VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin
School of Disobedience:
Climate Change – A History #3
Tomorrow
25.03.

Seminar
English

With Wilko von Hardenberg

Weather and climate influence our lives at many levels, ranging from daily life to apocalyptic visions of the future. In recent years, debates about the role of human agency in climate change have become central in public debate. The role of humans as a force of global climate change has even led to reflect about the need for a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. This seminar explores the history of ideas, policies, and practices behind modern conceptions of climate as a global system. Our aim is to put current debates on climate change into historical and critical perspective as we seek to understand the varying ways climate has been interpreted and understood over time.

Registration required. The three-part seminar with Wilko von Hardenberg is open to all interested parties, regardless of age, occupation or level of education. Due to limited capacity, however, we ask that you submit a short letter about you yourself and your interest in the seminar by February 22nd to schoolofdisobedience@protonmail.com. You will then receive additional information directly.

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg is senior research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin where he coordinates the research cluster “Art of Judgement” and works on a history of the concept of mean sea level. Trained as a political historian and a geographer in Turin and Cambridge his researches have been mainly aimed at disentangling different aspects of 20th century environmental history. Prior to moving to Berlin he worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Rachel Carson Center and the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the University of Trento, and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.

Photo: Patsy Lynch/FEMA
Seaside Heights after Hurricane Sandy (New Jersey, Nov 2012)


School of Disobedience
The School of Disobedience is an experimental format to test new ways of independent knowledge production in the 21st century. The inspiration is the spirit of Berlin, the city as an image for this time and this world, heterogeneous, international and politicized. The goal of the School of Disobedience is to concentrate this potential of the city and put it to use for working on a common future. The combination of humanistic and technological perspectives should help to support specific projects which are based on a progressive view of society and will further our sense of justice.

Launched in fall 2018 and continuing into 2019, the School of Disobedience will work in the Grünen Salon with a set of events to test formats and content of the para-academic practice. There will be seminars open for anybody interested in the connection of academic and activist thinking and working, a lab for technologists and theoreticians, a makerspace for people with experiences in different areas, from law to coding, from NGO to academia. Each month, a different academic expert leads a seminar on his or her research and invites people of all ages, professions and experience to join as its students. There will also be monthly public evening events in the evenings, which will allow the general audience an insight into that month’s issue in focus.

The School of Disobedience is realized in cooperation with Nemetschek Foundation.

25.03.19, 12:00
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Past Activities

School of Disobedience: Climate Change – A History

Wilko von Hardenberg in conversation with Mark Lawrence

Weather and climate influence our lives at many levels, ranging from daily life to apocalyptic visions of the future. In recent years, debates about the role of human agency in climate change have become central in public debate. The role of humans as a force of global climate change has even led to reflect about the need for a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. This seminar explores the history of ideas, policies, and practices behind modern conceptions of climate as a global system. Our aim is to put current debates on climate change into historical and critical perspective as we seek to understand the varying ways climate has been interpreted and understood over time.

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg is senior research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin where he coordinates the research cluster “Art of Judgement” and works on a history of the concept of mean sea level. Trained as a political historian and a geographer in Turin and Cambridge his researches have been mainly aimed at disentangling different aspects of 20th century environmental history. Prior to moving to Berlin he worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Rachel Carson Center and the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the University of Trento, and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.

Photo: Patsy Lynch/FEMA
Seaside Heights after Hurricane Sandy (New Jersey, Nov 2012)

School of Disobedience: Climate Change – A History #2

With Wilko von Hardenberg

Weather and climate influence our lives at many levels, ranging from daily life to apocalyptic visions of the future. In recent years, debates about the role of human agency in climate change have become central in public debate. The role of humans as a force of global climate change has even led to reflect about the need for a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. This seminar explores the history of ideas, policies, and practices behind modern conceptions of climate as a global system. Our aim is to put current debates on climate change into historical and critical perspective as we seek to understand the varying ways climate has been interpreted and understood over time.

Registration required. The three-part seminar with Wilko von Hardenberg is open to all interested parties, regardless of age, occupation or level of education. Due to limited capacity, however, we ask that you submit a short letter about you yourself and your interest in the seminar by February 22nd to schoolofdisobedience@protonmail.com. You will then receive additional information directly.

