Stories of Migration

Human history is made up of multifaceted stories of migration. But not all of these stories are told and heard. Many of them are either unknown or entirely absent from memory. Some migration stories are glorified, while others are obscured and treated as problems. Indeed, stories of migration are always framed by public and political interests.

This thematic area acknowledges the polyphony of narratives in pluralist societies. It examines varied memories and explores less well-known perspectives on migration. It looks at individual, collective, intertwined, marginalized, competing, complex and not (yet) told migration stories.

How are stories of migration told in Germany? How are they framed socially and politically? Whose memories count? What value and potential do migration stories hold in the context of educational and cultural work?

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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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