Public Discussion

Theatre and Interculturalism in Germany and Scotland

6th May 2015, 19:00 – 20:30

Free but Ticketed:

Edinburgh-based playwright Annie George joined us to discuss theatre, interculturalism, and postmigration in Germany and Scotland with Neco Celik.

New engagements with the nation-state and conceptions of national and transnational belonging are emerging across Europe as populations change, dissatisfaction with the EU grows, and the constitution of existing states becomes a point of contestation. While we were planning this visit, Scotland was at the referendum polls, the UK was reassessing its place in the EU, and parties such as UKIP and the BNP were seeing unprecedented and worrying growth.

Meanwhile, in Germany, anti-Muslim sentiment has been heavily on the rise with marches by a group named PEGIDA (“Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of Germany”) being joined by thousands in the former East. Since then Pegida have also made themselves felt across the channel, with demonstrations in Newcastle.

In Germany, the theatrical medium has provided one way of asserting a sense of belonging as ‘postmigrant’ ciitizens, and also of challenging negative or uninformed representations of postmigrants, and particularly of Muslim postmigrants, present in the media.

During Neco Çelik’s visit we therefore also want to take the opportunity to explore the relationship between ‘new nationalisms’ in Germany and Scotland as played out in theatre. We invite you to join us and bring your ideas, experiences and questions to the table.


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