Composed and edited by Meri Melkonyan – 2021
Do Iraqi young people feel integrated in Germany? Which country do they actually see as their home? And what is their attitude toward it? From her field research, Meri Melkonyan created a fanzine with interview excerpts.
The X-Student Research Group offered summer semester 2021 at Freie Universität Berlin “Mapping Diaspora; New Understandings of Space, Place, and People on the Move” lead by Madeline Bass investigated the migration and diaspora experiences in Berlin. Alongside more traditional approaches the students were encouraged to learn and use new methods of conducting sociological research, such as community maps and collaborative art. The project of Meri Melkonyan (M.A. Angewandte Literaturwissenschaft) was focused on young adults moving from Iraq to Berlin: she collected in-depth interviews, conducted field work in the city districts where Iraqis usually stay. In her research she is trying to find the answers whether the Iraqi youth feel integrated in Germany, which country do they actually see as their homeland, and what is their attitude to it. All the collected information resulted in a fanzine with shortcuts from the interviews enriched by illustrations of Polina Parygina.