Press). The lecture examines questions of race, gender and geopolitics in the translation of black writers into American literature. With a specific focus on the productive and disabling role of the social sciences, anthropology in particular, in this act of translation, the lecture provides insight into black culture in the Diaspora and the conditions of knowledge production.

The lecture is followed by a Q&A with Nancy Jouwe.

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Thursday 17.05.18

Movement Music Session by ArtBeat Amsterdam/Melvin Fraenk

Date: Thursday 17.05.18
Time:
11:00 – 16:00
Location: Academy of Theatre and Dance
Price: Free (registration required)
Facilitator: Melvin Fraenk and Tom van Wee

ArtBeat’s Music Movement Sessions is created and initiated by choreographer/teacher Melvin Fraenk. Music Movement Sessions (MMS) is a movement experience of 5 hours where choreographer Melvin Fraenk guides the dancers through different body states. The dancers are experiencing a trip from Choreography to Movement which ends in an Improvisation jam.

Melvin Fraenk developed different sessions that are connected in such ways giving the dancer an immersive experience through different movement concepts, visions and musicality during the day.

At the end of the day, the newly encountered experiences will come together in the MMS Jam, which will be accompanied live by a producer. The producers of this day will be artist Tom van Wee.

In the context of Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education they created a special edition.

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Workshop Al Maeishah

Date: Thursday 17.05.18
Time:
 14:00 – 16:30
Location: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht
Price: € 5,- / free for students of AHK en HKU (registration required)
Facilitators: Isshaq Al-Barbary and Diego Segatto

Al Maeishah (“the living”, in Arabic) is a communal learning environment in which participants explore and practice neighbouring and hospitality as radical political acts. It creates platforms by engaging in conversation with people of similar social and political urgencies. Al Maeishah tackles these urgencies with the imagination of a future beyond borders and the understanding of the challenges in prompting the common.To convene, Al Maeishah relies on mujawarah (“gathering” or “neighboring” in Arabic), where people critically reflect on actions and experiences. Participants  gradually build personal and communal meanings and understandings.
During the workshop Al-Barbary and Segatto wish to temporarily create a space where, through movement, discussion and stories, participants explore and experiment with the terms “hospitality” and “displacement”. The participants are invited to live the space based on our understanding of the Arabic words Hayy (Neighborhood) and Ahaali (people-in-community). Haay literally means alive; it is aliveness that characterises a neighbourhood and not just agreed upon rules. Ahaali referes to people connected to a geographical plplace
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Keynote Lecture Angela Davis

Date: Thursday 17.05.18
Time:
 19:00 – 21:00
Location: Aula VU Amsterdam
Price: € 20,- / € 12,- / € 8,-
Participants: Angela Y. Davis, Denise Jannah, We Are Here Women, Tirsa With and Benedicta

On May 17, 2018 our guest of honor Angela Y. Davis will present a lecture at VU University in which she will reflect on the week. Moving Together has foregrounded the relationship between activism, art and education and social justice in the Netherlands. During the keynote Angela Davis will connect her transnational work with her experiences in the Netherlands in order to shed light on potentials for coalition, collaboration, and liberation. After the lecture, she will engage in conversation with the audience. Denise Jannah will open the night with a libation and spoken Word artists Tirsa With and Benedicta will end with a poetic reflection on Moving Together.

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