In this 13th episode of our series (Re-)Shaping Europe, Gil Shohat speaks with our current participant Akhmadshokh Sharifov. Akhmadshokh was born and raised in the Central Asian Republic of Tajikistan and has been living in Germany for five years now. He is currently studying for a Master’s degree in “Theory and Comparison of Political Systems in Transition” at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His main areas of interest are European politics, peace and conflict studies and political culture in Europe. Akhmadshokh is also a co-founder of the student initiative “Tajiks without Borders”, which brings together students from Tajikistan in Germany. We spoke with him about his experiences with the different ways of commemorating the Second World War in Tajikistan – a former part of the Soviet Union – and in Germany, as well as about the potential of interreligious-worldview dialogue when it comes to mutual, unconditional solidarity in a pluralistic society.
The entire podcast episode (in German) is accessible here.
˝DialoguePerspectives offers a unique change of perspective! The programme allows you to really grapple with current and highly societally relevant questions, to reflect on your own identity, and to get to know the diversity of European identities. I am very grateful for the intensive personal discussion and encounters, and the great amount of food for thought that has stuck with me long past the seminars.
Ezgi, DialoguePerspectives participant