The Migration Collection project is a collaborative effort of the City of Vienna and Wien Museum. In a collecting process that will continue until mid-2016, it will assemble relevant objects for the museum's holdings covering the period since the first recruitment of "guest workers" in the 1960s. Its goal is to provide insights into an important chapter of Vienna's recent history and to secure items that bear witness to the lives of a whole generation of women and men in this city. "Vienna is a city of diversity," says City Councillor for Integration Policy Sandra Frauenberger, who sees the Migration Collection as the city's "latest activity that responds to this fact, and one that will illustrate the contribution of migrants to Vienna's success story."
The collecting process is being managed jointly by the Municipal Department for Integration and Diversity (MA 17) and Wien Museum. "At Wien Museum, we do not see the history of the city and its cultures as a homogenous process. The everyday lives of people and 'history from below' have been a focus of our work for more than ten years," says Wien Museum Director Wolfgang Kos. Aspects of migration have repeatedly figured in Wien Museum exhibitions, and the museum has increasingly included in its holdings items that relate to groups and communities that were historically under-represented – and often still are. "We are therefore very glad of the opportunity to expand our collecting activities through the Migration Collection project in a way that will help reflect the diversity of Vienna more accurately," says Director Kos.
A team of qualified experts with broad experience in the field has been appointed to run the project. Arif Akkılıç, Vida Bakondy, Ljubomir Bratić and Regina Wonisch will collect photos and objects that reflect the history of migration and illustrate how it influenced the social development of Vienna as a whole. In its work, the project team will rely on collaboration with private individuals, clubs, associations and other civil society structures, as team leader Vida Bakondy explains: "For a full account of our common history that includes all the Viennese people, we have to cooperate closely with different communities and associations in the collecting process."
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Vida Bakondy is an historian and was a member of the exhibition team of "Gastarbajteri. 40 Years of Labour Migration" shown by the Initiative Minderheiten (Minorities Initiative) at Wien Museum in 2004. From 2008 to 2010, she was project coordinator and researcher for the Minorities Initiative's transnational research and exhibition project "Viel Glück! Migration heute – Wien, Belgrad, Zagreb, Istanbul" ("Wish you luck! Migration today – Vienna, Belgrade, Zagreb, Istanbul"). She is a member of the Archiv der Migration (Migration Archive) working group.
Arif Akkılıç has worked as a counsellor and youth worker with young people from migrant families for many years and was a member of the exhibition team of "Gastarbajteri. 40 Years of Labour Migration" shown by the Initiative Minderheiten (Minorities Initiative) at Wien Museum in 2004. Together with Ljubomir Bratić, he organised a campaign for the establishment of an Archiv der Migration (Migration Archive) at the 2012 Wienwoche festival, and is a founding member of the Migration Archive working group.
Ljubomir Bratić is a philosopher, social worker and migration researcher who has worked at the "Integrationshaus Wien" refugee support centre since 1995. He was a member of the exhibition team of "Gastarbajteri. 40 Years of Labour Migration" shown by the Initiative Minderheiten (Minorities Initiative) at Wien Museum in 2004. Together with Arif Akkılıç, he organised a campaign for the establishment of an Archiv der Migration (Migration Archive) at the 2012 Wienwoche festival, and is a founding member of the Migration Archive working group.
Regina Wonisch is an historian and Head of the Research Centre for the History of Minorities in Vienna; she also works as museology expert at the Department of Science Communication and Higher Education Research at the University of Klagenfurt.
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Dirk Rupnow, University Professor and Head of the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck. His main research area is European contemporary history, with a focus on Holocaust and Jewish studies, migration history, history of science, cultures of remembrance and the politics of memory.