TU Dresden is my Uni because what counts here is performance, regardless of your origin. As a Marwa El-Sherbini Scholarship holder, I see myself as a bridge-builder between cultures.
I am a doctoral candidate at the Collaborative Research Centre “Invectivity. Constellations and Dynamics of Disparagement”. In the context of the umbrella term “Invectivity”, this project explores various forms of disparagement and humiliation from the perspective of thirteen disciplines. Subjects from the Faculty of Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies as well as from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science are involved.
My dissertation is part of the subproject “Invective Codes of Interculturalism”. I conduct participatory ethnographic observations in integration and orientation courses, sometimes accompanied by interviews with teaching or administrative staff.
I have also been a Marwa El-Sherbini Scholarship holder since October 2017. This is a scholarship committed to the values of open-mindedness and tolerance. It is dedicated to Marwa El-Sherbini, who was murdered in Dresden in 2009. Marwa came to Dresden with her family in 2008. Her husband was a PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, one of the partners in the DRESDEN-concept research alliance. After the tragic incident, the DRESDEN-concept partners founded the Marwa-El-Sherbini-Fördernetzwerk (Marwa El-Sherbini Funding Network), from which the scholarship later came into being, and which has been awarded by the state capital Dresden and the Free State of Saxony since 2011.
As scholarship holder, I am involved in a variety of social and societal activities. I give lectures on Arab culture and the role of women in Islam for different target groups, e.g. for the Saxon police, for schoolchildren or as part of the Dresden “Intercultural Days”. At the “Volkshochschule Dresden”, I contributed to a workshop on German culture for refugees and migrants. For me, it is particularly important to facilitate encounters between refugees, migrants and locals in order to enter into a dialogue and to break down prejudices on both sides.
TU Dresden is my Uni because what counts here is performance, regardless of your origin. As a Marwa El-Sherbini Scholarship […]