Activities

Recent activities

May
24
2022
Online Discussion

Brown Bag Lecture \ Deprovincialising Kurdish Politics: Forced Migration and Activism Across Kurdistan, Turkey and Europe

May 24, 2022

Looking at the two recent episodes of mass displacement of Kurds (1990s and mid-2010s) carried out by the Turkish state, the Brown Bag Lecture on 24 May 2022 (11am to 12pm, CET), will shed light on how forced displacement influences the dynamics of political mobilisation in Kurdish contentious politics. Gülay Kilicaslan will discuss the role of forced displacement in transforming the dynamics of contentious politics and the politics of scale in the processes of actors’ mobilisation in a settler–colonial context.

May
24
2022
Online Discussion

The transformative potential of inclusive and localized refugee and forced displacement research

May 24, 2022

The online discussion takes place on 24 May 2022, 14:00-16:00 (CEST). The discussants will explore how academic findings and initiatives that can support decision-making processes to improve the lives of refugees, forcibly displaced persons, and host communities.
The event is organised by the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN), co-convened by UNHCR and the University of Essex.

July
10
2022
Announcement

FFVT Summer School 2022 "Displacement, Governance and Human Rights"

July 10 - 15, 2022

How has international refugee law evolved, which gaps remain and how can we address them? How are refugees protected in the different regions of Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East? Which challenges are refugees exposed to locally? These and many additional questions are at the core of the FFVT Summer School 2022 "Displacement, Governance and Human Rights".

September
28
2022
Conference

4th Conference of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies

September 28 - 30, 2022

The network conference is considered as a means for communication and networking of researchers in the field of forced migration.

In 2022, it is organized at TU Chemnitz by the Chair of Human Geography with a focus on European Migration Research, led by Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius, in cooperation with the German Network for Forced Migration Studies and FFVT.

Past activities

May
17
2022
Announcement

James F. Hollifield: Varieties of Migration States

May 17, 2022

On May 17th, 6-7:30pm CET, migration policy expert J. Hollifield presents some of his latest observations and ideas. His book “Varieties of Migration States”, which is based on 40 years of work around the globe, proposes a new interdisciplinary research agenda.

April
04
2022
Online Discussion

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

April 4, 2022

Five million people are fleeing to and from Ukraine. But what is the composition of this heterogeneous group? Where are the people taking themselves to safety? What role do post-Soviet migration networks play in civil society reception in Germany? FVVT on point focuses on facets that have received less attention so far.

March
07
2022
Panel Discussion

FFVT on point: The situation of forced migration and durable solutions in Ethiopia

March 7, 2022

Ethiopia faces a forced migration crisis. With close to a million refugees and over 4 million IDPs within its borders, Ethiopia is on the top list of refugee and IDP-hosting countries. the conflict that erupted in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has deteriorated the situation of forced migrants in Ethiopia and added to the numbers of forcibly displaced people in Ethiopia. Therefore, FFVT on point takes up the issue to discuss and assess the current situation together with Ethiopian scholars with expertise on the topic.

March
03
2022
Online Discussion

Ukraine: War & Flight: Exchange and Discussion

March 3, 2022

Due to the current situation in Ukraine, the IMIS and FFVT invite you to an event in which IMIS members Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener and Dr. Franck Düvell each gave an input on the current situation: Ulrich Schneckener with a conflict analysis from a political science perspective and Franck Düvell, who was in Ukraine until a few days ago, on questions of borders, flight and migration.

February
09
2022
Workshop

Going local: refugees'/migrants’ integration processes at the local level. Italo-German experiences in the European context

February 9 - 11, 2022

The purpose of the colloquium is to discuss migrants’/refugees’ integration processes at the local level, highlighting barriers and enablers, as well as the recent trend toward a (g)localisation of refugee/migration research from an Italo-German perspective. The networking workshop is hosted by the CHREN as part of the FFVT project in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Veronica Federico (Università degli Studi di Firenze | UniFI).

