Founder and co-organiser, together with Jochen Oltmer, Ulrike Krause and Nora Markard.
‘Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung’ was established in Berlin in June 2013. It is a multi-disciplinary network for refugee researchers in Germany as well as for researchers abroad working about refugees in relation to Germany. It collects and distributes information on refugees, forced migration and asylum as relevant to research, facilitates co-operation among researchers, and presents refugee research to the public.
Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung also runs FlüchtlingsforschungsBlog, with reports about research findings, comments on refugee situations and policies, and reviews of relevant books and events.
Grundlagen der Flüchtlingsforschung (DFG Wissenschaftliches Netzwerk)
Grant applicant; co-coordinator with Marcel Berlinghoff;
at Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University Osnabrück;
funded by German Research Foundation (DFG).
In the last 30 years, research about flight, forced migration and asylum has established an interdisciplinary field. Considering an often practical outlook, ethical challenges and the necessity, to settle on shared terms and concepts across disciplines, foundational research has been neglected. In Germany moreover, refugee research is still in its early stages despite the societal pertinence of its topic. Relevant studies about forced migration as well as researchers working on these issues remain all too often isolated.
The Scientific Network Foundations of Refugee Research brings together 14 scholars, from postdoctoral researchers to Professors, in six workshops over three years. It will facilitate discussion about challenges that are brought up in refugee research by principle terms and concepts, interdisciplinarity, the relationship of theory and practice, political processes of negotiation and frameworks of analysis, as well as by normativity and ethics. The aims of the network include the publication of a handbook on foundations of refugee research, the development of individual and collaborative research projects as well as the establishment of long-lasting scientific structures for a permanent interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of refugee research.
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Concluded collaborative projects
The study group is organized and hosted by the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at Osnabrück University. It is building on established thematic research and aims to elevate our understanding of migration regimes. In 2015, this working group will publish their results in a collective volume.
The concept of Migration Regimes is one of the most intensively debated approaches in recent migration research. It serves as an inspiration for complex and interdisciplinary research, an explanation for policy design or as heuristics to include most heterogeneous actors and their mutual negotiations into one study. As a result, researchers from all disciplines are working with the concept. This working group rather envisions to work on the concept. It aims to first observe and collect disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Secondly it will suggest a path toward a more methodologically refined usage.