Mapping Diaspora; New Understandings of Space, Place, and People on the Move
Leiterin: Madeline Bass, Institut für Englische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin; Institutionelle Anbindung der X-Student Research Group: Institut für Englische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
This course is for students who want to develop innovative strategies for understanding migration and diaspora experiences in Berlin. Community maps, collaborative art, collective autoethnography, and participatory methods function alongside statistical models, demographics, discourse analysis, and more traditional approaches in the project work. Students are encouraged to connect personal and academic backgrounds to their coursework. They will identify partner communities, build methodological frames modelled around these groups, and pursue a project that is locally focused, innovative, and empowering. Students will integrate a sociopolitical practice by engaging with Berlin-based creatives, activists, and diaspora archives. The course suits student interests in specific ethnic or religious communities, as well as those focused on more general topics like im/migration, cultural studies, and heritage.