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Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Germany

Around the world migration causes the meeting of different religions and cultures. What effect does this contact have and how do we create a ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ within this interplay? These and other questions will lead us in investigating the relations between Jewish and German perspectives and tensions.

Course periodJan. 8, 2018 - Jan. 26, 2018
Category Religion, Ethics & Law
Course levelsBachelor
Class size

up to 18 participants

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points and a certificate if they attend classes regularly (at least 80% attendance) and participate actively. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-Universität.

Application deadline Nov. 15, 2017, or when participant quota is reached This course is fully booked.
Early bird discount50.00 Euro until Sept. 15, 2017
Alumni discount50.00 Euro
Course fee630.00 Euro


This course aims to examine convergences, divergences, and parallel tracks, interrogating tensions evident between Jewish narrative within the culture of memory in Germany (Erinnerungskultur) and endeavours to represent migration today.

The focus will be on museum- and exhibit-oriented institutions, with three to four field trips to relevant sites in Berlin. The trips will be preceded in class by an overview of a theoretical framework on the issues of the construction of "Self" and "Other", and followed by discussions of the field sites in a workshop atmosphere.


course program (PDF)

Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 45 hours (one lesson equals 45 minutes; 15 hours per week).
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions


Schedule (Track B)

Monday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.20 pm – 4.50 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday: 9.00 am – 10.30 am & 11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Friday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.20 pm – 4.05 pm


Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world.

The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Ice Skating, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Undergraduate students with an interest in interreligious and intercultural issues.

In order to follow the course, a good or very good command of English is required. The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

Dr. Victoria Bishop Kendzia

Victoria Bishop Kendzia teaches the course: Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. Her teaching method, although anthropologically inflected, is interdisciplinary in nature and is, therefore, not limited to the social sciences. It appeals to students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds from history to art, through to geography, theology, and politics. The focus of her work is on the urban landscape, especially, but not only, museums and memorials in and around Berlin.  In this context, locations are approached as field sites that can be read, explored, and critically analyzed as dynamic sites that project and reframe key aspects of history and culture, focusing on issues of interreligious significance.  The urban laboratory that is Berlin is particularly well-suited to this endeavor, given the historical and cultural upheavals it has witnessed during the 20th century.

She defended her dissertation entitled: The Jewish Museum Berlin: Visitor Experience in the Context of Political Education in 2013 at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Kaschuba and Prof. Sharon Macdonald.  Her doctoral work was based on ethnography of young Berlin-based high school students in and around the Jewish Museum Berlin.  She has a background in Museum Studies, having completed her master’s degree in this field from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2001 and her Bachelor of Arts Honours at the same university in 1999.  She has been publishing scholarly articles in her field since 2009 and teaching at the university level since 2008.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer | pierre.steuer@hu-berlin.de
Contact detailsInternational Office
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin

This course can be combined with: