with Peter Ley, a student who organizes “links
in dialogue” together with others. “Links
in dialogue” is a series of events organized by the
“autonomous department of critical science and political education”
at the University of Siegen.
Hey Peter, nice to meet you. When did you start “links
in dialogue” and how did you get the idea?
Peter: The department exists since about five years, but
not much has been done during this time. About a year ago, some
fellow students had the idea to the series. First they were organized
by the “kulturcafé” of the university, but then
we wanted the events to be autonomous and we decided that it could
be a good job for the “autonomous department of critical science
and political education”, which is by the way completely organized
What does the name “links in dialogue”
want to express?
Peter: In german, the word links can be interpreted in
two different ways, but in this case, it just means connections.
Dialogue is meant as a synonym for the discussions we hope to start
through our …
Interviewer: Which kinds of events does the department
Peter: We are organizing lectures, readings, discussions
and screenings on many different topics. The main topic during the
last months was Latin America. We also had a reading with Gabriele
Rollnick, a convicted terrorist. We currently offer….Marxism.
In general, we try to cover topics which are not that actual in
the wide public. Beyond mainstream, so to speak.
Interviewer: How is the response of the students ?
Peter: In general, the response is very good. We’ve
often had up to 50 people. We mostly have different students, which
probably make it dependent on the topic but we also have some people
who attend the meetings regularly. There are sometimes people who
do not belong to the university, because INSIDE SIEGEN publishes
notes in which they announce our events.
Interviewer: What was the highlight in the series of “links
in dialogue” so far?
Peter: Oh… yes!(laughs) That was the reading by Marco
Carini, a journalist from Hamburg who wrote a biography about Fritz
Teufel. Also, the reading by the author Gudrun Pausewang was a success.
Interviewer: What can the students look forward to?
Peter: Unfortunately, the program for the next semester
is not ready yet, but we are offering a seminar about Neo- Marxism
in January and I’d like to invite everybody who is interested.
Interviewer: Thanks for the interview, Peter. It was very
interesting to talk to you and I was very pleased to finally meet