a performative reading group  –  part of gesellschaften 2022

With and by Nora Amin, Rike Flämig, Sheena McGrandles and Dominique Tegho

Initiated and moderated by Netta Weiser


Do. 24.11.22  |  18:00 – 21:00

Chapter 1: Why So Much Inequality. Led by Rike Fläming

Do. 1.12.22  |  18:00 – 21:00

Chapter 2: The Birth of the Market Society. Led by Sheena McGrandles

Do. 8.12.22  |  18:00 – 21:00

Chapter 3: The Marriage of Dept and Profit. Led by Dominique Tegho

Do. 15.12.22  |  18:00 – 21:00

Chapter 4: The Black Magic Of Banking. Led by Nora Amin


In his bestseller “Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism” Yanis Varoufakis (former Greek Minister of Finance) explains to his daughter, and to the readers, everything one needs to know about the global economy – what it is, how it came to be, and why it can never be apolitical. While reading the book I was struck by the following: on the one hand, it is definitely a successful attempt in provoking critical thinking and explaining complex concepts in simple terms e.g. debt economy, the banking system, and histories of inequality. On the other hand, I could not avoid reading it as a masterpiece of Mansplanation calling for a response.

“Talking to My Girlfriends About the Economy” is a performative-feminist reading group led by four female practitioners from the Berliner free performing arts scene, coming from different backgrounds and phases in their career. These sessions take Varoufakis’s book as a starting point, and appropriate the text as a means to talk about our own economies and the market societies we are involved in.

It is an intimate studygroup in economics and a very serious girl-talk.


The event is part of gesellschaften 2022 and funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds (HKF).

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