Passport Control!

Living without Papers in Past and Present

Project duration: 01/04/2017 - 31/03/2019

Principal investigators: Prof. Dr. Iman Attia (ASH Berlin), Prof. Dr. Susan Kamel (HTW Berlin) 

Project staff: Iris Rajanayagam (ASH Berlin), Olga Gerstenberger (HTW Berlin)


  • Jüdisches Museum Berlin
  • Verband für interkulturelle Arbeit - VIA-Regionalverband Berlin/Brandenburg e.V./ RomaniPhen Archiv
  • FHXB-Museum

Expert support: IniRromnja, Jugendliche ohne Grenzen, International Women Space

In cooperation with ‚Youth without Borders‘, The Jewish Museum Berlin, the RomaniPhen Archive, IniRromnja and International Women Space experiences with precarious residential status or without papers will be reviewed for an interested public. Proceeding from personal experiences determining legal conditions as well as social and historical contexts will be collectively researched and analysed. Here we are interested in border transcending practices and strategies of resistance that deal with ethnicising and gendering ascriptions in obstinate and creative ways, practices that make use of and extend the room to manoeuvre, or that move through life (or the everyday) in other ways, with or without papers.

The exhibition which which is to be developed collaboratively will be shown in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum (FHXB Museum) at the end of the funding period. It will become a negotiating space for experiences and ways to handle social and administrative non-/belonging as well as the perceptions of the exhibition visitors regarding the significance of papers for their lives. After the completion of the project the exhibition will become the property of the RomaniPhen Archive, where it will be didactically reviewed and lent out.

Funding: Berlin Institute for Applied Research - Institut für angewandte Forschung Berlin (IFAF Berlin)

Keywords: education, migration, integration


Prof. Dr. Iman Attia


Critical Diversity Studies / Rassismus und Migration

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Iman Attia