Wed, Mar 6, 2024, 18:30–20:00

Power, Language, Images

On Sexualized Violence in German Media
Panel Discussion
Karin Heisecke © Sascha Radke, Katrin Rönicke © Andi Weiland, Kathrin Hollmer © Georg Jorvzyk, Julia Penner © Sven Serkis

Karin Heisecke . Head of the MaLisa Foundation / Julia Penner . Screenwriter / Katrin Rönicke . Author and podcaster 

Kathrin Hollmer . Journalist

Sophia Greiff . Curator C/O Berlin 


from 17:00

12/6 Euro (incl. exhibitions)

Online available and at the box office at C/O Berlin.

How do stories about sexualized violence come about? Why do they often draw on a pool of stereotypical role models? What effect can this have on systemic violence against women? And how can rape myths and power dynamics be broken up and new narratives established? 

As part of the exhibition Laia Abril . On Rape - And Institutional Failure, experts will talk about how sexualized violence is portrayed and reflected in the German media. They not only reflect on the status quo and possible alternatives, but also provide insights into their experiences as media makers.

In cooperation with the MaLisa Foundation.


Karin Heisecke heads the MaLisa Foundation's work on gender representations in audiovisual media. Cross-generational, cross-border and cross-industry networking is a central element of her work. As an expert for the Council of Europe and as a lecturer, she advises and teaches on gender equality with a focus on ending violence against women and girls.

Kathrin Hollmer works as a freelance journalist in Munich. She not only writes about films and series, but also enjoys discussing them in juries, especially how women and diversity are told. She is chairwoman of the Grimme Prize nomination committee in the fiction category.

Julia Penner studied acting at the HFS Ernst Busch before studying screenwriting at the DFFB. Her drama series "37 Sekunden" has been nominated for the Grimme Award this year. Julia also supervised three seasons of the youth series "Druck" as head writer and worked as staff writer on series such as the espionage series "Davos 1917" and the vampire series "Love Sucks".

Katrin Rönicke is the founder and managing director of the podcast label hauseins. She has been writing feminist commentaries, columns and books for over 15 years. In 2013, she founded the Lila Podcast – Feminism for All, which is still one of the most important feminist voices in the German-speaking world today.

The MaLisa Foundation was established in 2016 by Maria and Elisabeth Furtwängler. Their goal is a free, equal society. The foundation is committed to ending violence against women and girls and overcoming restrictive role models. It initiates research, promotes networking and cooperation between relevant stakeholders and the development and implementation of joint solutions.


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