friday 11:30 – 13:00
Spaces of Encounter and Change – Syrian
Entrepreneurs in Berlin and Istanbul
The panel will discuss the results of a workshop that was jointly conducted with an interdisciplinary group of students from Humboldt-Universität, Freie Universität and Universität der Künste in Berlin with Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. It continues the inquiry into the economic activities as well as socio-cultural and spatial practices of Syrian entrepreneurs in the neighbourhoods of Neukölln and Aksaray. Shaped by various layers of migration and representing different forms of internal border regimes, both neighbourhoods engender spaces of encounter between different groups and their everyday practices in particular ways. Making use of mapping techniques from the fields of architecture, urban planning and ethnography alike, the panel explores the relations between different communities and their mundane lives in Berlin and Istanbul in a comparative framework. Two invited discussants will critically engage with the workshop results and its audio-visual and textual representation.