Forced migration is a political and social challenge in ever new constellations – in Europe and worldwide. Refugees are confronted with manifold dangers and challenges, which they face with a wide variety of coping strategies. The category of “the refugee” challenges fundamental principles of states, law, political communities and society. Refugee and forced migration studies analyse and conceptualise all those aspects and have to tackle questions regarding the normative and ethical foundations of its research subject, as well as questions of knowledge transfer and critical interventions into the wider public.
The fourth conference of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies offers the opportunity to discuss these questions, fueled by latest research results of the German and international scientific community. Where does refugee research stand after the refugee events in Europe in 2015 and the subsequent boom in this field of research? What insights have we gained, which new questions have emerged? How can we develop a spatial understanding of flight which reaches beyond the usual geographical references? What contribution can forced migration and refugee studies make to support a critical understanding of its subject? The network conference is considered as a means for communication and networking of researchers in the field of forced migration.
The conference is convened at TU Chemnitz by the Chair of Human Geography with focus on European Migration Research led by Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius and is organised in cooperation with the German Network for Forced Migration Studies and the project FFVT „Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer“, sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. We are also pleased to be sponsored by the publishing houses Nomos, Transcript and Waxmann as well as the Research Data Centre of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
Registration is closed.
For daily changes to the conference program, please see our Errata.
10.00 – 12.00 Pre-conference meetings of the working groups
12.00 – 13.00 Registration, Snack
13.00 – 13.45 Conference Opening Session
13.45 – 15.00 Keynote 1
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 – 17.00 Session I
17.15 – 18.45 Session II
19.00 General Assembly Netzwerk Fluchtforschung e.V.
9.00 – 10.30 Session III
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Session IV
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 15.00 Keynote 2
15.00 – 16.30 Session V
16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break
17.00 – 18.30 Session VI
19.30 – Reception (Weltecho)
9.00 – 10.30 Keynote 3
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Session VII
12.45 – 13.45 Closing Session
14.00 Farewell, Snack, Departure
For the first time, Netzwerk Fluchtforschung is awarding a Best Paper Award for the best paper presented at the Netzwerk Fluchtforschung conference. Eligible are all those who present an accepted paper on a panel at the conference. The winner will receive a cash prize of 500 EUR and a copy of Handbuch Flucht- und Flüchtlingsforschung. The selection will be made by a five-member jury appointed by the board of the Netzwerk Fluchtforschung.
The jury decided to extend the submission deadline for articles presented at the conference to 31 December 2022.
Elaborated papers that meet the requirements of the call for papers can be submitted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note the updated information on conditions of participation and criteria.
The award ceremony will take place mid-2023.
The conference is held hybrid. Therefore, people will participate both on-site and online.
People who will participate on-site:
Speakers and chairs:
People who participate virtually:
The local organization team offers free printing of posters for the on-site exhibition. For this, we need your poster as PDF file (min. 300 dpi, A0, portrait format), max. 20 MB.
Submission deadline: Please submit your poster by September 20, 2022. Please use the upload function in ConfTool, which should appear below your abstract template. Please do not send us posters via email.
At the conference site, there will be a poster exhibition and a time slot for Poster presentations. The authors participating on-site are asked to be available for discussion on Wednesday (28.09.22) between 17:15 and 18:45 for the discussion.
This key topic deals with the specifics of German research on forced migration and refugees: how is it integrated into international research on forced migration and refugees? Which research gaps could it close? What new foci has it developed? Which research questions and fields have not yet been adequately considered? Contributions within the scope of this key topic are invited to provide reflections from the internal and external perspective, with the aim of gaining a clearer view of the development of German-language refugee research and promising research avenues for the future.
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is Professor in Migration and Refugee Studies, Director of University College London (UCL)’s Refuge in a Moving World Research Network and Co-Director of UCL’s Migration Research Unit. Since the mid-2000s, Elena’s research has focused on experiences of and responses to conflict-induced displacement, with a particular regional focus on the Middle East. She has conducted extensive research in refugee camps and urban areas including in Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, France, Lebanon, South Africa, Syria, Sweden, and the UK. Drawing on a critical theoretical perspective, her work contributes to key debates surrounding refugees’ and local host community members’ experiences of conflict-induced displacement, the nature of refugee-host-donor relations, and both North-South and South-South humanitarian responses to forced migration.
A crucial aspect of refugee and migration research is the spatial context of mobility processes, and mobility as such. With the spatial turn in cultural and social sciences, space-related issues come to the fore, based on an understanding of space and place as socially produced and contested. Contributions to this key topic deconstruct hegemonic space productions and actors’ roles on various governance levels (Politics of Scale), as well as knowledge and discourses on localism, mobility, and globalism. Also contributions focusing on translocality or multilocality, borders and border regimes, and inequality and spatial exclusion fall under the scope of this key topic.
