World Café:

Searching for Common Ground: Rethinking (Islamic) Heritage in Europe

Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Møhrenstraße 40/41, 10117 Berlin

This event uses the motto of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 – Sharing Heritage – to critically explore the role of “Islam” in discourses about Europe’s heritage with a focus on the motivations and practices that shape and are shaped by these discourses. In search for “common ground” the following questions will be raised: How can diversity within Islam be addressed? What kinds of multivocality are possible on a “common ground”? How should the colonial legacies of Islamic heritage in Europe be tackled? And are some aspects of Islamic heritage regarded as more difficult to “share”?

A World Café is a dialogic format that is intended to facilitate open discussion and link ideas within a larger group to access the collective intelligence in the room. Participants will move between a series of tables where they will continue the discussion in response to specific themes, concepts or questions chosen and problematised by an international group of table hosts.

Venue organised by Christine Gerbich, Sharon Macdonald, Susan Kamel, and Gundula Avenarius.