The Influence of the Internet on Integration and Multiculturalism in Germany: A German-Turkish Muslim Blogger’s Observations

12:00 pm on Tuesday, October 9, 2012
1:30 pm on Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Contact Name:
Victoria Lorraine Puyat
Kübra Gümüsay is an active member of the Muslim blogosphere and one of the few Muslim members of the German netpolitics community. Her talk will focus on the changes the Internet has brought to social life in Germany, especially in context of multiculturalism, diaspora communities, and minorities, with a specific focus on the Muslim diaspora. Feeling misrepresented in mainstream media, minorities of comparatively weak lobbies, such as Turks, Arabs, Blacks, Muslims and Roma, are increasingly using the Internet to create a space for alternative media. As they speak up, comment on politics, get involved in debates and push their agendas, they ultimately influence mainstream media. Gümüsay will highlight the groups’ struggles, portray this process and evaluate its outcome on the German Muslim identity and on society, and in the process try to provide some answers to these questions: Has the Internet brought us closer together? Or are we now – more than ever – living in parallel worlds? This event takes place under a project developed by the British Council and supported by Carnegie Corporation; it aims to improve the public conversation on Muslim-West relations in the US and Europe. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe and co-sponsored by the Center for International Relations and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at Boston University, the Goethe-Institut Boston, and the Goethe-Institut Washington. Lunch will be available prior to talk from 11:30 to 12. Talk follows from 12 to 1:30. Talk is free and open to public. Kindly RSVP for lunch to