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Das neue Deutschland

March 8 to October 12, 2014

A project by the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Exhibition – Publications – Events – Education Programme

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People have always left their homelands to move to other countries. Migration is therefore the normal condition, not the exception, as many suggest. Germany, too, has understood that it has become a country of immigration. Indeed, twenty per cent of those who now live here look back on a history of migration. People came to Germany from all over the world, in search of a different life. People who wanted to study in Germany, or work here, as nurses and biologists, bricklayers and IT specialists, or who had just simply fallen in love with someone. But also men and women, the elderly, and children fleeing intolerance, persecution, famine or war. And then there are those who were born in Germany as children of parents who were not born here. The bureaucratic term “people from a migrant background” has become the stock phrase for all these identities. And these are the people this exhibition will showcase, together with all those who make up “Germany Today”.

Most people’s response to our immigration society is one of relaxed acceptance. They realise that it enriches their lives and offers Germany opportunities to go on developing as a country open to the world. Politics and business have also understood that we rely on immigration for demographic reasons. But others, unsettled perhaps by the changes to their everyday lives, are openly hostile in their encounters with migrants. And finally, there is right-wing extremism in our society, and militant Islamophobia, and racism that does not stop at violence and murder.

Against the backdrop of such diverse responses we intend to explore “Das neue Deutschland” as it stands today and examine the direction in which it is evolving in its social and cultural diversity. The way in which we plan to all live together, in a society shaped by immigration, remains a continual process of negotiation between those who are already here and those who are yet to come. And while the body politic may provide the outline conditions, “Das neue Deutschland” will succeed only through its encounters between peoples. The challenge consists of acknowledging the otherness of others while seeking out common ground where dismayed alienation initially prevailed. But above all, it is a matter of learning to embrace these demands of an open society in a way that is both sustainable and capable of resolving conflict.

Our aim is to use our migration project to provide you with information and ideas – at the exhibition itself, in the accompanying publications, and in our extensive event and education programme.

General direction:

Gisela Staupe, Klaus Vogel

Workgroup „Migration“:

Özkan Ezli, Susanne Illmer, Carola Rupprecht, Wolf Unterberger, Christoph Wingender

Scientific team:

Wolf Unterberger (Projektkoordination), Inga Nake, Isabel Dzierson, Bahareh Sharifi (August 2012 bis Februar 2013)

Basic concept:

Arved Schultze, Berlin

Curatorial advice:

Thomas Spring, Berlin

Design & Scenografy:

raumlabor, Berlin

Video artist:

Gary Hurst, Berlin

Research assistants:

Jana Krützfeldt, Philipp-Constantin Urrutia, Caroline Adler, Sarah Theresa Jaekel, Christine Nolte, Diana Kremenchutska, Sophia von Wilcken, Eve Schmiedeskamp

Scientific advice:

Prof. em. Dr. Klaus J. Bade, Gründungsvorsitzender des Sachverständigenrats deutscher Stiftungen für Integration und Migration (SVR) 2008-2012

Dr. Özkan Ezli, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Exzellenzcluster "Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration" an der Universität Konstanz

Prof. Dr. Martin Gillo, Sächsischer Ausländerbeauftragter, Sächsischer Staatsminister für Wirtschaft und Arbeit 2002-2004

Prof. Dr. Deniz Göktürk, Department of German, University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Prof. Dr. Jochen Oltmer, Institut für Migrationsforschung und interkulturelle Studien an der Universität Osnabrück

Prof. Dr. Regina Römhild, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Martin Strunden, Sächsisches Staatsministerium des Innern