MPI-MMG @ conferences

Ulrike Bialas is one of the Presenters at "Comparing Recent and Older Refugee Migration in and to Europe – Sociological Perspectives", a joint conference of the Sections Sociology of Europe and Migration and Ethnic Minorities of the German Sociological Association (DGS), 2-3 March 2023. [more]

Akif Tahiiev: “Evolution of Ijtihad in Shia Islamic Law”

Akif Tahiiev is Research Fellow at MPI-MMG. He holds a PhD in Law from Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Ukraine) with a thesis on Shia Islamic Law and its specifics. His wider research interests include Shia Islam, Minorities, Islamic Law, Comparative Law, Human Rights and Legal History. [more]
This event launches the Special Issue of Citizenship Studies "Migrations through Law, Bureaucracy and Kin: Navigating Citizenship in Relations" (Vol. 26, No. 6). The editors and contributors will present the Special Issue and individual articles exploring the ways in which migrants (de-)kinning practices and their struggles of ‘doing family’ constitute navigations of citizenship. [more]
Helena Hof is one of the Presenters at the Workshop “Researching Whiteness in a Transnational Pandemic Context”, 1-2 December 2022. [more]

Helena Hof: “Deviant Innovators? Foreign Entrepreneurs in Tokyo’s Startup Ecosystem”

Helena Hof is one of the Presenters at the VSJF Conference 2022 "Deviance and Norms in Times of Change in Japan", 18-20 November 2022. [more]

Akif Tahiiev: “Shia Translations of the Qur’an into Russian”

Akif Tahiiev is one of the Speakers at GloQur workshop "Nation States and the Qur’an:Translators, Narratives and Debates in the Post-Soviet Space". [more]
Johanna Lukate is one of the Speakers at SPSSI's new webinar series, "Decolonial Perspectives on the Psychological Study of Social Issues". [more]
Conference title: "Looking back to look forward: Celebrating 10 Years of Research onMigration, Forced Displacement and Superdiversity" [more]

Steven Vertovec at the 25th International Metropolis Conference 2022

Steven Vertovec is one of the Speakers at wrap-up. [more]
Lecture by Swetlana Torno at Khujand State University, Khujand, Tajikistan [more]

MPI-MMG @ IMISCOE conference 2022

  • Start: Jun 29, 2022 12:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • End: Jul 1, 2022 12:00 AM
  • Location: Oslo (Hybrid)
  • Host: IMISCOE
MPI-MMG at 19th annual IMISCOE conference "Migration and Time. Temporalities of mobility, governance and resistance" 2022 in Oslo: Colleagues from the institute are organizing 3 panels at the annual conference of the biggest European migration research network in Oslo. [more]
The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly dominated public debate for 2 years, but it is now timely and important to think about continuities and change in a migration world. This means a world that has been, is and will continue to be powerfully shaped by international migration in its various forms and by responses to that migration. The pandemic has had massive effects, but we do not privilege it as the sole cause or driver of the dynamics of contemporary international migration. The aims of the conference are to understand more about: (1) new patterns and trends in migration and mobility and to examine the factors that shape them, including, but not confined to the pandemic; and (2), understanding more about the factors that shape social, legal, political and economic responses to international migration in its various forms. [more]

Johanna Lukate at "Beyond the Difference to Integration"

Workshops, conferences 2022
  • Date: May 23, 2022
  • Time: 07:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: Hybrid
In-Person meeting Location: National Institute for Unification Education, Education Center 1, 4th Floor, Grand Lecture Room (국립통일교육원 제1교육관 4층 대강의실)Zoom meeting link: (Meeting ID: 850 8603 4584) [more]
Steven Vertovec is one of the Presenters at the Webinar "Climate change and migration: communicating complexity" [more]
Hania Sobhy is part of the Organizing Committee. [more]
Comparative and International Education Society | 66th Annual Conference | Illuminating the Power of Idea/lism | April 18 - 22, 2022 [more]
Steven Vertovec will be Discussant at the Presidential Panel "Visualizing Super-diversity and "Seeing" Urban Social Complexity" [more]

Peter Hennessy, Jane Alison and Farhan Samanani: "Post-war/post-Covid"

Peter Hennessy, Jane Alison and Farhan Samanani discuss Britain post-war and post-Covid, with Helen Lewis. [more]
Since the 1970s, a significant number of migrant domestic workers from the Asian region (primarily from the Philippines, Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka) have worked to sustain households in cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong. Amidst public debate about the ever-increasing need for migrant domestic workers to assist with eldercare in Asia, we hear little about their own futures. Based on ethnographic research, this talk traces the journeys of an older generation of migrant domestic workers who have spent much of their working lives abroad on temporary contracts. Given the restrictive long-term residence policies in the places in which they work, migrant domestic workers must return to their countries of origin upon retirement. The talk focuses on the ‘ends’ of transnational care, considering both the individual, collective and familial life projects and aspirations that long-term domestic workers have sought to cultivate in their years of work abroad; as well as the new aspirations that ageing domestic workers develop as they imagine their futures towards the end of their transnational working lives. I argue that the aspirations of migrant women, while initially stated in linear terms, rarely settle; rather, they take on novel and ambivalent forms that are often temporally at odds with the restrictive migration regimes which shape their transnational care trajectories. [more]
AVA Award – Awarding the Prizes and Presentations [Facilitator: Barbara Pieta] - This event will celebrate the launching of the inaugural AVA Award for Best Visual Ethnographic Material. Selected works will be showcased (in accordance with copyrights) on the AGENET website, and the authors invited to present and discuss their work. [more]

