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IMIS Poster May 2019

IMIS Flyer May 2019

Approaches of IMIS

IMIS in a film

On the occasion of IMIS' 25 th anniversary in 2015, students presented her perspectives on IMIS in a video.

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Society has always been faced with and will continue to be challenged by migration issues. In the past, the world was shaped by mobility over centuries: countless examples point to how significantly labour and colony migration, nomadism, educational and vocational movement, slavery and human trafficking, flight, forced displacement or deportation had an impact on labour market development, political systems, cultural identities or religious orientations. And, no doubt, migration will remain a pivotal concern of societal and political interest as current debates prove: their issues range from the outcomes of the continuous (and regionally extremely disparate) growth of the world population, the aging societies in the rich ›North‹, climate change, social-political challenges of migration, to the shortage of skilled labour for increasingly complex and internationally highly networked ›knowledge societies‹.

From the the early 1990s on, the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at Osnabrück University has explored spatial mobility and intercultural experience from both historical and contemporary angles. Through basic research, publications, public events, and the provision of academic consultation to its members, IMIS seeks to strengthen existing and encourage further interdisciplinary research networks and to hence contribute to the dialogue between science and professional practice. In January 2018, IMIS has been transformed to a research center, a new organisational form at Osnabrück University. Owing to its long-standing research expertise and for Germany unique interdisciplinary broadness, IMIS today is a nationally and internationally renowned research institute with members from a variety of disciplines:

  • Art History
  • Education
  • Ethnology
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Studies
  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology