Colonialism and Nazism spawned ideologies of inequality and exclusion. They also gave rise to the forced migration and systematic annihilation of millions of human beings. This legacy continues to have an impact on the present and (in)forms current forms of discrimination.

This thematic area seeks to strengthen post-colonial and post-Nazi perspectives. Here, the lasting effects of stories and events that ostensibly belong to the past take center stage. The focus is on a critique of power and an exploration of the extent to which this critique can be thematized and applied in pedagogical and artistic contexts.

What historical continuities and patterns can be identified as still playing a role in the present? Our digital media archive takes a critical look at power relations in the past and present and provides examples of how inequality and injustice can be exposed and overcome.

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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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If you’ve created your own educational media or an innovative project related to the topic of migration and/or societies shaped by migration, we would love to receive your submission.

After reviewing the medium, we will decide whether to publish it in our digital media archive.

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