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ASC German Studies Addresses Immigration

The upcoming event, “From Istanbul to Berlin: 50 Years of Turkish Migration to Germany,” with lectures by Dr. Rita Chin and Yadé Kara, will address the longstanding debate about the role of migrants in German society. It comes at the right time, for the discussion has become heated once again in recent months. First, a controversial (and not always fact-based) book by Thilo Sarrazin, Deutschland schafft sich ab [Germany Will Do Away With Itself], claimed among other things that Germany’s competitiveness might be weakened by migrants’ lower IQ. Second, Germany’s new minister for interior affairs, CSU’s Hans-Peter Friedrich, did not miss a minute to fan the flames when, on the day of his inauguration, he announced that “der Islam gehört nicht zu Deutschland [Islam is not a part of Germany.”

To give participants a chance to prepare for the event, we have put together a brief overview of the participants’ work with translations in English. We look forward to seeing you at the event!


About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.


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