Armanc Yildiz

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Harvard U.

Grant number

Gr. 10039

Approve Date

August 26, 2020

Project Title

Yildiz, Armanc (Harvard U.) "Educating the Other: Sexuality, Race, and Political Economy in the Humanitarian Industries of Germany"

My project is an examination of how various governmental and non-governmental actors in Berlin collaborate to implement projects on refugee sexualities through which refugees are supposed to learn the “sexual values” of Germany and Europe. Since 2015, Germany has received the largest number of asylum applications in the European Union, spurring a large distribution of public and private monies towards the care and integration of refugees. Sexual education has become a pivotal site for the integration of refugees into German society, emphasizing specific ideas and practices of gender and sexuality as criteria of belonging. My project analyzes these dynamics through an ethnographic analysis of (1) training sessions that seek to impart “proper” sexual norms and behaviors to refugees; (2) comparable practices within the German secondary school system, and (3) the governmental and non-governmental actors of humanitarianism that make these projects possible. In exploring these sites, this project examines the ways in which sexuality and race are intertwined within humanitarian industries, prompting larger circulations of money, affect, and desire that ultimately constitute new forms of subjectivity in Germany.