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Virtual conference: “The Moral Economies of Knowledge Production on Migration: Conflicts, Values, Positionalities"

2-4 December 2020

Organized by the interdisciplinary Research Group “The Production of Knowledge on Migration” (IMIS)

The conference approaches the interconnection between the production of knowledge and migration by placing a particular emphasis on the struggles that centre on peoples’ mobilities and their ‘correct’ quantification, categorization, and interpretation. Conflicts about migration and its effects as well as the struggles of migrants themselves often lay bare not only the different experiences and socioeconomic situations of the many actors involved but also their conflicting worldviews and value systems. In order to make such conflicts intelligible, participants apply the notion of moral economies as it has been discussed in different disciplines recently.

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Online Lecture Series: Global Perspectives on Forced Migration

Winter term 2020/21
Organizers: IMIS and Zentrum für Demokratie und Friedensforschung, Osnabrück University
Ulrike Krause and Nadine Segadlo (IMIS)

Prof. Dr. Alexander Betts, Oxford University
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Olivius, Umeå University
Dr. Michael Owiso, Maseno University
Prof. Dr. Timothy Williams, Universität der Bundeswehr, Munich.



Online Panel Debate

1 October 2020, 17:00-18:30 (CEST), online

Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer (FFVT)

About the Non/Sense of Distinguishing between Migrants and Refugees – a Debate

In policy and public, it is often taken for granted to distinguish between migrants and refugees. However, researchers and practitioners tend to find that matters in the field are more intricate, reject a simple dichotomy, and struggle to assign clear labels to the opalescent realities.

In this panel debate, we aim to shed light on the diverse legal, scholarly and discursive practices and carve out lines of controversies to better understand the reasoning behind the different approaches. We have invited three distinguished guests from different disciplines, namely em. Prof Roger Zetter at the Refugee Studies Centre at University of Oxford, Prof Heaven Crawley, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University and Dr Dana Schmalz, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg/Berlin.

The debate is hosted by the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at Osnabrück University (IMIS) and part of the FFVT-Workshop Series. It will be held online via Zoom Webinar. For registration, please send an email to including name, affiliation and email address by 28 September.



Guest lecture
21 January 2020, 11-13h, room 03/226, Neuer Graben 19/21, 49074 Osnabrück

Dr. Patrice Poutrus, Universität Erfurt
Umkämpftes Asyl: Vom Nachkriegsdeutschland bis in die Gegenwart

bookk launch and discussion with Dr. Patrice Poutrus as well as Dr. Johanna Neuhauser (IMIS) and PD Dr. Frank Wolff (IMIS), moderation: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Krause (IMIS)
Organisation: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Krause and PD Dr. Frank Wolff, IMIS