Contexts of Displacement, Refugee Protection and Forced Migrants' Lives
The 3rd conference of the German Network of Forced Migration Researchers is taking place on September 17 to 19, 2020. Due to the current situation, the conference will not be hosted at the premises of the University of Cologne, but online in a digital form. There will be no attendance fee.
The conference opens an international forum for the presentation and discussion of current research results, as well as for supporting interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation. The conference serves as a platform for discussion and networking among researchers in the field of refugee and forced migration studies.
We are delighted to welcome as keynote speakers Prof. Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London, UK and Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan, HU Berlin, Germany.
The conference is organized by the Chair of Youth Welfare and Social Work at the University of Cologne with the executive board of the German Network of Forced Migration Researchers and the BMBF-funded joint project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT).
The conference team is currently preparing the technical implementation of the conference in a digital format. All contributors will receive detailed information and guidance on how to proceed in July 2020. Training for moderators and co-hosts of the sessions will be offered to help and support the conversion of the sessions into a digital format.
Participation in the conference is free of charge for all registered participants.
Various artistic formats will be presented during the conference. Included are:
- Dima Al Munajed (Center for Development Research, University of Bonn)
with the photo exhibition “Refuge City”
- Manuel Domes and Jean Claire Dy (University of the Philippines Visayas) with the film “A House in Pieces” (click here for the trailer)
- Philine Janus and Felicitas Maltry (European University Viadrina) with the audio contribution “Verwobene Grenzen. Zur Unterbringung von Geflüchteten auf dem Gelände der ehemaligen “Karl-Bonhoeffer-Klinik””
- RUHRORTER with the radio play “Archiv lokaler Migrationsgeschichten”
Please check again in September. Conference poster focusing on current research (projects) will be published here.
The Call for Submissions will be published on the 6th of November 2019 and lasts until the 10th of February 2020.
The Call for Submissions addresses scientists of all disciplines involved in the field of forced migration and refugee studies.
Please find the call here.
With a little over 1 million inhabitants, Cologne is the fourth largest German city. Its name is a French adaptation of the Roman: Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium. It is located along the Rhine River and overflows with culture, both medieval and modern. Due to its location, Cologne was historically a major trading center and the city continues to be the center of exchange, whether through media, trade fairs, or high-spirited carnival laughs over a tall, thin glass of Kölsch. And after having explored Cologne, travelers may also take advantage of the city’s ideal location to visit Belgium, the Netherlands or France within a few hours train ride with very affordable prices.
Historical Foundations and sights
The city landmark is the Cologne Cathedral is a gothic masterpiece that took over six centuries to plan and build (1248 – 1880). Among other things, it houses a glass window consisting of more than 11,000 squared colored tiles from the artist Gerhard Richter. It is a testament to an exceptional work of human creative genius and is thus counted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cologne’s Roman-Germanic Museum possesesthe world’s largest collection of Roman glass. Roman remains are found scattered throughout the city – whether it be in the form of a stone road, a tower, twelve large Roman churches, or the foundations of a Roman governor’s former residence (Praetorium).
An un-roman(ticized) past may be found in the NS-Dokumentationszentrum, a museum in Cologne formed out of the headquarters of the local Gestapo (security police) during Germany’s time of National Socialism (1933-1945). Although about 72 percent of the city was destroyed during World War II bombings, a part of the Old Town was painstakingly restored.
For those further interested in history and art, a visit to one of the 40 museums is worthwhile. Among them, the Wallraf–Richartz-Museum contains works from the Middle Ages, the Museum Ludwig has the largest Pop-Art collection outside the USA, the Museum für Angewandte Kunst places objects together in close proximity to created art, and the Rautenstrauch–Joest-Museum and the Museum Schnütgen house large ethnological collections. Kolumba– an archbishopric museum built by the architect Peter Zumthor, and the Museum für Ostasiatische KunstKöln (East Asian Art) also leave visitors with a lasting impression.
A Creative Hotspot
Though steeped in history, the city pulsates with modern culture alongside the developments of design, music, art, fashion, festivals and food (#CulinaryCologne; #urbanCGN). The Cologne Philharmonic Concert Hall, an underground concert hall based on an amphitheater ensures good views and the best acoustics. Music can also be heard in the LANXESS arena, a host for a variety of big concerts (with up to 20,000 seats), as well as the Cologne Opera Company, jazz in pubs, or in venues of playing electronic music (c/o pop-Festival).
The Koelnmesse, the Exhibition and Trade Centre in Cologne, is an international trade fair with around 80 trade fairs and over 2,000 conferences held annually. It is considered of the country’s largest trade fair organizers. Or, in springtime you will find the award winning international literature festival lit.COLOGNE hosting up to 175 events.
Last, but not least, Cologne’s bright young minds are cultivated in the University of Colognewith around 48,000 students, the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne as the largest university of applied sciences in Germany, or at the German Sport University Cologne, Europe’s largest specialized sports university and the only one in the nation.
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