CHAPTER: House of World Cultures, Berlin
August 12th, 2005
3.00 am – 6.00 pm
The virtual second generation
Second generation Indians are different from their parents and
different from the host community. They have been brought up in
Germany or Austria, this is their home, their first language is
German. But they also feel links to the home of their parents in
South Asia. They do not want to decide between their two homes.
They want to live their own lives in their own spaces. And they
are establishing these spaces. Since the middle of the 90s parties
and seminars from and for the second generation have developed.
The one or the other has experimented with websites and since 2000
the internet portal www.theinder.net establishes itself as the virtual
space for German speaking second generation Indians.
In the symposium it will be discussed in which ways theinder.net
establishes a community of second generation South Asians, which
links to and images of India it transports and what role virtuality
plays in this context. It thus deals with the consequences of moving
people and the resulting movement of ideas and images.
Urmila Goel is
a researcher in social and cultural anthropology at the University
Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. Currently, she is working on the research
project “The virtual second generation - On the negotiation
of ethnicity in the internet by second-generation Indians in Germany”.
As a journalist and trainer in civic education she also deals with
matters of migration, living in diversity and especially the second
generation of migrants.
Respondents: Bijon Chatterji,
creator and chief editor of theinder.net, Hannover; Amit
Dasgupta Deputy Chief of Mission, Indian Embassy, Berlin
- Mareile Paske, Navina Khatib,
Thomas Steller, students of Viadrina University,