Karlsruher Postulate for Gender Equality in Art and Culture

At the ARD-Hörspieltage 2019 the radio play department of the WDR in Cologne initiated the special theme day „Wie weiblich ist der Kulturbetrieb?“. It was entirley dedicated to an enquiry of the current situation of women within art and culture as workspaces in German speaking countries, which still has to be called quite discriminating. Since 2004 this annual festival for radio plays takes place at the prestigious ZKM Karlsruhe and has turned into a meaningful collaboration of the joint organisation of Germany’s regional public service-broadcasters ARD with the public broadcasters ORF of Austria and SRF of Switzerland.

I was invited to give the key-note speech about the bechdel test and radio plays and to participate in a panel discussion with the feminst linguist Luise F. Pusch, the gender researcher Sabine Hark, the islam scholar Lamya Kaddor, the feminist author Stefanie Lohaus and the journalist Hilde Weeg. After this discussion the participants of the panel and the audience where divided into three different workgroups. Their taks: To come up with different postulates how to improve the situation of women in art and culture. Here you can listen to the documentation of the gathering of the results.

Karlsruher Postulate: For Gender Equality in Art and Culture – NOW!

Meanawhile our collaborative manifesto also has been published under the title „Die Karlsruher Postualte für Gleichberechtigung in Kunst und Kultur“ and I have been interviewd by the radio station SWR 2 about the situation of women in art, culture and radio play as well as about the Karlsruher Postulate. And this is what we demand in English:

The Road to Brexit – A Students‘ Podcast

The White Cliffs of Dover (Image: Makiko Itoh/Flickr | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Just in time for Brexit’s second anniversary, Prof. Ina Habermann at the University of Basel and students of her research seminar published their podcast The Road to Brexit on the historical and cultural preconditions and motifs why so many Britons voted to leave the EU on June 23, 2016. Trained as a professional radio journalist who writes her PhD at the English department in Basel, it was a great pleasure and challenge to help them bring their project alive. Together with Prof. Habermann I edited the texts of the students, I taught them how to speak on the radio and took care of recording, editing and publication of the project. In eleven contributions the students looked for example at Winston Churchill’s war rhetoric as well as at the myth of Dunkirk or the movie T2 Trainspotting and a European perspective at Great Britain.

You can read an article about the project and its background on the website of the university in German or in English. Further information about the project, the production and the contents you can find here. And last but not least you can listen to the podcast here.

I highly recommend to take some time for this podcast. Listening to these 69 minutes of an enlightening fusion of cultural studies research and radio journalism is in my opinion definitely worthwhile. Congratulations to Prof. Habermann and her students, well done! It’s been a blast to work with you.