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Laura Stielike

Dr. Laura Stielike

University of Osnabrück
Neuer Graben 19/21
room 02/310
49069 Osnabrück
phone +49 541 969 4049

Laura Stielike

Political Science

Migration and development, big data and migration, postcolonialism, intersectionality, politics of memory, institutional racism, discourse and apparatus analysis, governmentality, gender and migration, labour and student migration, Cameroon

I am currently member of th research group "The Production of Knowledge on Migration" with a project on big data, migration governance and the production of knowledge. The project explores the recent trend to use big data for the analysis and governance of international migration. Focusing on the emerging transnational network of international organisations‘ data hubs and university based data researchers, it examines how the use of big data transforms the production of knowledge about migration.

I joined the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) as postdoctoral researcher in 2016 after completing my doctorate in political science at Freie Universität Berlin. My doctoral dissertation explores the apparatus of migration and development with a focus on Cameroonian migrants in Germany. During my doctoral research I was Visiting Fellow at the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford. As teaching assistant for the Chair of Gender and Diversity Studies at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin, I have taught courses on migration theory, postcolonial studies and discourse analysis. I studied political science at Freie Universität Berlin and at Sciences Po Paris. In my master‘s thesis I researched the colonial continuities of German development cooperation in the era of good governance. I have also worked in development organisations in Cameroon, China and Germany.


2018: Vertrautheit durch Vergangenheit? (Post-)Koloniale Migration zwischen Kamerun und Deutschland. In: Dimbath, Oliver, Anja Kinzler und Katinka Meyer (Hrsg.): Vergangene Vertrautheit. Soziale Gedächtnisse des Ankommens, Aufnehmens und Abweisens. Reihe: Soziales Gedächtnis, Erinnern und Vergessen – Memory Studies. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S.

2017: Entwicklung durch Migration? Eine postkoloniale Dispositivanalyse am Beispiel Kamerun-Deutschland. Bielefeld: Transcript.

2017: The Migration&Development Apparatus. Contradictions between international discourse, institutional practices, and migrants’ perspectives. In: International Migration Institute Working Papers
Series, No. 136, May 2017.

2013: Wo die wilden Tiere wohnen. Die neue Plakatkampagne „The Big Five!“ reproduziert kolonial-rassistische Bilder. In: Analyse & Kritik, Nr. 583, 17.5.2013.

2010: „Wie regieren in Afrika?“ Über koloniale Kontinuitäten deutscher Entwicklungspolitik. In: Hinterland. Magazin vom Bayerischen Flüchtlingsrat, Heft 15, S. 36-39.

2009: Plaidoyer pour la femme en Afrique. Expérience de la Campagne Semaines Pascales comme modèle de transformation oecuménique et interreligieuse de la société. In: Kenmogne, Jean-Blaise, Kä Mana (Hrsg.): Pour la voie africaine de la non-violence. Religion, politique, développement et éducation à la paix dans la société africaine. Yaoundé: Editions CLÉ, S. 259-283.

Selected Presentations

11/2019: "Big Data, Migration Governance and the Production of Knowledge", Kick-off workshop of the Research Group "The Production of Knowledge on Migration", IMIS, University of Osnabrueck.

10/2019: "The Crisis of European Migration Governance and the Promises of Big Data", Conference "Digital Fortress Europe: Exploring Boundaries between Media, Migration and Technology", Brussels.

09/2019: "Counting Insecurities. Data and the Governability of Migration", Conference "Data Power: global in/securities", University of Bremen.

12/2018: "The Contested Relationship between Migration and Development. From Brain Drain to Triple Win to Fighting Root Causes of Forced Migration", Conference "Migration Governance in Africa. Management or Control? Weingartener Afrikagespräche 2018, Akademie Weingarten.

11/2018: "Producing Migration Knowledge. From Big Data to Evidence-Based Policy", Workshop "A Cultural Technique? (Big) Data and the Making of Migration, University of Osnabrueck.

06/2018: "The Migration&Development Apparatus. Doing Diaspora in Contradictory Connections", „African Connections“ Conference of the African Studies Association Germany, University of Leipzig.

03/2017: "Familiarity created by a common past? Postcolonial discourses on migration and development. The case of Cameroon and Germany", Conference on social memory, remembrance and forgetting, University of Augsburg.

01/2017: "Apparatus as a research perspective", Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, University of Osnabrueck.

11/2014: "The Ambivalence of Migration & Development: Agency or Instrumentalisation?", Mid-Term Conference of the Research Network 35 "Sociology of Migration" of the European Sociological Association, Frankfurt am Main.

09/2014: "Migrants as Agents of Change? The Discourse on Migration and Development", fifth International Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines, ELTE University, Budapest.

06/2014: "Migrants‘ Responsibility to Develop. Agency, Discourse and Power", London Conference in Critical Thought, Goldsmiths College, London.

06/2014: "The Governmentalities of the Migration and Development Discourse", International Migration Institute Seminar Series, University of Oxford.

06/2013: "How to Govern in Africa? Genealogy, Archeology, Governmentality", Department of Political Science, Free University Berlin.

01/2012: "Migration – between Transnationalism, Citizenship and Exclusion", Lecture Series Diversity, Complexity, Intersectionality – Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Diversity, Free University Berlin.

05/2010: "Colonial Continuities in German Development Policies", German Development Institute, Bonn.


"Migration and Development: Theories, Discourses, Actors", MA seminar, Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, University of Osnabrueck, summer semester 2019, two hours per week.

"Postcolonial Theory", MA seminar, Department of Political Science, Free University Berlin, winter semester 2012/2013, two hours per week.

"Migration: Transnationalism, Citizenship and Exclusion", MA seminar, Department of Political Science, Free University Berlin, summer semester 2012, two hours per week.

"Global Migration Management and the European Border Regime", MA workshop, Summer School of the German Turkish Masters Programme in Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin, 18.9.2013.

"Postcolonial Perspectives in Theory and Practice", MA seminar, Department of Political Science, Free University Berlin, winter semester 2011/2012, two hours per week.

"Gender and Development", PhD workshop, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, 30.11.-1.12.2011.

"Discourse Theory and Analysis in various policy areas", MA seminar, co-taught with Prof. Dr. Brigitte Kerchner, Department of Political Science, Free University Berlin, summer semester 2011, two hours per week.

"Class, Race, Gender – Feminisms and the Intersectionality of Power Relations", BA seminar, co-taught with Dipl.-Pol. Inga Nüthen, Department of Political Science, Free University Berlin, winter semester 2007/2008, two hours per week.

"Liberalism – An Introduction into the History of Political Ideas", BA seminar, co-taught with Prof. Dr. Brigitte Kerchner, Department of Political Science, Free University Berlin, winter semester 2007/2008, two hours per week.