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg is senior research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin where he coordinates the research cluster “Art of Judgement” and works on a history of the concept of mean sea level. Trained as a political historian and a geographer in Turin and Cambridge his researches have been mainly aimed at disentangling different aspects of 20th century environmental history. Prior to moving to Berlin he worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Rachel Carson Center and the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the University of Trento, and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.

Photo: Patsy Lynch/FEMA
Seaside Heights after Hurricane Sandy (New Jersey, Nov 2012)

School of Disobedience: Climate Change – A History #1

With Wilko von Hardenberg

Weather and climate influence our lives at many levels, ranging from daily life to apocalyptic visions of the future. In recent years, debates about the role of human agency in climate change have become central in public debate. The role of humans as a force of global climate change has even led to reflect about the need for a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. This seminar explores the history of ideas, policies, and practices behind modern conceptions of climate as a global system. Our aim is to put current debates on climate change into historical and critical perspective as we seek to understand the varying ways climate has been interpreted and understood over time.

Registration required. The three-part seminar with Wilko von Hardenberg is open to all interested parties, regardless of age, occupation or level of education. Due to limited capacity, however, we ask that you submit a short letter about you yourself and your interest in the seminar by February 22nd to schoolofdisobedience@protonmail.com. You will then receive additional information directly.

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg is senior research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin where he coordinates the research cluster “Art of Judgement” and works on a history of the concept of mean sea level. Trained as a political historian and a geographer in Turin and Cambridge his researches have been mainly aimed at disentangling different aspects of 20th century environmental history. Prior to moving to Berlin he worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Rachel Carson Center and the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the University of Trento, and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.

Photo: Patsy Lynch/FEMA
Seaside Heights after Hurricane Sandy (New Jersey, Nov 2012)

School of Disobedience: Cryptoeconomics #1/3

Registration for the seminar is now closed.

A high-priesthood of financial elite holds the keys to the operating system of an economy showing signs of terminal dysfunctioning. In this context, commons-oriented network collectives, values and practices are gaining traction. Movements like free/open source software or p2p collaborative economy represent a cultural shift towards a more sustainable, egalitarian future. Can cryptoeconomics and blockchain technologies facilitate the transition from surveillance capitalism and data extractivism to common-based social architecture? This course will focus on critical and creative engagements with the building and scaling up of alternative visions and infrastructures. On the menu: data sovereignty, platform cooperativism, Universal Basic Income (or better, basic equity!); cosmo-financial practices and values to processually and ecologically integrate the externalities presiding to current capital formation; critical questioning of key cryptoeconomics concepts and their relation to the legacy of neoliberalism; etc. “They’re building something in there, something down there. Mutual debt, debt unpayable, debt unbounded, debt unconsolidated…” (The Undercommons).

Erik Bordeleau (PhD, Université de Montréal) is researcher at the SenseLab (Concordia University, Montreal) and fugitive financial designer at the Economic Space Agency (ECSA). He is also affiliated to the research group HAR (Histoire des arts et des representations - Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La défense) and co-founder of the collectives Entrepreneurs du commun and Econautic Consultancy. His work articulates at the intersection of political philosophy, media and financial theory, contemporary art and cinema studies, with a marked interest for the speculative turn and the renewal of the question of the possible in contemporary thinking.

School of Disobedience: Experimentations in Alternative Economies – CommonCoin, FairCoin, and Bank of the Commons

Erik Bordeleau in conversation with Emanuele Braga

Cryptoeconomics presents an important opportunity to re-think the way we conceive of value and account for social cooperation away from the extractive profit-taking hegemony. Since 2015, the MACAO community (Milan) has been developing a circular economy based on Commoncoin, paying all the labour, and providing to the members a monthly Basic Income in Euro. This initiative has been developed in collaboration with the Commonfare project and is closely related to the Faircoin network and the Bank of the Commons. These three projects represent a set of socio-political alternatives based on cooperation and mutual aid. Can we imagine a future in which decentralized cryptoeconomic and algorithmic infrastructures contribute to social life and avoid generating a democratic deficit as collateral effect?

