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FRAGEN DER ZEIT / ISSUES OF OUR TIME: LINKS ≠ WOKE. OR IS IT? THE LEFT TODAY

Susan Neiman & Patricia Purtschert

Kunstmuseum Basel

This event is NOT in-house! Kunstmuseum, Neubau, St. Alban-Graben 8

Susan Neiman is an avowed leftist. But since when has the Left been woke? In her polemic she criticizes contemporary voices on the left for abandoning precisely the convictions which Neiman considers the essence of a leftist viewpoint: a commitment to universalism, the belief in the possibility of progress and a clear differentiation between power and justice. Her standpoint has received much praise, but also attracted criticism.

The cultural theorist and gender researcher Patricia Purtschert criticizes the “caricature of identity politics” (in: Geschichte der Gegenwart (History of the Present)), as it has been portrayed for years in the Western media and advocates a return to the “original goals of identity politics”, as formulated, amongst others, in the 1977 Statement of the Combahee River Collective, a group of black, lesbian feminists.

The discussion with Susan Neiman and Patrica Purtschert considers the question of what positions and arguments promote or undermine solidarity, feminist, and democracy-strengthening issues.

In cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Basel

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