Posts tagged ‘berlin’

19 September 2011

Pirates: Redistributing the sensible

The Piraten Partei, with their 8.9% results in the Berlin election, have already massively reconfigured what counts as politics and election issues. Now they’re tweeting on what the other side of the camera looks like.

“Ein neues Blickregime” said a Berlin-based discoursologist.

9 August 2011

Peace Poets Workshop at Bethanienhaus

Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th August, 13:00-16:00

The Peace Poets

We are young artist educators committed to teaching with a focus on our collective liberation. Our goal is to create safe spaces that allow us to deconstruct race, class and gender as a community. Our workshops focus on Hip Hop, youth empowerment, conflict resolution, community healing and cultural identity through spoken word poetry, music and theater.

We use music and poetry in the service of our collective struggle for justice. Through performances and workshops we open spaces for all people to embrace their role as leaders and compañeros in the construction of more just local and global communities.


As children of Hip Hop, we recognize its amazing potential to transform and liberate.
We also recognize how industries have exploited the culture and market appeal of this sacred force.
Our workshops focus on the true legacy of Hip Hop, its history and healing properties.
It’s roots in African and indigineous cultures.
It’s ability to tell the stories of the most marganilized and silenced in our society.
Through creative writing, performance and beatboxing, we take it back.. way back!“

The first studio on the right side, inside South Wing of Bethanien HOUSE…opposite playground, under the New york Squat.. MARIANNENPLATZ 2A, Berlin Kreuzberg…

4 February 2011

Journalism and balance

A lot has been written about the journalistic epistemology of balance. Everyone generally accepts that journalism is balanced; there is some discussion as to whether this metaphor limits reporting to black-and-white reporting of (only) two sides.

Ahem: if I may: there’s something about balance in Journalism and the Political: Discursive tensions in news coverage of Russia. Due out on 15. Feb.

But this week I have the delightful opportunity to observe the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). And today I see a strangely unbalanced news story: Mehr Schaden als am 1. Mai. Not entirely a SZ story, it’s actually a story written up from AFP and dpa. Nevertheless.

It reports on the 2500 police officers (!) who were required in order to evict the tenants of a housing project in Berlin. It quotes the police president Dieter Glietsch. And it quotes the police president Dieter Glietsch. It balances this with some comments from the police president Dieter Glietsch. No comments from the demonstrators who turned out in support of the housing project. Nor from any passersby, the tenants themselves. Not even other reporters.

For some balance, check the Gentrification blog’s story – includes a short video sequence from mainstream television news, which points out that not only “leftist extremists” (SZ) were valdalising the area, but that “normal citizens” (Tagesthemen) had turned out in support of the housing project.

17 June 2010

Winter Method School – content and discourse analysis

Winter Schule: Öffentlichkeitsforschung – Methoden für Inhalts- und Diskursanalyse
FU Berlin, Germany

The Method School’s aim is to highlight the state of the art in the field and discuss
which research questions can be tackled by which computer-aided content and discourse
analysis. Large-n content analyses have become popular, as content data is now
accessible in digital format. Some of the new approaches go beyond counting single terms
in documents, and seek to understand the structure and the context of the content
analysed. Several approaches have entered the stage at which it becomes possible to
combine quantitative and computer-aided qualitative coding. The Method School will,
therefore, offer an introduction into some of the most widely used software packages in
the field, but also introduce the basics of content and discourse analysis.

Besides introductions by experienced lecturers, the programme includes intensive group
work, practical sessions using traditional and new computer software and possibilities
for students to bring in their own research ideas and approaches. Some common social
activities in the beautiful city of Berlin will round off the programme.

The Winter Method School is particularly designed for early doctoral students (first two
years) with a research interest in the public sphere and no or limited prior knowledge
in the field of content and discourse analysis. In exceptional cases, graduate students
will be accepted if they can demonstrate a profound interest in these research methods
and have plans to use them in their PhD studies. All applicants should be fluent in

Places available: 20

Institution: Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Fachbereich Politik- und
Sozialwissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin
Beteiligte Personen: Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse, Freie Universität Berlin
Dr. Marianne van de Steeg, Freie Universität Berlin
Dr. Roel Popping, Groningen University
Dr. Veronika Koller, Lancaster University
Brit Helle Aarskog, Bergen University
Kontaktperson: Wiebke Wemheuer
Email: methodschool-jmce AT
Fax: +49 (0)30 – 838-55049
Adresse: Ihnestraße 22
14195 Berlin

21 March 2010

Dialogue Berlin

Dialogue Berlin: café culture, literature, English-language books and magazines, modern English tearoom setting, literary evenings and events, reading groups, readings for children, a book-doctor service and much more…

And part of the much more is the appearance of two excellent poets on Thursday 25 March 2010 at 7 pm: Peter Riley and Alistair Noon.

Peter Riley is widely regarded as one of the most important British poets writing today. Born in 1940 near Manchester, he has published books of poetry with, among others, Carcanet and Shearsman, most recently Greek Passages (Shearsman, 2009). His work has been described as “an extraordinary poetry, one which takes the techniques of modernism to almost a certain limit, yet retains the entire lyric and emotional intensity of the English tradition” (Mark Scroggins). As well as poetry, he has written studies of improvised music, lead mines, burial mounds and Transylvanian string bands.