Erik Bordeleau is a fugitive financial planner at the Economic Space Agency (ECSA) and researcher at the SenseLab (Montreal, Concordia University). His work articulates at the intersection of political philosophy, financial theory, contemporary art and media studies. He is currently working on the creation of an MA program in cryptoeconomics at the Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) and enjoy, from time to time, the discreet charm of the precariat.

Emanuele Braga is an artist, researcher and activist. In addition to his work at MACAO, he co-founded the dance and theatre company Balletto Civile (2003), the contemporary art project Rhaze (2011), as well as Landscape Choreography (2012),an art platform questioning the role of the body under capitalism. His research focuses on models of cultural production, processes of social transformation, political economy, labor rights and the institution of the commons.

School of Disobedience: Cryptoeconomics #1/2

Registration for the seminar is now closed.

Participation in the seminar is free of charge via an open call. If you would like to participate please email a short paragraph about why you would like to join and a short narrative bio to schoolofdisobedience@gmail.com by January 25th. Places are limited and we will respond to you by January 31st.

A high-priesthood of financial elite holds the keys to the operating system of an economy showing signs of terminal dysfunctioning. In this context, commons-oriented network collectives, values and practices are gaining traction. Movements like free/open source software or p2p collaborative economy represent a cultural shift towards a more sustainable, egalitarian future. Can cryptoeconomics and blockchain technologies facilitate the transition from surveillance capitalism and data extractivism to common-based social architecture? This course will focus on critical and creative engagements with the building and scaling up of alternative visions and infrastructures. On the menu: data sovereignty, platform cooperativism, Universal Basic Income (or better, basic equity!); cosmo-financial practices and values to processually and ecologically integrate the externalities presiding to current capital formation; critical questioning of key cryptoeconomics concepts and their relation to the legacy of neoliberalism; etc. “They’re building something in there, something down there. Mutual debt, debt unpayable, debt unbounded, debt unconsolidated…” (The Undercommons).

Erik Bordeleau (PhD, Université de Montréal) is researcher at the SenseLab (Concordia University, Montreal) and fugitive financial designer at the Economic Space Agency (ECSA). He is also affiliated to the research group HAR (Histoire des arts et des representations - Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La défense) and co-founder of the collectives Entrepreneurs du commun and Econautic Consultancy. His work articulates at the intersection of political philosophy, media and financial theory, contemporary art and cinema studies, with a marked interest for the speculative turn and the renewal of the question of the possible in contemporary thinking.

School of Disobedience: Cryptoeconomics #1/1

Registration for the seminar is now closed.

A high-priesthood of financial elite holds the keys to the operating system of an economy showing signs of terminal dysfunctioning. In this context, commons-oriented network collectives, values and practices are gaining traction. Movements like free/open source software or p2p collaborative economy represent a cultural shift towards a more sustainable, egalitarian future. Can cryptoeconomics and blockchain technologies facilitate the transition from surveillance capitalism and data extractivism to common-based social architecture? This course will focus on critical and creative engagements with the building and scaling up of alternative visions and infrastructures. On the menu: data sovereignty, platform cooperativism, Universal Basic Income (or better, basic equity!); cosmo-financial practices and values to processually and ecologically integrate the externalities presiding to current capital formation; critical questioning of key cryptoeconomics concepts and their relation to the legacy of neoliberalism; etc. “They’re building something in there, something down there. Mutual debt, debt unpayable, debt unbounded, debt unconsolidated…” (The Undercommons).

Erik Bordeleau (PhD, Université de Montréal) is researcher at the SenseLab (Concordia University, Montreal) and fugitive financial designer at the Economic Space Agency (ECSA). He is also affiliated to the research group HAR (Histoire des arts et des representations - Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La défense) and co-founder of the collectives Entrepreneurs du commun and Econautic Consultancy. His work articulates at the intersection of political philosophy, media and financial theory, contemporary art and cinema studies, with a marked interest for the speculative turn and the renewal of the question of the possible in contemporary thinking.

