Events in Winter Semester 2000/01

Migration and Intercultural Identity

December 2000

Salsa band "Grupo Salson" started off this symposium on one of the key subjects of CIS. Salsa stems from migrational movement; it developed in the Cuban, Puerto-Rican, Latin-American parts of New York and other metropolises by blending Afro- and American Jazz.

Vice-president Prof. Johannes Preuss, and CIS director Alfred Hornung opened the event which included two guest lectures: Prof. Theo D'haen from Leyden talked about "Atlantic Crossings" and Prof. Ernst-Peter Ruhe from Würzburg presented his thoughts about "Immigration and the City" using the example of the Algerian author Assia Djebar. Afterwards, two doctoral students from the Mainz Pedagogical Institute presented their dissertation projects on "Intercultural Identities of Migrant Youths." The CIS-projects "ISATEX," "Hollywood and Orient," "Xenophobia in International Comparison," presented new insights along with Prof. Wolfgang Riedel's talk on "Hybridity, Métissage, Creolization."

Prof. Theo D´haen (Universität Leiden): Atlantic Crossings: Faulkner, Helman and Carpentier

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Peter Ruhe (Universität Würzburg): Immigration und Stadt: Assia Djebars Entdeckungen in Straßburg

Prof. Dr. Franz Hamburger (Universität Mainz)/ Merle Hummrich und Tarek Badawia: Interkulturelle Identitäten bei Migrantenjugendlichen

Vorstellung einzelner Projekte des ZIS:

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Anton Escher

Dr. Andreas Wagner (Universität Mainz): ISATEX

Dipl.-Geogr. Stefan Zimmermann (Universität Mainz): Hollywood und Orient

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Riedel (Universität Mainz): Hybridity, Métissage,

Dr. Jürgen Winkler (Universität Mainz): Fremdenfeindlichkeit im internationalen Vergleich

Dr. Michel Friedman

The symposium ended with a talk by Dr. Michel Friedman - lawyer, TV presenter and former Vice President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany – entitled "Migration and Intercultural Identity," focusing on the European tradition of migration. This talk challenged the term of "Leitkultur" debated in Germany and warned of the accommodation of xenophobic ideologies.

The third of the symposium was used to develop joint projects with the guests from Würzburg, Leyden, and Haifa.