Presentation and reflection of current projects and engagements regarding the situation of refugees in Berlin at and around the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
As a discipline Social and Cultural Anthropology aims at understanding people’s everyday lives and practices in the context of wider historical, political and socio-economic frameworks. Doing anthropology is deeply entangled with its own époque with regard to the contemporary world’s challenges, catastrophes, anxieties and hopes. Thus, anthropology cannot stay silent in regard to everyday events in a time in which the trope of “crisis” seems to dominate political and media discourses.
During the Long Night of Science, we present different insights into anthropological engagements with the situation of refugees in Berlin. Students and faculty members present results from a class project on the situation of women in refugee camps in Berlin, which was held in cooperation with the International Women’s Space, a NGO of female migrants and refugees. Voices of migrated and fled women are made audible during a reading of their narrations and personal stories. An animation by “the Precarious Sound Collective” will explore Berlin’s emerging, sonic realities. It will look at the relation between Roma music players and the newly arrived refugee street musicians from Syria and elsewhere and the way they remake the (sonic) territory of the city. Furthermore, in a panel discussion we will reflect on current projects and engagements at and around the institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology as well as on the challenges within the field of tension between academia and activism.
17.00, 21.30 Uhr (jeweils 60 Min.) Presentation of the Class Project on the Situation of Women in Refugee Camps in Berlin: Students and faculty members present the overall framework, methodological approaches and results of the class project on the situation of women in refugee camps in Berlin.
18.30, 23.00 Uhr (jeweils 30 Min.) Introduction to Berlin’s Precarious Street Sounds (Animation): This animation presents selected outcomes of a collective mini-ethnography of Berlin’s emerging urban, sonic reality. The project attempts to draw connecting lines between the precarious Roma music players and the newly arrived refugee street musicians from Syria and elsewhere. How do the two groups interact, share and remake the territory of the city? How do they both hear the city and make it sound? Understanding the city as a kind of a musical instrument, this project aims to produce a map of various actors involved as well as the digital platform with a repository of many more interviews, recordings and images.