Event Tue May 4, 2021, 7 pm

Kübra Gümüşay: "Language and Being"

Reading and Talk


(c) Paula Winkler

Languages construct worlds. If they die out, so does the shared culture of their speakers. The American artist Susan Hiller (1940-2019) deals with the extinction of languages in her work "Lost and Found". To accompany Susan Hiller's exhibition, we invite the author Kübra Gümüşay to talk to us about language and its effect on our thoughts and actions. Kübra Gümüşay's book "Language and Being" follows a longing: for a language that does not reduce people to categories. For a way of speaking that allows them to exist in their multifacetedness. For truly communal thinking in a polarising world. Kübra Gümüşay has been advocating for equal rights and discourse at eye level for a long time. In her first book, she explores how language shapes the way we think and how it determines our politics. She shows how people as individuals become invisible when they are always seen as part of a group – and are only allowed to express themselves as such. But how can people really speak as people? And how can we all – in a time of increasingly harsh, hateful discourse – communicate with each other differently? Kübra Gümüşay, born in 1988, is one of the most influential intellectuals and political activists in our country. She is particularly concerned with racism, feminism, net culture and issues of social diversity. The reading with a subsequent round of talks will take place digitally via Zoom:


Moderation: Luise Wick

Registration at: wick@kestnergesellschaft.de

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