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21.-23. September 2023, Osnabück Universität, Aula/Schloss

Tagung: Exil und Frieden. Exil-, Migrations- und Fluchtforschung im Dialog

Organisation: Gesellschaft für Exilforschung, Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien (IMIS) der Universität Osnabrück und Chaire d’histoire contemporaine der Universität Neuchâtel/Schweiz

Programm / Plakat / Press Release

Guest lecture: Professor Amade M'charek, Amsterdam University
tuesday, 14 November 2023, 4 p.m.

Organisation: IMIS research group "The Production of Knowledge on  Migration" / Dr Maurice Stierl
- room and title will follow -

FFVT-Workshop, 27/28 November 2023

Ukraine: 18 Months of Displacement – What Do We Know So Far?

IMIS Osnabrück University (hybrid)

Organizers: Marcel Berlinghoff; Franck Düvell (IMIS)

Event page on

IMIS-Discussion, Dienstag, 4. Juli 2023, 19-21:30 Uhr (hybrid)

with Bernd Kasparek, Inken Bartels, Mert Pekşen

Wissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die Reform des Gemeinsamen Europäischen Asylsystems (GEAS)

Universität Osnabrück, Neuer Graben 29/Schloss, Raum 11/211, 49074 Osnabrück or online via StudIP.

Organisation: Simon Sperling, IMIS

Event is in German.

Guest lecture: Dr. Gunjan Sondhi, The Open University/UK
tuesday, 6 June 2023, 4 p.m.:

Decolonising Migration Studies: Narratives vs Practices

Osnabrück University, Seminarstr. 20/EW, room 15/E16, 49074 Osnabrück
Organisation: IMIS research group "The Production of Knowledge on  Migration" / Dr Maurice Stierl

Guest lecture: Monday, 12 June 2023, 6-8 p.m.

Dr. Christa Wichterich, sociologist and author, Bonn:

"Krankenpflege in Indien und indische Pflegekräfte im Ausland – From Angels to Fighters?!"

Osnabrück University, Seminarstr. 20 / EW, room 15/E16, 49074 Osnabrück
Organisation: Prof. Dr. Helen Schwenken

Lecture series (Ringvorlesung) of the master program International Migration and Intercultural Relations (IMIB), winter term 2022/23

Migration policy and refugee reception in a (trans-)local context

Organisation: Maria Consuelo Flores Rojas,
start: 24.10.2022
on mondays 16:15–17:45 hrs
digital or hybrid




FFVT on point: Forced Migration in and out of Ukraine – some (lesser known) facets

As a result of the war in the Donbas in 2014 and increasingly since the direct Russian attack on Ukraine in February 2022, five million people are fleeing - both within the country and out of Ukraine. FFVT on point takes a closer look at this flight movement and asks how this heterogeneous group is composed, where the people are taking themselves to safety and which reception and support structures are emerging and becoming active here alongside those of the receiving states and international organisations. FVVT on point thus focuses on aspects that have not been the focus of previous media and academic analysis of the refugee situation in order to present a more differentiated picture of the flight to and from Ukraine.
We look forward to the expertise of Dr. Viktoriya Sereda, UCU Lviv / IKK Jena; Prof. Dr. Jannis Panagiotidis, RECET Universität Wien; Dr. Franck Düvell, FFVT, IMIS, Universität Osnabrück

Organisation: Marcel Berlinghoff
Time and Date: 4. April 2022, 5-6:30 pm (CEST), online (Zoom)

Further Information and Registration.

Virtual conference: “The Moral Economies of Knowledge Production on Migration: Conflicts, Values, Positionalities"

2-4 December 2020

Organized by the interdisciplinary Research Group “The Production of Knowledge on Migration” (IMIS)

The conference approaches the interconnection between the production of knowledge and migration by placing a particular emphasis on the struggles that centre on peoples’ mobilities and their ‘correct’ quantification, categorization, and interpretation. Conflicts about migration and its effects as well as the struggles of migrants themselves often lay bare not only the different experiences and socioeconomic situations of the many actors involved but also their conflicting worldviews and value systems. In order to make such conflicts intelligible, participants apply the notion of moral economies as it has been discussed in different disciplines recently.

Conference website:


Online Lecture Series: Global Perspectives on Forced Migration

Winter term 2020/21
Organizers: IMIS and Zentrum für Demokratie und Friedensforschung, Osnabrück University
Ulrike Krause and Nadine Segadlo (IMIS)

Prof. Dr. Alexander Betts, Oxford University
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Olivius, Umeå University
Dr. Michael Owiso, Maseno University
Prof. Dr. Timothy Williams, Universität der Bundeswehr, Munich.



Online Panel Debate

1 October 2020, 17:00-18:30 (CEST), online

Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer (FFVT)

About the Non/Sense of Distinguishing between Migrants and Refugees – a Debate

In policy and public, it is often taken for granted to distinguish between migrants and refugees. However, researchers and practitioners tend to find that matters in the field are more intricate, reject a simple dichotomy, and struggle to assign clear labels to the opalescent realities.

In this panel debate, we aim to shed light on the diverse legal, scholarly and discursive practices and carve out lines of controversies to better understand the reasoning behind the different approaches. We have invited three distinguished guests from different disciplines, namely em. Prof Roger Zetter at the Refugee Studies Centre at University of Oxford, Prof Heaven Crawley, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University and Dr Dana Schmalz, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg/Berlin.

The debate is hosted by the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at Osnabrück University (IMIS) and part of the FFVT-Workshop Series. It will be held online via Zoom Webinar. For registration, please send an email to including name, affiliation and email address by 28 September.