Empowerment is an important form of resistance against racism and discrimination. In everyday life, many people find themselves excluded from access to social resources, including work, education and housing. Safe spaces offer the opportunity for mutual exchange, empowerment, participation as well as joint efforts and self-determined action against discriminatory structures.

This thematic area focuses on self-empowerment and participation on the part of individuals and groups. It looks at support and participation opportunities, sheds light on the definition of solidarity, explores ways to deal with privileges and forge strong alliances.

How can the self-empowerment and participation of disadvantaged individuals and groups be enhanced? How can disadvantaged groups support one another? What does it mean for privileged groups to show solidarity, take responsibility and act as strong allies?

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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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