6-8 MARCH 2019

In the second conference in Cologne the focus is on how changes can be implemented within curricula and higher education structures. Taking further the outputs and discussions from the conference in Amsterdam we will establish perspectives and measures for inclusive film school education.

Beginning with keynote speakers and continuing with parallel workshops, culminating on the second day in a plenary discussion and commitments and check-ups for the future, participants are invited to share their experiences and discuss the events of the conference. The design of the workshops in Cologne allows us to identify potential solutions and perhaps new implications of diversity issues that were identified in the first conference.

To ensure the continuity and connection between both conferences, the conference in Cologne will use the conceptual summary (by Elonka Soros) as a foundation for further discussion. Also a visual protocol (graphic recording by Christiane Brückner) will sum up the significant aspects as well as findings of both of the conferences. The two parts are relatively close together (Amsterdam in January 2019 and Cologne in March 2019) and provide a completed process for the participants (although both conferences are standing on their own and can be visited separately).

Cologne registration deadline: 1st February                                                                                         

WednEsday | Thursday | Friday | 6-8 MARCH 2019

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7 March 2019

The curriculum ahead. Migration, mobility and a plan for multiplicity

Mark Terkessidis, Psychologist and journalist with focus on pop culture and migration

Although we hear a revival of nationalist rhetoric in parts of the political class and the media, it is evident that the everyday-life especially of the urban space is shaped by mobility and migration. Cities have become vague fabrics, “parapolises“. Thus, it is not possible to carry on with ideas of politics and culture still based on sedentariness. It has to be based on the fugitiveness and multiplicity of individuals. As policy, this means a strict programme of interculture, the development of a „Vielheitsplan“ (a plan for multiplicity) for the institutions – not as some kind of special address or „helping hand“ for immigrants but as a process of innovation for the whole organization. This also concerns the field of the arts. People working in the arts usually think of themselves as flexible, open and transnational. Nevertheless, the reality in Germany (and Europe) is different. Implicitly, the frameworks and the categories stay national and most often the „creative class“ is recruited from a specific milieu. A plan for multiplicity includes the opening of the institutions, the working through of the question of accessibility, the everyday discrimination, the recruitment processes, the atmosphere, the curriculum etc.

Born 1966, Diplom-Psychologist, PhD in pedagogy about the „banality of racisms“.From 1992 to 1994 editor of the popculture-magazine “Spex”. From 2003 to 2011 moderator for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk´s programme “Funkhaus Europa”. Contributions about (popular) culture, migration, racism and social change for „tageszeitung“, „Tagesspiegel“, „Frankfurter Rundschau“, „Die Zeit“, „Freitag“, „Literaturen“ and for „Westdeutscher Rundfunk“ and „DeutschlandFunk“. 2011/2012 Fellow at Piet Zwart Instituut of Willem de Kooning Akademie Rotterdam; 2012 – 2018 Lecturer at Universität St Gallen (HSG). Since 2012 co-director (with Jochen Kühling) of the ongoing project „Heimatlieder aus Deutschland“:

Book publications:

Kulturkampf - Volk, Nation, der Westen und die Neue Rechte (Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch 1995), Editor (with Tom Holert) of Mainstream der Minderheiten - Pop in der Kontrollgesellschaft (Berlin: ID-Verlag 1996), Psychologie des Rassismus (Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag 1998), editor (with Ruth Mayer) of Globalkolorit - Multikulturalismus und Populärkultur (St. Andrä-Wörden: Hannibal 1998); Migranten (Hamburg: Rotbuch 2000), with Tom Holert: Entsichert - Krieg als Massenkultur im 21. Jahrhundert (Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2002); Die Banalität des Rassismus. Migranten zweiter Generation entwickeln einen neue Perspektive (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2004), with Tom Holert: Fliehkraft. Gesellschaft in Bewegung – Von Migranten und Touristen (Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch 2006); Interkultur (Berlin: edition Suhrkamp 2015), Kollaboration (Berlin: edition Suhrkamp 2015); Nach der Flucht. Neue Vorschlage für die Einwanderungsgesellschaft (Stuttgart: Reclam, 2017)

8 March 2019

Tear Down or TCL: Diversity, Intersectionality, and Institutions in the Master’s House

Prof. Sylke Rene Meyer, California State University, LA

In 1979 at New York University, a feminist conference took place commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir's “The Second Sex” of 1949. One of the invited speakers was Audre Lorde, a black, lesbian poet and literature professor. In her remarks, she called out the conference's white demographics and refused to participate in a feminism as a predominantly white movement. Turned into an influential essay entitled "The Master's Tools Will Never Destroy the Master's House," Lorde was responding to white feminism in its institutional context, tying universities and academic conferences to the house of the master. Now forty years later, in Cologne in 2019, another conference takes place at an academic institution to address diversity. Questions of diversity are often – perhaps always – institutional ascriptions of identity. In my talk, I will refer to Robin DiAngelo’s 2018 book “White Fragility”, and to Kimberly Crenshaw’s seminal essay “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Anti-discrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics" published in 1989. Following Crenshaw, I will discuss the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and offer my read of DiAngelo’s analysis of her work as a diversity trainer as a form of identity disruption. I will argue that diversity cannot be separated from structural racism, structural sexism, institutional classism, and ableist behavior that is inherent to our institutions.

Sylke Rene Meyer is a writer, director, media artist, performer, educator, and co-founder of the performance group Studio206 in Berlin, Germany. In 2018, she co-founded the performance collective „Family Room“ in Los Angeles. Her practice is informed by and engages with film, media history, theory, and criticism, and encompasses feature and documentary filmmaking, as well as writing and collaborative experimentation across theater, new media and digital platforms. Her work has garnered numerous awards such as an Emmy Award, and Best Film Awards at major festivals such as Seattle, Chicago, and Montreal. She is a Professor of Creative Writing, and Director of the Institute for Interactive Arts, Research, and Technology at California State University in Los Angeles.

Arrival day, 6 March 2019 from 2-5.45 pm

Information will follow asap.

(optional - please see registration form)

7 March 2019 & 8 March 2019 (respectively)

Inclusive verbal and nonverbal communication skills are essential for teachers and staff to level with their diverse students and colleagues. Through watching and participating in role play and improvisation the participants will explore their unconscious bias and will be encouraged to find new methods of dealing with them in the future.

Moderator: Anna Momber-Heers

7 March 2019 & 8 March 2019 (respectively)

Rethinking our curriculum designs and recruitment methods may be necessary if we aim to be inclusive to students from diverse backgrounds. Workshop participants are invited to pitch their ideas for more diversified curriculum designs and inclusive recruitment processes within a speed dating format.

Moderators: Jyoti Misty, Mieke Bernink

7 March 2019 & 8 March 2019 (respectively)

Building on the frames created in Amsterdam, the two teams will work with all of the challenges and opportunities identified previously to develop potential strategies for addressing the theme of diversity. This creative phase will honour the potential system complexity identified in January to create concepts relevant to the European Film School community.

Moderator: Paul Tyler

7 March 2019 & 8 March 2019 (respectively)

The topic of representation is crucial in our work as film makers and educators. In small groups the participants are invited to discuss best practices in order to create more awareness about diversity on screen and within the working context in their institutions.

Moderator: Maxa Zoller

7 March 2019 & 8 March 2019 (respectively)

It is not enough to only talk about the benefits of diversity – decisions have to be made! Within this panel the “decision makers” are invited to present their plans and activities for a more diversified film school.

Moderator: Simone Stewens, Susanne Stürmer