7 - 8 March 2003


Moshe Zuckermann

Avi Rybnicki

Raz Yosef, Christian Höller, Samir





Since the founding of the state of Israel and the concomitant streams of refugees and migration, a region that has always been highly sensitive from the perspective of religious history has revealed
itself now to be a permanent hotbed of crises, constantly producing new inclusions and exclusions. The sovereign state of Israel, which appears as a uniformly operating military power - despite all the
tensions in domestic affairs and the heterogeneous immigrant positions from Europe, Russia, the Arab region and, not least of all, the Palestinian Israelis - is clearly distinct from the status of the Palestinians in their struggle for autonomy and state recognition.

The two days of the symposium, however, with Israeli, Palestinian and other international participants, will not only deal with the current constellation, (identity-) political shifts and their historical
contextualization, but also with their links to the sphere of culture. Particularly in a place such as Linz, which was once home to the Hermann Göring Works, positions appear relevant that work on the
theoretical deconstruction of the identification of the (male) subject and nation, or which are devoted to a diasporic and translocal understanding of culture, but without losing sight of the background of real conditions of power and oppression. In addition, the issue of "Remapping the Region" is inseparably tied to the mediatization of the Israel/Palestine conflict, to the front lines in the battle for its representation in visual culture. One of the central questions of the symposium is how to find - without decreed "illusionary solutions" from outside, which are thus already doomed to failure - practicable
and just forms of coexistence and dialogue.

March 7, 2003
Unfamiliar Territories - Identity and Representation in Visual Culture

10.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Aim Deuelle Luski (Israel)

Raz Yosef (Israel), film scholar, professor at the University of Tel Aviv
"Heterosexual Redemption: Zionism, Masculinity and Cinema"

Horit Herman Peled (Israel), net artist
"Unchosen Borderlines"


3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Avi Rybnicki (Israel), psychoanalyst
"Trauma, die Rückkehr des Verdrängten und immer wieder Krieg - gibt es einen Ausweg?"

Fareed Armaly (USA/Palestine), artist and curator, most recently artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
"Roles Wandering - on the project From/To (1999 Witte de With, 2002 Documenta 11)"

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. discussion

Moderation: Christian Höller /A
editor and co-publisher of the journal "springerin - Hefte für Gegenwartskunst", freelance author and translator


March 8, 2003: 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Under (De-)Construction: Israel/Palestine - Positions and Perspectives of Political Criticism

10.30 a.m. - 13 p.m.

Moshe Zuckermann (Israel),
Director of the Institute of German History at the University of Tel Aviv, author of publications on the different perception and instrumentalization of the Holocaust in Israel and Germany

Hermann L. Gremliza (D) ,
Publisher of "KONKRET Zeitschrift für Politik und Kultur"
"Hat Israel noch eine Chance"

Ilan Pappe (Israel),
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Haifa University; President of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian and Israeli Studies, Haifa, Israel.


3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Issam Nassar (Palestine),
Historian, professor at the Al-Quds-University in Jerusalem

Ariella Azoulay (Israel),
teaches visual culture and contemporary philosophy at the Bar Ilan University and the Camera Obscura School of Arts
"becoming citizen"

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. discussion

Moderation: John Bunzl /A,
Middle East expert at the Austrian Institute of International Politics


Conference languages: German and English with simulanous translation

2 days 14,-- / 7,-- Euro
1 day    8,-- / 4,-- Euro

including conference papers and drinks

Information on location and accommodations in Linz:
Ulrike Schimpl, +43.732.784178-110,