In case you’re interested we (e*space) offer this workshop:
At parties you organize there have been incidents of sexual assault and you don’t know how to deal with this?
The group you’re in is almost exclusively male* and/or the few women* don’t engage much? You ask yourself how to point out discrimination at your summercamp? Another disruptive discussion with your friends about normative power? When you have a hard time dealing with such questions or are looking for further ideas, you might want to visit our workshop:
Thoughts on an emancipatory handling of discrimination and violence
Power relations structure our thoughts and acts. It is necessary to analyze and criticize this on a level which addresses society as a whole. In concrete situations we’re going to ask for possibilities to take action and –alternatives. Discrimination and violence are often dealt with – albeit often in an ignorant, disorganized and irrational way. Even a reasonable wish to „do things completely different“ can fail.
We are no anti-discrimination organization whose focus is limited to equal treatment under the law and can’t picure the world without police and civil law. But where are the alternatives?
We’re looking for an emancipatory approach, going for individual liberation. For us, it’s about the right life in the wrong one – so basically a mission impossible that all too often ends in bare management of capitalist misery. A mission in which you’re bound to become entangled in contradictions.
We consider ourselves distributors sharing our experiences, put them in the bin, keep on thinking, developing strategies and concepts and we would like to spur on public controversy.
We are not a supporters’- or awareness-group, no mediators or conflict managers. We do not have „the solution“. We discuss WITH you, not FOR you. We do not hand out antisexism-certificates.
The content of our workshop will roughly look like this:
- Discrimination and violence (How do we define them? Where do they happen?)
- Strategies for dealing with discrimination and violence (are there progressive alternatives to penal law?)
- Awareness raising (what is this? What is it for? How could that look like?)
- Support for victims of discrimination and/or violence, as well as working with discriminating and/or violent persons (open talk, confrontation, de-escalation, personal boundaries)
- Possible recapitulation with practical exercises (role-playing)
- Discussions about normative power
- Input on traumatic experiences
We’re open for suggestions concerning the main focus. The workshop will take about 2-4 days, depending on your emphasis and thematic priorities.
It was important to us to translate this workshopannouncement, but we think we won´t be able to hold it in English. But maybe we would find a solution to make it possible.