Interview with Deniz Utlu – Identity between cultures
The German-speaking author Deniz Utlu writes about migration and identity in a way that is at once to the point and poetical. In our interview, he explains why his Turkish roots seem more important to others than they do to him, and how he himself defines his identity.
Diversity Management – “Designing public libraries as open spaces”
How can libraries adapt to the growing diversity of society? Goethe.de spoke with Britta Schmedemann, a specialist in target group work at the Bremen Municipal Library, about strategies of diversity management.
Jugend Rettet – Iuventa: The film
After launching a crowdfunding campaign to purchase a fishing trawler, the Berlin-based aid organization Jugend Rettet (“Youth Saves”) have been rescuing refugees in distress at sea since June 2016. Michele Cinque, an Italian documentary filmmaker aboard, has been filming the young German crew of the retrofitted Iuventa as it criss-crosses the Mediterranean on rescue missions. His documentary is to be screened at the Berlinale.
A New Life – Third European PASCH School Theatre Festival 2017
One subject – one stage – five interpretations. At this year’s PASCH theatre festival in Berlin, teens from all over Europe met with plays in German they’d written themselves in tow.
Hospitality – “A question about how we want to live”
The idea of seeing refugees as victims or invaders strongly influences discourse in Germany. The social scientist Heidrun Friese has researched the phenomenon.
Framework Curriculum For Integration Courses – 2016 Revision
Nearly ten years after it was first created, the Framework Curriculum for Integration Courses in Germany has been revised and published in an updated version.
Cinemanya – Film cases deployed for refugee children and teens
The Goethe-Institut’s CINEMANYA film cases have been in use across Germany for media education work with refugee children and teens since 2015. In the year 2016 alone, they reached over 10,000 youngsters. A visit to a film screening at the initial reception facility of the German Red Cross in Hamburg offers insights into the work of the volunteers.
Doing theatre during the Syrian revolution – an interview with Wael Kadour
Syrian playwright and dramaturg Wael Kadour came of age in Damascus a decade before the revolution. His plays speak of life in his home country and social tensions across the Middle East. In 2015, he resettled in France as a refugee, and now contributes to French, German and international projects.
How do you welcome someone? – Mona Siddiqui on Brexit, Muslims and the migrant issue
The recent influx of refugees into Europe, seen by some as threatening its secular and liberal identity, triggered a wave of right-wing populism. Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, is nevertheless convinced that the continent is still strong enough to pull back from the anti-Islamic rhetoric. An interview by Claudia Mende.