DATE: Friday, 01-10-2022
VENUE: Zacherlfabrik, 16:00-17:00
Talk in English
Thinking about belonging means also thinking about exclusion, especially when the cultural context encourages us to imagine open, uncomplicated belonging. This lecture begins with the practices of the door-staff at Berliner nightclubs, examining how these local leisure institutions may be informed by their broader political contexts. In particular, I examine the ways in which certain aspects of “selection” at these nightclubs bear an uncanny resemblance to national and European debates regarding immigration and cultural policy. Drawing upon examples of exclusion at nightclubs in Berlin, I suggest that these venues cultivate embedded diversity: a kind of curated diversity that problematically excludes certain “unintegrated” forms of difference, thus presenting a happier and more harmonious image of their dancefloors.