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Educational Background

PhD in Cultural and Historical Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany 1989
M.A. in Religious Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa 1977
B.A. in Cultural and Historical Studies
Research Interests

RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

The Art Peace Project                                                                                                                       

The Art Peace Project serves as a forum for the exploration of ways in which the creative arts can contribute to Human Rights and Peace Education. Documentation and analysis of the divergent experiences of participants in the workshops provides the necessary information for ongoing reflection on the potential of arts-based inquiry in higher education. This data has been used in scientific publications as well as in doctoral dissertations.

 

Researching Conflict Mediation and Peace Education, Summer School at the University of Hamburg.  Funded by DAAD: 570057. 2019

 

Researching Conflict, Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development. In co-operation with St. Augustine University, Mwanza, Tanzania. Funded by DAAD: 57459992. 2019

 

Arts-based Conflict Mediation. Facilitator Training in Higher Education. East-West Dialogue, Kazachstan / Kyrgyzstan. Funded by DAAD: 57457781. 2019. (Reserve)

 

Global Humanities in Transnational Exchange. A Summer School in co-operation with the Shandong University in China. Funded by DAAD: 57404939. 2018

 

Storytelling on the Silk Road. In cooperation with the German-Kazach University. Students from Kazachstan and Kyrgyzstan. Funded by DAAD: 57401735.  2018 

 

Performing conflict. Spirals of Dialogue in Lviv. In co-operation with the Ukrainian Catholic University and the Jagiellonian University of Krakow. Funded by DAAD: 57344618. 2017

 

Human Rights and Peacebuilding in Higher Education. In co-operation with St. Augustine University, Mwanza, Tanzania. Funded by DAAD: Hochschulberaterprogram.  2017

 

Creativity and Peacebuilding in Higher Education. In co-operation with St. Augustine University, Mwanza, Tanzania. Funded by DAAD: Hochschulberaterprogram.  2016

 

Summer Academy. Creativity and Peacebuilding in Higher Education. University of Hamburg. Funded by Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung. 2016

 

Spirals of Dialogue in Jordan. In co-operation with the University of Jordan. Students from Hamburg University and the University of Jordan. Funded by DAAD: 57195161. 2015

 

Peacebuilding and the Performing Arts in the Caucasian Region. In co-operation with the Ivane Javakhisvhili Tbilisi State University. Students from Germany, Georgia, Azerbeijan and Armenia. Funded by DAAD: 57074955.  2014

 

Exploring Human Rights Education in the Cape Town. Students from Germany and South Africa. Funded by DAAD. 2012

 

Imagining Identity! Re-Imagining Carnival in Cape Town. Photography project in partnership with the District Six Museum, Cape Town. Funded by the Goethe Institute, Johannesburg.  2012

 

Zooming into Hamburg. Dialog of the Diasporas. Workshop for Russian-speaking students, Hamburg. Funded by Gustav Prietsch Foundation.  2012

 

Peace Education & the Creative Arts in Central Asia. In co-operation with the Deutsch-Kasachischen Universität, Almaty. Students from Kazachstan and Kyrgyzstan. Funded by DAAD: 57401735. 2011

 

Sommeruniversität Kunst und Frieden. An interfaculty program. Funded by Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung. 20112014

 

Images in Prague. In co-operation with the Charles University, Prague. Students from Hamburg and Prague. Funded by the City Partnership Program, City of Hamburg. 2010

 

Dialog der Urenkelinnen und Urenkel – Durch Begegnung lernen in Co-operation with the Arbeiter Samariter Bund. Students from Hamburg and Prague. Funded by Deutsch-Tschechischen Zukunftsfonds. 2004/5

 

 

Publications

Mitchell. G., Gainza, I.  2019. Global Humanities in Transnational Exchange, Hamburg: Universität Hamburg.

 

Mitchell. G., Adambossinova, S.  2018. Silk Road Storytelling. Narrative and Image in Transnational Exchange, Hamburg: Universität Hamburg.