February
01
2022
Online Discussion

Brown Bag Lecture \ Nothing about us without us

February 1, 2022

Based on her lived experiences, in this Brown Bag Lecture Anila Noor will share her reflections on the Global Compact on Refugees, and Participation of Refugee of Global Regime.

December
07
2021
Online Workshop

FFVT Scholarly Workshop „Forced Migration and Dynamics of Political Mobilisation: Conceptual Approaches, Comparative and Case Studies“

December 7, 2021

This Workshop brings together scholars of interdisciplinary backgrounds who work on topics related to forced migration with a particular focus on political mobilisation dynamics. Originating from social movement research, mobilisation denotes sustained collective initiatives to bring about or prevent social or political change, operating outside – yet in close interaction with – formal political institutions, whose orientation and leadership they may directly challenge (Khoshneviss & Benford 2017). Political mobilisation focuses on strategic action by individuals or groups towards extending their support base for aims that are directed towards social change (Mayer 1991). The mobilising actors often are ‘authentic’ groups – those affected by discrimination or injustice (Roose 2013; Shadmehr 2014). The angle of mobilisation research hence allows for studies on the agency of individuals and groups under existential pressure, the exploration of the range and limitations of social and/or political engagement, and the change ensuing movements bring about. It also allows for examining cases where actors make efforts to mobilise groups they consider as being affected from injustice to include them in a social movement (Roose 2013).

December
06
2021
Online Panel Discussion

Contestation over migration and rights in the context of forced displacement - How do we study it?

December 6, 2021

The podium discussion precedes the FFVT scholarly workshop “Forced migration and dynamics of political mobilisation: conceptual approaches, comparative and case studies” on 7 December 2021. While the three workshop panels focus on issues such as diaspora mobilisation, political mobilisation for rights and acts of citizenship, as well as transnational refugee protection versus contentious politics over (im)migration, the podium discussion intends to explore and reflect on academic approaches to study these phenomena.

November
26
2021
Conference

Refugees: Integration, Harmonisation, Solidarity, Hospitality or what? Philosophies,Policies and Practices in Turkey and Germany

November 26, 2021

Turkey is hosting several million refugees, mostly from Syria but also many other countries. Germany, too, has a long tradition of hosting large numbers of displaced persons and migrants. Both states,and its societies and municipalities share long experiences with migration and the challenges to social cohesion. However, there are major differences in the respective country’s trajectories and perspectives. The conference aims to facilitate an open conversation and cooperation between German and Turkish academics enriched by some international experts on how to think about and how to govern (new) diversity with the view to also underpin the practical challenges especially on the level of municipalities in both countries.

November
08
2021
Online Discussion

FFVT on point: Forced Migration in Afghanistan and Afghan Refugees in the Region

November 8, 2021

In August 2021, the rapid breakdown of the Afghan government and the subsequent takeover by the Taliban surprised many people in Germany, in the USA, and in allied countries. In the preceding months and after the government collapse, the situation of forced migrants in Afghanistan and Afghan refugees in the region has further deteriorated due to a persisting fragile and complex situation. Therefore, FFVT on point takes up the issue to discuss and assess the current situation together with academics and practitioners.

October
30
2021
Announcement

“You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”. A multi-perspective conversation across professional boundaries.

October 30, 2021

With this intervention at the CMMA 2021, the collaborative project "Forced Migration and Refugee Research: Networking and Knowledge Transfer" (FFVT) invites actors from research, politics, public administration, media and civil society to a dialogue in order to facilitate an exchange of experiences and knowledge.

October
04
2021
Online Workshop

Contested Categories - Issues at the Intersection of Development and Forced Migration Studies

October 4 – September 5, 2021

This workshop addresses the critique of categories and the debates about them in development research and considers their relevance and utility for forced migration studies (FMS). For this purpose, three critically discussed categories in recent years are used as examples: “global South and global North”, “new actors – self-empowerment and emancipation of marginalised groups”, and “digitalisation”. For better contextualisation, the workshop will be accompanied by a keynote lecture on categorisations in development and FMS.

