Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis


Modern Languages

First Advisor

Melissa Etzler


Throughout history, the ideology of ‘Othering’ has taken precedence in our capacity to connect with people outside of our home borders. The layers of history evoked within the German streets; the commemoration of persecuted others; the mediated expressions of socially ignored out-groups; are constitutively shaping the receptive responses of the modern refugee crisis. The residuality of this otherness is represented in the material cityscape, and I argue that it is in the space of the urban streets where belonging is contested. The cityscape is a constant mirror between the past and the future as the cyclical dynamics of social power yet again prevail.