Ukrainian refugees: distorted perspectives and competing post-colonialisms (Viktoria Sereda, Franck Düvell)
In February 2022, the Russian attack on Ukraine displaced within a few weeks up to 14 million people. The public has been mostly focussing on refugees fleeing the country whilst the fate of internally displaced people has been neglected. In fact, already since 2014, there have been over 1.5 million IDPs in Ukraine, a feature persistently overshadowed by refugee issues in the Global South. First, we demonstrate that many Ukrainians have now been displaced for the second time. We also provide an overview of resettlement patterns and the structural specifics of IDPs/refugees before and after February 2022 and show that they constitute a socially, politically, religiously or ethnically rather diverse group. Secondly, refugee movements have been conveniently depicted by thick uninterrupted one-way arrows from A to B. We will show that once again these result in false statistics, obscure the much more intricate movements, notably step-wise, return and transnational migration, and give way to flawed policy conclusions.
Finally, the reception of Ukrainians – initially more welcoming than that of refugees from the Global South – revealed some racial underpinning of the EU’s refugee policies and also triggered some controversy over prioritisation and deservingness. However, some responses also raise questions over issues related to biases resulting in ignoring migration and displacement in the Global East, failure to acknowledge the precarious status of Ukrainians, traditions of racialisation of certain minorities and generally of Eastern Europeans in the West, the colonial hierarchies in and the western colonial perspectives of the East. We thus suggest to discuss whether intersectionalities have been ignored and whether there could even be competing post-colonial perspectives with regards to the Global South versus the Global East.
Dr Viktoria Sereda is a senior fellow of the Forum of Transregional Studies (Berlin), senior researcher at the Institute of Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University. She studied in L’viv, Budapest and Edinburgh and obtained her doctorate in 2006 with a study of the influence of regionalism on the formation of sociopolitical identity and historical memory in Ukraine. Prior to her current positions, she taught sociology at the National University of Lviv starting in 2002. In the Spring semester of 2021, she was a visiting lecturer at the University of Basel and taught a course “Migration and belonging. Ukraine in glocal perspective after 1991” and at the summer school organized by the SwissPeace on ’Ukraine – Opportunities and Challenges for Dialogue’. In 2016-2020 she was the recurrent MAPA Research Fellow at the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, where she used sociological data to develop a digital atlas of social changes in Ukrainian society, including cross-regional mobility and internal displacement (IDPs) after 2014. She has over 25 years of experience in conducting and leading research, analysis and policy advice and 10 years’ experience in researching Ukrainian migration affairs – in particular labor and forced migration, migration governance.
Sereda has either led or participated in over 30 sociological research projects: “Present Ukrainian refugees: Main Reasons, Strategies of Resettlement, Difficulties of Adaptation” (2014-15); “Trust in insecure environments: the Crimean Tatar community after the annexation of Crimea” (2015), “Homo militants” (2015-16); “Displaced cultural spaces: current Ukrainian refugees” (2016); “Women and war: everyday life on the occupied territories” (2017); “Ukraine’s hidden tragedy: understanding the outcomes of population displacement from the country’s war torn regions” (2016-17); “Challenges of contemporary migration: Ukrainian community in Poland” (2019), “The power of the disempowered: civic activism of Ukrainian IDPs” (2021), “Displaced Ukrainians from Crimea and Donbas in Switzerland, Germany and Turkey” (2021), “Social reception and inclusion of refugees with children from Ukraine in Poland, Germany and Ireland) (2022). From 2011 to 2017, she was the head of the sociological team for the project “Region, Nation and Beyond: An Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Reconceptualization of Ukraine” organised by the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Relevant publications: Fedinec Csilla, Szereda Viktória (2009), Ukrajna színeváltozása 1991–2008. Politikai, gazdasági, kulturális és nemzetiségi attitűdök (Changes in Ukraine in 1991-2008. Politics, economics, culture and attitudes towards national minorities). Budapest: Kalligram; Sereda, V., Mikheieva, O. (forthcoming 2023), Dilemmas of knowledge production and peacebuilding: case of war-torn Donbas and temporarily occupied territories of Crimea. International Affairs; Sereda,V. (forthcoming 2023), Power of disempowered: civic activism of Ukrainian IDPs. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations; Sereda, V. (2020) ‘Social Distancing’ and Hierarchies of Belonging: The Case of Displaced Population from Donbas and Crimea, Europe-Asia Studies, 72(3), 404-431; Sereda, V. (2020), ‘In Search of Belonging: Rethinking the Other in the Historical Memory of Ukrainian IDPs’, The Ideology and Politics Journal 2(16), 83-106
Franck Duvell, PhD, is senior researcher at Osnabruck University, Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (since 2020). Previously, he was head of the migration department at the German Centre for Integration and Migration Research, Berlin (2018-2020). Since 2006 he was senior researcher and from 2013 to 2018 associate professor and at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford. Franck also worked for the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Nicolaas Witsen Foundation, University of Exeter and University of Bremen and did consultancies for the International Organization for Migration (IOM, GIZ, SEO Amsterdam Economics and OSCE and provided evidence to the EU Council, Council of Europe, British parliament, Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management, Berlin Senate and many others. He has over 25 years of experience in conducting and leading research, analysis and policy advice. He is an expert on international migration and in particular irregular, transit and forced migration, migration governance and international relations in the field of migration. His studies specifically focus at the countries on the periphery and in the wider neighbourhood of the EU. He conducted more than 25 research projects and has published 10 books and over 60 research articles in internationally renowned journals.
