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Public Lecture Series of International Research Training Group »InterArt« at Freie Universität Berlin during 2015 Summer Semester

№ 091/2015 from Apr 10, 2015

A public lecture series being held during the 2015 summer semester is devoted to the art of protest. The series is part of the Open Lecture series at Freie Universität Berlin and deals with the new aesthetics of protest and the associated political forms. In their presentations the participants will address the mutual influence between art and politics that occurs in global protest movements. The series was designed by Dr. Sarah Dornhof and Dr. Frauke Surmann at the international Research Training Group "InterArt." The events are public, and admission is free. No advance sign-up required.

Frauke Surmann from the InterArt Research Training Group explains that in protest movements of the present and recent past, there is a new connection between art and politics. This manifests itself in the spontaneous choreography of bodies in public space, temporary platforms, and experimental locations for political negotiations. "Such manifestations of the art of protest do not only affect the material and symbolic constitution of public space, but also coincide with redefinitions of terms of art and policy," said Sarah Dornhof, the co-initiator of the lecture series.

The lecture series is being organized in cooperation with the Literaturwerksatt Berlin, where the lectures on April 30 and June 11 are being held. Due to organizational reasons, two of the lectures will be held on Wednesdays: May 13 and June 2.

Time and Location

  • Thursdays (from April 16 through July 16, 2015), 6:15–8:00 p.m. Exception: two times on Wednesdays, May 13 and June 24, 2015. First lecture: April 16, 2015
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Seminar Center, Room L 113, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin. subway station: Dahlem-Dorf or Thielplatz (U3).
  • Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstr. 97, 10435 Berlin. subway station: Eberswalderstraße (U2). ( April 30 and June 11, 2015).
  • Link to the program:

Further Information

Dr. Sarah Dornhof and Dr. Frauke Surmann, International Research Training Group »InterArt«, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-50314, Email:

Links to More Information


  • April 16, 2015
    Prof. Dr. Matthias Warstat (Freie Universität Berlin):
    „Wie man gegen sich selbst protestiert“
  • April 23, 2015
    Prof. Dr. Gerald Raunig (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste):
    „Dividueller Aktivismus im maschinischen Kapitalismus“
  • April 30, 2015
    Sebastian Baden (Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe) and Thierry Geoffroy (Copenhagen):
    "How to Do Art with Protest” - Performance Lecture in der Literaturwerkstatt
  • May 7, 2015
    Prof. Dr. Hamid Dabashi (Columbia University, New York):
    "From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: The Art of Protest, Protesting the Arts"
  • May 13, 2015, Wednesday!
    Prof. Dr. Zeynep Gambetti (Bogaziçi University, Istanbul):
    "Revisiting Performativity: The Woman-in-Black, the Standing Man and Other Apparitions at Occupy Gezi"
  • May 21, 2015
    Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Alexander (Yale University, New Haven):
    "Seizing the Civil Stage: Birmingham, Watergate, Tiananmen, Obama, Tahrir, Occupy, Hong Kong, Ferguson"
  • May 28, 2015
    Prof Dr. Joseph Massad (Columbia University, New York):
    "The Cultural Work of Recovering Palestine“
  • June 4, 2015
    Prof. Dr. Gertrud Koch (Freie Universität Berlin):
    „Protest und Film“
  • June 11, 2015
    Süreyyya Evren (Türkei), John Jordan (Frankreich) und Alhena Katsof (USA):
    "Artist Talk" - Künstlergespräch in der Literaturwerkstatt
  • June 18, 2015
    Prof. Dr. Ariella Azoulay (Brown University, Providence):
    "Revolutionary Moments and State Violence"
  • June 24, 2015, Wednesday!
    Prof. Dr. W. J. T. Mitchell (University of Chicago):
    “The Arts of Occupation”
  • July 2, 2015
    Prof. Dr. Peter Mörtenböck (Technische Universität Wien):
    „Ver/Sammlungen: Von Praktiken des Widerstands zum Ausdruck der Verwahrung“
  • July 9, 2015
    Prof. Dr. Isabell Lorey (eipcp Berlin/Basel):
    „Aktualität, Wiederkehr, Dauer. Präsentische Demokratie und konstituierende Bewegungen“
  • July 16, 2015
    Prof. Dr. Oliver Marchart (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf):
    "Being Agitated – Agitated Being: Towards a Theory of Artistic Activism"