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Kitchen Conversations with Kai Hermann Publicist, academic, and the host of the ost.GAYze podcast

The first episode in 2022 of Kitchen Conversations features a unique guest, Kai Hermann, publicist, academic, and the host of the ost.GAYze podcast, a predominantly German-speaking show that focuses on queer Eastern-European perspectives from and in Germany

Looking at Kai’s personal history, this episode of Kitchen Conversation will first take you to Germany. It is where Kai’s family migrated, right after the fall of the Berlin Wall, from the capital city of Silesia – Katowice. Kai was born in Germany, but he always felt a strong connection with his family city, its fascinating culture, and its food. In the meantime, however, a stream of national and religious radicalisation came to Poland. Touched by the oppression of queer people that came with it, Kai created a podcast that discusses the intersection of the dual identity – being queer and Eastern European. He invites people to share their experiences and stories and to listen.

Following his current master’s degree in Gender Studies, – this episode also discussed the importance of sex education, especially for young people, and different ways of teaching it both in Germany and in Poland. 

 This episode of Kitchen Conversations ends with an intellectually compelling chat about Eastern European cinema. Why? Since 2017 Kai has been working as a freelance publicist. His focus laid on independent film and film festivals, including Romani Film Festival ‘AKE DIKHEA?’, Lithuanian Film Festival ‘LT Kino Goes Berlin’, or ‘XPOSED Queer Film Festival’.

 Have a great listen!


* This podcast is produced by artist Patrycja Rozwora (since May 2020). If you enjoy the content you can support it with a monthly donation of your choice via patreon.com/kitchenconversations.

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About The Author

Patrycja
Rozwora

Artist and writer. Studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Critical Studies Department at the Sandberg Institute. Her ongoing research relates the post-Soviet countries. In 2020, she launched a podcast series called ‘Kitchen Conversations.’

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