School of Disobedience: Re-Thinking Value at the End of the Economy An Introduction to Cryptoeconomics

Doors open at 6 pm
Tickets: 5 / 3 €

Stemming from the incandescent core of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a question remains unanswered to this day: how to occupy a financial abstraction? Operating within this emergent blockchain space, Economic Space Agency (ECSA) conceives of crypto-finance as an expressive medium with the potential to exceed the restrictions and extractive procedures of the current market economy. With cryptoeconomics, it becomes possible to re-engineer and decolonize the money-form from within, and thus envisage p2p ecosystems of value that could escape, or at least redefine, the capitalist realm of generalized equivalence.

With Erik Bordeleau, from the Economic Space Agency

Erik Bordeleau, (PhD, Université de Montréal) is researcher at the SenseLab (Concordia University, Montreal) and fugitive financial designer at the Economic Space Agency (ECSA). He is also affiliated to the research group HAR (Histoire des arts et des representations - Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La défense) and co-founder of the collectives Entrepreneurs du commun and Econautic Consultancy. His work articulates at the intersection of political philosophy, media and financial theory, contemporary art and cinema studies, with a marked interest for the speculative turn and the renewal of the question of the possible in contemporary thinking.

Economic Space Agency brings together radical economists, software engineers, artists, theorists and crypto-technologists to take up a unique economic, ethical, aesthetical and political challenge: re-inventing finance as a collective practice of crafting futures and re-thinking value at the end of the economy as we know it.

School of Disobedience, Seminar #1/4

While democratic political institutions assume a fixed demos residing within state borders, unprecedented human movement and digital communications have rendered that assumption difficult to sustain. At the same time, “welcome culture” has come under attack, with renewed assertions of state sovereignty (from both right and left). This four-meeting workshop aims to foster new thinking on what an egalitarian politics of porous borders might look like today. Key to this possibility is not only extending humanitarian assistance to refugees, but establishing open political institutions that remain socially responsible. What forms of knowledge might help us with the challenging task? Through meetings with scholars and activists who have advanced cutting-edge thinking surrounding this subject, we will attempt to imagine new outlines for our transnational political communities. Four disciplinary perspectives will inform the discussion: digital communication, poetry, mental health, and law. Registered participants will be invited to lunch and will be provided with a packet of reading materials which will form the basis for discussion. An optional course assignment will include taking photos with your smart phone.

The seminar is open to everyone and free of charge. Nevertheless capacity is limited. In order to register please send an email with a short statement why you wish to participate to: itamar.mann@gmail.com

In cooperation with DeutschPlus and Die Offene Gesellschaft

[logo DoG 60]

Dr. Itamar Mann is a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law. His scholarship focuses on international law and political theory with an emphasis on the legal, political, and ethical questions refugees and migrants raise. Mann has published widely in leading journals and edited volumes, and his monograph, Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law, came out with Cambridge University Press in 2016. Alongside his academic work, he is a legal adviser at GLAN (Global Legal Action Network), where he advances strategic litigation, focusing on migrant and refugee rights. Before moving to Haifa, Mann held a fellowship at Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC. His education includes an LLB from Tel Aviv University, and LLM and JSD degrees from Yale Law School.

Workshop plan:

October 8, 12-2pm: Digital Integrations
Guest: Safaa AbuJarour, Universität Potsdam

Ms. AbuJarour is a PhD researcher at the Universität Potsdam. In her current research topic on “The Role of Technology in Alleviating the Current Refugees’ Crisis”, she has been applying scientific research methods to the use of Social Networks by the refugees in Germany to increase their chances of getting integrated into the new society.

Reading:

For further reference:

October 15, 12-2pm: Placeless Poets
Guest: Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of Birmingham

Prof. Stonebrige holds an interdisciplinary Chair in humanities and human rights at the University of Birmingham. Her work focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary literature and history, Human Rights, and Refugee Studies. She is also co-investigator at , a collaborative project with refugees and their host communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Her latest book, Placeless People: Writing, Rights and Refugees came out this year with Oxford University Press.

