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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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Now and Then: Refugee Stories: Explorations in Citizenship from Afghanistan and Syria to Germany
Online Event: History Common Room on Teams
During what came to be known as the refugee crisis of 2015/16 -- a term that is in fact rather misleading --, roughly a million people fleeing from war-torn countries such as Syria and Afghanistan reached Europe, most of them ending up in Germany. How can we write a history of this moment? In this session we will critically discuss how the story of the "refugee crisis" is commonly framed, inquiring about the heroes and heroines of that story, about the political implications of telling stories, and about a possible alternative way of telling the story of those who fled (rather than "refugees").​​​​​​

Interested in reading up on this topic?

Lessons in Citizenship: What Syrians Can Teach Germans (Feb 2020), Al-Jumhuriya, at

NB: Readings are not required to attend the event!