Tilmann Heil

Tilmann Heil

Social Anthropology

Tilmann Heil is now at the University of Konstanz.

Tilmann Heil was a doctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and D.Phil. candidate at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and African Studies Center. Additionally, he is affiliated with the Oxford Diasporas Programme at the International Migration Institute (IMI) and the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). His research in Catalonia (Spain) and the Casamance (Senegal) focuses on discourses, practices, and transnational experiences of diversity, difference, conviviality, and migration. After previous fieldwork in 2007, he did his doctoral fieldwork in 2009/10 in Catalonia and Spain.

After studying geography, history and political science at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, he completed an M.Phil. in Migration Studies at the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) at Oxford, concentrating on interdisciplinary approaches to migration.

Research interests:
Migration, conviviality, everyday life and (super-)diversity, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, migration and development, western Mediterranean region, Southern Europe, West Africa


Working papers

Heil, Tilmann 2012. Fragile convivialities: everyday living together in two stateless but diverse regions, Catalonia and Casamance, COMPAS Working Papers WP-12-100.  Link

Heil, Tilmann 2012. Fragile convivialities: everyday living together in two stateless but diverse regions, Catalonia and Casamance, MMG Working Paper 12-18.   Link

Conference Papers

Heil, Tilmann 2012. Casamançais multilingual practices: a competence, phatic communion, or coping strategy?, paper presented at Language Practices, Migration and Labour: Ethnographing Economies in Urban Diversities, Cape Town, 9-10/10/2012.

Heil, Tilmann 2011. Conviviality: a comparison of life in society between the Casamance and Catalonia, paper presented at Traces, Tidemarks and Legacies. 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montréal, Canada, 16-20/11/2011.

Heil, Tilmann 2011. Are neighbours alike? Practices of conviviality in Catalonia and the Casamance, paper presented at Comparing Conviviality. Dreams and Realities of Living-with-Difference, Göttingen, Germany, 16-17/06/2011.

Heil, Tilmann 2011. Dealing with Diversity and Difference in Public. Traces of Casamançais cohabitation in Catalonia?, paper presented at Religion and ethnicity between West Africa and Europe:  A transnational feedback loop? A European Workshop, Lublin, Poland, 06-07/06/2011.

Heil, Tilmann 2010. Casamançais migrants in Catalonia: surfing cultural and religious diversities, paper presented at ASAUK Biennial Conference 2010, St Antony's College, University of Oxford, 16-19/09/2010.

Heil, Tilmann 2009. Being a resident in Catalonia. Experiences and representations of an everyday conviviality, paper presented at 14th International Metropolis Conference. National Responses to Cultural Diversity Copenhagen, 14-18/09/2009.