This week, DialoguePerspectives should have travelled together to Luxembourg. Of course, that’s not possible. What do we do when coming together physically is no longer an option? We shift our conversation to the digital realm as intensively as possible, for the time being.
The many ideas we’ve gathered over the last few days show that we can move our encounters to new spaces. We are in the process of developing a platform with the participants of the European programme that we will use for internal communications with each other for the time being. The ideas and impulses gathered there will be shared via our social media channels to show our former participants, friends, and supporters that our work is continuing. At the same time, we are developing formats for sharing content and continuing important internal and external conversations. Even if we’re too far apart to sing together from balcony to balcony, we can still gather together around our virtual kitchen table to organize actions, both local and global, in a spirit of solidarity.
Today, at our seminar’s planned starting time, the group will be meeting virtually – we’ll keep you informed on how it goes!
One of the DP participants, Gil Shohat, will also be speaking this afternoon at 3 (Berlin time) on “Abwarten und Tee trinken. Die ELES-Familie lädt ein”/ “Keep calm and drink tea. An invite from the ELES family”, a new ELES Facebook Live format about his research stay in New York and the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic poses for doctoral students with child(ren).
˝The programme makes possible something that is all too rare in our society these days: speaking and having discussions across borders, not about each other, but with each other. That can be a hard slog at times, but at the same time the format makes space for follow-up questions and deeper conversations that are only possible through trust on all sides.
Felix, DialoguePerspectives participant