18.3 Feminist Discussion Brunch about possibilities/boundries/critique/perspectives of feminist praxes in dealing with (experiences of) violence

We want to talk with each other about possibilities/boundries/critique/perspectives of feminist praxes in dealing with (experiences of) violence.

From a feminist and an allied with the survivors of violence perspective, we want to discuss various ways of dealing with violence. We draw among other things, but not only, on the feminist Definitionsmacht concept, which makes violence that takes place in gendered and hierarchical power relationships visible and tries to strengthen survivors.

Where: Schenke, Pfeilgasse 33, 1080 Vienna
When: Sunday, March 18, 2012
Brunch from 12 noon on
Discussion from 1 p.m. on
There is a wheelchair accessible entrance from Lerchenfelderstrasse 124-126.

Bringing food is appreciated!

There have been and are various feminist praxes in dealing with violence in a variety of contexts. The concept of Definitionsmacht is a feminist accomplishment that is important for our political praxis. Yet the use of the concept is chiefly limited to certain experiences of violence, namely violence from men against women, in a hetero-dominated spaces and in the context of the dominant society.

We want to discuss what we find lacking in the concept of Definitionsmacht and how we want to support each other in dealing with the various forms of violence that people experience and have experienced.

Violence is multifaceted and appears in many forms and constellations. Forms of oppression (such as racism, sexism, class differences, ableism, ageism, body norms, etc.) are tightly woven together and act sometimes together and sometimes against each other and must constantly be taken into account. Thus we find it important to develop feminist praxes that are at the same time resolute and open, in order to properly take differences into account.

Over brunch with each other, we want to discuss which approaches in this direction there are and there have been, how we can further contemplate these concepts and change them. With this event, we would like to create a space in which solidary, feminist critique is possible in order to bring a breath of fresh air into old discussions and to promote self-reflection. We look forward to a friendly and respectful exchange where we can learn together and support each other!

Brought to you by Schenke-Dienstag* and the survivor support group DEFMA.

*All interested trans*lesbians*womyn are welcome
**a simultaneous translation in English is possible (please let us know in advance if you would like a translation).
***There is a wheelchair accessible entrance from Lerchenfelderstrasse 124-126. Unforunately there is no wheelchair accessible bathroom.