Emancipation in cyberspace: Hybridity and identity mixing

Date 22. Februar 2014
Start 21:00 Uhr
End 21:50 Uhr
Event Lecture and talk
Place Side stage
With Dr. Reyhan Şahin (linguist, conceptual artist, rapper, Bremen) and Chris Köver (moderation)

Dr. Reyhan Şahin was awarded the German Study Prize for her doctorate thesis on research into the headscarf in Germany. She is currently working on her post-doctoral studies on the online identity of young female Muslims in Germany. How are anonymized images, Arabic loanwords or bilingualism employed by Muslim online communities? How are selfies and pictures of strangers mixed? How is an authentic but hybrid identity constructed on the internet? With what virtual characteristics would it be possible to deduce emancipatory intentions on the part of the users?

Presenter: Chris Köver

© Alexander Fanslau
© Alexander Fanslau

Dr. phil. Reyhan Şahin aka Lady Bitch Ray, was born in 1981 in Bremen to Turkish parents, who immigrated to Germany in 1973. She is a linguist and rapper based in Bremen. In 2011 she founded her own management, the “Votzensekretariat”. In October 2012 she published her neofeminist manuscript “BITCHSM – Emanzipation, Integration, Masturbation” (BITSCHSM – Emancipation, Integration and Masturbation). Her management writes that Bitchsm comprises “Lady Bitch Ray’s own ideas and reflections on modern women’s inequality. It is her (neo)feminist philosophy, a kind of sex enlightenment book and lifestyle guide for women.” Lady Bitch Ray’s latest single is called “Enlightenment” and was released online in 2012. In November 2012, the “Rosa-Luxus-Pussy-Special-Edition” by Bitchsm-Werk was published and the album “Bitchsm-Vixtape” was released. In 2014 she is planning to release a new album.

In February 2012 Dr. Reyhan Şahin finished her doctorate thesis in Linguistics. She is now researching the religious representation of Muslim academics on social networks. In her free time, Lady Bitch Ray designs conceptual-artistic stage outfits and fashion.


©  Chris Köver
© Chris Köver

Chris Köver, born in 1979, lives in Berlin. She has been the chief editor and publisher of “Missy Magazine” since 2008, which she founded together with Sonja Eismann and Stefanie Lohaus. Before this, she did an on-the-job training as a journalist from 2006 to 2008 in the editing office of “Zeit Online” and help to build the youth portal “Zuender”. As a freelance journalist for “Die Zeit”, “Neon” and Deutschlandradio she writes about the internet and pop culture themes, on feminism and other social movements or on sex – and the political implications of all these themes. Besides this, she works as a trainer for journalism and gender-sensitive language at the Akademie für Publizistik (Academy for Journalism) in Hamburg. With Sonja Eismann, she has jointly written two non-fiction titles for girls published by Beltz Verlag. Chris Köver regularly holds talks at conferences on these themes.