Research on forced migration needs to find a position towards its research subjects and the defining power that comes with its work. How do we define forced migration, and who do we consider to be ‘refugees‘? Which other actors are relevant and what role do they have in research processes? Which topics are excluded from research on forced migration and refugees, and why? Contributions to this key topic may entail questions of identity and belonging, agency, intersectional perspectives and theories on racism in forced migration research. A special focus lies in the societal role of forced migration research and hegemonic relationships in this context: Refugee research continues to take place mainly from the perspective of non-refugees. This provokes questions on the role of positionality and situated knowledge in research processes. To what extent can forced migration research engage in societal criticism of hegemonic relationships?
KeyNOTES on Migration Research as Social Criticism or Do we need more Social Criticism in Forced Migration Research?
Keynote III seeks to reflect about the social impact research on forced migration and refugees can (or should?) have and how research on forced migration can make a difference, for the life of refugees and for society as a whole. A special focus lies on the societal role of forced migration research and hegemonic relationships in this context: Refugee research continues to take place mainly from the perspective of non-refugees. This provokes questions about positionality and situated knowledge in research processes. To what extent can (and should) forced migration research engage in societal criticism of hegemonic relationships and what is needed to overcome these structural barriers? Instead of a classical keynote speech, refugee organizations and representatives will give their perspectives in short video contributions as “keyNOTES”.
After hearing the perspectives of refugees’s organiziations, keynote III offers the possibility to reflect on our own research practice together with discussant Anila Noor from New Women’s Connectors and develop ideas on how to make a difference, in academia, politics and the lives of the people we are working with.
Anila Noor holds three master’s degrees including development studies (2014) from Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is a refugee researcher examining social justice perspectives on gender and conflict as well as forced migration and refugee policies in Europe. As a 2021 ̶ 2022 fellow of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer (FFVT) programme and 2018 ̶ 2019 fellow for the Open Society Foundations, she has advanced meaningful participation and unpacked the lived experiences of refugees as knowledge. As a representative of different refugee-led initiatives such as New Women Connectors, the Global Refugee-led Network and Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders, she has collaborated on reports and served on panels, including at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University and the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network. She has performed advisory roles for the European Commission and the UNHCR and given guest lectures at Amsterdam University, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Carleton University in Canada, among others. She is a member of the Emerging Scholars Network at the University of New South Wales’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.
In view of the humanitarian catastrophe brought about by the war in Ukraine, our expertise as refugee researchers is also in demand. The fourth conference of the Netzwerk Fluchtforschung offers a suitable platform for the exchange of knowledge, discussion and networking in this regard. We will provide several panels and the Keynote II which will give an update and appraisal on the refugee situation caused by the Ukraine war.
The exhibition of publishers, research networks and research institutions at the fourth conference of NWFF offers a space for exchange and networking between researchers and scientific publishers, scientific networks and research institutions. Following the general approach of this conference, the exhibition will be held online and at the conference venue.
Digital formats of exhibition are digital book tables and informations on actual publishing activities in the field of forces migration studies. The exhibition at the conference venue will be held in the central Campus- und Hörsaalgebäude of TU Chemnitz. The venue is an attractive space for networking and encounter after more than two years of pandemic.
transcript is one of the leading academic publishers in the German-speaking world. We maintain a transdisciplinary and multilingual programme with a global reach and a focus on the social and cultural sciences – with up to 500 nova annually, of which around 200 are open access publications, and a backlist of over 6000 titles.
The topics of forced migration and migration form important pillars of the transcript programme across various disciplines. For the 4th conference of the Netzwerk Fluchtforschung, we have put together a selection of our current relevant titles and editions as a digital book table for you.
