Visible and Invis­ible Borders
FH Erfurt
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Zemke
Stefan Andres
Fakultät Architektur und Stadtplanung

“When I talk to people in Germany, they often tell me how well I can speak their language consid­ering I have only lived in the country for about four years. I am aware, that they have good inten­tions, but what they are suggesting by this state­ment is, that I am not one of them. By compli­menting me for being well adapted to their culture they are invol­un­tarily building a barrier between me and them that I cannot over­come.” – Suliman Mardini, team member from Syria

Borders are various and some­times easily over­looked. They can either be phys­ical or mental, visible or invis­ible. Within the frame­work of the summer school “Border­line City” we are exam­ining the dif-ference and the rela­tion between obvious and hidden barriers that are a part of everyday life in each city. In our inter­na­tional team, diverse under­stand­ings of barriers are brought together and form the basis for scien­tific work. Our project aims to raise aware­ness concerning barriers on an inter­na­tional level. There­fore, we are espe­cially comparing the coun­tries Germany, Turkey and Syria based on personal expe­ri­ences of our team members. Barriers within the coun­tries are consid­ered as well as barriers between them.