 

Mitchell, G. 2017. “Storytelling. Learning to think in times of war and terror”, in D. Salomon, et al. (eds) Pädagogik in Zeiten von Krieg und Terror, Jahrbuch für Pädagogik 2017. Berlin: Peter Lang,  257-68

 

Mitchell, G. 2017, Religiöse Bildung in der multikulturellen Stadt, Theo-Web. Zeitschrift für Religionspädagogik 16: 2, 48-59.

 

Mitchell. G. 2016. “The Art Peace Project”, in S. Butterwick & C. Roy, Working the margins of community-based adult learning: The power of arts-making in finding voice and creating conditions for seeing/listening, Rotterdam, 103-114.

 

Mitchell, G. Tipke, L.  2016. „Selbstreflektion und Positionierung in interkulturellen Bildungsprozessen“, in P. Schreiner, M. Otte, C. Staffa (eds), Interkulturelle Kompetenz und ihre religiöse Dimension in der Schule: Ernstfall Schule, Die Rolle der Religionen in der Einwanderungsgesellschaft, Berlin, 80-84.

 

Mitchell, G., Behr, H.  2016.  Spirals of Storytelling in Jordan: Dialogue, Peacebuilding and Performance, Hamburg: Universität Hamburg.

 

Mitchell, G. 2014. Spirals of Dialogue in Tbilisi, Hamburg: Universität Hamburg.

 

Mitchell, G. 2012. Peacebuilding & the Creative Arts in Central Asia, Hamburg: Universität Hamburg.

 

Mitchell, G. Olbers, S. 2011. Art Peace Project: Images in Place Hamburg: Universität Hamburg.

 

Mitchell, G., Yde Iversen, G., Pollard, G. ( eds). 2009. Hovering over the face of the deep. Philosophy, theology with children. Waxmann: Münster.

 

Mitchell, G. 2008.  “Stories of Struggle. Transnational Advocacy and Democracy Education”, in Al-Haj, M. & Mielke, R. (eds). Education, Multiculturalism and Empowerment. Studies from Israel and Germany. New York: Berghan Books, 11-24.

 

Mitchell, G. 2005. “Religion in Processes of Liberalization, Consolidation and Nation Building. The Case of South Africa”. In:  M. Hildebrandt & M. Brocker (eds). Unfriedliche Religionen? Das politische Gewalt- und Konfliktpotenzial von Religionen. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 299-319.

 

Mitchell, G. 2003. “Intercultural Education for Democracy. The Case of South Africa”. In: C. Medel-Anonuevo & G. Mitchell (eds). Citizenship, Democracy, and Lifelong Learning. Hamburg: UNESCO Institute of Education.

Experience

Professor for Religion and Intercultural Education, University of Hamburg 2000

Member of Kooperatives Graduiertenkolleg: Qualitätsmerkmale

sozialer Bildungsarbeit, in co-operation with

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (2015-2018)

Intercultural program, Engineers without Borders (2018)

Co-ordinator, Intitiativkreis Friedensbildung (2014-2019)

Director, Art Peace Project (2008 – 2019)

Consultant to Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung “Human Rights and Self-Empowerment in Education” (2008 – 2011)

Consultant to UNESCO “Democracy Education Project” (2002-2006)

Organiser of DAAD international Summer Schools/Workshops in China (2018), Central Asia (2011, 2018, 2019), Ukraine (2017),

Tanzania (2016, 2017, 2019), Jordan (2015), Georgia (2014).

Director, InterCultural Resources CC, Johannesburg 1994-1999

Development of intercultural training programs for  to the South African Police Services,  University of South Africa, Gauteng Education Department, African Life Assurance, ESKOM, De Beers Consolidated Diamond Mines, First National Bank, President’s Education Initiative, National Union of Mineworkers.

Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and Education, University of Cape Town 1990-199

Youth Worker, Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa 1978-1985