3rd Conference of the German Network of Forced Migration Researchers

Contexts of Displacement, Refugee Protection 
and Forced Migrants' Lives

The 3rd Conference of the German Network of Forced Migration Researchers takes place on 17th to 19th September 2020 at the University of Cologne.

The conference will open a forum for the presentation and discussion of current research results as well as for the promotion of interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation. The conference sees itself as a platform for discussion and networking of researchers in the field of refugee and forced migration studies.

We are delighted to welcome as keynote speakers Prof. Dr. Elena Fiddian-QasmiyehUniversity College London, UK and Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan, HU Berlin, Germany.

The conference is organized by the Chair for Youth Welfare and Social Work at the University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Nadia Kutscher) together with the steering committee of the German Network of Forced Migration Researchers and an interdisciplinary conference team. It is made possible in cooperation with the BMBF-funded collaborative project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer”.

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

The program will be published in May 2020, then, also containing detailed information on the planned content.

You can register for the conference via this homepage. Registration will be activated in spring 2020. The software ConfTool will be used to organise the registration process.

Full fee: 100 €
Reduced fee: 70 €
The choice of the fee category is based on self-assessment.

In justified cases, people can be exempted from the fee upon request. 

Please direct queries to flufoko-koeln@uni-koeln.de.

The conference will take place intwo central buildingsof the university of Cologne:

Hörsaalgebäude (building 105). Most parts of the building can be accessed with a wheelchair. For further information please check.

Neues Seminargebäude (building 106). The Building has a wheelchair accessible entrance and an elevator. All rooms can be accessed.

Planning your trip

Please buy your VRS Ticket in advance. Any individual travelling with the Deutsche Bahn requiring entry or exit may request (ahead of time) support via the following number: +49 (0) 180 551 251 2 or via E-mail: mobiltaetsservicezentrale@bahn.de or online https://www.bahn.de/p/view/index.shtml.

Signaling the Driver – Let your (bus) driver know by signaling with your hand that you need help before entering the bus or train. 
Entering or exiting 
with wheelchairs – Place yourself within good view of the driver while waiting on the platform (follow all safety precautions). Make sure you press the button with the buggy on time so that the driver knows when to release the ramp or to lower the bus. 

Contact VRS-Info Service for questions about timetables for bus and tram: +49 (0) 180 6 50 40 30, www.vrsinfo.de.

Visa Regulations and Requirements

According to Federal Foreign Office regulations, all EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Germany. For all other Non-EU nationals, a visa might be required. Please check the following list for information about VISA related requirements and regulations: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/-/231148.


You may fly into any of the following airports:

Düsseldorf (DUS)

If choosing to fly into Duesseldorf (DUS), you will be able to take a train to the Cologne Main Train Station (Köln HBF) or to Köln Süd Train Station. This option typically results in cheaper tickets and brings you directly to the Cologne Main Train Station (Köln HBF), which is situated in the city centre. Information about accessible travel is available.

Frankfurt (FRA)

If choosing to fly into Frankfurt (FRA), we would recommend putting “QKL” as your end destination as the airplane ticket then connects your flight to an ICE train and brings you directly to the Cologne Main Train Station (Köln HBF). However, please be aware that in Frankfurt Airport there is a bit of a walk required to arrive to the connecting train station. Information about accessible travel is available. 

Cologne/Bonn (CGN)  

The airport Cologne/Bonn has its own train station. From here you can reach Cologne Central Station easily.

We have pre-registered a limited amount of rooms in various hotels in Cologne. Details will follow in spring 2020. Due to various trade fairs in September 2020, we kindly advise you to book your accommodation as early as possible.


Park Inn Köln City West

Address: Innere Kanalstrasse 15, 50823 Köln

Phone: +49 221 57010

Website: https://www.parkinn.com/hotel-colognecitywest

Motel One Köln-Neumarkt

Address: Cäcilienstraße 32, 50667 Köln

Phone: +49 (0) 221-6920-0

Website: https://www.motel-one.com/de/hotels/cologne/hotel-cologne-neumarkt/

AMERON Hotel Regent (4 Sterne Hotel)

Address: Melatenguertel 15, 50933 Köln

Phone: +49 (0) 221-54990-0

Website: https://ameronhotels.com/de/koeln-hotel-regent

Hotel Flandischer Hof

Address: Flandische Straße 3-11, 50674 Köln

Phone: +49 (0) 221-2036-0

Website: https://www.flandrischerhof.de/default.aspx?lang=de

Astor Aparthotel

Address: Firesenwall 68-72, 50672 Köln

Phone: +49 (0) 221-20712-0

Website: https://hotelastor.de/homepage/

Hopper St. Antonius

Address: Dagobertstr. 32, 50668 Köln

Phone: +49 (0)221 1660-0

mail: st.antonius@hopper.de

Website: https://www.hopper.de/

Hopper St. Josef

Address: Dreikönigenstr. 1-3, 50678 Köln

Phone: +49 (0)221 99800-0

mail: st.josef@hopper.de

Website: https://www.hopper.de/

XII Apostel

Address: Heumarkt 68-72, 50667 Köln

Phone: +49 (0)221 250 851 97

mail: rezeption@xii-apostel-koeln.de

Website: https://xii-apostel-koeln.de/

Hotel Chelsea

Address: Jülicher Str. 1, 50674 Köln

Phone: +49 (0)221 207 150


Website: https://www.hotel-chelsea.de/

Sleepy Cologne

Address: Luxemburger Str. 124-136, 50939 Köln

Phone: +49 (0)1575 655 618 0

Website: https://www.sleepy-cologne.de/

(Youth) Hostel

Jugendherberge Deutz

Address: Siegesstr. 5, 50679 Köln

Phone: +49 (0)221 814711

mail: koeln-deutz@jugendherberge.de

Website: https://www.jugendherberge.de/jugendherbergen/koeln-deutz-450/portraet/


die Wohngemeinschaft

Address: Richard-Wagner-Str. 39, 50674 Köln

Phone: +49 (0) 221 – 98593090

Website: https://www.die-wohngemeinschaft.net/en/


Address: Venloer Str.196, 50923 Köln

Phone: +49 (0) 221-99579-958

Website: https://www.koeln-hostel.de/?lang=de

During the conference, we offer a selection of regionally grown fruit and also vegetable snacks as well as warm and cold finger food for lunch.

Our environment means the world to us. That is why we are planning this conference as conconscientiousand ecologically aware as possible. Please bring your own refillable container (e.g. a bottle). Feel free to refill it with water at our refill-stations.

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 WallrafRichartz-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 RautenstrauchJoest-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.

Please direct abstracts to submissions@fluchtforschung.net.

Please direct queries to flufoko-koeln@uni-koeln.de.

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