Peter van der Veer: "Rituals and Revolutions"

Disputes over rituals have given rise to major revolutionary movements in human history. This is true for the Protestant Revolution of 16th century Europe, perhaps the most important revolution in the making of the modern world, but also for the failed Mutiny and Taiping risings of 19th century in India and China, as well as for the various atheistic Communist revolutions in Asia. These disputes over rituals are often interpreted as “sideshows” of the real political struggles or as “the hidden registers of resistance”, but in fact, they are really about the efficacy, rationality, or “sincerity” of certain rituals. Such controversies have immense impact on the values and political orientations of people, as is shown by the rise of vegetarianism and non-violent politics in India. In China and Vietnam, the anti-superstition and anti-cult aspects of repressive authoritarianism have had huge consequences. The repression of certain rituals does not result in the abolition of all ritual. In fact, Protestantism and Communism have come up with their own rituals. This talk will discuss the dynamic of ritual and anti-ritual from an anthropological viewpoint in general, theoretical terms, but will take its examples from India, China, and Vietnam. [more]

"Schwarze deutsche Geschichte und Literatur"

  • Date: Nov 22, 2021
  • Time: 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: Online Event
Am 22.11. sprechen die Expertinnen Marion Kraft und Katharina Oguntoye über Schwarze deutsche Geschichte und Literatur. Johanna Lukate übernimmt die Moderation des Gesprächs. [more]

Naika Foroutan: "Die postmigrantische Gesellschaft"

Über "Die postmigrantische Gesellschaft: Ein Versprechen der pluralen Demokratie" (Transcript 2019) spricht die Professorin für Integrationsforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin nach ihrem Vortrag mit Karen Schönwälder (MPI zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften). [more]
This talk concerns living experiences of ageing, transnational family care, and border regimes in the context of displacement. Drawing from multi-sited ethnographic research among the East Timorese, I discuss how older adults cope with family separation and life in exile, their aspirations, when and how transnational care becomes ‘on hold’, and how they deal with the impossibility of meeting intergenerational and cultural obligations. The talk examines care through the lens of ‘circulation’ and attends to the asymmetries entailed in intergenerational relationships and border regimes in the waysthey shape (and are shaped by) transnational care exchanges. In the context of ‘ageing in exile’, it is essential to understand older people’s narratives as they are linked with the ambivalences of other family members across generations. Forms of immobility withholding or limiting care can transcend physical borders, including the social and emotional boundaries conflict-divided communities build against one another over time. These imaginary borders require us to think about how precarious familial relations affect understandings of transnational care amid enduring legacies of violence. [more]
The interactions between religion and globalization have taken many forms over the past 20 years. The future of these interactions will be shaped by new forces, such as the rise of religious nationalism, the ongoing project of seculariszation, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on religious life across the region and the challenges to religious and cultural heritage preservation. This roundtable discusses these themes and introduces new approaches to the study of these issues that have been developed in the Religion and Globalisation Research Cluster in collaboration with international research centres in Europe, the US, and Japan. [more]
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has taken “Unity and Diversity” as one of its main mottos - this, in times of global migration-led diversification of societies, also called superdiversity by Vertovec. Recent migration policy changes and rising social movements in diversity issues seem to showcase Japan as an open and cosmopolitan country for diversity. Indeed, while the intentions for hosting such mega-events have often given priority to the economic effects, expectations have recently risen to also leave social and cultural legacies behind. However, besides the motto of “Unity in Diversity” as a rather ubiquitous feature of the Olympics, not much appears to have changed - at least politically - beyond marketing and urban re-development. Based on recent developments of policy and public debates regarding diversity issues in Japan, this paper examines the measures (not) taken by governmental actors, but also explores how the LGBT* community and activists seized the opportunity provided by the Olympics and the global media attention to initiate a momentum for a social change in the local society. Reflecting on the different dimensions of diversity from a transnationalism and superdiversity perspective, I argue how the Olympics might have contributed sustainably to the new awareness for the factual societal diversification in Japan. [more]
Conceiving mobile corporate professionals as part of the growing transnational migrant population is a rather novel turn in migration research. Likewise, research on their families – including their trailing spouses and third culture kids – is an emerging field. Based on interviews with 43 male transnational corporate professionals in Tokyo, this lecture paper presents their take on the effects that their marrying and starting a family had on their socio-spatial patterns within the urban space. [more]
Keynote Lecture [more]

MPI-MMG @ IMISCOE conference 2021

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