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Imagining the Other Side of Things: Zafer Şenocak and Hidden Archives

MGP editor Elizabeth Sun and Ardo Ali, both participants in our new series of Zoom workshops with authors, follow up on our recent event with Zafer Şenocak, interrogating the possibilities for resistance that lie in the counter-hegemonic reconstruction of historical … Continue reading

“Ich bin Diskursfeind”: Zafer Şenocak on Unreadable Archives

The second installment (April 2) of the Zoom event series “Archives of Migration: The Power of Fiction in Times of Fake News” invited Turkish-German author Zafer Şenocak in conversation with Deniz Göktürk (Professor of German Studies, UC Berkeley) and Kristin Dickinson … Continue reading

Hörspiele zum NSU-Prozess: Teil II – Auditive Dissonanzen im Gerichtssaal und in der Öffentlichkeit

In this second installment of the three-part blog post series on the NSU trial, guest columnist Monika Preuß analyzes the polyphonic structure of several radio plays and the resulting “Rashomon” effect created by the layering of diverse perspectives of the … Continue reading

The NSU Trial in Radio Plays: Part II – Cacophony in the Courtroom and the Media

In this second installment of the three-part series on the NSU trial, guest columnist Monika Preuß analyzes the polyphonic structure of several radio plays and the resulting “Rashomon” effect created by the layering of diverse perspectives of the trial participants … Continue reading

Against Categorization: On Inanimate Objects as Narrators in Sharon Dodua Otoo’s “Adas Raum”

A village woman who just lost her newborn in 1459 pre-colonial Ghana, a British countess who pioneered the invention of the computer with her exceptional mathematical talents in 1848, a Polish inmate forced into prostitution in a Nazi concentration camp … Continue reading

Animating Untold Stories: Sharon Dodua Otoo

MGP editor Elizabeth Sun and Ardo Ali, both participants in our new series of Zoom workshops with authors, reflect on the opening event with Berlin-based writer and activist Sharon Dodua Otoo. The first installment (March 5) of the Zoom workshop … Continue reading

Hörspiele zum NSU-Prozess: Teil I – “Saal 101”

The 2021 election year in Germany is destined to be a year of heated political debates on the country’s past and future. While right-wing extremism is still on the rise in some parts of Germany, politicians and legal practitioners are … Continue reading

The NSU Trial in Radio Plays: Part I – “Saal 101”

The 2021 election year in Germany is destined to be a year of heated political debates on the country’s past and future. While right-wing extremism is still on the rise in some parts of Germany, politicians and legal practitioners are … Continue reading

Jule Thiemann: Digitale Fluchtnarrative und Postmigrantische Perspektiven

The latest installment in our Mission Possible series of reflections on the future of German Studies comes courtesy of Dr. Jule Thiemann of the University of Hamburg’s Institut für Germanistik, who argues that the field must turn towards expanding the … Continue reading

Jule Thiemann: Postmigrant Perspectives and Digital Narratives of Flight

The latest installment in our Mission Possible series of reflections on the future of German Studies comes courtesy of Dr. Jule Thiemann of the University of Hamburg’s Institut für Germanistik, who argues that the field must turn towards expanding the … Continue reading

Frau Kutzer und andere Bewohner der Naunystraße (Frau Kutzer and Other Residents of Naunyn Street)

With Tunçel Kurtiz, Güner Yüreklik, Krikor Melikyan and Aras Ören. Aras Ören’s book-length poem Was will Niyazi in der Naunynstraße? finds its visual complement in this 1973 adaptation by director Friedrich W. Zimmermann, which features the war-widow Frau Kutzer, the … Continue reading

Tödlicher Hass: Der Mordfall Walter Lübcke

The German broadcaster ARD’s documentary about the 2019 murder of Walter Lübcke, a local politician with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who actively promoted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy in the state of Hesse, was released amid a flurry of … Continue reading

The Murder of Halit Yozgat

Commissioned by the People’s Tribunal ‘Unraveling the NSU Complex’, this documentary report by the research agency Forensic Architecture casts severe doubt on the official narrative around the neo-Nazi murder of Halit Yozgat, who was shot to death at his parents’ … Continue reading

Spuren – Die Opfer des NSU (Traces – The NSU Victims)

Aysun Bademsoy’s documentary focuses on the families of the victims of the serial murders of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) between 2000 and 2007, which German police and media originally ascribed to “foreign” criminal enterprises with explicitly racist imagery like … Continue reading

Christine Korte: The Volksbühne as Archive

As a new year brings a new presidential administration to the helm of government in the political tinderbox of the United States, the Multicultural Germany Project is delighted to feature the latest entry in our Mission Possible commentary series on … Continue reading