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Movements of

03.03. – 30.03. 2013


Making Migration Visible!
Movements of Migration.
New Perspectives on Migration in Göttingen

An exhibition parcours

Neele Behler, Charalambos Ganotis, Ralf Homann, Luise Marbach, Fabian Stoltz, Britta Wernecke, Florian Wüst
In cooperation with 17 students from the Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, University of Göttingen

Movements of Migration, an exhibition project based on student research, takes place from March 3 - 30, 2013 at the Kunstverein Göttingen (Künstlerhaus venue). A cooperation between the University of Göttingen, the Kunstverein, and the Integration Council of the City of Göttingen, the exhibition presents the results of a three-semester student research project at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology on the history and present state of migration in Göttingen. In cooperation with seven artists, the students are presenting their results in the form of an exhibition, which features stations located throughout the heart of the city. The aim is to raise public awareness for the issue of migration and establish a digital “knowledge-archive” on the subject.

The cooperation between academic research, art as well as institutions and individuals from the city of Göttingen makes Movements of Migration a model project in the context of Germany. “We are the first research project to address and examine the forgotten history of migration in Göttingen. Our goal is to provide a public forum that allows the voices of migration to be heard. For this reason we decided to included stations throughout the city in addition to the exhibition in the Kunstverein, including an exhibition container at the train station and listening stations in businesses and stores,” says the project’s initiator and director, Dr. Sabine Hess from the Institute for European Ethnology at the University of Göttingen. The accompanying program includes screenings and readings as well as discussions with migrants and city protagonists.

The interactive “knowledge-archive,” which containing all research materials and their presentation formats in the exhibition, guarantees that the study and archiving of Göttingen’s migration history is sustained beyond the exhibition. “In the Kunstverein there is an archive room, where visitors are invited to browse and actively take part. Personal migration stories can be recorded in the form of sound and video contributions, and private documents may also be donated to the archive on site. The innovative aspect of this part of the project is that the archive remains intact beyond the period of the exhibition, and it poses a cooperative offer to the city of Göttingen to integrate the history of migration into the comprehensive history of Göttingen.”

For more information, please see: www.movements-of-migration.org

Exhibition Parcours: The route includes an exhibition container at the train station, listening stations, films, and installations in the Goetheallee, at Kunstverein (Künstlerhaus venue), on Wilhelmsplatz and Marktplatz and QR-Codes throughout the city.

Research Directors: Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess, Dr. Torsten Näser
Artistic Director: Ralf Homann


Contact: Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen,
Institut für Kulturanthropologie/Europäische Ethnologie
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14,
37073 Göttingen
Tel:(0551) 39-25349
Fax: (0551) 39-21241
Email: sabine.hess@phil.uni-goettingen.de