Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz, Rebecca Hanna John: “Germany Must Detox, Germany Has To Go on Withdrawal”
“Germany Must Detox, Germany Has To Go on Withdrawal”
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Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz, Rebecca Hanna John

“Germany Must Detox, Germany Has To Go on Withdrawal”

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Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz

Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz is an author, and currently lives as a parent, consultant, performer, trainer and social researcher in Berlin. Since 2001, Ergün-Hamaz has been a member of the anti-racist NGO Phoenix e.V. and works as a White Awareness and Empowerment trainer. His research focuses on racialization and empowerment in Germany. Ergün-Hamaz received his PhD from the Sociology Department of the London School of Economics in 2021. Since spring 2022 he also works part-time at the University of Arts Berlin as Diversity & Anti-Discrimination Officer.

Rebecca Hanna John

is an art historian and author invested in transnational perspectives on art. She studied art history, literature and media studies at the University of Konstanz, Paris University Diderot, Humboldt University of Berlin, as well as at the School of Arts and Aesthetics of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. In 2019, she joined the DFG graduate program “Cultures of Critique” at Leuphana University Lüneburg, with a PhD project on archival critique and transnational narratives in contemporary art practices.
Weitere Texte von Rebecca Hanna John bei DIAPHANES
Sebastián  Eduardo Dávila (Hg.), Rebecca Hanna John (Hg.), ...: On Withdrawal—Scenes of Refusal, Disappearance, and Resilience in Art and Cultural Practices

What forms does withdrawal—meaning either that which withdraws itself or which is being withdrawn—take in artistic and cultural practices? What movement(s) does it create or follow in specific contexts, and with what theoretical, material, and political consequences? The contributors of this book address these questions in a variety of writing practices, each focusing on specific scenes. These scenes are organized under three parts that structure the chapters: Passivity, Failure, and Refusal; Disappearance and Remembrance; Resilience and Resistance. Through interviews, artistic and literary texts, visual contributions, and academic texts, the authors explore various modalities of withdrawal ranging from a silencing of critical voices to a political and aesthetic strategy of refusal. The enforced disappearance of government opponents, for instance, may be implemented as a means of state violence, but withdrawing may also mean the decision not to participate in such violence, either through forms of passivity or refusal. Moreover, in the neoliberal logic of resilience, the relationship between subjective agency and imposition from the outside remains tense. The aim of this book is to tackle these tensions, as well as the ambiguities and complexities of withdrawal.