Events 2020

MIS Public Lecture Series: Migration, Diversity, Conviviality

We will access the field of Migration Studies by focusing on the concept of conviviality, a term that has gained some importance in the Humanities and the Social Sciences as well as in public debate in the last 10 to 15 years. It refers to the Latin verb con-vivere in its primary sense of “living together”, and its use reflects a renewed interest in the conditions, modalities and possibilities of living together, especially in culturally complex societies/contexts resulting from migration. The notion of conviviality reflects a critical attitude vis-à-vis important cultural approaches to migration such as multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism or creolization and dichotomous thinking implicit in sociological concepts like inclusion, integration and social cohesion.

Each of the four public lectures will be given by a renowned guest speaker who will enrich the discussion with expert contributions from her/his field of expertise either online over Webex or in person. We will also live stream the lectures via the Media Centre’s youtube channel. Depending on the respective situation of each lecture, you will have several options to attend. Please check back frequently as changes might occur until the last minute:

October 1, 2020, 17:30h - 19:30h: Magdalena Nowicka, DeZIM Insititute, Berlin: Migrant masculinities at intersections of sexuality and racial hierarchies (via Webex, hybrid)

Magdalena Nowicka, Migrant masculinities at intersections of sexuality and racial hierarchies (via Webex, hybrid)

Across Europe, concerns with gender relations and the role of men for maintaining the status quo or contributing to more equality overlap with prejudice towards immigrants. The scholarly discourses mirror these concerns in how they focus on ethnic identity or (Muslim) religiosity as factors shaping male migrants’ attitudes towards non-heteronormative sexualities. Eastern European migrants are rarely in focus, and if, then singled out as homophobic. Approaching migrant masculinities from intersectional perspective, I show how Polish migrant men in Munich and Berlin construct others’ and own masculinities.  In the cases discussed in this lecture, Poles distance themselves from Muslims to signal proximity to Germans but distance themselves from Germans to be closer to their sense of ‘proper’ Polish masculinity. I identify a hybrid form of migrant aspirational and fluid masculinity that emerges in the context of migration and European and local ethnic hierarchies.

October 1, 2020
17:30h to 19:30h
MSA, 3.500 (max. capacity 40 people)

Webex, Meeting PW: 1234

Media Centre’s youtube channel

Magdalena Nowicka is Head of Department Integration at German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM-Institut) in Berlin and Professor for Migration and Transnationalism at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Warsaw, Poland. Her research and teaching activities are in the field of transnational migration in Europe, cosmopolitanism and conviviality, social inequalities, diversity, racism and qualitative research methods.

October 22, 2020, 17h - 19h; Tilmann Heil, University of Cologne: Sensing Rio de Janeiro. How newcomers understand the city in global context (via Webex, hybrid)

Tilmann Heil, Sensing Rio de Janeiro. How newcomers understand the city in global context (via Webex, hybrid)

This lecture offers an ethnography of the arrival of newcomers from Europe and West Africa in the ‘marvellous city’ – Rio de Janeiro. I draw from qualitative fieldwork between 2014 and 2020, a period during which the city went through the seeming heights of Olympic Games and World Cup and subsequent decline experienced in political, economic, environmental, and health crises. The recent highs and lows sit within the longue durée of a colonial, imperial, and postcolonial (ex)capital with its grown regimes of conviviality in social differentiations, racialized hierarchies, and stark power asymmetries. I argue that it is more readily acknowledged in the case of Rio de Janeiro that migration and difference remain embedded in the global legacies of coloniality, racism, exploitation, and privilege than in European cities. In the latter, the actuality of these global legacies is primarily voiced in critique that opposes the silencing efforts that accompany the normative modern project. What can be learned from southern knowledges once they are allowed to speak to global questions of migration, arrival, urban inequalities, and conviviality?

