Performing Memory Class
Layla Zami received the First Prize in the 2017 Teaching Award from Humboldt-University's Faculty of
Humanities, Social and Cultural Sciences (Fakultätspreis für gute Lehre).
"Performing Memory: race, gender and diaspora in cultural discourses and practices" is a graduate course of Layla's own design. It also ranked Best Humanities Seminar across Germany (2016) and was funded by the Berlin Teaching Quality Grant (Qualitätsoffensive für die Lehre).
"This was an excellent seminar. The instructor Layla Zami was very knowledgeable and well organized, with excellent grasp of the subject, and always able to adapt to the queries of the students, despite the broad difference in their backgrounds."
"I got a lot of new impulses and ways of looking at things and found a good space to grow in my own learning process."
"I enjoyed Layla's variety of teaching methods - she was able to engage the class both intellectually and physically, while also keeping the material accessible. As a newcomer to the subject, I felt very supported in understanding the material and appreciate the numerous forms of texts used throughout the semester. Would definitely recommend."
The class offers the opportunity to critically reflect upon and practically engage with cultural memory at a transnational scale. We explore how race and gender are being performed in the production and transmission of contemporary memory discourses and practices. We research how artistic expressions can provide the ground for intervening into dominant narratives from feminist and/or diasporic perspectives. The class occasionally involves an exchange with artists and activists both within and outside of the classroom.
The workshop "Moving Tongues" was originally conceived together with Oxana Chi for the association LesMigraS for the Series "Tapesh! With Heart and Vision against Violence and Discrimination," funded by the Berlin City Council. It was also subsequently offered for the GLADT Q PoC Summer School. In this workshop about words and body language, we use activities that focus on speaking, moving, and writing to learn how to navigate more easily our daily environment, especially in a foreign language setting. We address traumatic and empowering experiences. Other workshops include the recent "Aus der Reihe tanzen" facilitated for the corporeality series "körper_n" at the association xart splitta.
Upon request, our workshops can be facilitated specially for specific audiences, e.g. women* only, people in exile, LGBT*, and/or people of color.