Juana Awad

Theorie und Geschichte


Decolonial Archive Lab 2

Research-creation seminar/project, initiated and co-led by a small group of BIPOC + migrant students. The collaboration started during the summer semester 2023, leading to the first issue of the autonomous publication GARUK GARUK (https://archive.org/details/decolonialarchivelab_01).

We work on the intermingling of notions of 'art' and 'knowledge' within the framework of decolonial positions and practices. This semester we will have a focus on writing practices and publishing as dialogical situation. Bibliography includes Saidiya Hartman (in English), Gloria Anzaldúa (in English), Sinthujan Varatharajah (in German), amongst others.

In this theory and praxis seminar you will be required to work collectively (actively participating in the production of the publication) and individually (with your own contribution.) A third requirement and integral part of the seminar will be the retreat (for this reason only students who can travel will be able to take the course.)


ONE WEEK WRITING INTENSIVE RETREAT in Gutshof Sauen from 30.10 to 3.11.
Binding registration until 18.10 only by list + payment (EC-card) at Frau Bernhardt-Schulz/Verwaltung.

16.10., 10am - 2pm: Info session. Final List of participants
23.10., 10am - 2pm: Retreat plan and syllabus rearrangement
30.10. - 3.11.: Writing Intensive Retreat
Biweekly meetings after that

REGULAR MEETINGS: Mondays at the Mart-Stam-Raum (bi-weekly)

REGISTRATION starts in September via INCOM (https://kh-berlin.incom.org/workspace/2555)

MAX. NUMBER of participants 12
Past experience and engagement with decolonial theory and/or practices are expected.


“Dear friends and collaborators, we are a small group of BIPOC + migrant students collaborating with theory lecturer Juana Awad, creating an autonomous seminar, a laboratory and writing group, producing our own archive as a decolonial practice and the many layers and facets that it touches in our lives. We want to create a space within this this art school, where we can support each other, have discussions, and produce and distribute knowledge - in the form of archive creation - because we sincerely believe that knowledge has the amplifying effect in empowering ourselves and our communities, and to shift the centre away from – and reduce reliance on – the capitalist colonial patriarchal hegemony.
We ask ourselves:
• What can archive actually mean… and what is it for?
• What forms can this archive take?
• What is the decolonizing practice, beyond the word “decolonial” which is already so exhausted in academic circles?
• How to produce and distribute knowledge that is conscious of discrimination structures based on class, gender, race, ability, etc., and how do they influence a person's access to knowledge?
• How to write and publish, when most of our mother tongues are actually neither English nor German?
• What is the importance of translation work and when can something not be translated?
• How do we use this project to expand our networks, invite collaborations, and share our privileges and resources? Especially with our communities who are doing amazing decolonizing work somewhere else, beyond the spaces of white colonial institutions?
• What structural supports should this project have to ensure its long-term run?
What is the importance of having this space in the university?
An art university in the capital of one of European Fortress’s largest (economic and political) superpowers, an institution that from our perception stands for innovation, intellectualism and expression, is not free of colonial violence but rests on the coloniality inherent to the modern-world system, which has historically denied, subalternized and/or appropriated art forms, knowledge, and methods of knowledge production from around the world.
This lab is started with the intention of criticizing that epistemological and structural colonial violence. It is also started with the intention of creating our own program, inviting our own workshops, panel discussions and some lecturers we would like to see, around archive and knowledge-production, and trying to use the structures already in place to achieve this.”
Raras Umaratih

Wintersemester 2023/2024

alle Studiengänge

Wochentag(e) : Montag

Turnus : Zweiwöchentlich

Beginn : 16.10.23

Ende :

Ort : Mart Stam Raum, G1.01

Teilnahme (Pflicht / Wahlpflicht / Wahl) : Wahlpflicht

Anmeldung : Via Incom

Teilnehmerzahl : 12 (0)

Projekte : Decolonial Archive Lab

Wochenstunden : 4

Gesamtstunden : 60

Creditpoints : 4