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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Migration Research 2017/2018

This initiative aims to explore new conceptual, theoretical approaches as well as methodological innovations to address processes linked to migration. The Pufendorf IAS invites researchers from all faculties into dialogue on crosscutting issues on migration such as ecology, politics, archeology and medicine. The ambition is to create a network of researchers with an interest in exploring this area further.

Migration has become a prominent topic in the public sphere, dominating political campaigns and debates, and in the center of heated discussions about (im) migrants, border control, integration and refugee policy. While in science many different concepts and meanings of migration coexist, in everyday life and in the media, the concept of migration is mainly used to refer to the physical movement by humans from one area to another. Human mobility is seen as one of the immediate strategies for escaping conflict and poverty.

 - Our aim is to move beyond the politicised debate on migration as a problem for European states by establishing a series of conversations allowing reflection on different, and often bypassed, dimensions of migration, says Mine Islar, Coordinator for the initiative.

- Migration as a process encompasses a variety of phenomena across different disciplines, departments or faculties.

Seminar Series 2017- 2018


Autumn 2017


25th September: Ecologies of Migration - Interlinkages between Resources, Mobility and Environment (watch filmed presentations and videos with researchers who participated in the seminar).

27th November: Politics and Institutions of Migration. Confirmed speakers: Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Raoul-Wallenberg Institute), Anders Hellström (IMER), Vanna Nordling, Maja Sager and Emma Söderman (Lund University, Department of Gender Studies and School of Social Work).

4th December: Public lecture Illegality, Inc.: Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe by Ruben Andersson, Oxford University. 

Spring 2018


30th January:  Postcoloniality in Migration Studies: Labor, Displacement and Art 

19th February: The Role of Genetic Geology and Archeology in Migration Research
5th March: Kinopolitics: philosophy of a movement


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