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“This is a journey into sound …” Music and Migration. Migrant Worker Blues, Almanyamüzik, Wedding Rave and HipHop. A Musical lecture by Imran Ayata.

Tuesday, June 4, 6:15 pm

Kunstraum, Campus Hall 25

Everyone is talking about migration. The history of migration in Germany, on the other hand, is still a marginal topic, at least for the mainstream. And when the history of immigration in Germany is negotiated, the cultural dimension plays less of a role. This is precisely what is interesting to the author, campaigner and cultural activist Imran Ayata. Again and again, everyday migrant life and cultural practices in migration appear in his novels and texts. In this context, his joint work with Munich-based artist and playwright Bülent Kullukcu, the music project "Songs of Gastarbeiter", met with a great response. Both released a CD and performed their show "Songs of Gastarbeiter" in numerous cities in Germany and abroad. In his musical lecture at the Kunstraum, Imran Ayata opens up new perspectives on the history of immigration and ends in the here and now.

Imran Ayata: Born 1969 in Ulm, Germany, campaigner, cultural activist and author.

The co-founder of Kanak Attak studied political science in Frankfurt am Main. He was editor of the magazine "Die Beute. Politik und Verbrechen" and publishes literary and political articles in daily newspapers, online platforms, magazines and anthologies in Germany and Turkey, among others in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, DIE ZEIT online, Spiegel Online, and tageszeitung. In 2005 he published his first book "Hürriyet Love Express" (Kiwi), which was praised by literary critics as "German-Turkish Post-Pop Literature". In 2011, his novel "My Name is Revolution" (Blumenbar) followed, which met with great response in the media and was equally highly praised. In 2013 he released the CD "Songs of Gastarbeiter Vol. 1" in collaboration with Bülent Kullukcu. Together with Neco Celik he brought the play "Liga der Verdammten" to the stage at the Ballhaus Naunynstraße in Berlin in the same year. In 2015 his novel "Ruin und Ruhm" (Verbrecher Verlag) was published. Ayata was involved as an activist in the #FreeDeniz initiative and is managing partner of an agency for campaigns in Berlin.

This is an event organized by the network Gender and Diversity Research (www.leuphana.de/gud) and Kunstraum Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (http://kunstraum.leuphana.de/kontakt.html).