„Neues Feld im Alten Land?“ – A new topic in Neuenfelde in the Altes Land region? 2016
A cultural analysis and reconstruction of narraMives of arrival in Neuenfelde between “Little-Istanbul” and a follow-up accommodation for refugees
Hamburg in the year 2016. The question of arrival and housing for refugees is omnipresent, also in Hamburg-Neuenfelde, a rural district in the outskirts of Hamburg´s Southern Elbe region, characterized by its rural structure and ancient village ambience. 2016 container housing for refugees opens up here surrounded by apple fields on the ground of a remaining parking area of a former shipyard company. With the inauguration some of the arrival-experiences connected to the history of the “Sietas” shipyard company are revitalized. The reference to the past seems to be close with the so called “Little-Istanbul” settlement, which existed here.
One summer long I documented and reflected with the help of go-alongs, observation, interviews and documents of the time stories of arrival between shipyard company, fruit-growing, former “Little-Istanbul” and the container housing for refugees discovering how people arrived here, what experiences of arrival are connected to the place of arrival and what we can learn from their stories for new arrivals in the area.
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Methods: fieldwork, cultural analysis and reconstruction, go-along, participant observation, interview