Rhea Ramjohn is a Trinbagonian writer, producer, and presenter representing ancestral codes via vernacular poetics. As co-founder of Black Brown Berlin, her work centers BIPOC empowerment, equitable and inclusive initiatives, and the amplification of marginalized expressions most evident in her short film Live chile! commissioned by Germany’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt. She is the creator and executive producer of Tanti Table and host of the science podcast Hormonal. With a foundation in African Diaspora and Cultural Studies, community service and education sectors, Rhea has more than two decades of pedagogy, literary, and performance experience across the Americas and Europe
Roundtable: Undoing Discrimination? Diverse in Berlin?
29th May 01.00 – 02.30 pm | Miriam Camara, Sanni Est, Kenny Fries, Rhea Ramjohn Moderation: Samie Blasingame
Diversity is a "must-have" in the identity of most Berlin cultural institutions. Sometimes they even invest resources for the multicolored flag that flies over them. So are diversity measures just another set of methods of solidifying what they claim to change? This panel, moderated by Samie Blasingame, puts it to the test: what does it look like in Berlin's cultural landscape? What are the inconspicuous formal routines, the small informal habits, the official and unofficial rules that create the feeling of running into a wall that one claims is not there? Are there any institutions somewhere that are undercutting the perfidious game and are there any impulses, strategies, methods, or people that are at least beginning to dismantle the supposedly non-existent walls? Are there perhaps even already best practice examples?