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


forthcoming. Between phatic communion and coping strategy. Casamançais multilingual practices. In Multilingual Margins.

forthcoming. Conviviality, with Magdalena Nowicka, deGruyter Open.

2015. Conviviality. (Re-)negotiating minimal consensus, in Steven Vertovec (ed.) Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies, Oxford: Routledge.

2014. Dealing with Diversity and Difference in Public. Traces of Casamançais Cohabitation in Catalonia?, in Stanislaw Grodz and Gina Gertrud Smith (eds.) Religion, Ethnicity and Transnational Migration between West Africa and Europe, Leiden: Brill, pp. 98-122. Pdf

2014. How and why does it matter to understand diverse urban engagements from the migrants’ perspective?, MMG Working Paper 14-03. Pdf

2014. Are neighbours alike? Practices of conviviality in Catalonia and the Casamance. European Journal of Cultural Studies. Pdf

2013. Cohabitation and Convivencia. Comparing Conviviality in the Casamance and Catalonia. Unpublished D.Phil. Thesis. Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, Oxford.

2012. Fragile convivialities: everyday living together in two stateless but diverse regions, Catalonia and Casamance, COMPAS Working Papers WP-12-100 Link and MMG Working Paper 12-18.  Link


2015. Novas periferias sociais no Rio de Janeiro. Os posicionamentos locais dos imigrantes Senegaleses num contexto transnacional, invited lecture presented at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 25/03/2015

2014. Which questions and whose concepts? Starting from the interlocutors’ points of view, paper presented at Rupture Dynamics: Interrogating the Here and Now of Cultural Studies, Center for Advanced Studies, University of Konstanz, Germany, 26-28/06/2014

2014. The role of truncated multilingualism for conviviality. Comparing Casamançais practices in Casamance and Catalonia, invited lecture presented at Crossroads Project, SOAS, London, UK, 29/04/-02/05/2014.

2014. Vidas (a)síncronos de migrantes. Una comparación de los procesos de estratificación social y diferenciación cultural, invited paper presented at Núcleo Interdisciplinar de Estudos Migratórios, Rio de Janeiro, 03/04/2014.

2013. Conviviality: conceptualising everyday living with difference from the migrants’ perspective, paper presented at Verortungen. Ethnologie in Wissenschaft, Arbeitswelt und Öffentlichkeit, DGV-Tagung, Mainz, 2-5/10/2013.

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.