Reading:

  • Hannah Arendt, “We Refugees
  • Lyndsey Stonebridge, Placeless People (Oxford University Press, 2018) (excerpt, TBA)

October 22, 12-2pm: Trauma and Transnational Identity
Guest: Dr. Essam Daod, Humanity Crew

In 2015, Dr. Daod founded Humanity Crew with his wife Maria Jammal. With an operating base in Greece, Humanity Crew recruits, trains and deploys mental health professionals and qualified volunteers to deliver psychosocial services to refugees and displaced populations in an effort to improve refugee well-being and prevent further trauma. Alongside its operational work, Humanity Crew is dedicating to raising the profile of mental health care as a fundamental aspect of emergency humanitarian crisis response.

Reading:

October 29, 12-2pm: “We the Migrants”

Reading:

  • Gregory Feldman, We Are all Migrants: Political Action and the Ubiquitous Condition of Migrant-hood (Stanford University Press, 2015) (Introduction)
  • Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, The Cosmopolites (Columbia University Press, 2015) (Afterward)
  • Dr. Itamar Mann, Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016 (Chapter 6)
  • Richard Seymour, Reinventing the Anti-Immigrant Wheel, Patreon, September 3, 2018
School of Disobedience, Seminar #1/3

While democratic political institutions assume a fixed demos residing within state borders, unprecedented human movement and digital communications have rendered that assumption difficult to sustain. At the same time, “welcome culture” has come under attack, with renewed assertions of state sovereignty (from both right and left). This four-meeting workshop aims to foster new thinking on what an egalitarian politics of porous borders might look like today. Key to this possibility is not only extending humanitarian assistance to refugees, but establishing open political institutions that remain socially responsible. What forms of knowledge might help us with the challenging task? Through meetings with scholars and activists who have advanced cutting-edge thinking surrounding this subject, we will attempt to imagine new outlines for our transnational political communities. Four disciplinary perspectives will inform the discussion: digital communication, poetry, mental health, and law. Registered participants will be invited to lunch and will be provided with a packet of reading materials which will form the basis for discussion. An optional course assignment will include taking photos with your smart phone.

The seminar is open to everyone and free of charge. Nevertheless capacity is limited. In order to register please send an email with a short statement why you wish to participate to: itamar.mann@gmail.com

In cooperation with DeutschPlus and Die Offene Gesellschaft

[logo DoG 60]

Dr. Itamar Mann is a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law. His scholarship focuses on international law and political theory with an emphasis on the legal, political, and ethical questions refugees and migrants raise. Mann has published widely in leading journals and edited volumes, and his monograph, Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law, came out with Cambridge University Press in 2016. Alongside his academic work, he is a legal adviser at GLAN (Global Legal Action Network), where he advances strategic litigation, focusing on migrant and refugee rights. Before moving to Haifa, Mann held a fellowship at Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC. His education includes an LLB from Tel Aviv University, and LLM and JSD degrees from Yale Law School.

Workshop plan:

October 8, 12-2pm: Digital Integrations
Guest: Safaa AbuJarour, Universität Potsdam

Ms. AbuJarour is a PhD researcher at the Universität Potsdam. In her current research topic on “The Role of Technology in Alleviating the Current Refugees’ Crisis”, she has been applying scientific research methods to the use of Social Networks by the refugees in Germany to increase their chances of getting integrated into the new society.

Reading:

For further reference:

October 15, 12-2pm: Placeless Poets
Guest: Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of Birmingham

Prof. Stonebrige holds an interdisciplinary Chair in humanities and human rights at the University of Birmingham. Her work focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary literature and history, Human Rights, and Refugee Studies. She is also co-investigator at , a collaborative project with refugees and their host communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Her latest book, Placeless People: Writing, Rights and Refugees came out this year with Oxford University Press.

Reading:

  • Hannah Arendt, “We Refugees
  • Lyndsey Stonebridge, Placeless People (Oxford University Press, 2018) (excerpt, TBA)

October 22, 12-2pm: Trauma and Transnational Identity
Guest: Dr. Essam Daod, Humanity Crew

In 2015, Dr. Daod founded Humanity Crew with his wife Maria Jammal. With an operating base in Greece, Humanity Crew recruits, trains and deploys mental health professionals and qualified volunteers to deliver psychosocial services to refugees and displaced populations in an effort to improve refugee well-being and prevent further trauma. Alongside its operational work, Humanity Crew is dedicating to raising the profile of mental health care as a fundamental aspect of emergency humanitarian crisis response.

