Comparative Perspectives on Refugee Politics
Ten Master students from the Institute for Media and Communication studies will take part in an excursion to Lebanon from March 18 to 23. Guided by Prof. Dr. Carola Richter from Freie Universität Berlin and Prof. Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury from the Lebanese American University, the students will form intercultural research groups to explore comparative perspectives on refugee politics. In June 2018, the Lebanese students will visit Berlin.
The cases of Lebanon and Germany are in particular interesting for learning more about different approaches to flight and migration and draw comparative conclusions. Both Lebanon and Germany have faced the influx of around 1 million Syrian refugees in the past 3 years, which challenges both countries – albeit Lebanon as a much smaller country with a recent history of war and destabilization struggles much more with the huge amount of newcomers. Understanding the political and historical background of the respective country is decisive in order to evaluate possible measures and solutions in refugee politics. Therefore, the first day of both excursion starts with lectures and discussions at the respective partner university. The following days are filled with field excursions to relevant organisations, scholars and initiatives. Three main aspects are to be tackled: the international dimension of the refugee politics, local and civil society initiatives as well as the role of media in these processes.
Find more insights, the excursions program and updates soon on this blog.
The project is supported and funded by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA).