programme 2017

After a joint start on Friday, we’ll have three parallel blocks of workshops on Saturday and Sunday. We try to offer workshops in English language throughout the whole weekend (E); for those held in German language (G) we are confident we’ll find someone who can offer a whispered translation.

Here is a programme overview…

…in German:

…and Englisch:

Short descriptions of the workshops


14:00 | Introduction

16:00 | „Me, We and the Others“ (G)

We start out with getting to know each other – and are right in the middle of our topic! The workshop will be about how we perceive ourselves and about understanding how others perceive us, where we feel like we belong and how all of that is interrelated and, at times, also conflictive. The workshop is based on a workshop-concept that was developed in the context of a research seminar about peace education in Marburg and is inspired by action learning, “anti-bias” and “social justice and diversity”. Feel welcome to start our journey of discovery together in the workshop!

Daniel*a Pastoors:
…am interested in conflict transformation and process-accompanying peace work, counselling, peace education and transdifference
…like to explore emotions and needs through non-violent communication and the theatre of the oppressed (Theater der Unterdrückten)
…work, teach and research at the Institute for Educational Science in Marburg
…studied peace and conflict studies, social anthropology and political science and was trained in peace and conflict work

20:00 | Film and Discussion (G/E)

Gangster runner

He calls himself the “Boss of the Sonnenallee”: Yehya E. from Berlin-Neukölln. Already at the age of 17 he is convicted to three years in priosn. The documentary “Gangster runner” shows the young “persistent offender” before and after this time, creating intensive portrait of Yehya and his Family.

Source and more Infos (German):

After the movie we will have a discussion – subject and guests to be announced!

The screening is a cooperation with the film series of the students’ office Peace and Conflict studies in the Capitol cinema. Entry fee is 3 Euros. The movie will be in German with English subtitles.


09:00 | Space for joint Breakfast

You bring something, we bring something, so we have enough for everyone. 🙂

10:00 | (Power)lessness: A biographical journey (G)

Power and powerlessness are central, yet rarely thematised terms in discourses about societal coexistence. However, not only in societal contexts, but also regarding ourselves, we tend to lose sight of the impact of power and powerlessness. In our workshop, we would like to invite you to join a journey of discovery of your coming into being. Which associations and emotions do you relate to power and powerlessness, where in your biography can you locate related formative events and experiences and what do power and powerlessness mean for everyone of us?

Max. 14 participants!

Elisabeth Ortloff:
I currently live in Weimar and work on founding a living and district project through the tenement syndicate (Miethäusersyndikat). Doing so, but also beyond the project, I am most interested in and concerned about conflicts. I studied, and learned that university makes me powerless. Today, I am happy to work with Niklas despite or because of my cat allergy.
(Cultural Studies and Educational Science B.A., conflict trainer for transcultural learning (in training))

Niklas Wuchenauer:
I take myself for a cat. Unfortunately, no one ever takes that seriously. I studied planning bird houses, dream castles and dog kennels. I prefer to work with human beings at the moment, though. I currently live in Vienna, but am on the road for one project or another quite often.
(Architecture B.Sc., Betzavta-trainer (in training))

10:30 | The ‘identity-mania’ of the ‘Identitäre Bewegung’ (G)

Resentful Identities, defiant self-victimizations – The ‘identity-mania’ of the ‘Identitäre Bewegung’

‘100% identity – 0% racism‘ reads a slogan of the Identitäre. It is not race, blood or soil they want to defend, but rather their very ‘own identity’ – label cosmetic for the grand appearance. In this re-enactment of the all too well-known story of alien invasion they try to present themselves as ‘victims’ of an imagined racism against ‘Whites’. This self-victimization allows for deep insights, especially regarding the Identitäre’s distorted self-consciousness. Identity becomes the incantation of a magical shield to repulse all criticism: ‘We are not Nazis/nationalists, but brave, patriotic Germans! That’s our identity and just natural!’. The functionalities of this identity-based ideology will be explained and demonstrated that– as is the case with many ideologies – it is not driven by morbidity, but indeed by defiance.

Christian Ernst Weißgerber:
Most of my youth I was an active member of the ‘Autonome Nationalisten’, a Neo-Nazi group. About seven years ago I left and studied philosophy and cultural studies. For a few years now, I have been working as an educational referee in schools, universities and at lecture evenings to teach and discuss racist, sexist and nationalistic resentments.

