Migration and Mobility

Migration and mobility have become central themes for how societies understand themselves. The question of what distinguishes ‘migration’ from ‘flight’ and ‘mobility,’ and which people are categorized as ‘wanted’ or ‘unwanted’ or as ‘foreign’ or ‘belonging,’ has been the subject of fierce debates, especially in contemporary history. At issue was and is the question of which criteria establish belonging, inclusion, and exclusion, and thus what should constitute European societies at their core.
This field of research asks which parameters have shaped how societies and politicians deal with, understand, and practice migration in contemporary history. We focus on processes of ethnicization and discrimination against people and groups as the ‘migrant Other,’ on their identification, categorization, and exclusion, on the forms and scope of migrant agency, on the infrastructural embeddedness of migration, and on how these attributions and practices have changed over time. These projects apply methodologies from the fields of social and conceptual history and the history of knowledge.

Forschung

Projekte

Trajectories of Prostitution. Trafficking, Deviant Mobilities and (Il)licit Sexualities between Germany, France and North Africa, 1920-1960

Sarah Frenking

Associated research project

The project examines the entanglements of prostitution and transnational mobility on the basis of state and international attempts of regulation, media imaginaries and the multi-layered experiences of the women involved.

Inventar der Migrationsbegriffe

Isabella Löhr

Publication project
Project management: Inken Bartels, Isabella Löhr, Christiane Reinecke, Philipp Schäfer, Laura Stielike

The Inventar der Migrationsbegriffe presents key concepts from the current debates on migration and discusses how they have developed, how they are used in different social fields and how their meaning changes over time.

›Refugees‹ and Others: The Production of Refugee-Related Figures since the 1970s

Dominic Sauerbrey

The 1970s witnessed an intensification of social debates about flight and asylum in German-speaking Europe, and these contestations remain acute to this day. The increasing significance of flight and asylum in both the public and political spheres of the GDR, the ›old‹ Federal Republic and the unified Germany led to an increased social production and differentiation of flight-related figures, who are at the center of this project.

The Moral Economies of Knowledge Production in Migration

Isabella Löhr

Publication project
Co-edited with Inken Bartels, Christiane Reinecke, Philipp Schäfer und Laura Stielike

The project seeks to advance the agenda of critical and reflexive migration studies and embrace their call to make knowledge production an integral object of migration research. This Special Issue offers a truly interdisciplinary, theoretically informed contribution to a research debate for which the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies is a central forum.

This Special Issue will be published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS).

Migration and Democracy: Migrant Struggles, Social Belonging and Political Participation in Western Europe between the 1970s and the 2000s

Isabella Löhr

Research project

This project investigates the migration-related transformations of Western European democracies in historical perspective. It aims at critically interrogating present – in part racializing – narratives on European democracies and their ‘migrant other’. Taking the 1970s as a starting point, it analyses from a comparative and interconnected historical perspective constellations in which the value of migration for society was (controversially) negotiated.

Networks and Trajectories of Afro-Asian Educational Migration in the Two German States, 1950s to 1980s

Nico Putz

PhD project
as part of the Leibniz-Collaborative Excellence project "Crafting Entanglements. Afro-Asian Pasts of the Global Cold War" (CRAFTE)

The aim of the project is to trace the lived realities of Afro-Asian students and trainees during the Cold War. The focus here will be on the social, political and cultural curricula that accompanied these young people alongside their professional training, shaping their future lives.

Migration and Mobility

Migration and mobility have become central themes for how societies understand themselves. The question of what distinguishes ‘migration’ from ‘flight’ and ‘mobility,’ and which people are categorized as ‘wanted’ or ‘unwanted’ or as ‘foreign’ or ‘belonging,’ has been the subject of fierce debates, especially in contemporary history. At issue was and is the question of which criteria establish belonging, inclusion, and exclusion, and thus what should constitute European societies at their core.
This field of research asks which parameters have shaped how societies and politicians deal with, understand, and practice migration in contemporary history. We focus on processes of ethnicization and discrimination against people and groups as the ‘migrant Other,’ on their identification, categorization, and exclusion, on the forms and scope of migrant agency, on the infrastructural embeddedness of migration, and on how these attributions and practices have changed over time. These projects apply methodologies from the fields of social and conceptual history and the history of knowledge.

Forschung

Projekte

Trajectories of Prostitution. Trafficking, Deviant Mobilities and (Il)licit Sexualities between Germany, France and North Africa, 1920-1960

Sarah Frenking

Associated research project

The project examines the entanglements of prostitution and transnational mobility on the basis of state and international attempts of regulation, media imaginaries and the multi-layered experiences of the women involved.

Inventar der Migrationsbegriffe

Isabella Löhr

Publication project
Project management: Inken Bartels, Isabella Löhr, Christiane Reinecke, Philipp Schäfer, Laura Stielike

The Inventar der Migrationsbegriffe presents key concepts from the current debates on migration and discusses how they have developed, how they are used in different social fields and how their meaning changes over time.

›Refugees‹ and Others: The Production of Refugee-Related Figures since the 1970s

Dominic Sauerbrey

The 1970s witnessed an intensification of social debates about flight and asylum in German-speaking Europe, and these contestations remain acute to this day. The increasing significance of flight and asylum in both the public and political spheres of the GDR, the ›old‹ Federal Republic and the unified Germany led to an increased social production and differentiation of flight-related figures, who are at the center of this project.

The Moral Economies of Knowledge Production in Migration

Isabella Löhr

Publication project
Co-edited with Inken Bartels, Christiane Reinecke, Philipp Schäfer und Laura Stielike

The project seeks to advance the agenda of critical and reflexive migration studies and embrace their call to make knowledge production an integral object of migration research. This Special Issue offers a truly interdisciplinary, theoretically informed contribution to a research debate for which the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies is a central forum.

This Special Issue will be published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS).

Migration and Democracy: Migrant Struggles, Social Belonging and Political Participation in Western Europe between the 1970s and the 2000s

Isabella Löhr

Research project

This project investigates the migration-related transformations of Western European democracies in historical perspective. It aims at critically interrogating present – in part racializing – narratives on European democracies and their ‘migrant other’. Taking the 1970s as a starting point, it analyses from a comparative and interconnected historical perspective constellations in which the value of migration for society was (controversially) negotiated.

Networks and Trajectories of Afro-Asian Educational Migration in the Two German States, 1950s to 1980s

Nico Putz

PhD project
as part of the Leibniz-Collaborative Excellence project "Crafting Entanglements. Afro-Asian Pasts of the Global Cold War" (CRAFTE)

The aim of the project is to trace the lived realities of Afro-Asian students and trainees during the Cold War. The focus here will be on the social, political and cultural curricula that accompanied these young people alongside their professional training, shaping their future lives.