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New book co-edited by Eliane Ettmüller

Sep 24, 2018

Dr. Eliane Ettmüller, postdoctoral researcher at the HCTS, co-edited the volume "Flüchtlingsunterkunft Vordere Zollamtsstrasse 7, Wien Mitte. Ein Massenquartier wird zum Haus der Möglichkeiten". It shows how an empty office building in Vienna became a transition center for refugees and developed into a "house of possibilities." 

This volume gives an insight into the exceptional circumstances during which many people came together in the centre of Vienna at Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7. During the so-called European refugee crisis in September 2015, the empty building of the former Ministry of Finance was opened overnight in order to host up to 1500 people. The book offers a collection of textual and visual contributions by many people who lived and worked at this extraordinary place. In addition to the texts and photos by various authors, original documents such as meeting minutes, letters, emails, and course and class contributions are interwoven to illustrate the entire process in its complexity. A selection of facebook postings taken from the two pages "Vordere Zollamtsstraße" and "Displaced. Space for Change" lead through the entire publication like a diary.

The book is chronologically divided into three parts: ANKOMMEN (arriving), DA SEIN (being here), and WIEDER GEHEN (leaving again). Within these timeframes, the authors take the reader on a tour through the house, introducing the different rooms and giving an idea of how it was possible to use a completely empty building in the center of Vienna not only as a refugee center, but to remodel it into a "house of possibilities." The editors examine the situation of the arriving refugees from different points of view and want to encourage rethinking and commitment on a personal and institutional level.

"Flüchtlingsunterkunft Vordere Zollamtsstrasse 7, Wien Mitte. Ein Massenquartier wird zum Haus der Möglichkeiten" was published with TU Verlag in September 2018. The volume was edited by Dr. Eliane Ettmüller, Prof. Karin Harather, and Prof. Renate Stuefer.

The volume was presented during the fourth HCTS Stadtgespräch "Flüchtlingsbetreuung: Ehemalige Heimleiter/innen berichten aus den Krisenjahren 2015 und 2016" on 27 July 2018. Furthermore, on October 10, the authors presented the book in the scope of the evening event "Räume des Ankommens – 3 Jahre danach" in Vienna. The event focused on "spaces of arrivals – 3 years later" and is part of a series by the OPENmarx project.

Dr. Eliane Ettmüller is a postdoctoral researcher at the HCTS. She is part of the "Transcultural Forays" program, where she conducts research on "The Transcultural Ideology of Modern Jihad: a Response to the Fragile Lifeworlds in Europe and in the Post-Revolutionary Middle East?"


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