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Virtual Stories: Digital Artistic Agency of Middle Eastern Children and Youth


Applicants: Prof. Dr. Nazan Maksudyan (Freie Universität Berlin), Dr. Alice von Bieberstein (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Dr. Leyla Dakhli (Centre Marc Bloch)

Project partner:
Prof. Dr. Jakob Krais (Universität der Bundeswehr München)
Georges Khalil (Forum Transregionale Studien, Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME)
Prof. Wendy Shaw (Independent researcher, Berlin)
Alina Kokoschka („Die Eiche“ Lübeck)
Dr. Michael Baers  (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Germany)
Prof. Heidi Morrison (Association of Middle East Children and Youth Studies, USA)
Dr. Chiara Diana (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
Dr. Tory Brykalski (UC Davis, USA)
KidsRights Foundation (Netherlands)

This research focuses on the digital artistic agency of Middle Eastern children and youth in embodying and expressing global challenges, such as the current pandemic, rising authoritarianism, exilic and diasporic existences, precariousness in the labor market, cultural integration, and growing uncertainty about the future. Youth in the region and youth as part of migrant and refugee communities in Europe will contribute to global debates and problems related to education, climate, sustainability, discrimination and racism, illness and care, and social organization through new digital platforms of virtual arts created by the project.