Narrative interviews are a well-established way of generating textual biographical
data. They allow us to examine how the self is shaped in socio-biographical processes.
Using formats of textual data other than interviews is also well-known in biographical
research. We are interested in the stories different textual and visual data tell us and
how these data can be combined. In our presentation we will discuss processes of
selfpositioning and self-presenting by using different types of data. Our argumentation is
based on a Turkish-German cooperation project which focuses on work migration from
Turkey to Germany during the 1960s and 1970s. Our presentation focuses on two
cases: two married couples leaving their children with the grandparents in Turkey.
Regarding both exemplary cases, we have different kind of material: (a) artifacts from
the 1970s made in Germany, especially photos presenting family life, (b) artifacts from
the 1970s made by the grandparents, especially tape recordings presenting the life of
the child in Turkey, and (c) biographical interviews with a family member,
approximately 20 years after migration. All material is part of the collection of Domid,
an archive which collects and conserves artifacts from migrants in Germany to
document migration history. Using this material, we will analyze how otherness,
cultural/national belongings and cosmopolitism are addressed in different data types.
And in terms of methodology we will reflect (1) the relevance of a cross-cultural team
in the research process, and the (2) possibilities and limitations of combining different
kinds of data.