The Project

Voices against racism and populism is a Franco-German blog and film project with articles, podcasts and short films on racism and populism.

Racist attitudes, populist tendencies: Stoking hatred, anger and prejudice against social groups and minorities is present in both daily life and in the digital realm. Populist movements and their opinion leaders are on the rise. They accept, provoke, and reinforce the division within society, accompanied by racist attitudes that often form the basis of populist movements.

The bilateral blog project “Voices against Racism and Populism” aims to raise awareness across borders about the existing problems of racism and populism within our society. This resulted in the creation of a multimedia platform where voices against racism and populism can be shared.

These are students’ and volunteers’ voices who are part of the Franco-German Youth Office (DFJ). 35 participants from different German and French cities take part in the project. In contrast to last year, when everything could only take place online due to the pandemic, we could fortunately meet up with all the participants in Freiburg im Breisgau on the last weekend of October this year. Our participants come from Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Villingen-Schwenningen, Offenburg and Lyon. Others study in Freiburg and do not have to travel very long to take part in the project. The text and film editors met up for a second workshop in person in Freiburg on the first weekend in December, while the podcast editors will come together for a second time in Lyon. A seminar on racism and populism, led by Claude-Hélène Meyer from the University of Johannesburg, accompanies the editorial work.

This year, participants are able to apply for three different editorial departments: text, film – and for the first time also podcast editing. Moreover, the team of editors and the organising team have changed.  Head of the project is once again Andreas Vögele from the Studierendenwerk Freiburg. He is actively supported by Hugo Guenser, a volunteer from the German-French Youth Office.

All three editorial teams are professionally supervised and guided. Julika Kott and Undine Weimar-Dittmar are the editors-in-chief of the text editorial team. Margitta Freund and Lisa Völter are in charge of the film editorial team and Maha Ganem directs the podcast editorial team.

In addition to teaching basic journalistic skills and raising awareness of the issues of populism and racism, the project also aims to enable participants to visit new cities, another country, and to meet young people. In all editorial offices we speak and work in German and French.

And last year?

The journalistic contributions, testimonials, and short films on the topic of racism and populism were written last year and can still be found on this blog. They have been produced cooperatively by German and French volunteers and students from the Upper Rhine region and Lyon. Last year, the project was supported by Jugendpresse Deutschland e.V. with its independent teaching editorial office politikorange and the organisation Kommunikation und Medien e.V. in Freiburg. Suggestions for reporting sensitively when talking about discrimination and critically when talking about racism were contributed by the Neue Deutschen Medienmacher*innen e.V.. The question of an appropriate representation of people who are legitimised to speak about racism always accompanied the editorial work. Testimonials of affected people have been the core of our project and can be found on our blog in the section “Testimonials“. Other journalistic articles dealing with the topic of racism and populism belong to the section “Articles by the editorial staff“.

Translation Christina Braun

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