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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.More ...

    How do you welcome someone? – Mona Siddiqui on Brexit, Muslims and the migrant issue

    Islamic Studies professor Mona Siddiqui (photo: private)
    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.

    Labour migration – New start with hurdles

    In the workshop | Photo: © fotolia/auremar
    Many young people from southern Europe have started training in Germany – also with German funding. What has become of the “new labour immigrants”?

    Better marks without a headscarf – Discrimination in schools

    Not everyone is equal: children of migrant origin often experience discrimination at school. | Photo (detail): © Gorilla/Fotolia
    All children are supposed to have equal educational opportunities – that sounds good in theory. In reality, however, many pupils of migrant origin experience discrimination. A number of initiatives in Berlin are committed to changing this.

    Ideas on Integration – Refugees at German Schools

    Migration researcher Aladin El-Mafaalani | Photo (detail): © creativecommons.org
    Many schools in Germany are still struggling with the task of integrating refugees. In our interview, migration researcher Aladin El-Mafaalani explains why this is, and what could be improved.

    Collecting Europe – On the streets, the confidence is fading

    Jasleen Kaur and eleven other international artists imagined what Europe might look like 2,000 years from now. | Photo: Jenny Lewis
    London war immer eine weltoffene Stadt. Heute schotten mehr und mehr Briten sich ab. Von einem grenzenlosen Europa und Vielfalt wird fast nur noch im Museum geträumt.

    The border – Between here and there, me and you

    Visitors at the vernissage in Moskow. | Photo: Alexey Kubasow
    Borders are part of everyone’s lives – what do they signify? Who defines borders? When do they confine us and when are they important? With its travelling exhibition The Border, the Goethe-Institut is seeking answers to these questions by means of artistic considerations. Here, participating artists offer insights into their reflections and works.

    Transporting Literature: “My Book – My Teacher”

    My Book – My Teacher delivers picture and reading books to children at community centres and refugee accommodations all over Lebanon. | Photo: Mwafak Maklad
    Awakening a love of reading: in January and February 2017, the project “My Book – My Teacher” by the Goethe-Institut Lebanon in cooperation with Orienthelfer e.V. distributed 33,000 free books to children in Lebanon affected by displacement.

    Intercultural teaching and learning – Rethinking intercultural learning processes

    Cultures are not networks with clearly definable boundaries. | © vege - Fotolia.com
    Cultures do not have clearly definable boundaries, and are by no means homogenous within themselves. Instead, they are defined by dynamic relationships and interactions between people. – What is the significance of these new findings when it comes to designing intercultural learning scenarios?

    The 2016 Sinus Youth Study – Diversity is part of life

    A feeling of belonging in an ever more complex world | Photo (detail): © oneinchpunch - Fotolia.com
    Every four years the Sinus Youth Study examines what makes young people tick in Germany. In this interview co-publisher, Silke Borgstedt, talks about a generation between pragmatism, openness and the desire to belonging.

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