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Ankhi brMukherjee


Unseen City: The Psychic Lives of the Urban Poor

Lecture, 28 Nov 2023, 20:00

In this talk, Ankhi Mukherjee will discuss the genesis of the idea animating her book Unseen City, an experimental and interdisciplinary work drawing on her collaboration with public sector mental health trusts and hospitals, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and social workers in six global cities.

Part of the lecture series Psychoanalytic and Cultural Theory

The lecture series is a cooperation of the Berlin Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (BiPP), the Cultural Science Institute of the Humboldt University

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Rizvana brBradley


The Double Bind of Reproduction: On Black Mediality

Lecture, 30 Nov 2023, 19:30

This talk approaches two concepts — the double bind of reproduction and black mediality, which get to the heart of a number of theoretical questions concerning the entanglements of raciality, mediation, and immediation, and the violence of touch. Beginning from the double bind of reproduction, the talk interrogates the singular ways in which black feminine labours are conscripted in the reproduction of both the antiblack world and its fugitive ulteriors.

At the venue: Registration required

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Acting brOut


Cuban Artists Challenge to the State

Artist Talk, 5 Dec 2023, 19:00

Coco Fusco will be joined by Cuban artist and former political prisoner Hamlet Lavastida, and Cuban poet and essayist Antonio José Ponte for a discussion about Fusco’s work and the current state of artistic activism in relation to cultural politics in Cuba today.

With Coco Fusco, Hamlet Lavastida, and Antonio José Ponte

An event of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in cooperation with ICI Berlin

Livestream available
At the venue: Registration required

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KV Scale

ICI Fellowships

The ICI Berlin announces twelve post-doctoral fellowships for the ICI Focus ‘Scale’ of the ICI Core Project ‘Reduction’

Scales are used to quantify properties such as length and temperature, or also popularity and affect, but as Alice discovers in Wonderland, a change of scale can also have dramatic qualitative consequences. It disrupts customary ways of perceiving, acting, and being — to the point of feeling as ‘queer’ to her as a caterpillar’s metamorphoses. Helped by the arguably inextricable intertwinement of different meanings and aspects of ‘scale’, Alice’s experiences continue to provide apt metaphors for the disorienting importance and effects of scale and scaling at the time of hyperglobalization and the so-called anthropocene.

Interested applicants should read the full announcement on

Deadline: 8 January 2024, 14:00 (CET)


Call For Papers!
Model Organisms: Materiality, History and Politics

Symposium, 21-22 March 2024

Model organisms are life forms used to test biological theories of various kinds in laboratory settings. Research with model organisms muddies the line between models as material objects and models as abstract entities. The organizers welcome proposals for 20-minute talks that present case studies of particular model organisms as well as more general critical accounts of the practice of modeling with living organisms and its historical and political aspects.

Organized by Maria Dębińska, Julia Sánchez-Dorado, Ben Woodard

Please send 250-word abstracts for 20minute papers to 

Deadline: 30 November 2023

Symposium Recognition

Call for Papers!
Symposium Recognition

Symposium, 23-24 May 2024

Constitution as a viable social subject is dependent on being recognized by others as such, whether that recognition takes the form of an ethical gesture, a political objective, or a legal instrument. The desire for recognition is therefore often assumed to be universal. For many activists and theorists, recognition of rights and identities has been at the heart of social justice movements, particularly since the 1980s.

Organized by B Camminga, Ruth Ramsden-Karelse, Natascia Tosel

Please send 300-word abstracts for 15 to 20minute papers to

Deadline: 15 January 2024

Cover Ulysses, Dante, and Other Stories

Ulysses, Dante,
and Other Stories

Elena Lombardi

Cultural Inquiry, 28
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2023

Open Access

Ulysses, Dante, and Other Stories presents a unique form of creative scholarship. It employs Dante’s late medieval take on Ulysses and his tragic pursuit of ‘virtue and knowledge’ as a prism that refracts an ancient myth of journey and return into a modern story of discovery and nostalgia. Working notes, fragments from Ulysses’ many stories, personal memories, illuminations, and rewritings combine to form a new chain of narratives about the desire to create, the art of travelling, and the will of self-reinvention.

Paperback | 17 EUR
Hardcover | 44 EUR

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From Solar Futures br to Future Solidarity

From Solar Futures
to Future Solidarity

Making and brBreaking Models

Making and
Breaking Models

An Atlas of brSpatial Figures

An Atlas of
Spatial Figures