Alistair Noon reads from his latest chapbook, In People’s Park, as well as from forthcoming publications. Founder of Poetry Hearings, Berlin’s annual English-language poetry festival, he has played an active role in the Anglophone literary scene of the city over the last few years. “I don’t know any poet who flies about so carefreely, never alighting in the pigeonhole for long enough to become ringed” (Giles Goodland).

Entrance €5. RSVP to events(at)

Dialogue Berlin @ Christinenstraße 27, 10119 Berlin, Germany, Telephone +49 (0) 30 8310 4553

26 January 2009

Noon – At the Emptying of Dustbins

New book At the Emptying of Dustbins by Berlin poet Alistair Noon is now available from Oystercatcher Press.

Alistair Noon’s writing is characterised by a worldly intelligence, striking verbal alistair_noondexterity and a technical accomplishment by no means common in today’s poetry world. He is a writer to keep an eye on over the next few years.

And Alistair Noon is also known for his theorising on translocal writers, those who live outwith their original location and “go beyond simply writing about their [new] place of residence as an exotic Other”.

Mikhail the Domestically Detested

and George the Unfortunate Progenitor

have thawed in Iceland. Yugoslavia is at war.

Someone is strumming unplugged,

the sounds reeling down a stairwell.

Where’s the melancholy, alcoholic nose

of Belkin, with his squirrelish name

and ear for slang and news?

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16 October 2008

Polish wall coming to Berlin

A piece of the dockyard wall in Gdansk is to be exhibited in Berlin, the city most famous for its own wall, reports Katarzyna Tuszynska from Gdansk. The dockyard wall will be a memorial to the Solidarność movement, reminding visitors that the processes of radical transformation in Eastern Europe began in the Polish docks in 1980. The German President of the Bundestags Norbert Lammert met with the Speaker of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) Bronisław Komorowski recently to discuss the project.

Full story available from the n-ost news agency.

12 October 2008

Poetry Hearings Berlin

What: POETRY HEARINGS – Berlin Festival of Poetry in English

When: Fri 14 and Sat 15 November 2008

Where: Salon Rosa, above Sophiensaele in Berlin-Mitte

This year’s Poetry Hearings promise to be the strongest yet, with 10 poets from the US, UK, Ireland and Australia reading over two nights at Salon Rosa, above the Sophiensaele in Berlin-Mitte. Berlin favourite MC Jabber goes head-to-head with Jem Rolls, whose performances are currently taking Canada by storm. Critically acclaimed new Picador poet Annie Freud reads alongside Ben Borek, whose novel in verse Donjong Heights was described by Time Out as “truly fantastic”. Two nights of what might well be the most interesting and entertaining English-language poetry you’ll hear all year.

4 October 2008

‘Spooky’ GDR

‘Reunification Day’. Domestic news in Germany was dominated today (3 Oct) by coverage of the annual national holiday. Extensive television coverage of reunification issues. The films Das Leben der Anderen and Goodbye Lenin were on national tv. Chancellor Angela Merkel is shown saying how positive it is that she – from the former GDR – can become chancellor of the whole of Germany. A good number of cafe, pub and street interviews ask how people feel about East Germany.

Interesting discourse moment:

  1. If this day celebrates ‘German reunification’, it’s interesting that the coverage is primarily about the former GDR and not pre-1990 BRD.
  2. As a result, the media covers primarily negative memories of the GDR. Haven’t yet seen anyone recalling their positive childhood memories, or teenage memories or first boyfriend, wedding day, social networks, first flat… the normal things normal people do, and remember doing, in the course of their lives. Hegemony has been achieved by the the kind of comment made by one teenager interviewed ARD’s Tageschau: ‘I don’t remember much about it’, he says to camera, ‘I wasn’t born at the time. But my parents have talked about being over there and how spooky [gruselig] it was.’
  3. His comment reminds me of an exhibition I saw in Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie museum a few years ago. Shoolchildren had been asked to draw images of the Berlin wall. Several rooms were devoted to their pictures. These were kids aged around 10, all born several years after reunification. All (I mean all) the pictures showed something along the lines of coloured flowers and happy smiling families on one side of the wall, and grey/black barbed wire unhappy people on the other side.
  4. Not to pretend that everything was rosy in East Germany. But what happens to historical understanding if only one side tells the story? As even the most basic of introductions to history now regularly say:

However, history could always have been different. Whenever a history is told, it creates another side of the story, so the question of who gets a chance to speak – the politics of representation – is crucial to our understanding of history.

Also today, international news was focused primarily on the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. My favourite comment:

From via Stefan Niggemeier.

23 September 2008

School soap in Berlin

“Große Pause” is a fictional tv soap opera set in the Goethe High School in Berlin.

All summer, free four-day workshops have been running in different Berlin districts to make trailers for the soap. Over the four days, 14 to 18 year olds learn how to work behind and in front of the camera, to layout on the computer and to deal with audio recordings. Professional media producers tell participants about their daily work, and about career options.

The final workshop is being held on 20/21 September and 27/28 September in Wedding. On 12 October, the results of the workshops will be presented live on the public access tv channel, Offener Kanal Berlin. A jury will choose the best ads. The tv show on OKB will be designed, planned and produced together with the workshop participants.