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Holding Space for Critical Hope


  • Dr. Serawit Bekele Debele,
  • Dr. Eylem Camoruglu Cig
  • Dr. Katharina Fink

Contact Person


  • Dr Kudzai Vanyoro
  • Dr Leigh-Anne Naidoo
  • Dr Yavini Naidoo
  • Dr Unsal Cig
  • Dr Hakan Altun
  • Wanelisa Xaba
  • Dr. Hakan Mertcan


The proposed working group will focus on sites of aesthetic resistance and their challenges against despair in Turkey and South Africa, as well as the diasporas; not omitting the complicated role that the Erdogan empire plays in African countries. The aim of this comparison of different spaces and their tactics of holding on, and holding together of often temporary collectives is to analyze tactics of social movements in ongoing crisis; in countries that are connected by a number of factors, let alone business cooperation.


Activity / Event

November 2023

An introduction to the concept of critical hope and the working group’s topic - a lecture & plenum discussion based on works in the Iwalewahaus collection and a collection of voices from Turkey Plenum - Discussion forum Dr. Eylem Camuroglu Cig, Dr. Katharina Fink, Dr. Serawit Bekele, Gloria Igabe

November 2023

Enwezor Lecture 2023
Curating Critical Hope:
Ulas Bayraktar - Kültürhane, Mersin
In spoken English & international Sign Language

25/26th January 2024 - 

  • Key Note - Dr Leigh-Ann Naidoo: Critical Hope & Social Movements in South Africa , Discussant Dr Hakan Altun
  • Lecture Provocation: Wanelisa Xaba (Humboldt-Fellow with Dr. Katharina Fink) & Prof Donna Kukama (Prof Uni Köln) : A Fanonist Lesson & artistic strategies for a feminist practice of hope
  • Community activity: Practising hope. A community-curated exercise in holding space, with Dr Yavini Naidoo and Dr Katharina Fink
  • Lecture - Offerings at the end of hope - Dr Bayo Akomolafe
  • Discussion: Dr Hakan Mertcan (University of Bayreuth) – Hope and Despair of Arab Alawite Youth. Between Germany and Turkey
  • Dr Kudzai Vanyoro: Queer hope in social movements in Southern Africa
  • Further provocations and input by Dr Serawit Bekele, Dr Marie-Anne Kohl
January 2024

Visiting Artists/Aesthetic Scholars: Asher Gamedze, Thandi Ntuli and Malcolm Jiyane - two week residency to compose a Hope Suite

Nov 23 - Feb 2024

Reading Group weaving through the semester, we work with GEW (the German union for teachers and university lecturers) and UBT on bell hook’s seminal book Teaching To Transgress.

February 2024

Teachers’ Workshop - hope in the classroom, against stereotyping Africa

February 2024

Final presentation

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