Glokal e.V. is an organisation that focuses on work critical of racism, development and power. We are happy to welcome two speakers from glokal e.V. offering two workshops. The Critical Whiteness workshop will be taking place on Thursday and the Empowerment workshop on Friday, with the latter one being offered only for “people of colour“.
Over the past years, glokal has already offered Critical Whiteness workshops for the Centre of Key Qualifications at the University of Passau. Since there hasn’t been a workshop of this kind offered for a long time, we are very much looking forward to experiencing the latest version.
But what exactly is a Critical Whiteness workshop about?
We, the fclr2016 team, predominantly coming from a political not biological white background, went through the workshop in January this year. The questions we dealt with went further and much deeper than initially expected. Answering this type of questions requires to be open, to critically question one’s own behaviour, ideas and attitude and be aware of one’s own privileges. This is roughly what the Critical Whiteness workshop is about.
The other workshop focuses on empowerment concepts, which require and encourage taking a perspective on skills, individual as well as collective resources and trust in the skills of self-effectiveness. The workshop is exclusively offered to “people of color“. Should you now be feeling disadvantaged, no worries, the rest of the programme will make up for it.
For planning reasons, we like to ask you for registration by May 14th, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you taking part in the workshops!
Thursday, May 19th
9am – 5pm / venue: Wiwi 301 / workshop
Critical Whiteness Workshop
Studies that are concerned with “being white“ are quite a new phenomenon in the German-speaking research and activists‘ field. It takes up the postcolonial, anti-racist and historically critical areas of research. The workshop deals with (perhaps with the own) ‘white‘ positioning with societal and social power structures and the questioning of privileges that go along with it.
Prior registration is required.
Friday, May 20th
9am – 4pm / Wiwi 301 / workshop
Empowerment Workshop for People Of Color
This workshop is a so-called ‘safe space‘ for people who themselves have experienced racism. Based on these experiences, many people call themselves ‘black people‘ or ‘people of color‘. If this concept is new to you and you are not sure, whether or not you would consider yourself a POC, then answering the following questions will help you find out. We like to thank wetwärts in color for providing the questions!
Have you ever experienced the situation…
… where you’re constantly asked where you “originally“ come from?
… where somebody tells you: “Your German is very good!“?
… where people ask you wether you have rhythm in your blood?
… where you’re sitting in a class room and all eyes are upon you when the topics Africa, Asia and Latin America are discussed?
… where people ask you whether your hijab is a symbol of your suppression?
… where someone boldly touches your hair?
… where you’re not sure where you belong, because you’re considered a foreigner in Germany and a German abroad?
If your answer to these questions is “yes“, then you have already experienced racism!
The term “Empowerment“ essentially means to recognise your strengths, learn to use your own competences and how to integrate them into group processes in order to eventually enable changes on a societal and social scale. The concept of Empowerment is based on the idea of (re-)gaining one’s own power or empowering others as empowerment of people, groups or regions.
The concept is based on normative-ethical fundamental convictions that relate to each other. It requires and promotes a consequent orientation of resources, i.e. leaving the path of focusing on the “lacking“ in people or groups. Furthermore, the concept of Empowerment encourages taking a perspective on abilities and resources as well as the trust in self-effectiveness. This also implies renouncing incapacitating expert judgements and pedagogical attributions of need for help. What is more, it celebrates the respect towards the autonomy of the respective habitats of people and the appreciation of difference and similarities. Empowerment stands for strong commitment to social justice, breaking down structures of social injustice and last but not least the empowerment of inalienable democratic entitlement to participation.
Please note the limited number of seats. Prior registration is required by May 14th, emailing email@example.com.