“Same Worries” *

Empowerment and Self-Organization in the Poems of Semra Ertan

Part of “Berlin bleibt! #4”

Guests: Cana Bilir-Meier, Pinar Tuzcu; Reading: Hülya K. Kilic, Moderation: Saboura Naqshband
From 6 pm: Screen printing with Şipşak Druck


Semra Ertan writes about “same worries”, that does not mean that all people share the same worries, but rather it seems a call for self-organisation and a need for alliances in which care is taken for each other, as it were. “Loneliness”, “dreaming”, “work”, “hopelessness”, “resistance”, “friendship”, “love”: these are all catchwords that are condensed in Semra Ertan's work. 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of the poet and activist. Based on Ertan's migrant labour perspective, Saboura Naqshband, Efsun Kızılay and Nuray Demir talk about performative self-empowerment, practices of care, memory, migrant labour struggles, empowerment and the everydayness of resistance. The conversation will be accompanied by Semra Ertan's poems, read by Hülya Kıymet Kılıç in German and Turkish. The reading is part of the reading series “Das literarische Rondell” (Das literarische Rondell) of the thought manufactory Wort & Ton.

* “Same Worries” is the eponymous title of Semra Ertan’s poem, 2 June 1977.


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Part of “Berlin bleibt #4 – Treffpunkt Mehringplatz”, a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Supported by: Gewobag.

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