October 22, 2020
17h to 19h
MSA, 3.500 (max. capacity 40 people)

Webex, Meeting PW: 1234

Media Centre’s youtube channel

November 5, 2020, 17h - 19h, Suzanne Graham, University of Johannesburg: Barriers and Borders: Human mobility and building inclusive societies (via Webex only)

Suzanne Graham, Barriers and Borders: Human mobility and building inclusive societies (via Webex only)
November 5, 2020

17h to 19h

Webex, Meeting PW: 1234

November 26, 2020, 17h-19h, Gabriella Sanchez, European University Institute: Beyond the Wall: Re/searching the US-Mexico border (Webex only)

Gabriella Sanchez: Beyond the Wall: Re/searching the US-Mexico border

“Who cares about the wall? I don’t give a damn about the wall” may be last statement one would expect to hear when discussing US-Mexico border dynamics. And yet, it is a common response among fronterizos when the topic of the border wall is brought up in conversations by researchers, journalists, politicians, policy makers and other outsiders. For those who call the border home, the obsession of the international community with the “big, beautiful wall” that Trump once promised Mexico would pay for was a trite concern four years ago, and remains so today. It is, however, an issue brought up every election circle, and whenever an international crisis emerges along the US-Mexico divide.  In light of the US election, what matters, and what will matter to the people of the US-Mexico border? Why should we care?

November 26, 2020
17h to 19h
Webex, Meeting PW: 1234

Media Centre’s youtube channel

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First virtual IMISCOE Conference

IMISCOE, in cooperation with the Open University and the UL, hosted its first online conference. The 17th conference took place online on July 1 and 2, 2020 and provided the opportunity to meet virtually to learn about the latest migration research.

IMISCOE’s first online conference was a huge success! Thank you for attending!

In response to the contemporary pandemic and its effects, the plenary topic was: ‘Mobilities and Immobilities in Pandemic times’. The Keynote speakers, Biao Xiang, Professor of Social Anthropology, and Anna Triandafyllidou, Professor of Sociology, reflected on researching in, for and with migrants during the pandemic and what the current crisis means for our research field.

The online conference programme featureed the papers, panels and workshops that were already accepted for presentation. All those whose presentations have been accepted, were invited to present during the online conference.

Deadline for registration for the online-conference was June 26, 2020.

For more information, please visit the IMISCOE-website.

First virtual MIS Expo “Migration and Inclusion”

Enter Expo

MIS-Funding 2020: Call for projects => Call closed & results announced


MIS would like to continue supporting migration-related research, teaching, and outreach at the FHSE. To that purpose, we have dedicated € 10 000 from our annual budget for 2020 to fund specific projects:

Submission deadline: January 31, 2020

Results have been communicated

Topics: Research pertaining to migration and inclusive societies (please see “scope” below)


Project duration: Until December 31, 2020

Funded by: MIS – Migration and Inclusive Societies (FHSE)

Contact: or

Budget: € 10 000 total; max. € 3000 per project


This call is open to all researchers at the FHES who conduct research pertaining to migration and inclusive societies. While projects of PhD-students can be funded, PhD-students cannot be directly funded.


MIS invites proposals for research projects on the broader topic of migration and inclusive societies.

Successful project proposals will be teaching, outreach, and/or research oriented and must align with:

  • at least 1 of the 5 Working Areas:
  • Socio-Economic Participation & Global Connectivity
  • Diversity & Social Cohesion
  • Cross-Border Movement & Citizenship
  • Multilingualism & Educational Challenges
  • Experiences of Borders & Cultural Identities
  • the MIS-Mission-statement:
    The Key Research Area “Migration and Inclusive Societies” (MIS) at the FHSE ( conducts inter- and cross-disciplinary research, teaching and outreach in migration studies with the aim of promoting inclusive societies. Its activities include all aspects of life and borders, thereby going beyond addressing migration with purely economic or political questions. By fostering disciplinary and methodological diversity, MIS engages with the complexity of migration processes and of inclusion.

How to apply

  • Please submit an application with a summary of your proposed project (500 words excluding references) to by January 31, 2020
  • In the application please state:
  • The project title (at least preliminary)
  • The objectives and expected results of your project
  • Who is involved in your project (individual and group-applications are possible)
  • how your project relates to at least one of the five MIS-working areas and the MIS-Mission-Statement
  • how much funding you are applying for and why
  • on what purposes you would want to spend the project-money
  • a timetable of the course of your proposed project

The MIS-Consortium will review your application and results will be communicated via email by February 29, 2020.

Successful projects will be asked to:

  • display the MIS-logo on all related material (posters, publications etc.) and acknowledge MIS-support in any other appropriate manner.
  • All related events shall be open to MIS-members
  • provide a written final report (500 words; including project title, use of funding, outcomes) after the funding period/project has ended, which may be put on the MIS-website; a report-template will be sent out