Waxmann is an international academic publisher specialising in the publication of high quality articles and books from a wide range of research disciplines. Our books cover topics from the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences such as empirical cultural studies/ethnology, linguistics, sociology and educational research.
Below you will find a selection of our current titles from disciplines relevant to refugee research.
COVID-19 Hygiene Concept for on-site attendees of the conference
As the conference is taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some rules which apply to all participants at the conference to ensure health standards and to reduce the infection risk:
Hygiene Concept for on-site participants
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Arrival by plane
Arrival at Airport Dresden
Dresden airport to Dresden train station City train S2
Dresden train station to Chemnitz train station: RB 30, RB 6
Starting from Dresden airport by car (approx. 84 km): Take motorway A4 and exit at Chemnitz-Mitte
Arrival at Airport Leipzig-Halle
Airport Leipzig-Halle to Leipzig train station: City Train S5 to Leipzig train station
Leipzig train station to Chemnitz train station: RE 6
Starting from Leipzig/Halle airport by car (approx. 95 km): Take the A14 motorway in the direction of Dresden. At the Parthenaue junction take the A38 towards Göttingen/Leipzig-Südost. Exit at Chemnitz/Borna onto the B2/B95/motorway A72 direction Chemnitz and exit at Chemnitz-Süd
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Chemnitz University of Technology is a university which is characterized by high diversity, being home to roughly 10,000 students from around 100 countries. With around 2,300 employees in the sciences, technology and administration, the university is also an important catalyst in the region. Chemnitz University of Technology is a university with a familial atmosphere, where members work together and treat each other as peers. The university sees itself as a driver of innovation in dealing with the important challenges of tomorrow. Against the backdrop of global changes, notably climate and demographic change, there is a need for comprehensive solutions that are sustainable, interdisciplinary and beneficial to our society.
The Chair of Human Geography with focus on European Migration Research, host of this conference, focuses on migration and integration as well as urban and regional development on the basis of critical and reflexive approaches of migration research, postcolonial theory and social geography. The team currently consists of seven persons, who are engaging in a number of research projects with high relevance fort he topic oft he conference. The H2020 project CEASEVAL carried out a critical evaluation oft he common european asylum system in times of pressure (2017-2019). The project „Future for Refugees in rural regions“ (2018-2021), analysed the integration process and integration experiences of refugees in rural regions and small towns and examined if refugee relocation to rural regions can be a driver of regional stabilisation – and transformation. The H2020 project Whole-COMM (2021-2024), also focusses on small and medium sized towns and analyses the process of social inclusion of refugees from a whole-of-community perspective. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius i s part oft he editor team fort he new German Handbook for Refugee Studees, which will be published in 2022.
The Chair of Human Geography with focus on European Migration Research is member of the Institute for European Studies and History (IESG). The IESG is an interdisciplinary research centre for the study of European institutions and social and cultural phenomena in Western and Eastern Europe. The IESG offers study programs for European Studies and History and conducts research in the field of European integration, European history, economic and political transformation, migration and democratisation in Europe.
The German Network for Forced Migration Studies (Netzwerk Fluchtforschung e.V.) is a multi-disciplinary network of academics in Germany whose research focuses on forced migration, refuge, and asylum, as well as of international academics concentrating on these subjects with regard to Germany. We collect and distribute relevant information about scholars, research projects, events and publications. Our objective is to enhance academic exchange and collaboration between scholars in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies in Germany and beyond with publication platforms and knowledge transfer formats such as our conferences every two years. Moreover, the network aims to advance research on forced migration, trigger academic debate about forced migration, refuge and asylum and promote the public and practical relevance of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies.
The cooperation project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT) aims to strengthen interdisciplinary forced migration and refugee research in Germany. To this end, the project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), brings together research on migration, development, conflict and violence, climate change, health, governance and human rights and other topics. In this way, FFVT supports the networking of researchers and institutes working in all relevant research fields dealing with forced migration. To provide young academics with teaching and training opportunities in forced migration and refugee studies, it plans to establish study and graduate programmes. Furthermore, FFVT plans to promote the internationalisation of German research activities further and, therefore, offers a global fellowship programme, among other things. The dialogue between academia, practitioners, the media and politicians is another key element of its work. FFVT is to contribute to establishing a sustainable infrastructure for research on forced migration and refugee studies in Germany to facilitate excellent academic work in this field.
To focus and connect the scientific debates, FFVT sets changing accent topics in the course of the project. The current accent topic is: “(Im)mobility and global standards of refugee protection”.
FFVT is jointly run by the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN, University of Erlangen Nuremberg), the German Development Institute (DIE, Bonn) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS, University of Osnabrück).