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Women in Refugee Camps in Berlin

Book Presentation by Students and Faculty of Freie Universität in Cooperation with International Women Space on December 16, 2016

№ 428/2016 from Dec 05, 2016

Students and faculty of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin have published a book dealing with the living conditions and everyday life of women refugees in refugee camps and urban centers in Berlin. The book summarizes research findings collected by the students during a seminar at Freie Universität. The seminar was conducted cooperation with International Women Space, a group of women refugees and migrants. The project will be presented in the Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin on December 16, 2016. The event will be in English, and admission is free.

"When doing their research, the students concentrated on the living conditions and everyday life of refugee women in Berlin refugee camps and urban centers because this perspective has been largely ignored in the public and political discourse," said Prof. Hansjörg Dilger from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin. During the winter of 2015/16, the students interviewed more than 80 women from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Albania, and other countries with regard to their personal and cultural backgrounds, and their social interactions and support networks in Berlin. Other research topics included the experiences of women with health care, legal-administrative conditions in the camps and urban centers, and their impressions of life in Berlin. A particular focus was placed on suggestions and expectations that the women formulated in terms of improving their current situation and their perspective on living in Germany.

As part of the book presentation, students from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology will describe their research findings. In addition, they will discuss, along with faculty from the institute and representatives of International Women Space, the possibilities and limits of university teaching and research projects as well as cooperation between activists and researchers in the context of fleeing their homelands and forced migration.

Further Information

The Book

Hansjörg Dilger and Kristina Dohrn (eds.), in Collaboration with International Women Space: Living in Refugee Camps in Berlin: Women's Perspectives and Experiences. Berliner Beiträge zur Ethnologie, vol. 40. Weißensee Verlag Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-89998-242-8.

Time and Location

  • Friday, December 16, 6 p.m.
  • Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstraße 32, Seminar Room 1, 12049 Berlin.


Kristina Dohrn, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-62892, Email: kdohrn@zedat.fu-berlin.de