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Art History as Cultural History
KuK-Tuesdays: Dislocation
Publication - "Atlas of Absence"


KuK-Tuesdays: Dislocated Languages

It is with great joy that we, the Department of Art History as Cultural History (KuK) of Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy at Technische Universität Berlin, announce the kickstart of KuK- Tuesdays: Dislocation – Season 4.

Date: April 23, 2024, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Hybrid Lab, Villa Bell, Marchstraße 8, 10587 Berlin

Language is fundamental to not only the way we speak, but also to the way we think and act. And language is political. It can be used as a tool of colonization and resistance. It can build barriers and break them. It can exclude and empower. This session of the event series takes a closer look at the dislocation of languages: Throughout the centuries, not only humans and objects have been dislocated across empires, but also languages. The session invites to think about the history of German as a language of colonialization. It also addresses the role of language in contemporary Germany, especially regarding multilingualism and postcolonial remembrance.

The way we, as researchers, artists, activists, but also in our private lives, use language is interwoven with these histories of dislocation. The issue of (de)colonial languages also raises the questions of translation: countering the colonial drive for complete understanding, moments of “failed”, partial or impossible translation offer spaces of re-imagination and community-making. Connecting the fields of literature, theatre, art and scholarship, the panel discussion invites to find new ways to reflect on the creation and breaking of hierarchies of languages, stories of translation and displacement and to find new languages to think, write and dream in.


Dora Cheng
Playwright, Author and Theatre Artist, Berlin, Germany

Gwendoline Choi
Researcher and Translator, Oxford University, United Kingdom

The evening will be moderated by Dr des Mikaél Assilkinga, Visiting Researcher at the Department for Modern Art History at Technische Universität Berlin.

The series of events KuK-Tuesdays: Dislocation, curated by Diệu Ly Hoàng and Freya Schwachenwald is a continuation of the KuK Tuesdays: Dislocation - Season 1 and 2 curated by Fogha Mc and Jeanne-Ange Wagne in 2022/2023. It aims to provide a space for exchange between the research at our institute, perspectives from different fields of practice, as well as artistic and activist positions.

The event is free of charge and the conversation will be held in English. An informal reception with drinks and snacks will be held at the end of the event.

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The Department of Modern Art History of Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy offers two student assistantships with 40 monthly hours each. Duties include archive and literature research, assistance with academic publications and teaching, support in the organisation of academic events as well as assistance in academic communication. 

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