Musical Textures of Migration: Music’s Role in the Syrian Refugee Experience in Germany Public Deposited

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  • May 5, 2021
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  • Ward, Cameron
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Global Studies
    • Other Affiliation: Department of Music
Abstract
  • This thesis centers around three in-depth interviews with Syrian refugees living in Germany. Based on these interviews, this thesis reveals insights about the Syrian refugee experience in Germany and the role music plays. This project aimed to answer the questions: What is the relationship between music and the Syrian refugee experience in Germany? Does music affect Syrian refugees' identities throughout their experience arriving and trying to make a home in Germany? In answering these questions, I extrapolated the connections between music and identity, music and language, and music and reenactment. I also analyze the nuanced tensions between integration, assimilation, and multiculturalism as methods of community building in Germany, and globally. Accordingly, I assert that music sharing between listeners can be used to create more equitable and empathic community building processes.
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  • Osterweil, Michal
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Global Studies
  • Fauser, Annegret
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music
Degree
  • Bachelor of Arts
Graduation year
  • 2021
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  • English
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