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Arrival Neighbourhoods in European Cities from the late 19th to the early 21st Century

Interdisciplinary Workshop

24/25 Feb 2021

Organizer: David Templin (IMIS)

In this interdisciplinary workshop we want to shed light on and critically discuss the potential of the conception of “arrival neighbourhoods” for the analysis of urban spaces between the late 19th and the early 21st century. Which analytical value, which new perspectives does the conception offer compared with other concepts and approaches such as those of the “ethnic colony”? How can we distinguish “arrival neighbourhoods” from other urban quarters? Which factors play a role in the emergence of such neighbourhoods – and which are responsible for their disappearance or transformation? And which social, cultural, political and economic developments do we have to investigate in order to understand the character and the transformation of these quarters?

For registration, please send an email to by 21 February. The number of participants is limited.



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.

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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.




18./19. Juni 2020

Fünf Jahre nach dem Sommer der Willkommenskultur. Umkämpfte Solidaritäten, fragile Teilhabe und transformative Potentiale

Abschlusstagung des Forschungsprojekts "Willkommenskultur und Demokratie" (Förderung: BMBF) an den Universitäten Kassel, Osnabrück (IMIS) und Tübingen

Veranstalterinnen für das IMIS: Samia Dinkelaker und Helen Schwenken




28. Mai 2020, 12:15-13:45 Uhr


Dr. Nikolai Huke, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Willkommenskultur vs. Ablehnungskultur und autoritärem Populismus

Fast zeitgleich kam es vor etwa fünf Jahren zu gegenläufigen großen Mobilisierungen in Deutschland: Millionen Ehrenamtliche und politisch Aktive hießen Geflüchtete Willkommen - und konträr dazu verliefen die autoritär-populistischen Mobilisierungen gegen die Aufnahme Geflüchteter und eine angebliche 'Islamisierung des Abendlandes'. Nikolai Huke wird sich den Bewegungen der 'Ablehnungskultur' widmen und die deutsche Situation in den europäischen und globalen Kontext einordnen. Wie diese Mobilisierungen zu verstehen und zu benennen sind, ist eine weitere Frage, der sich der Vortrag widmen wird. Der Referent Nikolai Huke forscht aktuell zu 'Willkommenskultur und  Demokratie' und ist Mitherausgeber von 'Autoritärer Populismus', das im Mai 2020 im Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot erschienen ist.

Veranstalter: Forschungsprojekt "Willkommenskultur und Demokratie" (Förderung: BMBF) an den Universitäten Kassel, Osnabrück (IMIS) und Tübingen.


CfP: Tagung der Nachwuchsgruppe ›Die wissenschaftliche Produktion von Migration‹
2.-4.12.2020, IMIS, Universität Osnabrück

Tagung "The Moral Economies of Knowledge Production on Migration: Conflicts, Values, Positionalities"

Details / Call for Papers


Gastvortrag im NGHM-Kolloquium
23.1.2020, 14-16 Uhr, Raum 03/226

Dr. Roderick Bailey, University of Oxford
War and Disease Control

Roderick Bailey, Research Fellow at Oxford’s new Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities specialises in the study of modern war and conflict, the history of medicine, and the spaces in which those worlds overlap. His current research looks at international responses to outbreaks of epidemic disease in Italy in 1943-44, Germany in 1945, Palestine in 1948 and Korea in 1951, with a particular focus on vector control and the movement and management of human populations. Away from academia, he has worked extensively in post-conflict countries as an official observer of international elections for the European Union and OSCE, and in Afghanistan with the British Army.

22.1.2020, 11-13 Uhr, Raum 03/226, Neuer Graben 19/21, 49074 Osnabrück

Dr. Patrice Poutrus, Universität Erfurt
Umkämpftes Asyl: Vom Nachkriegsdeutschland bis in die Gegenwart

Buchvorstellung und Diskussion mit Dr. Patrice Poutrus sowie Dr. Johanna Neuhauser (IMIS) und PD Dr. Frank Wolff (IMIS), Moderation: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Krause (IMIS)
Organisation: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Krause und PD Dr. Frank Wolff, IMIS


Gastvortrag im NGHM-Kolloquium
16.1.2020, 14-16 Uhr, Raum 03/226

Dr. Avi Sharma, TU Berlin / University of Chicago
Urban and Environmental Approaches to Mass Displacement and Shelter: Historical Cases from Germany and India

Avi Sharma is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Studies (TU Berlin), where he teaches courses on Global Urban History, Migration and Forced Migration among other topics. Prior to joining the Center for Metropolitan Studies, Sharma was a postdoctoral fellow and later a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago. Sharma is the author of numerous articles on topics including public health in Germany; the UN SDGs in historical context; postwar urban history; and urban environmental history.