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Lecture: Maria Bassermann – Tahrib
11. November 2016 17:00 bis 19:00
5 pm Guided tour through the exhibition „Mario Garcia Torres – An Arrival Tale“
6 pm Lecture (in English)
In the context of the exhibition Mario Garcia Torres – An Arrival Tale Maria Bassermann gives a lecture on her research on several issues of migration at TBA21–Augarten’s KIOSK. The lecture will be commenced by a guided tour through the exhibition starting at 5 pm. Both events will be free of admission.
So-called ‚illegalised travellers‘ from the Horn of Africa usually become visible to the European public when entering the territory of the European Union. For the most part, their experiences en-route remain unknown. But what are the mobile and immobile externalities shaping the journey from the north of the Horn of Africa towards the ‚better life‘? What are the risks and dangers and how do those affected assess them in connection to their journeys? During an eleven months research project in Uganda and Germany culminating in her masteral thesis, social anthropologist Maria Bassermann investigated the perils and hopes connected to a journey her Somali respondents came to call Tahrib (‘shortcut through hell‘). At the same time Tahrib was described as an act of becoming mobile and navigating thereby through dangerous pastures in order to be able to create a better future. Unfolding upon complex networks of actors, institutions, intentionalities and biographies, the act of becoming-mobile functions to improve the living situation and to take again a more active role in one’s own life.