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The New Alphabet School is a collaborative, self-organized school for practice-based research. Over the course of three and a half years, it serves as a colloquium for action-oriented approaches to cultural studies, the arts, and activism. Based on the premise that knowledge is not universal but always situated, that is, tied to a specific context, one's positionality or locality, the School aims to test both critical and affirmative forms of knowledge production in order to facilitate solidarity between different approaches to theory and practice.

Berliner Fernsehturm hinter blauem Himmel
Berliner Fernsehturm hinter blauem Himmel © tanja dickert, souvenirmanufaktur.de

Program 2022

10.03. - 12.03.2022
Rio de Janeiro & online
Lectures and workshops

12.05. - 14.05.2022
Warsaw & online
Lectures and workshops

15.09. - 18.09.2022
With members of the New Alphabet School
Discussions, séances, performances

The HKW thus creates a place for research approaches beyond academic, disciplinary or genre-specific boundaries. Through alternative methods of learning and unlearning, the task of critique is to be reimagined - as a practice of communal responsibility and care.

The New Alphabet School combines a forum for conversation and work based at HKW with site-specific events in collaboration with partner institutions worldwide. Through these collaborations, the School analyzes local infrastructures and institutional frameworks to study the conditions and logics of contemporary knowledge production and to learn from and with one another.

Each issue of the School is dedicated to a knowledge practice. With this focus on action, is it possible to organize knowledge as a plethora of ways of speaking, contexts of production, and practices of learning without bringing everything into one denominator? How are shared orientation and collective action possible without a potentially hegemonic center? How can knowledge be both spatially situated and produce a new form of universality?

The New Alphabet School is part of The New Alphabet. It opened in January 2019 with an (Un-)Learning Place at HKW in Berlin and will continue through 2022 with ten more events worldwide.

Curated in collaboration with the New Alphabet School community. Members of the curatorial advisory board are Gigi Argyropoulou, Mahmoud Al-Shaer and Rahul Gudipudi.


(Program in English)
Additional information
Registrations for one or more workshops are possible. The participation capacity is limited. As soon as the workshops are fully booked, registration will be closed.


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