The EMMIR Experience

The EMMIR applications board has closed the application procedure for Erasmus Mundus scholarships and the 20 students have been informed. Due to technical issues with email servers of outlook and hotmail accounts, applicants might not have yet received the official communication notifying this information. We apologize for the inconvenience and we would like to kindly inform you that there application process for scholarships is closed. We are looking forward to starting the program with the new...

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Cohort 6 students are reunited this week in Oldenburg to present their master theses proposals. They will research on a wide variety of topics during next semester: child protection, climate change migration, critical whiteness, media representation, applied theater, queer migration, human trafficking, voluntary return, belonging, solidarity and decolonization. Good luck!

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As an aspiring, but not very talented or patient, cook and “foodie” (as basic girls on Instagram would say), I have gone to many lengths in order to expand my culinary horizon and skill set. I was vegan for 6 months. I watched all of Chef´s Table and Cooked on Netflix. And I bought an unnecessarily expensive mole skin notebook where I gather all my friends’ recipes in their own handwriting.

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As one of our electives in the first semester, we’re able to chose to go on one of two study trips: Berlin or Prague. 14 of us decided to go to the Czech Republic to study Roma Representation. Personally, I haven’t learned much about the Roma people before, because as a group there isn’t much information or media coverage surrounding them or issues they face. This ended up being a common theme in our trip: lack of representation and invisibility in the Czech Republic, despite facing much racism...

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The Freedom Theatre, located in Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine, teaches youth and adults living in and around the camp drama, multimedia, photography and other creative arts to promote free expression and cultural resistance against oppression and occupation Cecelia Marshall of Cohort 6 spent 3 months there this summer. She helped with communications, fundraising strategy and co-led a youth summer camp group focused on English-language through play.

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During the first semester at the University of Oldenburg, we had several sessions named “Navigating EMMIR” which focuses on self-reflection, and assessment of the program as a whole. One of the most common concerns raised in different “navigating” sessions is about who speak and who don’t speak in the class.

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Worried you won’t find your go-to coffee shop in Oldenburg? Because I end up spending so much of my time in the library, I relish those moments where I pack up my books, download my readings for class onto my iPad, and ride my bike to a cafe somewhere faaaaaaar away from the beige walls of the Uni library. Also – real espresso machines. Enough said.

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One of my first questions about the EMMIR program was “why Oldenburg?” Is it just that the university here has a good foundation for studying migration? Was this city just randomly chosen? Why are we in this small town in northern Germany?

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Last modified: 2017-12-15