Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies

Osnabrück University navigation and search

Main content

Top content

Current Events

10. Juni 2024

19 Uhr, Erich Maria Remarque-Friedenszentrum, Markt 6, 49074 Osnabrück

Buchvorstellung "Blumen und Brandsätze. Eine deutsche Geschichte, 1989-2023" (Lesung mit dem Autor Klaus Neumann)

organisiert von David Templin (IMIS) in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Erich Maria Remarque-Friedenszentrum

IMIS/SFB Lecture, 28 May 2024, 18:00–19:30 hrs

Osnabrück University • Neuer Graben 19 / Schloss • Room 11/212 • 49074 Osnabrück

Prof. Dr. Steven Vertovec, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen

Superdiversity and the Production of Social Complexity

Program and contact

IMIS/SFB Lecture, 14 May 2024, 16:15–18:00 hrs

Osnabrück University • Neuer Graben 19 / Schloss • Room 11/212 • 49074 Osnabrück

Assoc. Prof. Luna Vives González, PhD, Department of Geography, Montréal University, Canada

Evolving Maritime Search and Rescue along the Border of the EU: Death, Resistance, Hope

Program and contact

International Conference, 17-19 April 2024, Rome

Migration and Urban Activism in 20th Century Europe

International conference of the German Historical Institute in Rome, University of Vienna (Department of Education), Osnabrück University (Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies), Sapienza Università di Roma and Utrecht University
Contacts: Christian Wicke (Utrecht University),
David Templin (Osnabrück University),


IMIS Workshop, 6./7.12.2023

Camp Studies: Redefining Borders and Exploring Solidarity and Resistance

December 6th, 2023 (4-6 pm CET) and December 7th, 2023 (9 am-12 noon CET)
Osnabrück University • IMIS • Seminarstr. 19 • room 03/E23 • 49074 Osnabrück
and online
Organisation: Dr. Nese Özgen

The workshop promises insightful discussions and collaborative exploration into refugee camps. Bringing scholars and activists with diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds and experiences together, the workshop focuses on refugee camps as multifaceted spaces, encompassing forms of segregation and control, yet also serving as microcosms where social and solidarity networks and forms of resistance emerge. Details and agenda



FFVT-Workshop, 27/28 November 2023

Ukraine: 18 Months of Displacement – What Do We Know So Far?

IMIS Osnabrück University (hybrid)

Organizers: Marcel Berlinghoff; Franck Düvell (IMIS)

Event page on

IMIS Guest Lectures in the Winter Term 2023/24

Spaces of Confinement, Spaces of Contestation

Osnabrück University • Seminarstr. 20 • room 15/E16 • 49074 Osnabrück

Prof. Dr. Amade M’charek, Anthropology of Science, University of Amsterdam
Trailing Vital Elements: Attending to Migrant Death and the Possibilities for Life
Tuesday, 14 November 2023  •  18–20 hrs

Dr. Nese Özgen, Sociology/Anthropology, Osnabrück University / IMIS
Parwana Amiri, Writer and poet, lived in the Moria and Ritsona camps, Greece
Hadis Yakubi, Women In Solidarity House, lived in the Moria camp, Greece
Alex Tomas Fusco, FFVT Fellow, IMIS / University of Sussex, UK
Refugee Camps: Redefining Borders and Resistance
Wednesday, 6 December 2023  •  ¬18–20 hrs

Isabelle Pooth, Crew Member Sea-Eye 4
Dr. Maurice Stierl, International Political Sociology, Osnabrück University / IMIS
A Sea of Struggle: Civil Rescue at Sea in the Central Mediterranean
Tuesday, 9 January 2024  •  18–20 hrs

Organisation: Prof. Dr. Helen Schwenken,




Lecture series (Ringvorlesung) of the master program International Migration and Intercultural Relations (IMIB), winter term 2023/24

Citizenship and Mobility. Two Entangled Sides of a Segmented Order?


Organisation: Prof. Dr. Helen Schwenken,
start: 26 Oct  2023
on mondays 11-13 c.t., room 15/E16 (with exceptions) or hybrid



Guest lecture: Professor Amade M'charek, Amsterdam University
tuesday, 14 November 2023, 6 p.m.

»Trailing Vital Elements: Attending to migrant death and the possibilities for life«

Organisation: IMIS research group "The Production of Knowledge on  Migration" / Dr Maurice Stierl
Seminarstr. 20, room 15/E16 (EW), 49074 Osnabrück

21.-23. September 2023, Osnabück Universität, Aula/Schloss

Tagung: Exil und Frieden. Exil-, Migrations- und Fluchtforschung im Dialog

Organisation: Gesellschaft für Exilforschung, Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien (IMIS) der Universität Osnabrück und Chaire d’histoire contemporaine der Universität Neuchâtel/Schweiz

Programm / Plakat / Press Release

IMIS-Discussion, Dienstag, 4. Juli 2023, 19-21:30 Uhr (hybrid)

with Bernd Kasparek, Inken Bartels, Mert Pekşen

Wissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die Reform des Gemeinsamen Europäischen Asylsystems (GEAS)

Universität Osnabrück, Neuer Graben 29/Schloss, Raum 11/211, 49074 Osnabrück or online via StudIP.

Organisation: Simon Sperling, IMIS

Event is in German.

Guest lecture: Monday, 12 June 2023, 6-8 p.m.

Dr. Christa Wichterich, sociologist and author, Bonn:

"Krankenpflege in Indien und indische Pflegekräfte im Ausland – From Angels to Fighters?!"

Osnabrück University, Seminarstr. 20 / EW, room 15/E16, 49074 Osnabrück
Organisation: Prof. Dr. Helen Schwenken

Guest lecture: Dr. Gunjan Sondhi, The Open University/UK
tuesday, 6 June 2023, 4 p.m.:

Decolonising Migration Studies: Narratives vs Practices

Osnabrück University, Seminarstr. 20/EW, room 15/E16, 49074 Osnabrück
Organisation: IMIS research group "The Production of Knowledge on  Migration" / Dr Maurice Stierl


FFVT on point: Forced Migration in and out of Ukraine – some (lesser known) facets

As a result of the war in the Donbas in 2014 and increasingly since the direct Russian attack on Ukraine in February 2022, five million people are fleeing - both within the country and out of Ukraine. FFVT on point takes a closer look at this flight movement and asks how this heterogeneous group is composed, where the people are taking themselves to safety and which reception and support structures are emerging and becoming active here alongside those of the receiving states and international organisations. FVVT on point thus focuses on aspects that have not been the focus of previous media and academic analysis of the refugee situation in order to present a more differentiated picture of the flight to and from Ukraine.
We look forward to the expertise of Dr. Viktoriya Sereda, UCU Lviv / IKK Jena; Prof. Dr. Jannis Panagiotidis, RECET Universität Wien; Dr. Franck Düvell, FFVT, IMIS, Universität Osnabrück

Organisation: Marcel Berlinghoff
Time and Date: 4. April 2022, 5-6:30 pm (CEST), online (Zoom)

Further Information and Registration.

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.