Comic Exhibition at University of Duisburg-Essen ensures scandal
by Martin Spletter
[Translated to English from German]
"What comics can do!" - Such was the vision, the many weeks no one took offense. Now the exhibition is dismantled to see is only the poster, which refers to the event.
Eating Poster scandal at the University of Duisburg-Essen: Because were seen in a comic exhibition sex scenes and the word 'Allah' next to each other, a Muslim student was hurt in her honor. She complained, destroyed a poster. Before the exhibition was finished earlier than planned.
At the university, a debate on how to deal with religious feelings of Muslim students has begun. More than a third of the student University of Duisburg-Essen, comes from a family with a history of immigration .
The reason for the controversy is an art exhibition in the foyer of the library. She was already on 23 May have been opened. English Studies students had dealt with the literary genre "graphic novel". As "graphic novels" are called artistic quality comics that focus on particular social problems. The students had designed collages. They also included pictures from the popular comic Orient "Habibi" has been used.
Cut out parts Offensive
The Book of U.S. artist Craig Thompson, published in 2011, is neither experts nor lay at suspected to be hostile orient. It is available everywhere. But the exhibition also images were processed to show sex scenes. In addition, as a collage was the word "Allah" has been set in calligraphic characters. All this had been provided with a English speaking, explanatory text.
However, the representation has a Muslim student so incensed that she repeatedly complained to the library staff - and then, early in the week, the image by hand decreased and parts that they felt to be offensive, cut out with a knife.
No further discussion of the topic
It was decided at the university, the exhibition, which was to end this weekend anyway, prematurely degrade. "As a protection for employees of the library, it was a very heated atmosphere in the meantime," it says. Of a possible display for criminal damage they had apart.
The current issue of the student union newspaper "akduell" Nuhi quoted Ali, the chairman of the Federal Islamic students: It did not concern the content of the book, but only to the "insulting representation". The student council is satisfied the premature end of the show "with astonishment and concern," it said in a statement: "We regret the slopes of the images without further debate on the issue," says the designated new student union boss Julia Wenzel.
Rector Ulrich Radtke, meanwhile, stressed that "of course, be taken into consideration for religious feelings" must. But "., It reflects the nature of scientific discourse to withstand even opposing viewpoints" English Studies Professor Frank Pointner, whose seminar had created the show, complaining that critics "never" had a discussion with him sought: "I would be open to any been talking. "
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