10 – 12 AM
PANEL 1: DE-HEIMATIZATION IN HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES
Host: Prof. Dr. Bilgin Ayata
The term »Heimat« (homeland) has emerged from the particular political and ideological history of Germany and has often been described to be not accurately translatable into other languages. Yet the practices of exclusion, oppression and conquest under the banner of »Heimat« along with the political currency of racist homeland politics have proved to be persistent over time and space around the world. This panel will explore the role of racism in the conceptualizations of »Heimat« from different perspectives and discuss what the preconditions for modes of belonging beyond past and current forms of racialized homeland conceptions could be.
Presentation: Prof. Dr. Bilgin Ayata
2 – 3:30 PM
PANEL 2: ALGORITHMS OF BELONGING
Hosts: Prof. Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev
Digital technologies contribute to the development of new forms of identity and belonging. They transform space, distance and localization. Digital platforms enable a new spatiality of labor, interaction and sociability. New configurations of virtual migration and digital homelands develop. Simultaneously, historically developed power relations are reproduced and transformed within the digital world. They are inscribed in digital infrastructures, data sets, algorithms and rules of interaction – that is the political and affective economy of the internet. This panel develops a critical perspective on these relations and discusses different strategies in the age of ubiquitous digitality – from digital self-organization to post-colonial computing, from cyberfeminism to digital societies.
Presentation: Prof. Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev
4 – 5:30 PM
PANEL 3: RIGHT-WING POPULISM, GENDER AND RECONSIGNMENTS FOR »HEIMAT«
The panel discusses consignments of the concept »Heimat« (homeland) that are based on a notion occupied by the Right. Here, »Heimat« is sentimentalised and connected to »ancestry«. Via certain gender roles and nativized landscapes, women and men are othered as »foreign«, and »coming from elsewhere« and thereby dislocated from their belonging. This right-wing occupation of »Heimat« will be countered in this panel with creative reconsignments of the concept. The organisers will briefly introduce the research field of right-wing populism and gender. It is crucial how e.g. right-wing populists use gender as a vehicle to catapult discourses on belonging, »migration defense«, demographics etc. into the public sphere and how racist politics against migrants are justified with »feminist« and »pro-gay« arguments.