Reading:

October 28, 12-2pm: “We the Migrants”

Reading:

  • Gregory Feldman, We Are all Migrants: Political Action and the Ubiquitous Condition of Migrant-hood (Stanford University Press, 2015) (Introduction)
  • Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, The Cosmopolites (Columbia University Press, 2015) (Afterward)
  • Dr. Itamar Mann, Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016 (Chapter 6)
  • Richard Seymour, Reinventing the Anti-Immigrant Wheel, Patreon, September 3, 2018
School of Disobedience, Seminar #1/2

While democratic political institutions assume a fixed demos residing within state borders, unprecedented human movement and digital communications have rendered that assumption difficult to sustain. At the same time, “welcome culture” has come under attack, with renewed assertions of state sovereignty (from both right and left). This four-meeting workshop aims to foster new thinking on what an egalitarian politics of porous borders might look like today. Key to this possibility is not only extending humanitarian assistance to refugees, but establishing open political institutions that remain socially responsible. What forms of knowledge might help us with the challenging task? Through meetings with scholars and activists who have advanced cutting-edge thinking surrounding this subject, we will attempt to imagine new outlines for our transnational political communities. Four disciplinary perspectives will inform the discussion: digital communication, poetry, mental health, and law. Registered participants will be invited to lunch and will be provided with a packet of reading materials which will form the basis for discussion. An optional course assignment will include taking photos with your smart phone.

The seminar is open to everyone and free of charge. Nevertheless capacity is limited. In order to register please send an email with a short statement why you wish to participate to: itamar.mann@gmail.com

In cooperation with DeutschPlus and Die Offene Gesellschaft

[logo DoG 60]

Dr. Itamar Mann is a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law. His scholarship focuses on international law and political theory with an emphasis on the legal, political, and ethical questions refugees and migrants raise. Mann has published widely in leading journals and edited volumes, and his monograph, Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law, came out with Cambridge University Press in 2016. Alongside his academic work, he is a legal adviser at GLAN (Global Legal Action Network), where he advances strategic litigation, focusing on migrant and refugee rights. Before moving to Haifa, Mann held a fellowship at Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC. His education includes an LLB from Tel Aviv University, and LLM and JSD degrees from Yale Law School.

Workshop plan:

October 8, 12-2pm: Digital Integrations
Guest: Safaa AbuJarour, Universität Potsdam

Ms. AbuJarour is a PhD researcher at the Universität Potsdam. In her current research topic on “The Role of Technology in Alleviating the Current Refugees’ Crisis”, she has been applying scientific research methods to the use of Social Networks by the refugees in Germany to increase their chances of getting integrated into the new society.

Reading:

For further reference:

October 15, 12-2pm: Placeless Poets
Guest: Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of Birmingham

Prof. Stonebrige holds an interdisciplinary Chair in humanities and human rights at the University of Birmingham. Her work focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary literature and history, Human Rights, and Refugee Studies. She is also co-investigator at , a collaborative project with refugees and their host communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Her latest book, Placeless People: Writing, Rights and Refugees came out this year with Oxford University Press.

Reading:

  • Hannah Arendt, “We Refugees
  • Lyndsey Stonebridge, Placeless People (Oxford University Press, 2018) (excerpt, TBA)

October 22, 12-2pm: Trauma and Transnational Identity
Guest: Dr. Essam Daod, Humanity Crew

In 2015, Dr. Daod founded Humanity Crew with his wife Maria Jammal. With an operating base in Greece, Humanity Crew recruits, trains and deploys mental health professionals and qualified volunteers to deliver psychosocial services to refugees and displaced populations in an effort to improve refugee well-being and prevent further trauma. Alongside its operational work, Humanity Crew is dedicating to raising the profile of mental health care as a fundamental aspect of emergency humanitarian crisis response.