10:30 | Islam and Me (E)

My workshop will be about me, arabic women and islam. At first I will present myself and the participants will have the opportunity to get to know me as a young muslim women and to talk with me about my convictions. Important topics of the workshop will be my religion, the Hijab (head cover), family life, freetime and women rights.

My name is Moaazzaza. I’m 20 years old and I’m still a student in school. I’m from Syria and I am here for 2 years. I do this workshop because I want from the people to understand my religion and respect my head’s cover.

15:30 | Talking about the Revolution (G/E)

Introduction to and Talk about the Syrian Spring with Mustafa, Bhzad and Sophie as Part of the Project ‚Talking about the Revolution‘ of Adopt a Revolution

At least since the Summer of Migration 2015, Syrians form part of German society. But what is thematised in Germany when talking about Syria? Who speaks? Where is our narrative in a debate which often dwindles into mere geo-political analyses?

We are more than refugees! We are political persecutees of a regime against which we fought. Until today, we have political claims. We want to tell you about the beginnings and the goals of the revolution. What did we experience and what did we fight for? Which identities dominated the Syrian society before and after the revolution and how did this impact on the course of events? What do we learn from what happened and what lasts until today?

15:30 | The Race of Our Idenitities (E)

We’ve all been asked to check check a box for “Race” on a form, but where does the idea of “race” come from? How does it help shape our identities? How does it inform us on how we relate to people of races that are different from our own? Through interactive presentation and exercises, this workshop aims to encourage participants to self-reflect on the ways in which the representations of race in media and academia have influenced their perceptions and challenge them to look beyond the surface.

Heather Ventresco: After over a decade in the field of education, Heather Ventresco transitioned to NGO work. There she found her passion for social justice through public policy. She decided to seek further education and currently studies International Relations with a focus on Public International Law. Heather is from the USA and lives in Kranenburg, Germany with her husband.

15:30 | Forschungsidentität_en (G)

Ich spreche mit Menschen.
Wer bin ich dabei?
Ich werte das aus?
Wer bin ich dabei?
Ich schreibe über die Menschen.
Wer bin ich dabei?
Das heißt: Ich forsche über die Menschen.
Wer bin ich dabei?
Und wie bin ich?
Bin ich dann anders als sonst?
Ich forsche über die Menschen.
Wer sind sie?
Und wie sind sie?
Das fragen wir uns.
Dann fragen wir uns gemeinsam:
Was macht das mit uns?
Was macht das mit den Menschen?
Was macht das mit der Auswertung?
Wie gehen wir damit um?
Können wir etwas besser machen?
Wir können zum Beispiel alle gemeinsam miteinander tun, sprechen,
bewerten und aufschreiben.
Das heißt aktivistisch-partizipativ.
Wir freuen uns auf Euch!


Habe ich als Forschende*r eine besondere Rolle? Habe ich als
Forschende*r eine besondere Identität? Unterscheidet sich diese
Identität von meiner alltäglichen Identität? Welche Identität hat dann
die*der Beforschte oder Mitforschende? Diese Fragen stellen wir an den
Anfang. Dann fragen wir uns gemeinsam: Was machen diese Identitäten mit
uns? Was machen diese Identitäten mit Forschung? Wie können wir damit
umgehen? Gibt es geeignete Forschungsmethoden, um Forschungsidentitäten
mitzudenken oder zu hinterfragen? Ein Vorschlag von uns ist der
aktivistisch-partizipative Ansatz. Wir freuen uns, mit Euch in unserer
Arbeitsgruppe darüber zu reden!

Miriam: Eine weiße Frau, Mutter, Freundin verschiedenster Menschen und
emanzipatorischer, solidarischer Projekte, Tochter, Uni-Absolventin
(Friedens- und Konfliktforschung), in einer gewöhnlichen Kleinstadt in
Schleswig-Holstein und bis zum Gymnasium in einem “weniger akademischen
Kontext” aufgewachsen, heute in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg – Gentrifiziererin
könnte mensch kritisch anmerken. Versucht, sich mit ihren
unterschiedlichen Positionen, Rollen, Sozialisierungen, Begehren,
Privilegien und den daraus entspringenden Spannungen und Dilemmata in
der Welt und mit dieser auseinanderzusetzen. Sie versucht auch, darin
eine Lohnarbeitsperspektive zu entwickeln, vielleicht “professionell”
fragend in einer Promotion. Vielleicht auch nicht.

