Sinti and Roma – Between Romanticizing and Othering -Performative Symposium on December 10, 2022

ERIAC Director, Timea Junghaus will join the performative symposium Unexpected Lessons on December 10 with a lecture “Sinti and Roma – Between Romanticizing and Othering” at 6 pm on December 10. The event is part of the transdisciplinary TALKING OBJECTS LAB, which approaches the topics of Decolonizing Knowledge and Memory, Rethinking Museums and Objects, and Decolonizing Archives through think tanks, events, artistic interventions, and artist residencies, curated by a team of curators from Kenya, Senegal and Germany.

Awakening, nostalgia and nationalism, Orientalism and the mystification of nature – How did Romantic Europe look at the world? And how does Romantik shape Europe’s self-image today? With inputs by Nikita Dhawan and Tímea Junghaus, a reading by Josephine Apraku, a performance by Brunn Morais and a film program curated by Nnenna Onohua. Curated and moderated by Mahret Ifeoma Kupka and Isabel Raabe.
The digital performative symposium UNEXPECTED LESSONS #3 takes a critical, decolonizing look at the ambivalent world of ideas of German Romantik, which as an artistic and political movement still has a great influence on notions of national/European identity and belonging.
Through talks, lectures, artistic interventions and films, the program addresses the question of how colonial and Romantic ideas are interrelated. We penetrate to the roots of today’s Europe as a cultural space, look at enlightenment and anti-enlightenment, the history of Sinti and Roma, between romanization and othering, ask in which relationship colonialism and romanticism stand and talk about romantic love and power.

UNEXPECTED LESSONS #1 and #2 took place in Berlin/Nairobi and Reykjavik, respectively, and focused on Decolonizing Knowledge and Memory and Decolonizing Nature.

UNEXPECTED LESSONS #3 now follows in collaboration with Kunsthalle Osnabrück as part of the annual theme Romantik

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