5. August 2019 – 7. August 2019 ganztägig
Universität Osnabrück
Gebäude 11
Raum 214, Neuer Graben 29
49074 Osnabrück

The feeling of being at home – or not – isn’t only linked to immigrants or refugees, insofar as it includes, in certain circumstances, the citizenry. Building a new home is not just a one-way process from immigrants or refugees, but it heavily relies on the host-countries’ policies. Therefore, the workshop attempts to bring together a number of individuals from different walks of life, in order to discuss the main barriers to building a new home in the host country. Accordingly, the workshop is opened to all who decided to leave their home, either voluntarily or forcibly, in searching for a better life, as well as to Germans who are interested in this theme and/or being culturally or socially estranged.

The workshop combines academia and art, since it’s consisted of various semi-academic sessions by practitioners, experts, and trainers, as well as art activities such as Video-Making and Photography. The sessions aim to create a safe space to discuss the challenges and opportunities that the participants experience living in Germany. The workshop organises a Cultural Night to demonstrate the diversity of the participants, a Stand-up Comedy as entertainment and an Exhibition to present the participants‘ art works.

Important Information:

The workshop is jointly run by the City of Osnabrück, the University of Osnabrück and Exil – Refugee Centre Osnabrück.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Catering during the workshop and the Cultural Night are included. Costs for travel and accommodation have to be paid by the participants.

Registration deadline: 5 July, 2019.
Accepted participants will receive a confirmation email as well as schedule of the workshop latest by July the 15th.

Event Timing: 5-7 August, 2019
Event Address: University of Osnabrück, Building 11, Room 214, Neuer Graben 29, 49074 Osnabrück
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1. English proficiency: The workshop will be held in English. The participants are required to have a good command of English to be able to actively participate in the activities (obligatory).
2. Education: Preferably a university student (bachelors or higher) with an interest in the topic of the workshop (optional).

Who are we:

The organisers of the workshop are two Master students at the University of Osnabrück.

Mohamed: Since 2016, Mohamed has been pursuing his Master’s degree in political science with a focus on migration studies at Osnabrueck University. As such, Mohamed conducted a number of research papers concerning refugees and integration in Germany and Turkey, minorities in Germany, and the European asylum policy.
In order to deepen his understandings on the situation of refugees and immigrants in Osnabrück, Mohamed has done an internship at Exil – Refugee Centre Osnabrück e.V., and has volunteered as an interpreter at Caritas Osnabrück. Moreover, he participated in a workshop about “Post 2011 Arab Diaspora and Home-Making in Berlin.”

Zohra: For over five years, Zohra has supported the development and implementation of successful strategic communications programs in the challenging post-conflict environment of Afghanistan. She has deep experience on the ground across the country, where her projects have included hands-on participation in initiatives to spark greater female participation in the workforce, support youth empowerment, and drive systemic change from the grassroots level up. In Germany, Zohra pursuits a Master degree in Democratic Governance and Civil Society with the research focusing on ‘The challenges and opportunities for women returnees in the Afghan labour market’. As part of her studies, she has also conducted a pilot research to analysis the role of economic status and gender on integration of immigrants in Germany.