Join Mohamed Amjahid, journalist and author of the book "Der weiße Fleck" (Whitewash. A Guide to Antiracist Thinking
) and Alice Hasters, journalist and author of the best-selling book "Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen, aber wissen sollten" (What White People don't want to hear About Racism, but Should Know
) as they discuss the topic of "Disruptive Representation and the limits of Diversity" at the Goethe-Institut.
Admission is free. Face covering/masks required for all visitors.
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Diversity is seen as the solution to structural oppression. Although it is an inevitable step towards a more just society, it will not be enough to dismantle a system based on inequality. Companies and institutions often seem to settle for a superficial approach to diversity - providing a certain look - without any interest of driving real change forward. This may benefit individuals, but ultimately helps to secure the status quo, which is the exclusion and exploitation of many for the advantage of a few. Representation only helps if it is disruptive to structures of oppression. How can we prevent the idea of diversity from being tokenized? And: How can we make sure that the pressure of changing these systems is not solely placed on the ones who are burdened with the responsibility of representation?
was born as the son of so-called guest workers in Frankfurt am Main in 1988. He studied political science in Berlin and Cairo. After completing his master's degree, Amjahid worked for several prominent German newspapers. He is now a freelance investigative journalist currently working on several new book projects. His latest book, "Der weiße Fleck" (Whitewash. A Guide to Antiracist Thinking
) is published by Piper Publishing.
was born in Cologne in 1989 and works as an author in Berlin, e.g. for Rundfunk Brandenburg Berlin, Tagesschau and Deutschlandfunk. Together with Maxi Häcke, she talks about feminism and pop culture in the monthly podcast "Feuer&Brot". Her book "Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen, aber wissen sollten" (What White People don't want to hear About Racism, but Should Know
) was published by hanseblau in 2019 and became a bestseller.
This In-person discussion at the Goethe-Institut may also be viewed as a live stream on
February 26th at 11am PST / 8pm CET via the link below.
This event is presented within the context of the project Neighborhood Interpretive Center, a hyperlocal initiative of cultural programs that focus on and uplift the MacArthur Park/Westlake neighborhood and surrounding areas.