»Diffraction does not produce ›the same‹ displaced, as reflection and refraction do. Diffraction is a mapping of interference, not of replication, reflection, or reproduction. A diffraction pattern does not map where differences appear, but rather maps where the effects of differences appear.«

Donna Haraway, »The Promises of Monsters«


diffrakt | center for theoretical periphery is a collectively organized space that hosts and promotes a range of discursive formats. We aim to further exchange between current positions from art, science, society, and philosophy, and to offer a place for theoretical, artistic, and activist practice. Our events are open to all and free of charge. We are trying to make diffrakt as accessible as possible, please get in touch if you have any inquiries.

Founded in 2017, diffrakt is a non-profit association that inhabits the former space of Merve Verlag in Berlin-Schöneberg, regularly curating events in various forms and formats: conversations, workshops, book presentations, reading groups, film screenings, performances, exhibitions, and event series.

In addition to the events we organize ourselves, we also want to provide a space for others. We are open to cooperations with other initiatives, groups or interested individuals. We discuss proposals and event suggestions collectively during our jour fixe.

Our voluntary work has been supported by the Basisförderung of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe since 2020; in 2021, we received the Berlin Award for Project Spaces and Initiatives. If you would also like to support the work of diffrakt, we welcome your donations; more information can be found here.

diffrakt currently is: Caroline Adler, Elisa Barth, Georg Dickmann, Onur Erdur, Moritz Gansen, Max Grünberg, Ki-Myoung Kim, Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss, Morten Paul, Gala Rexer, Tim Schmidt, Wladimir Velminski, Hannah Wallenfels.