Right-wing extremism, everyday racism and racialized microaggressions, and pressure to “assimilate” – all of these constructs affecting racialized minorities result from an inability and unwillingness to respect and appreciate the radical diversity that underscores our societies. Words like “belonging” and “identity” are buzzwords often referring to problems allegedly stemming from the extent of diversity in our societies. How is radical diversity approached in Germany and North America? What can we learn from one another by taking a deeper look at the components of radical diversity and the different perspectives on them?
Max Czollek (“De-integrate Yourselves”) and Mohamed Amjahid (“Among Whites: What It Means to Be Privileged”) are two Millennial generation voices that have emerged from Germany in recent years. Both address topics of diversity and related themes in their work and research – sometimes very differently, sometimes in astoundingly similar ways. With a critical, multidimensional approach, Czollek and Amjahid will examine the challenges faced by German and North American societies, as well as various visions for progress, by discussing them with experts in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
In the Seattle edition of the series, Mohamed Amjahid will discuss questions of liminality and safer spaces for artists, activists, and communities in gentrified neighborhoods with Elisheba Johnson, co-founder of the Black art center Wa Na Wari, writer and filmmaker Charles Mudede, and Rana San, Artistic Director of Northwest Film Forum.
“Radical Diversity” is a discussion series by Goethe-Institut locations in North America in collaboration with its pop-up branches, the Thomas Mann House, and the Institute for Social Justice & Radical Diversity under the sponsorship of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America.
Find out more about the discussion series here: https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/wsh/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=21948412