John: John’s Identität wird gerade gerockt von der Unsicherheit sich im
bedingt freien Raum zwischen Masterabschluss (Friedens- und
Konfliktforschung), fester Jobssuche und Freiberuflichkeit zu bewegen.
Immer auf der Suche nach Anerkennung und Sinn, sozusagen. Das ist
schade, genießt er doch eigentlich sonst das so sinnvolle Leben im
Leben. Dann verbringt er seine Zeit am Liebsten mit seinen
verschiedenen, herzlichen Freund*innen und seiner WG. Er kocht und isst
gern, macht (zu) wenig Musik und ist gern auf dem Rad in seiner neuen
Stadt Hamburg unterwegs.

17:30 | Words are not enough (E)

Being a young human being entails different difficulties than adult life: independence is lower, boundaries are unknown and experience is often lacking. It is easier to feel labeled and defined externally – through e.g. words or gestures.
This workshop introduces the idea that what ‘you’ are as a person cannot be defined by anyone in plain words. Words represent just one of the many possible ways of interaction and, in addition, words used by others may not even be able to describe 1% of what a person can truly be/believe to be. We want to show that each of our own identities can be defined just and only by ourselves, each one of us is the real and unique master of his/her own identity.

I’m Ottavia, I’m 22 years old and I come from Italy where I lived until the day I decided to move to Germany. Here in this new country I am learning how to re-define myself and my surroundings, I am learning what I love the most and what less. I build my identity on an every-day base and I believe I will never stop.

Hey! I’m Enno, 22 years old as well. I’m from Berlin, currently living and studying in Kleve. Growing up I experienced the struggle to define my identity and self – as many of us did. For me identity is such a vast concept pushing the boundaries of language; I am participating in this weekend to exchange and to learn!

17:30 | Vocal improvisation (G/E)

This workshop will be all about exploring and experimenting. We approach the topic of ‘identities‘ through our body’s own instrument, our voice. Which impulses can I find in me? How can I transform those impulses into sounds? Which resonance do I receive? Which roles can I adopt in improvised musical pieces? Those are questions each one and all of us together can follow up on in the workshop. Everyone is welcome, no prior experience needed!

Max. 15 participants!

Please bring comfortable cloths and warm socks, if possible!

Anna Straetmans:
I hold a degree in psychology (B.Sc.) and have been a member of different choirs and ensembles for the last few years. I like about vocal improvisation that it is based on musical intuition and thus accessible to each and every one. It allows for a shared musical experience free of categories of right and wrong and hence for the creation of connectedness – to myself and to others.

17:30 | Meditative perspectives on the self (G)

Who am I?: Mediation and science in dialogue about the self

In this workshop we will use short meditative and interactive self-experiments to get to the bottom of the following questions: What is the self? How and where does the self experience itself – in the body, in emotions, in thoughts, in action, in relationships? How does it shape and structure our experience and behaviour? Does it emerge and vanish – or last? We want to discuss the results of our joint self-experiments with you and bring them in dialogue with positions from psychology, neuroscience and doctrines of wisdom from the Far East.

Max. 30 participants!

Dr. Fynn-Mathis Trautwein:
I studied psychology at the TU-Dresden. In my diploma thesis as well as my subsequent doctorate at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences I worked on the impact of meditation on self-experience, attention and empathy. Meditation-related changes in self-experience will also be the focus of a currently planned PostDoc project.

Dr. Boris Bornemann:
I studied psychology at the Berlin Humboldt University. Afterwards, I was involved in conceptualizing the ReSource-study, the largest world-wide study about meditation and mental training. I did my doctorate at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig on the effects of meditation on body awareness and the regulation of the autonomous nervous system. Currently, I design courses for the meditation app “Balloon”.

Anna-Lena Lumma: I studied Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. For my doctorate, I joined the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. As part of the ReSource-study I look into the effects of different types of meditation. I am about to finish my PhD and currently work at the University of Witten-Herdecke as research associate on introspection and alternative ways of dealing with punishment.

