Invitation to 12th Queer Easter in the Education Centre Kurt Löwenstein, 18.-25.04.2011

We would like to invite you to the upcoming 12th Queer Easter “Know Queer, No Fear: Educating today for a socialist tomorrow”. This non-formal educational seminar will take place from 18.-25.04.2011 in Werftpfuhl/ Germany. The seminar is organized by the education centre Kurt Loewenstein of the Socialist Youth of Germany – Die Falken in cooperation with IFM-SEI and ECOSY. Thematical focus will be this year the topic of education for sexual diversity. We want to work on developing strategies to overcome heteronormativity and homophobia in our societies. We will discuss, what is needed to change society, to combat homophobia and to achieve equality in sexual diversity. We want to develop educational methods, which can be used afterwards back home to continue our struggle against homophobia and heteronormativity.

At Queer Easter we strive every year to create a safe environment, where every participant can feel comfortable to talk about their own experiences, and feed into discussions held in an atmosphere of respect and understanding. In talking about such sensitive and personal issues and their relation to the area of politics and society, we are also asking every participant to challenge themselves, and reflect on their own lifestyle and attitudes. For this reason, we ask that every participant comes to the seminar with the willingness to examine themselves, to express their own opinion, and to respect those of others – to question some of those things that are embedded so completely in our societies, those things that perpetuate intolerance and inequality. To change the world, we must first examine, challenge and consciously change ourselves – and for this we ask that everyone remembers the importance of keeping an open mind in relation to this subject, and the process of the seminar.

PROGRAMME

The topic of the seminar will be explored through a variety of workshops, discussion rounds and working groups. Besides this, Queer Easter will also offer the opportunity to learn more about LGBT situations in other countries, and there will be provided a space for exchanging experiences, projects and campaigns that our different organisations are running. And of course we have not forgotten about having fun together e.g. while spending one day in Berlin. A draft program will be available mid marc. Some 4 weeks before the seminar, we will send a description how to reach the educational centre and a last information email with details of what we would like you to bring, what to prepare beforehand and other useful information.

DATES

This 12th Queer Easter Seminar will take place from 18-25.4.2011.

VENUE

The venue and accommodation will be at the Education Centre Kurt Loewenstein in Werftpfuhl in the northeast suburbs of Berlin. The closest airports are in Berlin, from where the venue can be reached with local transport. Exact travel details will be sent to you after registration.

PARTICIPANTS

Participants are expected:

  • to be active in an political youth organisation (either a youth organisation of ECOSY or IFM-SEI) or active in an youth organisation dealing with LGBT issues, preferably an LGBT-youth organisation
  • to have interest in working on the issue
  • to be able to follow the seminar and communicate in English
  • to be available for the whole duration of the seminar

We do not ask for sexual orientation identification of the participants but welcome everybody who is interested in the topic of the seminar.

FINANCES

The participation fee depends on the country you are coming from (between 30 – 75 Euro). Please contact Tim Scholz for exact details. This fee includes participation in the programme and accommodation as well as four meals per day for the duration of the event and a day-trip to Berlin.

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT

Due to the difficult financial situation we are unfortunately in general unable to reimburse your travel expenses, except in case of special agreements (please contact the education officer Tim Scholz on exact details of this).

REGISTRATION

Registration for the Seminar is only possible online via a registration form, which you can find here. Online registration will be possible from the 18.02.2011 onwards. Please do not do it earlier. Thanks for understanding. Registration Deadline is 01.04.2011. We are asking every participant from your organisation to register separately in order to let them fill in the motivation questions by themselves. If you are coming with a delegation from an organisation, we ask that you pay attention to the biological sex balance of your group, so that we have a balance at the seminar. In case participants need Visa to enter Germany the deadline is the 15.03.2011. Please register online as soon as possible since the original personal invitation letters are going to be sent out on the 16.03.11. The originals will be sent to the nearest German consulate. You will get scanned copies of this letters to apply for the visa.

FURTHER QUESTIONS

In case of further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Tim Scholz . Looking forward to welcome you at Queer Easter 2011 in Werftpfuhl!