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International Conference:
Deportations as a Conflicting Issue / Konflikte um Abschiebungen

The conference brings together diverse perspectives for analyzing social and political conflicts that arise before, during, and after deportations. Investigating and discussing conflicts surrounding deportations is a relevant and revealing issue for migration research “as it visualizes the lines of conflict in the politics of migration like a burning lens” (Miltiadis Oulios).


Helge Schwiertz
Universität Osnabrück / IMIS

Tel.: +49 541 969 4916

21/22 September 2016

Location: Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University of Osnabrück, Seminarstraße 20, Gebäude/Building 15, 49074 Osnabrück
Rooms: 15/130 (Alter Senatssitzungssaal), 15/114, 15/113

Registration (open unitl 12 September 2016)

Organizing Team: Prof. Dr. Helen Schwenken, Maren Kirchhoff, Helge Schwiertz

In Cooperation with the trilateral Research Project Taking Sides. Protests against Deportation in Austria, Germany and Switzerland (Universities of Vienna, Osnabrück and Neuchâtel), kindly funded by FWF - Der Wissenschaftsfonds, DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and SNF (Schweizerischer Nationalfonds)

The conference is kindly funded by: Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung and Universitätsgesellschaft Osnabrück e.V.

Program     PDF

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

14:00   Registration and Welcome

14:30–16:30   Opening Panel: Taking Sides - Protests against Deportations [in English]

  • Helen Schwenken, Universität Osnabrück: Deportation as an Area of Conflicts
  • Sieglinde Rosenberger & Nina Merhaut, Universität Wien: Politicization from Below: Who Protests Against Deportations? Key Results from a Comparative Quantitative Media-Analysis (1993-2013)
  • Dina Bader, Université de Neuchâtel: Ideal-Types of Anti-Deportation Protests in Switzerland
  • Maren Kirchhoff, Universität Osnabrück & Verena Stern, Universität Wien: What Impedes Deportations? A Comparative Analysis of 15 Case Studies in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

16:30–17:00   Break and Informal Exchange

17:00–18:30   Podiumsdiskussion: Veränderte Abschiebepolitiken und -praxen – wie verändern sie den zivilgesellschaftlichen Umgang mit Abschiebungen? [Panel Discussion, in German, with English translation] [Changes in Policies and Practices of Deportation – How Do they Trans-form the Way of Dealing with Deportations in Civil Society?]
Moderation: Maren Kirchhoff & Helen Schwenken (Universität Osnabrück)


  • Mohammed Jouni, Jugendliche ohne Grenzen
  • No Lager Osnabrück
  • Kai Weber, Flüchtlingsrat Niedersachsen
  • Christiane Schneider, Mitglied der Fraktion Die Linke in der Hamburgischen Bürgerschaft und Mitglied der Härtefallkommission Hamburg

18:30–20:00   Dinner and Break

20:00–21:30   Evening Event [in German]: Miltiadis Oulios: Die Grenzen der Menschlichkeit - Blackbox Abschiebung [The Borders of Humanity – Blackbox Deportation]

Thursday, 22 September 2016

9:00–9:30   Introduction by the Organizers

9:30–11:00   Panel 1: The Making of Deportability and of Support Deserving Subjects

  • Helge Schwiertz, Universität Osnabrück: Who is a Deportable Subject? Contestations about the Deportability of Migrant Youth in the United States
  • Ines Hasselberg, University of Oxford: Turning Compliance into Resistance. How Foreign-National Offenders Fight Deportation from the UK
  • Stephan Dünnwald, Universität Göttingen: Get Ready. The Production of „Deportability“ in Special-Camps for Balkan Refugees in Manching and Bamberg

Chair: Kyoko Shinozaki

11:00–11:30   Break

11:30–12:30   Keynote: Antje Ellermann, University of British Columbia: Deportation Resistance in the Brave New World of Neoliberal Citizenship

12:30–14:00   Lunch Break

14:00–15:30   Panel 2a: What Happens after Deportation?

  • Jill Alpes, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: Post-Deportation Risks in Congo, Cameroon and Turkey
  • Lucia Thumm, Kathrin Sautter, Verena Biskup & Maria Jaschick, Universität Osnabrück: (Back) in Kosovo. On the Situation after „Voluntary Return“ and Deportation. First Results from a Qualitative Study
  • Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna, University of Warsaw: Leaving Behind the Deportation Regime? Experience of Mexicans Deported from the United States of America
  • Nassim Majidi, Sciences Po Paris: Post-Deportation in Afghanistan

Chair: Aishah Namukasa

14:00–15:30   Panel 2b: The Spatialities of Deportation   

  • Silvia Mann, Universität Kassel: Is Return to Afghanistan Reasonable? How International Politics Are Locally Negotiated. The Case of Hamburg in 2005
  • David Lorenz, Universität Kassel: Deportations without Borders – Contested Dublin Transfers
  • Aino Korvensyrjä, Universität Helsinki: Whose Knowledge and for What? Decolonizing Anti-Deportation Research

Chair: Lisa Carstensen

15:30–16:00   Break

16:00–17:30   Panel 3: Recent Protests against Deportation in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

  • Monika Mokre, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften: We Demand our Rights! The Refugee Protest Camp Vienna
  • Sophie Guignard, Universität Bern: Take Shelter. The Occupation of Lausanne‘s St-Laurent Church
  • Sophie Hinger, Sussex University & Ricarda Wiese, Universität Osnabrück: Beyond Anti-Deportation – Collective Struggles in Osnabrück

Chair: Helge Schwiertz

17:30–18:30   Comments by Monika Mokre, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Stephan Scheel, Goldsmiths, University of London &  Andreas Pott, Universität Osnabrück: Identification of Further Needs for Research and Closing Discussion