Open MIS-Understandings

Debate Series

“Open MIS-Understandings” aims to make explicit and discuss critically conceptual and methodological foundations and understandings from different disciplinary perspectives in interdisciplinary collaborations.

This debate series is an initiative of the Key Research Area “MIS – Migration and Inclusive Societies” and an internal forum of the Faculty aiming to promote interdisciplinary exchange on central concepts of migration research. MIS brings together FHSE researchers from cultural studies and social science whose work deals with questions of migration and borders. The aim of “Open MIS-Understandings” is to make explicit and discuss critically conceptual and methodological foundations and understandings from different disciplinary perspectives in interdisciplinary collaborations.

Each session (1 hour) brings together at least two FHSE researchers who each present a particular concept against the background of their disciplinary perspectives. In the joint discussion, the different facets will be bundled and a broader as well as more differentiated understanding will be developed.

Third Session of Open MIS-Understandings: Difference

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 |  17h15 – 18h15 CEST

Hybrid Session: Campus Belval (MSA 2.400) or Webex
https://unilu.webex.com/unilu-de/j.php?MTID=me7d95ae32492317fc0dee8cc2ab5acc3

The third Open MIS-Understandings session will be dedicated to the notion of difference. Although of crucial importance for cultural and social studies, the concept of difference and its divers and shifting understandings in various scholarly fields are rarely systematically discussed. A conceptual reflection seems particularly important with regard to migration-related research and the public.

Speakers and discussants

Till Dembeck (Associate professor in German Literature and Multilingual Philology)

Elke Murdock (Research scientist in Developmental and Cross-Cultural Psychology)

Organised by Elisabeth Boesen and Christian Wille on behalf of the Key Research Area MIS.

Second Open MIS-Understandings-Session on Inclusion

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
17h – 18h CEST
Webex-Session:  https://unilu.webex.com/unilu/j.php?MTID=m0c77001b769c4f37f0d3153ebe9f7679

In the second “Open MIS-Understandings” session, we continue focusing on the concept of “inclusion” or “inclusiveness” and explore this concept in greater depth. Following the renaming of the Key Area MIS (“inclusive societies”) this concept has led to lively debates. Its diverse and programmatic uses beyond academia and in different disciplines also show that there is a need for general clarification. In doing so, counter – concepts (“exclusion”, “unwanted inclusion”) can also be made productive.

Our speakers and discussants will be:

Dr. Carmen Zurbriggen, Associate professor in Inclusive Education and Learning Difficulties

Dr. Andrea Binsfeld, Associate professor in Classical Studies with a spatial focus on the Greater Region

Organised by Elisabeth Boesen and Christian Wille on behalf of the Key Research Area MIS.

First Open MIS-Understandings-Session on Inclusion

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
17h – 18h CEST
Webex-Session: https://unilu.webex.com/unilu/j.php?MTID=m53973b7df52f1b104d339e98dea4d82b

In the first “Open MIS-Understandings” session, we will focus on the concept of «inclusion» or «inclusiveness». Following the renaming of the Key Area MIS («inclusive societies») this concept has led to lively debates. Its diverse and programmatic uses outside of Academia also show that there is a need for general clarification. In doing so, antagonistic approaches/counter-concepts (“exclusion”, “unwanted inclusion”) can also be made productive.

Our speakers and discussants will be:

Dr. Harlan Koff, Political Scientist, Professor of Social Sciences and Migration Studies

Dr. Lukas Sosoe, Philosopher, Professor of Ethics and Political Legal Philosophy

Organised by Elisabeth Boesen and Christian Wille on behalf of the Key Research Area MIS.