Interreligious and Intercultural Tensions in Germany

Around the world, migration causes different religions and cultures to meet. Different narratives of past and present migration converge and diverge – as does the collective memory. Migration, today, made Islam visible in Germany, but how does this recent development relate to the Christian and Jewish frame of memory? Lectures, discussions and workshops will help us to find some answers.


Course periodJan. 3, 2022 - Jan. 21, 2022
Category Cultural Studies & Religion
Course levelsBachelor
LanguageEnglish
Class size

max. 15 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, 2021, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee730.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)
Description

This course follows the complex trajectories linking interreligious and intercultural narratives in Germany today. How does the culture of memory in Germany, with its Christian frame and Jewish focus converge and diverge with more recent narratives of migration that have made Islam a visible presence in Germany? How is Holocaust memory and memory of the Nazi past, more generally, linked to present-day racisms? These are the main question this course seeks to address. Students will interrogate this topic through lectures, video material and related media, key scholarly readings, and workshops.

The focus is on quality rather than quantity. The readings are to be read carefully and discussion questions are to be prepared, as assigned, in advance of the respective lectures.

Syllabus

Course Syllabus (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 – 3.00 pm & 3.20 pm – 4.50 pm
Tuesday: 9.00 am – 10.30 am & 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
Wednesday: 9.00 am – 10.30 am & 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
Friday: 1.30 pm – 3.00 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 of all subjects with an interest in interreligious and intercultural issues.

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.

Participating students need to be at least 18 years old.

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:

http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/BishopKendziaVisitors

The book’s introduction:

http://www.berghahnbooks.com/downloads/intros/BishopKendziaVisitors_intro.pdf 

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

huwisu@hu-berlin.de

This course can be combined with: