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April 2016

Migration in Hamburg

The lecture series on "Flucht und Exil von der Frühen Neuzeit bis zur Gegenwart [Flight and Expulsion from the Early Modern Period to the Present]" at Universität Hamburg, including a lecture by Alina Laura Tiews about "Migration und Medien: Der Nordwestdeutsche und der Norddeutsche Rundfunk (NWDR/NDR) als integrationspolitischer Akteur in der Flüchtlingskrise nach 1945 [Migration and Media: The Northwest German Broadcasting Corporation and the North German Broadcasting Corporation (NWDR/NDR) as an Actor in Policies of Integration in the Refugee Crisis after 1945]", Programme in German (pdf)

In the light of the dramatic situation of current refugee movements into and within Europe, the historical debate on migrations of the past two centuries has developed a new dynamic. The forced disruption of biographical developments and the usually involuntary beginning of new life plans due to flight and expulsion increasingly emerge as a characteristic element of modern societies.

The lecture series "Migration in Hamburg: Flucht und Exil von der Frühen Neuzeit bis zur Gegenwart [Migration in Hamburg: Flight and Expulsion from the Early Modern Period to the Present]" aims to shed light on the various flight and migrant movements in their different perspectives and dimensions regarding Hamburg's municipal and cultural history. The spectrum of subjects is multifarious: whether the immigration of religious minorities in the Early Modern Age, the emigration movement towards America from the 19th century onwards, deportations from and to Hamburg during National Socialism, flight and expulsion or current refugee issues with refugees from conflict areas such as Syria, the Balkans or Somalia (compared historically), they are all worth mentioning.

The topics from different disciplines related to Hamburg should unfold a historico-cultural perspective. The idea of culture is understood very broadly. The lecture focuses on the cultural practices that influence daily life but also political, social, economic  – and in the narrower sense – cultural dimensions, and to what extent they have an effect in the topics of "flight" and "exile". From an individual dimension to an urban society, this can include all social groups along with their forms of presentation and processes of migration. It further includes narrative processing of traumatic and costly stories of flight, i.e in literature or psychotherapy including effects that such traumatisation of flight can have on those directly affected by it, but also on the following generations (children, grandchildren).

The lecture series is jointly organised by the Forschungsverbund zur Kulturgeschichte Hamburgs [research association on the cultural history of Hamburg] (FKGHH) and the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.  [a humanitarian organisation recording, maintaining and caring for the graves of German war casualties abroad] (Hamburg state association). It is funded by the foundation Gedenken und Frieden ["Peace and Remembrance"].

Infos zur Veranstaltung


Universität Hamburg
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1
20146 Hamburg


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