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Migration, Berlin and the Wall – Explorations in a unified divided town

After the fall of the wall in 1989 Berlin was reunified, but still today the former division can be seen and experienced in the urban space. The wall continues to exist in the spatial setup of the town, in architecture and the composition of the population. This is also true for migration. In this course, the different migration histories and infrastructures of East and West Berlin are in focus - and the city is explored hands-on to see the significance and what is left of the wall in the spacial setup.


Course periodAug. 20, 2018 - Aug. 31, 2018 Session III
Category Metropolitan Studies & Urban Development
Course levelsBachelor, Master, Ph.D.
LanguageEnglish
Class size

max. 18 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive a final grade certificate and 5 ECTS credit points only in the event of regular attendance (must be present 80% of the time), as well as active participation. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-University.

Application deadline June 1, 2018, or when participant quota is reached Application period over.
Course fee640.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Description

After the fall of the wall in 1989 Berlin was reunified, but still today the former division can be seen and experienced in the urban space. The wall continues to exist in the spatial setup of the town, in architecture and the composition of the population. This is also true for migration. East and West Berlin have different migration histories and developed different migrant infrastructures. In the summer school we will trace the links between the (fall of the) wall and migration in different parts of Berlin. We will discuss which of these are specific to Berlin and which can be compared to developments in other urban spaces.

A central feature of the summer school will be field trips, in which we will explore different urban spaces. The first will take us to the former wall, exploring what of it is left in the spatial setup of the neighborhood and what meaning it has today. The second takes us to one of the centers of migration in West Berlin and in the third field trip we will explore an area in East Berlin. The field trips will combine guided tours of the area, visits to local museums and/or places of particular importance for migration in the area. The field trips will be prepared in class by reading and discussing about the particular area, its development and migration history. In order to record the experiences of the field trips and transform them into material for discussion students will prepare fieldnotes, i.e. reports of their observations, for each field trip (either written or as Podcast or Video).

This ethnographic approach to exploring Berlin will provide the basis for a discussion of what is specific to the way urban space is shaped by migration in Berlin and how this can be compared to other urban spaces with different histories and political regimes.

Syllabus

course program (PDF)

Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 40 hours (one lesson equals 45 minutes).
  • The lessons are held four times a week (see below).
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions.

 

Schedule

Week 1:

Monday to Thursday: 11am – 12.30pm  & 1.30pm – 5pm

Week 2:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 11am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 5pm

 

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, Boat trip, Beach Volleyball, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

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

Graduate students and PhD candidates, who are interested in empirically exploring the interwovenness of migration, political regimes and urban spaces.

Undergraduate students, who are interested in migration and urban space and have completed the summer school “The Berlin Wall –  Tales of Division and Unity” can attend as well.

Prof. Dr. Urmila Goel

Prof. Dr. Urmila Goel, born 1970, is social and cultural anthropologist at Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt University, Berlin. Her main research interests are migration and racism, gender and sexuality, intersectionality as well as West-East-inequality in Germany (and Europe).

She was born in West Germany and has lived in East Berlin since 2004. More information on her research interests can be found on her Website: www.urmila.de

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Office
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin
Germany

huwisu@hu-berlin.de