Event Announcement

10/30/2018 06:00PM

Humboldt University of Berlin, Senate Hall in the Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

Panel Discussion with Erdem Çolak, Sarah H. Awad, Myrto Tsilimpounidi and Elif Çiğdem Artan (Chair).

From Zuccotti Park in NYC to Tahrir Square in Cairo, occupy movements and other forms of urban protests have been powerful resistance movements against increasing inequality and marginalization as consequences of global neoliberal processes. These resistance movements also challenged the institutions of representative democracy, which have been irresponsive to the demands of the masses. Among other distinctive characteristics of the contemporary urban collective resistance movements such as the extensive use of social media, street art has gained crucial relevance and became an important form of political participation and resistance.

In this panel, our speakers will focus on cases in Istanbul, Cairo, and Athens and will discuss questions such as what is the role of visual and performative arts in political contexts? What is the interplay between political protests and street art? To what extent is street art a form of political participation and resistance? And does it have a transformative potential over the uses of urban space?

The panel will be conducted in English. There will be a reception afterwards.
Please register via Mail at blickwechsel.tuerkei@gmail.com

The event is co-organized by the programme "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies", Network Turkey, and GeT MA, the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences and funded by Stiftung Mercator.

*Please be advised that photographs will be taken at the event for the public outreach of the Blickwechsel programme. By entering the event, you consent to Blickwechsel photographing and using your image and likeness.


Erdem Çolak is a PhD Student at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam. He is mainly interested in the changing relationship between politics and art after 1960s

Sarah H. Awad is an Assistant Professor in general psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research interests are in the interrelation between the fields of cultural psychology, communication, and social development.

Myrto Tsilimpounidi is a social researcher and photographer. She is Post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece and Co-director of the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research, Athens.

Elif Çiğdem Artan 
is the co-founder of the Museum Professionals Association in Turkey and currently pursuing her doctoral research at TU Berlin – IGK – Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin-New York-Toronto. Her research interests span over museology, urban, and digital culture.

topics of presentations

Erdem Çolak: Where did All the Creative People Go? Reconsidering Street Art of the Gezi Park Protests

Sarah H. Awad: The Social Life of Urban Images: Political Street Art in Egypt

Myrto Tsilimpounidi: 'If These Walls Could Talk': Political Street Art in the Athens of Crisis

Some impressions