20:00 | Joint Dinner

We’ll cook some tasty vegan dinner for you – always happy about a small donation! 🙂


08:00 | Introduction to 'Gemeinwohl-Yoga' (G)

Wie entsteht Identität und mit welchen Werkzeugen?
In diesem Workshop möchte ich erfahrbar machen, auf welche Weise wir uns selbst und unsere Außenwelt erleben. Ich möchte zeigen, wie die Bewertung dieser Erfahrungen unsere Identität prägen und unser Wohlbefinden und Handeln beeinflussen.

Mehr Infos zu Gemeinwohlyoga:

Bitte nach Möglichkeit eine Isomatte mitbringen – und bequeme Kleidung tragen! 🙂

Ulrich Fritsch: Seit vielen Jahren engagiere ich mich in sozialen Bewegungen, Verbänden und lokalpolitisch. Dabei wurde mir deutlich, dass tiefgreifende gesellschaftliche Veränderungen nur möglich sind, wenn sich auch der einzelne Mensch verändert. Sonst besteht die Gefahr, dass sich alte Muster und Herrschaftsverhältnisse in neuem Gewand wiederholen.
Deshalb habe ich meinem Studium in Germanistik und Politikwissenschaft ein systematisches Studium des Buddhismus und eine Ausbildung als Yoga- und Meditationslehrer angefügt.
Mich interessieren besonders die gesellschaftspolitisch wirksamen Aspekte des Yoga, die ich unter dem Begriff ‚GemeinwohlYoga‘ in Abgrenzung zu Wellness und einseitiger Innerlichkeit unterrichte.
Meine Arbeit zielt darauf ab, Ressourcen im Menschen zu stärken, die zu einem friedlichen Zusammenleben beitragen können. Ich unterstütze Menschen dabei, ihr Leben kraftvoll, emotional ausgeglichen mit ruhigem klaren Verstand von Herzen gestalten zu können.

09:00 | Space for joint Breakfast

You bring something, we bring something, so we have enough for everyone. 🙂

10:00 | Coloniality and the construction of Latin Identity (E)

We would like to invite you to rethink and question the mechanisms of knowledge creation and knowledge validation through questioning, why do we believe what we believe? Who decides what valid knowledge is or not? And how these mechanisms shape the way we construct our own identities and the identities of the ‘others’. Through addressing the process of colonization in Latin America, and the construction of the ‘Latin Identity’ as an example of the influence of power relations we want to challenge you to question your own mental structures and perceptions of the others’ and your own identity.

We are Gabriela Rojas and Maria Jose Gordillo. We both are Bolivians and are currently ‘Gender and Diversity’ undergrad students at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied sciences in Kleve Germany. We are very passionate about human rights and social struggles towards equality between human beings, but especially we are very enthusiastic when it comes to learn new things and open our minds to new experiences and different ways to see the world.

10:00 | Gendered Identities (G)

In our workshop, we will delve into the topics of gendered identity and sexual orientations, including some very personal perspectives. To do so, we will sensitize for these topics, partly by means of methods, and give impulses to engage with them in an inner process as well as in a debate with us and the other participants. Us from SCHLAU will also relate our own biographies and individual experiences and are looking forward to curious questions!

Max. 20 participants!

SCHLAU Marburg_Gießen:
We are an education and anti-discrimination project about gendered identities and sexual orientations and mostly offer workshops for youths and young adults. Our team consists mainly of volunteers who are gay, lesbian, bi, pan, trans or queer and strongly relate to these topics. Our project sponsors are the pro familia counselling centre in Marburg and Gießen and the youth educational centre in Gießen.

10:00 | Don’t overstate your role (G)

Identity has been a main focus of political educational work for long. Through it, the participants shall be made sensitive to concernment to further critical engagement with themselves and society. But what kind of society is this? Can the term identity grasp the relation of society and individual? Did it replace the term subject and is that gratifying? Together, we want to explore the possibilities and shortcomings of identity-centred educational work. To do so, anti-discrimination work methods will be tried out together and confronted with thoughts/methods of subject critique. Finally, it will be discussed if educational work can not only work towards tolerance and respect, but also towards emancipation.

Max. 25 participants!

Kim Posster:
With great discomfort, I identify as German Bildungsbürgersöhnchen, with lesser discomfort as left-radical pro-feminist. I study sexual sciences unsatisfiedly, do educational work for the Network for Democracy and Courage and feel the closest to a philosophy of the non-identical. My favourite colour is wine-red. Kim Posster is not my real name, but my political-journalistic/publicistic side identity.

12:30 | Final plenary and reflection