ECTS Points: 5
Language requirements / Sprachanforderungen: min. English B2, Deutsch A2
The labour migration from Turkey to Germany, which started in the mid-1960s, had an important socio-economic and socio-cultural impact on both countries’ societies and influenced their film culture. German filmmakers began to feature the first guestworkers’ difficult lives in films such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Katzelmacher (1969) and Angst Essen Seele Auf/ Fear Eats Soul (1974). Later, German cinema began to cinematically capture the entire migrant family like in Shirins Hochzeit/ Shirin's Wedding (1975, Helma Sanders-Brahms) and Yasemin (1988, Hark Bohm). In the 1990s, second- and third –generation Turkish German directors such as Fatih Akın, Thomas Arslan, Ayşe Polat, Yüksel Yavuz, and Aysun Bademsoy marked the end of the so-called guestworker cinema (Gastarbeiterkino) of the 1970s and 1980s and started to create a transnational and diasporic cinema featuring a culturally hybrid Germany. Turkish cinema dealt with this migration phenomenon even in more than 60 films alone between 1960s and 1990s. Berlin (especially Kreuzberg) has always been one of the favourite settings in all of these migration movies. The transformation of Berlin’s first Guestworker Ghettos to culturally hybrid urban districts over the course of 60 years is very well reflected in all of these cinema cultures.
This interdisciplinary course crosses and connects the academic fields of migration studies, film studies, and cultural studies. In the first part of the course, we will explore how the socio-political and socio-cultural phenomenon of Turkish immigration into Germany, immigrants, and diasporas are represented in German and Turkish cinema from the 1960s until the present. The second part of the course then gets more specific and we approach the representation of Berlin in these migration movies.
In this course, students will gain knowledge about film analysis, German immigration history, and theoretical concepts dealing with migration, diaspora, stereotype, culture, and identity.
NO registration via Agnes.
ONLY online application via Berlin Perspectives (7 March - 7 April 2019):
BP application (hu.berlin/bp-application)
You will find the detailed syllabus for this course on the Berlin Perspectives Website:
This seminar carries 5 ECTS.
For international incoming students and HU students.
Language requirements English B2 minimum.