ONLINE COURSE: Interreligious and Intercultural Tensions 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. 6, 2021 - Jan. 26, 2021
Category Cultural Studies & Religion
Course levelsBachelor
Class size

up to 15 participants

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points after successful completion of the online course. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the online course a Transcript of Records will be issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Application deadline Nov. 15, 2020, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee650.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Online Course Fee


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, as well as working out an overview of a theoretical framework on the issues of the construction of "Self" and "Other".


Online Course Program (pdf)

Course structure

The course content is equivalent to an on-site course offering 45 contact hours.


The study time includes:

  • virtual class room lessons with the lecturer and the fellow students (30%)
  • group exercises (30%)
  • assignments and self-study (40%)

Weekly schedule of virtual class room lessons:

  • Course days: Monday and Wednesday
  • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Berlin time, UTC+1)
    9.30 pm – 11.30 pm (Beijing time, UTC+8)
    0.30 am – 2.30 am (Sydney time, UTC+11)
    7.30 am – 9.30 am (Chicago time, UTC-6)
Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Undergraduate students with a strong interest in religious studies, cultural studies, social sciences, European studies and students of other academic disciplines with a strong interest in the topic.

This course is taught in English, including readings in English. For the understanding of the texts and the discussions in class a language level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) 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 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.

In 2013, she obtained her doctoral degree at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Kaschuba and Prof. Sharon Macdonald, with an ethnographic dissertation on visitor experience in the context of political education at the Jewish Museum Berlin. Her book “Visitors to the House of Memory: Identity and Political Education at the Jewish Museum Berlin”, based on her empirical research, is now available:

The book’s introduction: 

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

This course can be combined with: