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Global Trends – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Flight and Migration (2)

Programme:

25.10.2017, Deborah Bryceson, University of Oxford
Transnational Families in Global Migration: Navigating Development and Family Life Cycles across Blurred and Brittle Borders

1.11.2017, Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux, Universidad de Buenos Aires
La retórica de la proximidad en dos argentinos: Juan Domingo Perón y el Papa Francisco (Die Rhetorik der Nähe bei zwei Argentiniern: Juan Domingo Perón und der Papst Franziskus, Vortrag in spanischer Sprache mit  Übersetzung)

8.11.2017, Matthias Middell, Universität Leipzig
Migration from a Global History Perspective

29.11.2017, Frank Schulze-Engler, Universität Frankfurt/ Main
(title will announced later)

6.12.2017, Dorothee Wierling, Universität Hamburg
Lecture honouring Prof. Dr. Volker Wünderich to his 70th Birthday with reception (on invitation)
(title will announced later)

13.12.2017, Sonya Lipsett-Rivera, Carleton University, Kanada
Movements in the City: Men’s Relationship to Urban Spaces in Colonial Mexico

17.1.2018, Sergio Guerra, Universidad de la Habana
Los inmigrantes antillanos en Cuba en las primeras décadas del siglo XX (Die antillanischen Immigranten in Kuba im frühen 20. Jh., Vortrag in spanischer Sprache mit Übersetzung)

24.1.2018, Carmen Becker, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Der "Flüchtling" als Dispositiv. Eine Foucauldianische Analyse von Migration, Politik und Subjektivität

 

Abstract

According to the UNHCR the number of refugees will have risen to above 65 Million by the end of 2016. Hence, more people are fleeing than registered ever (UNHCR 2016).[1]  At the same time, along with the influx of refugees, the socio-political debates around belonging in the receiving areas have increased. One example for the trends of social polarization is the surge of right wing movements. However, in the debates, the dynamics that reproduce global inequality and the consequences of political interventions in the respective regions is often less considered.

Yet, flight is neither a new, nor regionally limited, nor one-sided phenomenon. Europe, for instance was not always a continent of immigration, as more people migrated from Europe to the American continent, than the other way around until 1945. Not only the devastating wars of the 20th century, but also the social conflicts around decolonization lead to many forms of migration. Poverty and natural catastrophes were very often the triggers for people to leave their homes. Thus, migration and flight dynamics are not one-dimensional. Rather, they are multi-causal, take place between world regions and inside nations and sub-regions, and bring a variety of consequences.

This colloquium, will discuss this range of topics from different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Relating to empirical studies from several world regions, different perspectives are to be uncovered, going beyond the current socio-political debates around refugees. As such, flight will be examined as a social phenomenon which is primarily characterized by its complexity. In connection to this is the question for the roots of wars, forced dislocation, economic inequality. Furthermore, the social dynamics at destinations are to be examined. Furthermore, historiographical approaches can highlight the relevance of the phenomena independent of current trends.

Against the background of the contemplations, and aiming to contribute to an analysis of the complexity of forced migration, we welcome contributions which deal with the historical, socio-political and individual causes and consequences of flight.