Episode 13: With Akhmadshokh Sharifov on different ways of commemorating World War II in Tajikistan & in Germany and unconditional solidarity in a pluralistic society

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.

Intro: Carleigh Garcia; Speakers: Gil Shohat; Akhmadshokh Sharifov; Audio-Edit: Gal Yaron Mayersohn; Music: Viktor Rosengrün; Editor: Katja Sigutina; Project Leadership: Jo Frank, Johanna Korneli; | © 2022 DialoguePerspectives| www.dialogueperspectives.org

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˝The programme makes possible something that is all too rare in our society these days: speaking and having discussions across borders, not about each other, but with each other. That can be a hard slog at times, but at the same time the format makes space for follow-up questions and deeper conversations that are only possible through trust on all sides.

Felix, DialoguePerspectives alumnus

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