To reflect on the shaming and exposure practices at the heart of the surge in crises around cultural events in Europe and the region in recent years, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC in collaboration with ICI Berlin and in partnership with EUME/Forum Transregionale Studien is organizing a two-day conference in Berlin under the title Cultures of Scandal.
Cultures of Scandal will offer an open platform for participants to reflect on the historical transformation of these shaming and exposure practices from the 19th century to the present examining how they have contributed to our understanding of the canon, the archive, cultural development and history.
Curated by scholar Tarek El-Ariss and curator Rasha Salti, the conference will feature contributions from Mada Masr co-founder and Editor in Chief Lina Attalah, La Colonie founder and artist Kader Attia, gender studies and critical theory assistant professor Layal Ftouni, writer Rana Issa, communication and liberal arts assistant professor Heather Jaber, lecturer and researcher Christian Junge, Forum Transregionale Studien managing director Georges Khalil, Arabic literature professor Friederike Pannewick, anthropologist Stefan Tarnowski and Middle East studies professor Hanan Toukan.
By bringing together these interlocutors, the conference hopes to address and unpack a range of questions. What do strategies of denouncement and mobilization aim to produce or destroy? What are they manifestations of? How do these campaigns impact practitioners and institutions and what can they generate?
The conference will be open to the public. However, attendance requires prior registration.
You can find the details of the sessions and full conference program here and register to attend here.