Blog | Protest

14. August 2023

„Physische Orte beeinflussen digitale Räume – und umgekehrt“

Dr. Daniela Stoltenberg | aufgezeichnet von Céline Lauer

Die Hashtags #HambiBleibt und #LütziBleibt wurden zu Losungen des Protests gegen den Braunkohleabbau im Rheinischen Revier. Hier erklärt die Kommunikationswissenschaftlerin Daniela Stoltenberg, wie sich die Bewegung die Sozialen Netzwerke zunutze macht, welche Parallelen es zum indigenen Aktivismus in den USA gibt – und weshalb die Aufmerksamkeit, die in den digitalen Medien erzielt wird, nicht immer im Sinne der Betroffenen vor Ort ist.

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28. Oktober 2022

Who owns Furuset? – Local spatial strategies in the face of anti-Muslim agitations

Carsten Schuerhoff

The far-right and anti-Muslim organization SIAN has repeatedly staged demonstrations as well as public Qu’ran-burnings in Norwegian cities in recent years. In August 2020, the organization held a demonstration at the Furuset center, which includes a subway station, a shopping center, a branch of the city library and the district administration. Furuset is part of and the central place in Alna municipal district in Oslo. In this area the population is shaped by migration, religious diversity, and socio-economic challenges. This blog post discusses how local people reacted to the demonstration and how, in the process, local identities and spaces were intersectionally negotiated, defended, and created.

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14. Oktober 2022

Legibility, contradictions and situated intersections in counterpublic spaces of Berlin

Dr. Christy Kulz | Dr. Martin Fuller

This blogpost explores how counterpublic spaces act as intrinsically intersectional spaces shaped by power, history and emotion. In his celebrated 2019 book Afropean: Notes from Black Europe, Johny Pitts sets off by train from Sheffield on a five-month journey across continental Europe. Pitts’ mission seeks to explore the everyday life of black European experiences, beyond the “standoffish academic vernacular” (2019: 5) and to look for instances of “reverse colonialism” that highlight the long-term social and cultural presence and influence of blackness on European culture.

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26. Februar 2021

“I will kill you, I will waste your life and nothing will happen”.

Rebecca Enobong Roberts | Comrade Deji Adeyanju

Navigating public space is globally complex and complicated . In nations of the Global South, where democracies are gradually becoming problematic , it is becoming obvious that these democracies are blurry with porous boundaries. Various mechanisms such as “no trespassing” signs, high fences and strategic CCTV cameras all testify to increasing contestations over what public space means and who has a right to access it. In Africa, the situation is progressively getting worse, as the recent oppression and killings of unarmed protesters in public spaces attest to. For example, the arrest and killings of unarmed protesters in the cities of Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria and Kampala, Uganda , should bring to the fore debates and questions on the reconfiguration and negotiation of public space. In this post, we seek to reflect on the ENDSARS protest in Nigeria and its implications for rights to public space in Nigeria.

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