Active participation and involvement in cultural life is one of the biggest drivers of social integration. Culture also has the potential to promote social cohesion. Processes and questions of social coexistence can be expressed, shaped, negotiated and modified in cultural and artistic forms. Cultural activity also provides opportunities to examine and negotiate social values. It creates space for the past, present and future. Cultural institutions have a socio-educational mandate. Addressing migration and refugee experiences via artistic and creative expression helps societies leave familiar paths and explore new approaches. This allows us not only to reach new target groups, but also to foster global networking in the arts and other cultural projects.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.” (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2009)

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Thematic Areas Stories of MigrationEmpowermentHistoryPedagogical Expertise

Types of Media Videos & FilmsLiterary TextsContributions from Science

Fields of action Civil Society

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Multidirectional Memory and Entangled (Hi)stories

How are memories told? What memories are shared? How does the hegemonic, and “overwhelmingly national perspective” deal with the challenge that more stories and memories demand entry into historiography and public memory?

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