Online Lecture

• Fri 25 03 2022 – Thu 01 01 1970 / 7 pm •
On Violence #1 Elsa Dorlin


The format of the series On Violence is divided into three parts: Following this online lecture, Elsa Dorlin has discussed her positions in front of an audience in a live event on 01 04. The event has taken place on site at HAU1, Berlin and can be streamed here. On Violence #1 with Elsa Dorlin will be concluded with the publication of the lecture in book form.

While historical, hegemonic and repressive forms of violence are increasingly becoming the focus of ongoing debates, acts of resistance are more and more frequently being characterised as violent and thereby delegitimised. At what point is it acceptable to use counter-violence against sexist, racist, extractivist or economic forms of violence? In the joint discourse series On Violence the Akademie der Künste der Welt (Academy of the Arts of the World, ADKDW) and HAU Hebbel am Ufer are starting an analysis of current forms of expression of violence.

It kicks off with French philosopher Elsa Dorlin, whose Self-defense: A philosophy of violence (English translation forthcoming via Verso Books) explores the historical gap between ‘defensible’ and defenceless bodies, as well as the organised ‘disarmament’ of the subjugated. Along the way, she traces a genealogy of political self-defence from the stories of the Black Panthers to Rodney King to the Suffragettes. In the discourse series On Violence she will publicly discuss her positions for the first time in Germany.

from Fri 25 03 2022
Available for free at and at
In French with English subtitles

A cooperation of Akademie der Künste der Welt (Academy of the Arts of the World, ADKDW) and HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Supported by the Alliance of International Production Houses funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).