The EMMIR Experience

My name is Shabnam Abdullayeva and I am currently doing an internship in Civic Assistance Committee in Moscow. It is an NGO which works in a lot of areas: from sharing RSD interviews with UNHCR and the assistance of hate speech victims, to protection of prisoners in Northern Caucasus and preparation of migrant children for school.

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My name is Yousseff Zeineddine and I am currently doing my EMMIR internship in Munich. I work for an organization called Kiron Open Higher Education, which gives me a new perspective on education.

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Hi, my name is Beatrice Mariottini and I am doing my internship in Catania, in Sicily. I work with a local association called Borderline Sicilia Onlus, which mainly serves as an observatory on migration in Sicily and offers legal assistance to migrants and asylum seekers.

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The EMMIR applications board has closed the application procedure for cohort 8 students, who are now getting ready to move to Oldenburg. We are looking forward to starting the program with the new EMMIRians on board.

 

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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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