Scriptings#47 Man schenkt keinen Hund

Man schenkt keinen Hund

Non-consensual texts, interviews and artistic contributions on the ‘integration courses’

Edited by Christine Lemke
in collaboration with Achim Lengerer

Published by Scriptings in collaboration with Archive Books and Eeclectic, 2019

The point of departure for the writings, interviews, and artistic contributions in ‘Man schenkt keinen Hund’ (‘You Don’t Give a Dog as a Present’) are the German language-learning course books which are authorized for use in the so-called ‘integration courses’ for immigrants by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. The textbooks available on the market represent and narrate migration, and those involved in it, primarily through the lens of a national scopic regime: a ‘German’ majority society is here invariably center-staged and framed as representing the norm, apparently unaffected by migrant movements. ‘Man schenkt keinen Hund’ brings together a multiplicity of perspectives by the contributors—artists, theorists, activists, and students and teachers in the courses—to question the concept of culture recorded in the course books, in their texts and imagery, as the expression of an ostensibly homogeneous national identity. It gathers analytical observations and artistic propositions to articulate a critique of the ideological concept and governmental instrument of ‘integration’—especially in light of the recent and cyclically recurring debates in Germany around ‘Wertegemeinschaft’ (‘community of shared values’) and ‘Leitkultur’ (‘core culture’).

Book with contributions by:
Cana Bilir-Meier, María do Mar Castro Varela, Zandile Darko, Carola Deye und Nounnou Oumarou, Aïcha Diallo, Richard Djif, Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz, Danja Erni, Serge Fouha und Jelka Plate, Bahati Glaß, Cihad Hammy, Nanna Heidenreich, Susanne Holschbach, Maria Iorio & Raphaël Cuomo, Anna Kryczyńska-Pham, Katrin Mayer, Karolin Meunier, Karen Michelsen Castañón mit Pedro Abreu Tejera, Daniela Carrasco, Katty Moreno Bravo und Mauricio Pereyra, Kınay Olcaytu Okzidentalismus-Institut, Elske Rosenfeld, Romy Rüegger, Mithu Sanyal, Eran Schaerf, Aretha Schwarzbach-Apithy, Jan Timme

Print: texts in German, with Albanian, Arabic, English, French, Hausa, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Turkish
167 pages, 16.5x23 cm,
 soft cover, thread stitching, 61 images
ISBN 978-3-948212-02-5


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E-Book: Scriptings#47
Man schenkt keinen Hund – (No)Bildbeschreibungen und Interviews

The e-book edition ‘Man schenkt keinen Hund – (No) Bildbeschreibungen und Interviews’ presents itself as an excerpt from the print version. In addition to a conversation about teaching in ‘integration courses’ and a colonial-pedagogical close reading of a selected textbook chapter, the e-book assembles the entirety of the so-called ‘(No)Bildbeschreibungen’ [(No)picture descriptions], a literary-essayistic short format.

E-book with contributions by:
María do Mar Castro Varela, Zandile Darko, Carola Deye und Nounnou Oumarou, Aïcha Diallo, Richard Djif, Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz, Bahati Glaß, Nanna Heidenreich, Susanne Holschbach, Karolin Meunier, Elske Rosenfeld, Mithu Sanyal, Eran Schaerf, Aretha Schwarzbach-Apithy

E-book: language German
approx. 120 pages
ISBN 978-3-947295-30-2

3,99 EURO

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Please find further information on the multipart book and exhibition projec “Man schenkt keinen Hund” here: SW.jpg schenkt e-book_v2.jpg