Intersectional approaches look at the majority society from the political and social margins. They tell of exclusion processes, but also other horizons. In the process, the invisible becomes visible and the unheard of is voiced. The key word here is emancipation. Around the world, Ni una menos, Christopher Street Day and Black Lives Matter show this very emphatically.

Close-up of the hand of a Black person. A calligraphic-style letter “Y” is tattooed on the lower middle finger.

© Human Rights Tattoo

Emancipation is a thread running through the programs of Cultural Education. Live and on site, the multi-perspective Art Dialogues team regularly narrates exhibitions from perspectives that are socially ignored. Civil Society 4.0 as well as Reading Bodies! and New Experts take up perspectives from the sidelines, formulated by people who often have the experience of being too young, too foreign or altogether too different to really be heard.

A workshop situation is shown. Fifteen young adults, Black and white, sit on the floor and on chairs in a room. On the walls hang a written board and a handwritten poster. It reads: We are born free. Empowerment. Radio and Coffee. Other smaller pieces of paper can be seen on the wall. Two people are raising their hands.

© Katja Berls

Whether in school partnerships, festivals, conferences or educational programs, our aim is always to engage with the expertise of the many in order to be able to understand our complex world in a different way, to expand horizons and to overcome diverse cultural and social border regimes.

Here you will find further material on the topic. Translations of original English versions into German are linked separately under (Ger.).

From the Reading Bodies! program (2019): the performance Body Enhancements (2019) with Anisha Müller, Yvonne Zindel, Ngoc Anh Vu and Mathieu Cortin (Ger. & Eng.) as well as the panel on Corpoliteracy in Educational Practice with Ed Greve, Ayşe Güleç, Gila Kolb, Tuğba Tanyılmaz and María do Mar Castro Varela and My House is Your House from the Berlin Mondiale program (2015).

Selected reading on the subject

Warum Kulturelle Bildung das Verlernen vermitteln sollte, by María do Mar Castro Varela

Queerversity – die Anerkennung der Differenz des Differenten in der Diversität, by Antke Engel

Aesthetic Agency and the Art of Decolonization, by Nikita Dhawan

Diversity als Etikettenschwindel?, by Alice Lanzke

Dekolonisiert euch!, by Sandeep Bhagwati

Die Parallelgesellschaft ist da, wo es nicht vielfältig ist,” by Elisabeth Gregull

Urteilen Sie selbst: Vom Öffnen und Schließen von Welten, by Carmen Mörsch

Further and background information at:

Diversity Affects | Troubling Institutions and Kompetenzverbund Kulturelle Integration und Wissenstransfer, Kiwit and the publication Multikultur 2.0 (2011).