13th November 2015 – Thinking without Borders
On 13th November 2015, we organized an ambitious “grand public” event at the Heitere Fahne in Bern, offering an arena to discuss the impact of borders in society. Under the title “Thinking without Borders”, the event was divided into three sessions for which we invited experts to discuss a topic of their choice with the participants during parallel workshops:
- The academic session: Daniel Rezene Mekonnen from the PEN “writers in exile” program and Simon Sontowski from the University of Zurich
- The activist session: Salvatore Pittà from the network “Welcome to Europe” Mario Batkovic (teacher, motivator, musician) and Laavanja Sinnadurai (lawyer, cultural interpreter, mediator)
- The artistic session: Jack William (theatre writer and director) and the two members of the collective “Old Masters” Marius Schaffter and Jérôme Stunzi
The workshops were followed by a round table moderated by SNYMS member Stefan Schlegel. In addition, the famous Swiss artist Steff la Cheffe offered a beatbox workshop and the band Pablopolar followed with a charity concert in favor of the group “Gemeinsam für Kobanî”. About 70 people attended the event which was held in English and German.