Team “Die wilde 13”

Directors: Kerstin Schaefer & Paul Spengemann

Book: Marco Antonio Reyes Loredo & Kerstin Schaefer

Kerstin Schaefer studied cultural anthropology, art history and ethnology. Her master’s thesis: „Die Wilde 13“ is about a metrobus 13 mirroring the district of Hamburg Wilhelmsburg. She was awarded Max-Brauer-Award für outstanding students. Continue Reading →


„Die Wilde 13 – (Wild 13)”

Creaking, sizzling and rattling the 13 leans into a curve. It’s freight falters before the hungry machine works it’s way through the district of Wilhelmsburg. The Metrobus 13 is the lifeline of Hamburg’s largest, most international and poorest district and at the same time a burden shared by all inhabitants – named „Wilde 13“ (Wild 13). Continue Reading →

Daniele Karasz

Daniele Karasz is research assistant at the Department of Social- and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. His main interests are Museum Education and Urban Restructuring, Migration and Social Housing. The topic of his PHD-thesis is “Reinventing the City. About Migrants and the Reuse of Urban Brownfields in Vienna”. He was “Cultore della materia” at the School of Architecture of the “Politecnico di Milano” and worked in various research projects on urban development, subsidized housing and migration. He was part of interdisciplinary planning teams realizing social housing projects.


Graffiti, Ankerbrotfabrik, June 2013

by Daniele Karasz

Shifting the ground on the “Island of Crete”

About migrants, brownfields and urban renewal in Vienna

Brownfields and the question of their reuse play a significant role in urban renewal projects. My research focuses on the reuse of different urban brownfields in Vienna. The aim is to comprehend the processes of reuse, to understand what kind of state and non-state actors are involved and how the processes of reuse are acted out. The research project particularly focuses on the involvement of migrants as actors in these processes. I thus look at the positions of migrants in urban restructuring processes in Vienna without taking the city itself, or a certain pre-defined group of migrants as an entry point to the analysis. The point of departure is the transformation of urban brownfields. Continue Reading →

migrantas team

Marula Di Como (graphic artist) has been using pictograms as a means of artistic expression since 2000. In Buenos Aires Marula Di Como worked together with Florencia Young (graphic designer) on projects such as ‘El futuro está en el papel pintado de la Bauhaus’ for the Goethe Institute in 1997, and ‘Des-Límites, Valle del Riachuelo Matanzas’, also for the Goethe Institute. This last project was also on display in the ‘Di Tella Institute’, and was chosen by the curator, Catherine David, for the exhibition ‘City Editing’, shown at the Proa Foundation in 1999 in Buenos Aires. Continue Reading →


Urban actions | Being part of the city landscape © migrantas

by migrantas

a visual language of migration

Working with public urban spaces as its platform, migrantas aims to make visible the thoughts and feelings of those who have left their own country and now live in a new one.

Mobility, migration and transculturality are not the exception in our world, but are instead becoming the rule. Nevertheless, migrant women and their experiences remain often invisible to the majority of our society.

Migrantas works with issues of migration, identity and intercultural dialogue. Their work incorporates tools from the visual arts, graphic design and social sciences. Members of the collective, mostly women who have themselves immigrated to Germany, develop the projects with other migrant women in a horizontal dialogue. Continue Reading →

Marc Hill

Marc Hill was born in Germany. He holds an Mphil in Education at the University of Cologne. He is a research associate at the Institute for Education and Educational Research at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria). Research interests: Migration, urban development, marginalization, diversity, education, training and competencies.

Erol Yildiz

Erol Yildiz was born in Samsun (Turkey) and holds an Mphil and a PhD in Education. Furthermore he has completed a postdoc work in Sociology. He is a professor of Intercultural Education at the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, University of Klagenfurt (Austria). His research interests include migration studies, intercultural education, urbanity and globalization. His most recent book is Weltoffene Stadt. Wie Migration Globalisierung zum urbanen Alltag macht. 2013 Bielefeld (Transcript Verlag).


“Baklava transport” on Keupstraße, Cologne, photo by Paula Altmann, 2012

“Baklava transport” on Keupstraße, Cologne, photo by Paula Altmann, 2012

by Erol Yildiz and Marc Hill

From Migrant to Post-Migrant

If you start saying something new, especially when it concerns supposed lines of difference, as in talk on migration, that is always associated with resistance against established patterns of interpretation. In the resistance by young migrants who narrate tales of immigration that differ from those of their (grand)parents and what is generally familiar, we can discern a development from the migrant to what we would like to term the post-migrant. Biographical approaches to the everyday world of young migrants often reveal just how distant and removed their lives are from the traditional reproach of a purported “parallel society.” However, there are also special musical groups, theatrical plays, literary works and films that come straight to the point, encapsulating in a provocative manner the post-migrant element as subversive praxis pitched against hegemonial attributions. Continue Reading →

Chu YinHua

For Chu YinHua, constant travel between different cities has caused the ideas and images associated with each to bleed into one another, and provided a stock of urban memories and associations that allows her to feel on intimate terms with any foreign city. She believes that one’s perception of the city is made up of layers of different images that can be made to cohere into a single image only with great difficulty, and she has found it necessary to develop a variety of observational methods in order to do justice to the organic complexity of this perception. Continue Reading →