Discourse 02.06.23, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Hauptraum Entry: Free

Meeting Ohnmacht 1

Patriarchy & Ohnmacht

FORUM STADTPARK – Fortress Ohnmacht

An event dedicated to public and critical discourse with Sara T. Huber, Rivka Saltiel & Verónica Gago, Elsa Dorlin and F*Streik Graz.

Ohnmacht* paralyzes. It leads to passivity and discouragement – to the point of resignation. Crisis conditions intensify both social and individual feelings and experiences of powerlessness, and through this, it becomes clear that Ohnmacht has a systemic character. The series of discussions "Facing Ohnmacht" invite a critical and emancipatory confrontation with powerlessness as a feeling, an experience, and a social symptom. The series focuses on counter-narratives, pointing to strategies and approaches that lead out of powerlessness and into empowerment.
The first of four events is dedicated to the topic of

Patriarchy and Ohnmacht
Increasingly precarious existential arrangements, rising domestic violence and femicides are symptomatic of prevailing economic conditions and patriarchal violence. Feminist thinkers and activists reveal how the patriarchal-capitalist order of our society constantly attacks everyday survival. Exploitation and oppression destroy communal resources, threaten physical livelihoods, and leave many unable to reproduce and maintain life. Everyday survival becomes a constant act of self-defense borne of suffering, pain, and a sense of powerlessness. Feminist struggles have long sought collective means of voicing these experiences and facing Ohnmacht in solidarity.

Time schedule:

After the discussions and presentations in our main room (ground floor), you can enjoy the musical warm-up of Ultra Flair, who are hosting a clubbing event in our basement later on. Simultaneously, a zine presentation by phloxx will be taking place until, at 11 p.m., the Ultra Flair clubbing starts.

Patriarchy & Ohnmacht

Our guest speakers

Patriarchy & Ohnmacht

A glimpse into the biographies of our guest speakers for this event

Verónica Gago is a professor of social sciences and teaches political theory, economics and sociology at the Universities of San Martín and Buenos Aires (Argentina). Gago is co-founder of the NiUnaMenos movement and the militant research collective Colectivo Situaciones. She is also active in the Tinta Limón publishing house. In 2022, one of her most internationally known books Feminist International. How to Change Everything was translated into German by Katja Rameil.

Elsa Dorlin is a philosopher and professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Paris 8 Vincennes/St. Dénis (France). She received an award from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in 2009 for her work on feminist theory and philosophy. Among other things, she is known for her 2017 book Se défendre: une philosophie de la violence (Self-defense: A philosophy of violence, 2020).

F*Streik is an autonomous feminist collective in Graz that addresses the injustices resulting from a patriarchal-racist-capitalist social order. Inspired by the feminist movements of Latin America, they regularly take to the streets against gender-based violence and femicide, extend strikes to unpaid and structurally invisible reproductive work and link our struggles to e.g. anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-capitalist and climate justice concerns.

Patriarchy & Ohnmacht