MIGRATION AND CULTURE
ifa | The living room is vast, easily big enough to accommodate a football pitch – and at the moment a couple of dozen refugees. In Berlin-Spandau, 750 refugees live in the Stadtmission refugee centre, a former cigarette factory comprising a number of production areas. It was the place of work for Florian Börner and Ahmed Al-Shaikhli, former fellows of the CCP programme Refugees and Migration.
By Jan Rübel
ifa | I travelled to several West African countries trying to find a "home" away from home with the hope of a speedy return to complete my college education.
By Ahmed Khan
ifa | What does it mean to arrive in a new country? How does being forced to flee your homeland affect your sense of identity? What prospects and opportunities await refugees in Germany? On 13 December 2016, representatives of civil society, politics and the media came together with Syrian refugees who had been granted ifa fellows at the Sharehaus Refugio in Berlin to discuss these questions.
Report by Neda Pouryekta
Culture Report, EUNIC Yearbook 2014/2015
ifa | French urban ghettoes that originally had the character of 'transit' or 'passage' stations for new immigrants turned into 'spaces of relegation' once employment was deregulated, becoming precarious and volatile, and unemployment became durable. This eminent sociologist, born in Poznan in 1925, reveals how the resentment and animosity of the established population grew into a virtually impenetrable wall, locking out the newcomers-turned-outsiders.
By Zygmunt Bauman
Refuge. Point – Episode 2
Alumniportal Deutschland | The inflow of refugees to Germany has slowed. But that doesn’t mean that there are no refugees anymore; on the contrary, people are still fleeing from Syria. Some of those who are committed to looking after refugees have taken part in the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) "Refugees and Migration".
By Verena Striebinger
Fine arts and politics
ifa | Does art have to be political? What is the relation between politics and art? A conversation with Alya Sebti, curator of the ifa exhibition "Carrefour / Meeting Point", and Megumi Matsubara, artist and architect from Japan.
Interview by Juliane Pfordte
ifa Galleries: Carrefour / Meeting Point
On the Indonesian culture of sharing
Yeast | Until May the ifa Gallery Berlin shares its space with the transdisciplinary collective KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre from Yogyakarta. In a four-week research project, KUNCI will transform the gallery space into a temporary radio station, in which the Indonesian practice of "numpang" will be collectively questioned as a politics of sharing space, place and time.
Yeast met Syafiatudina for an interview.
"Flow of refugees" and Human Rights
Qantara.de | "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights": the Universal Declaration of Human Rights couldn't be much clearer. Still the political response to the current flood of refugees is inevitably proving insufficient. Pia Oberoi, advisor on migration and human rights with the UNHCR, examines the issue.
By Pia Oberoi
Culture Report / EUNIC Yearbook 2014/2015
Europe: Closed Doors or Open Arms?
Whether it is religion, language, upbringing, education, sport or media – culture holds the key to successful integration. The various strategies of Europe’s Member States could hardly be more different. There are signs that civil and socioeconomic integration policies are beginning to be harmonised in Europe, but the cultural dimension is still determined by national concepts and ideas. Which strategies have proven their worth? What can culture achieve? And what does Europe need to do to improve the integration of migrants into mainstream society? How can Europe resolve the conflict between a repressive refugee policy and a rational migration policy?
Zygmunt Bauman: A culture of exclusion
Umberto Eco: An uncontrollable natural phenomenon
Bassam Tibi: Do we need a new Enlightenment?
Richard Sennett: Stimulating dissonances
Isabel Schäfer: Europe, a continent of immigration
Mely Kiyak: Angela, have mercy
Mely Kiyak: It's a crazy world – I'm keeping my distance
Mely Kiyak: A warm welcome to the concentration camp
Mely Kiyak: Ethnic appearance, blah, blah!
Culture Report / EUNIC Yearbook 2014/2015: order on ifa Media