Multicultural Berlin

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
Cultural Studies
Sociology
Terms offered: 
Spring
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
German
Description: 

Not only transnational flows of finance and commodities, but also transnational migration causes radical changes of what we used to understand as ’local cultures’ and ’national identities’. This course aims at elaborating the contemporary history of multi-ethnic Berlin, its economic, social, and cultural effects, and the changing mode of constructing ”otherness”.

After a brief history of Berlin’s postwar situation, the course will focus on the different types of German immigration and the peculiar political responses ranging from euphoric projects of multiculturalism to reactionary and xenophobic political mobilization. Finally, the question of ethnic networks and self- organizations, their local politics and transnational connectedness has to be asked.