Reading:

October 28, 12-2pm: “We the Migrants”

Reading:

  • Gregory Feldman, We Are all Migrants: Political Action and the Ubiquitous Condition of Migrant-hood (Stanford University Press, 2015) (Introduction)
  • Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, The Cosmopolites (Columbia University Press, 2015) (Afterward)
  • Dr. Itamar Mann, Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016 (Chapter 6)
  • Richard Seymour, Reinventing the Anti-Immigrant Wheel, Patreon, September 3, 2018
School of Disobedience, Seminar #1/1

While democratic political institutions assume a fixed demos residing within state borders, unprecedented human movement and digital communications have rendered that assumption difficult to sustain. At the same time, “welcome culture” has come under attack, with renewed assertions of state sovereignty (from both right and left). This four-meeting workshop aims to foster new thinking on what an egalitarian politics of porous borders might look like today. Key to this possibility is not only extending humanitarian assistance to refugees, but establishing open political institutions that remain socially responsible. What forms of knowledge might help us with the challenging task? Through meetings with scholars and activists who have advanced cutting-edge thinking surrounding this subject, we will attempt to imagine new outlines for our transnational political communities. Four disciplinary perspectives will inform the discussion: digital communication, poetry, mental health, and law. Registered participants will be invited to lunch and will be provided with a packet of reading materials which will form the basis for discussion. An optional course assignment will include taking photos with your smart phone.

The seminar is open to everyone and free of charge. Nevertheless capacity is limited. In order to register please send an email with a short statement why you wish to participate to: itamar.mann@gmail.com

In cooperation with DeutschPlus and Die Offene Gesellschaft

[logo DoG 60]

Dr. Itamar Mann is a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law. His scholarship focuses on international law and political theory with an emphasis on the legal, political, and ethical questions refugees and migrants raise. Mann has published widely in leading journals and edited volumes, and his monograph, Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law, came out with Cambridge University Press in 2016. Alongside his academic work, he is a legal adviser at GLAN (Global Legal Action Network), where he advances strategic litigation, focusing on migrant and refugee rights. Before moving to Haifa, Mann held a fellowship at Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC. His education includes an LLB from Tel Aviv University, and LLM and JSD degrees from Yale Law School.

Workshop plan:

October 8, 12-2pm: Digital Integrations
Guest: Safaa AbuJarour, Universität Potsdam

Ms. AbuJarour is a PhD researcher at the Universität Potsdam. In her current research topic on “The Role of Technology in Alleviating the Current Refugees’ Crisis”, she has been applying scientific research methods to the use of Social Networks by the refugees in Germany to increase their chances of getting integrated into the new society.

Reading:

For further reference:

October 15, 12-2pm: Placeless Poets
Guest: Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of Birmingham

Prof. Stonebrige holds an interdisciplinary Chair in humanities and human rights at the University of Birmingham. Her work focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary literature and history, Human Rights, and Refugee Studies. She is also co-investigator at , a collaborative project with refugees and their host communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Her latest book, Placeless People: Writing, Rights and Refugees came out this year with Oxford University Press.

Reading:

  • Hannah Arendt, “We Refugees
  • Lyndsey Stonebridge, Placeless People (Oxford University Press, 2018) (excerpt, TBA)

October 22, 12-2pm: Trauma and Transnational Identity
Guest: Dr. Essam Daod, Humanity Crew

In 2015, Dr. Daod founded Humanity Crew with his wife Maria Jammal. With an operating base in Greece, Humanity Crew recruits, trains and deploys mental health professionals and qualified volunteers to deliver psychosocial services to refugees and displaced populations in an effort to improve refugee well-being and prevent further trauma. Alongside its operational work, Humanity Crew is dedicating to raising the profile of mental health care as a fundamental aspect of emergency humanitarian crisis response.

Reading:

October 28, 12-2pm: “We the Migrants”

Reading:

  • Gregory Feldman, We Are all Migrants: Political Action and the Ubiquitous Condition of Migrant-hood (Stanford University Press, 2015) (Introduction)
  • Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, The Cosmopolites (Columbia University Press, 2015) (Afterward)
  • Dr. Itamar Mann, Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016 (Chapter 6)
  • Richard Seymour, Reinventing the Anti-Immigrant Wheel, Patreon, September 3, 2018
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