2024 ~ WHY GERMANY ? is an international lecture series addressing the crackdown on free speech in Germany and beyond.

The weekly lectures are co-hosted by a network of institutions that grows over time. By means of a rolling program, it creates a space for creative, informed and considered expression. Importantly, the series will move beyond critique alone, to propose strategies for the future: which languages, alliances, policies and support systems might ensure a measure of autonomy in the longer term?

Within Germany, some of the most effective actors in the intimidation of Palestinians and their allies over recent months have been cultural venues, art schools and universities. The hostility towards advocacy for Palestinian lives has surpassed recent escalations across Europe or even the USA: the lockstep is more thorough, the language more hateful, the measures more extreme. With the help of historical perspectives and specific case studies of German art schools and universities, this series addresses the eclipse of free speech and its ramifications for local cultural landscapes, but also for neighbors and allies - not to mention for Palestine itself.

Participating venues

L'Observatoire des Mondes Arabes et Musulmans (OMAM), Université Libre de Bruxelles

De Appel Amsterdam

SWOP Institute & Department of Fine Arts, Wits University Johannesburg

Academy of Fine Art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Zurich University of the Arts

Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London

School of Architecture Royal College of Art London

Ashkal Alwan, Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Beirut

Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

Dutch Art Institute, Roaming Academy

The Racial Reckoning in Art and Performance at Yale University

The Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender (ISSG), Columbia University


Tuesday 7 May 6pm CET

Lecturer: Nadija Samour

Host: L'Observatoire des Mondes Arabes et Musulmans (OMAM), Université Libre de Bruxelles



Tuesday 14 May 6pm CET

Lecturers: Tirdad Zolghadr & Hanan Toukan

Host: de Appel Amsterdam.



Tuesday 21 May at 6pm CET

Lecturers: Noor Niefgotodien & Ulrike Kistner

Host:  University of Witwatersrand (Wits) Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Tuesday 28 May at 5pm CET

Lecturer: Sami Khatib

Host: The Academy of Fine Art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

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Tuesday 4 June at 6pm CET

Lecturer: Marwa Arsanios

Host: Masters of Transdisciplinarity in the Arts at Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland.

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Tuesday 11 June at 6pm CET

Lecturers Sarah Naira Hachem Herfurth & Laura Fiorio, introduced by Alessandro Petti,

Host:  Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Tuesday 18 June


Host:  Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom.


Tuesday 25 June 6pm CET

Lecturer: Yasmeen Daher

Host: Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon.



Tuesday 9 July at 4pm CET

Lecturers: Dirk Moser and Ana Teixeira Pinto


Host: Dutch Art Institute, Roaming Academy. 


Tuesday 15 July at 6pm CET 

Lecturer: Joud al Tamimi (in Arabic)

Host: Wekalet Behna, Alexandria, Egypt.

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For more background on the developments in Germany, see also DAI's evolving feed on our homepage  Scroll to the chapter MEANWHILE IN GERMANY. 

See also our Palestine Teach Outs