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Project information

Project team

Kathrin Hörschelmann (coordination; since August 2020 professor at the University of Bonn), Elisabeth Kirndörfer (since Jan. 2021 Univ. Bonn), Yuliana Lazova, Karin Wiest


Newcastle University (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands), Liège University (Belgium)

Duration of project

05/2019 – 04/2022

Funded by

Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Further information

Yuliana Lazova
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-155

Bonn University:
Prof Dr Kathrin Hörschelmann
Tel.: +49 228 73-7896

Project website


The everyday experiences of young refugees and asylumseekers in public spaces (EEYRASPS)

Focusing on the engagement of young refugees and asylum seekers with public space, the EEYRASPS project researches refugee youth’s stories of home-making, their interaction with arrival structures and their negotiations of inclusion and exclusion in public spaces. It considers refugee youth’s migration histories as well as new spaces for urban citizenship, how these emerge in the city and the role these play in European integration.

The IfL-research team is working together with colleagues from the Universities of Newcastle, Utrecht and Liege as well as with Associate Partners from arts and culture initiatives to explore refugee youth’s reworking of public space and to develop more inclusive urban citizenries.

The project employs qualitative and participatory methods with refugee youth including participant observation, interviews and group discussions alongside an innovative suite of creative methods including mental mapping, walk-along interviews, photography and digital storytelling. We will also interview stakeholders working in arts and cultural initiatives.


Wiest, K. / Fass, S. (2022): Geschichten von Flucht und Ankommen visualisieren. In: IfL-Blog [Weblog], 23 March 2022. Online publication: / Access date: 23.3.2022

Stipp, A. / Kröner, L. / Hörschelmann, K. / Kirndörfer E. / Lazova, Y. / Wiest, K.  (2021): Ausgrenzung sichtbar machen – ein Theaterprojekt im öffentlichen Raum. In: IfL-Blog [Weblog], 14 Dezember 2021. Online publication: Access date: 16.12.2021

Moubarak, M. (2021): As a refugee in Leipzig – as trainee in the research project EEYRASPS. In: IfL-Blog [Weblog], 7 October 2021. Online publication: Access date: 19.10.2021

Kirndörfer, E. / Haack, L. / Al-Dulaimi., M. (2021): Urban story-mapping: The city of Leipzig from the perspective of newcomers. In: Kollektiv orangotango – this is not an atlas:

Kirndörfer, E. (2021). Wenn Alltagsorte und soziale Routinen wegbrechen: Covid-19 und das Leben junger Geflüchteter und Asylsuchender. LEIPZIGER ZUSTÄNDE – Dokumentation und Analyse faschistischer, rassistischer und diskriminierender Ereignisse in und um Leipzig, S. 46–47.

Kirndörfer, E. (2020). Wenn Alltagsorte und soziale Routinen wegbrechen: Covid-19 und das Leben junger Geflüchteter und Asylsuchender. In: Querfeld – das Jahresmagazin des Sächsischen Flüchtlingsrates, 4, S. 49–50.