In Germany, freedom of religion is anchored in and guaranteed by the country’s constitution, known as the Grundgesetz or Basic Law. Still, this hasn’t prevented the emergence of debates surrounding religious interpretations, religious practices and religious claims to truth. In some debates, religion is used as evidence of seemingly insurmountable differences. At the same time, religion serves as a simplifying, unifying and generalizing explanation for social events. Unfortunately, these approaches fail to acknowledge the diversity of religious communities as well as the diversity within the groups themselves.

In this thematic area, we raise the question of how society deals with diverse religions and worldviews. The digital media archive showcases various media that provide information on different religious communities. To a large extent, the media have been developed by members of the different religious communities themselves.

How diverse is Germany with regard to religion? How does society deal with religion and how is this approach expressed in our cultural and educational institutions? How can voices of minoritized religious communities be strengthened?

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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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