Passport Control!

Living without Papers in Past and Present

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

Principal investigators: 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 Young People 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 interested members of the public. Based on personal experiences, legal frameworks and social and historical contexts will be collectively researched and analysed. We are interested in border-transcending practices and strategies of resistance that deal with ethnicising and gendering ascriptions in defiant 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 is to be collaboratively developed will be shown at 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 belonging/non-belonging, as well as challenging the perceptions of the exhibition visitors regarding the significance of papers in their lives. After the completion of the project the exhibition will become the property of the RomaniPhen Archive, where it will be reviewed didactically and lent out.

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

Keywords: Education, Migration, Integration