Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Kulturwissenschaft

Prof. Dr. Brigitta Kuster

Kulturwissenschaftliche Filmforschung mit Schwerpunkt Gender
Vita | Lehre | Veröffentlichungen | Vorträge und Workshops / Veranstaltungen | Technikbroschuere.pdf
Prof. Dr. Brigitta Kuster
kuster (at)

Institut für Kulturwissenschaft

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Georgenstr. 47, Raum 4.26

D–10117 Berlin



Unter den Linden 6

D-10099 Berlin


Tel: +49(0)30 2093 66297





Colloquium | Cinematic and Research Projects in Film

JP Dr. Brigitta Kuster


You are cordially invited to join us via Zoom on November 29 at 8pm CET for Yara HASKIEL’s project presentation: Who cares about the dead, when nobody cares about the living?


To join, please register until 25.11.2021 with Anja Karg,


Yara Haskiel
Who cares about the dead, when nobody cares about the living?


“… even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins.

And this enemy has not ceased to be victorious.”

Walter Benjamin, On the Concept of History, 1940


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Blockages and the Making Vanish (working title) is the second chapter of my study on contested former and present cemeteries in today’s post-austerity Greece. It traces a dialogue between reminders of the precarious relation between the dead and the living. These former and current cemeteries are associated with discomfort because they are resting places that challenge normative constructions of identity within official national and European narratives. The session will give an insight into recent fieldwork in Lesvos and research in the framework of my artistic practice based PHD in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London.

In my research I depart from the vanished Jewish cemetery in Thessaloniki and the recent so called ‘Refugee cemetery’ in Lesbos, both contested sites that animate the past as absence in the present. In either case, the border, difference and belonging are inevitable aspects of migratory and diasporic histories. Fragmented tombstones as cultural material become informants, while new cemeteries are spread throughout migration routes. My research illuminates shifts on the urgent question of dignity between the dead and the living. How to mourn and care for dead bodies about whom nobody seems to care? What kind of social and affective impact is connected in future generations to such disturbing the bones and denial of protection in death of a devaluated and delegitimized population?

On the outskirts of the European territory, at its external borders, ignorance and neglect as technocratic and political tools generate the distinction of whose lives matter to be accounted, remembered and mourned for and who’s lives and deaths can be disgraced and become “ungrievable”. In the case of Lesvos pressing questions are: Has the dead the right to stay and why is the cemetery not legalized until today?

Beyond the grey zones, legal limbos and the repression on bodies that try to intervene in official (memory) politics that are inflicted by country’s foreign policies, my attempt is to rethink mnemonic and circular temporalities. The twilight for example, marks a transitional temporality between day and night, life and death. Twilight zones indicate becomings, passages between different materialities while moving and flowing within the passerby.

What multilayered blockages are produced when for the recognition of the dead, a place is not reserved, and their bodies become anonymous or lost in disappearance. Will the living remain sleepless together with the dead?


Yara HASKIEL is a video artist and researcher. She studied Experimental Film and Art and Media at the University of Arts in Berlin and Hamburg with Hito Steyerl, Heinz Emigholz and Gerd Roscher. She holds a Master in Museology and Critical Theory from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2014-15 she took part in the Independent Studies Program (PEI) at the Museum for Contemporary Art (MACBA) in Barcelona. In 2019, her research project Assembly of Sleepless Matter was granted with the Artist Research Fellowship by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin. Currently, she is a PhD scholar of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation at the Visual Culture Department at Goldsmiths, London.

Central themes of her work are the connections between memory and (dis-)placement of minor and forgotten narratives and their trans-generational affective constellations. Further, she focuses on micro politics and its precarities. Yara Haskiel generates video essays and multi-screen installations that embrace reflexivity by experimenting with video diary, found footage and new media.




Bitte wenden Sie sich für eine terminliche Absprache per E-Mail an

Anja Karg,


Sprechzeiten sind montags zwischen 17 und 18 Uhr.


Zoom Link:

Meeting-ID: 639 2438 4347

Passwort: 018492


Studentische Hilfskräfte Filmforschung

Raum 2.40

Tel.: 2093 66147

Anja Karg,


Studentische Hilfskraft Projekt WEBLAB KuWi

Raum 2.40

Tel.: 2093 66147

Muriel Weinmann,


Technikbroschüre als pdf. mit einer Auflistung an Filmequipment, das für studentische Projekte nach Absprache ausgeliehen werden kann (Kameras, Ton-Aufnahmegeräte, Licht, Schnittrechner). Hierfür bitte bei Anja Karg melden.