#transculturaltakeover: Cities are not “just” places of residence but do offer a place for encounter and the re-negotiation of different worldviews and ways of life. In that regard, the aspect of mapping a city and the usage of public space seems crucial to me. How are people moving through the city? Which are considered places of leisure and which places of discomfort? Who is representing the city and who is being represented?
#transculturaltakeover: Find out how unheard stories of arrival are represented by Migration Hub Heidelberg, a local NGO working in the field of flight and migration, in the exhibition “Arriving: Stories of Many”. Valida discusses the importance of having space for different people’s voices and how this space was facilitated by Migration Hub Heidelberg and the road to_ festival.
#transculturaltakeover: In a time where cities seem to be copied and pasted from a model of a Global/ Cosmopolitan ideal, with creative people leading the parade of… “creativity” towards the goal of economic growth, and where abstract knowledge has been commodified and used as a catalyst for that growth (Knowledge economy), a call for community projects, developed by the community is sorely needed. The roadto festival was – in my opinion – a valid effort to fight against an unconscious cosmopolitanism in which not everyone’s voice is included in the decision making of city planning.
#transculturaltakeover: Who decides on who is a migrant and who is an expat? Is inclusivity a ‘speaking about’ or ‘speaking for’? Sara reflects about (mostly) women lead initiatives in Heidelberg’s post-migration context as a so-called creative city.
#transculturaltakeover: Erin accompanied the Muslim community organization Teilseiend (English: “being part”) through their walk and talk about Muslim life in Heidelberg. at the Iqbal Riverside. Read about Erin’s experiences and reflections.