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„Reinventing and Multiplying ‘Comorian Diaspora’ within Popular Culture: Marseilles as ‘Diaspora Space’.”

is the titel of our first co-authored article in the framework of our research project!

Here are all the details:

Englert, Birgit und Katharina Fritsch: „Reinventing and Multiplying ‘Comorian Diaspora’ within Popular Culture: Marseilles as ‘Diaspora Space’.” Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture 6.2 (2015), S. 247-265.

New members of the POCUTRAS-team!

We are happy to welcome new members of the POCUTRAS-team:

On October 1, 2015 Hanna Stepanik has taken up her pre-doc position within the project. She has registered as PhD student at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna and currently prepares her research that will take place in Lisbon starting from spring 2016.

Further, over the last couple of months, Mounir Hamada Hamza and Ahmad Abdoul-Malik have both come to work for the project on a contractual basis.

Mounir Hamada Hamza  is an artist in the domains of comedy and music. He is based in Marseille and currently works together with Andres and Katharina on a research film project on Twarab music.

Ahmad Abdoul-Malik is a PhD student at the Laboratoire d’Economie et de Sociologie du travail, Aix Marseille Université and contributes to the film project on Twarab by transcribing/translating the interviews on which it is based.

Visit at AFROPEA NOW! in Linz

Andres, Katharina and Birgit visited the International Festival AFROPEA NOW! which took place in Linz from September 25-27. Unfortunately we could only attend the session on Saturday afternoon but recommend anyone to have a look at what was going on in Linz at the website of the organisers, the Stadtwerkstatt Linz at

Quote from their website:

“At the core of the festival is a two-day symposium accompanied by film screenigs, concerts, a workshop and an exhibition, at Stadtwerkstatt and on board of MS Schönbrunn.
Local and international artists, experts and activists will discuss aspects of African-European identities and cultural productions from various points of view. With contributions from across Europe and Africa, “Afropea Now!” will focus on the social, cultural, historical and artistic interaction of African and European cultures in a global world regardless of national boundaries.”