In 2018, the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies celebrates its 10th anniversary since the admission of the first year of doctoral researchers in 2008.To mark this milestone, we cordially invite you to celebrate with us.

This talk considers the concept of ‘interior frontiers’ (originally used by the German philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte in 1803) with respect to its quixotic and unruly political qualities: as a concept alert to the sorts of sensibilities that get recruited to produce hardening distinctions between who is ‘us’ and who is construed as ‘them’; as a diagnostic of where and how sites of anxious over-identification emerge, and as a dispositif, central to the discriminations and visceral exclusions  on which racialized governance in its colonial and contemporary conditions depends.


Opening and Moderation
Hansjörg Dilger, Deputy Director of the Graduate School

Brigitta Schütt, Vice President of Freie Universität Berlin

The Graduate School: Past and Future
Gudrun Krämer, Director of the Graduate School
Hanna Nieber, Iskandar Ahmad Abdalla, Doctoral Students of the Graduate School

Ann Laura Stoler, The New School New York

In English
Organized by

Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies
In Cooperation with Affective Societies and the ICI Berlin

The event, like all events at the ICI Berlin, is open to the public, free of charge. The audience is presumed to consent to a possible recording on the part of the ICI Berlin. If you would like to attend the event yet might require assistance, please contact Event Management.

KV Stoler