The Apparatus of Racism: Lectures and Commentaries

For over a decade, the "National Socialist Underground" (NSU), a neo-Nazi terrorist group, carried out an unprecedented series of murders, bombings and robberies. Within the interpretive horizon of the media, politics and the authorities racist motives remained excluded until the terrorist cell exposed itself. The Apparatus of Racism jump-starts an international debate about the NSU complex as a composite of neo-Nazi terror, institutional and structural racism within the context of German history and within the longue durée of colonialism, migration and genocide in the globalized modern age.

What power does racism possess as a formative factor within contemporary societies? How does it inform collective thought and the cognitive processes of Western knowledge systems? How does it replicate itself within society’s functional apparatuses of state, politics, law and justice?

In preparation for the tribunal Unraveling the NSU Complex, which will be held in Cologne in May 2017, lectures and commentaries by international experts and activists across disciplines will trace the past, present and latest configurations of racism in its structural and global manifestations.

The Apparatus of Racism
Lectures and commentaries
March 8-9, 2017
7 – 10 pm, free admission
Lecture hall
Simultaneous translation into German and English
Press accreditation:  by March 7, 2017  


March 8, 2017 
Ayşe Güleç, Social worker and activist
Eyal Weizman, Director of the Centre for Research Architecture Goldsmiths, University of London
Nafeez Ahmed, investigative journalist and social scientist, INSURGE intelligence , London
Yann Moulier Boutang, Professor of economics, University of Technology Compiègne, Paris
Liz Fekete, Director of the Institute of Race Relations, London

March 9, 2017
Manuela Bojadžijev, Juniorprofessor for Globalized Cultures, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Bülent Küçük,  Sociologist, Boğaziçi University Istanbul
Amira Hass, journalist and author, Ramallah
Hamid Khan, Coordinator of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Los Angeles
Alana Lentin, Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis, Western Sydney University, Australia
Chowra Makaremi, research scholar, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris

The Apparatus of Racism is being organized by the tribunal NSU-Komplex auflösen in cooperation with HKW prior to the eponymous even, which was initiated by anti-racist and migrant networks, civil rights groups and individuals in order to publicly denounce and unravel the NSU Complex. Haus der Kulturen der Welt is funded by the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the German Foreign Ministy. 


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