September
28
2021
Online Workshop

Comparative Forced Migration and Refugee Studies – reflexive, postcolonial, international

September 28 - 29, 2021

Taking a comparative perspective, this 2-days workshop aims at recognising trajectories and patterns as well as interdependencies but also notorious blind spots or hegemonic practices of knowledge production and subsequently the identification of new research questions in the field of forced migration and displacement processes from around the globe.

September
24
2021
Announcement

Diskussionsabend: Von der Klimakrise in die 'Fluchtkrise'? Wie globale Erwärmung und Migration zusammenhängen

September 24, 2021

Die Diskussionsveranstaltung „Von der Klimakrise in die 'Fluchtkrise'? Wie globale Erwärmung und Migration zusammenhängen“ mit Dr. Benjamin Schraven vom Deutschen Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) findet unter Einhaltung der geltenden Corona-Auflagen in Präsenz am 24.9.21 um 19:15 Uhr im Klimaschaufenster in der Erlanger Altstadtpassage statt.

September
13
2021
Online Discussion

Diskussion: Flucht und Migration in den Bundestags-Wahlprogrammen

September 13, 2021

Am Montag den 13.9. wird eine Analyse der Bundestags-Wahlprogramme in Hinblick auf die Themen Flucht und Migration veröffentlicht. Im Anschluss wird in dieser öffentlichen Veranstaltung die außenpolitische Dimension von Fluchtmigration diskutiert.

August
10
2021
Press Release

FFVT International Fellowship programme: Applications are now open

August 10, 2021

Strengthening the ties between German research to international Forced Migration and Refugee Studies is a core concern of the project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer (FFVT).” One important element on the road to stronger networking in this research field is the FFVT Fellowship programme: Its aim is to intensify the exchange between the consortium partners and international researchers.

July
29
2021
Online Workshop

Advances, Recent Trends and Knowledge Gaps in Forced Migration and Refugee Research in and on Turkey

July 29 - 30, 2021

The Turkey Migration Studies Network (TurkMiS) workshop “Advances, Recent Trends and Knowledge Gaps in Forced Migration and Refugee Research in and on Turkey”, was the 10th Anniversary Event of TurkMiS and the 15th International Workshop. It took stock of the achievements of the last decade of knowledge production on refugees in Turkey.

July
15
2021
Online Workshop

Discussing the EP Frontex Scrutiny Working Group’s Report

July 15, 2021

As part of the FFVT-workshop series "Displacement, Immobility and Human Rights", the CHREN is hosting a panel to discuss the results of the European Parliament's "Frontex Scrutiny Working Group".

Participation is open and free of charge, no prior registration is required.

July
09
2021
Announcement

FFVT Fellowship programme: Applications are now open

July 9, 2021

One important element on the road to stronger networking the field of Forced Migration and Refugee Research is the FFVT Fellowship Programme: Its aim is to intensify the exchange between the consortium partners and international researchers. The programme serves to strengthen the research and transfer activities of future fellows in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies.

We invite PhD students and junior researchers whose PhD topic is relevant to our field of research and who have been working on it for about a year as well as post-docs and experienced researchers who are well-established in their research field to apply for the FFVT-fellowship programme.

June
22
2021
Online Workshop

(Im)mobility in international research cooperation: knowledge and partnerships between the South and North, East and West

June 22, 2021

This workshop provided a platform for representatives of academic and policy-oriented forced migration and refugee networks to engage in a dialogue to explore, discuss and critically reflect on questions of structural and content-related cooperation among networks and in international cooperation projects in the field from Southern, Eastern and Northern perspectives. The objective was to identify opportunities and obstacles and to come up with practical steps that we, as a community, can take to work towards more participatory and co-creative approaches in international knowledge cooperation.

May
31
2021
Online Workshop

CoNet Connecting Networks – Strengthening international partnerships in refugee and forced migration studies (in cooperation with NWFF)

May 31, 2021

In this workshop, the German Network for Forced Migration Studies (NWFF) and FFVT invited networks from around the world working on issues related to forced migration and refugees to come together to find ways to strengthen the development of international partnerships in this field. This first workshop addressed questions about structural and organisational cooperation among the networks.

May
27
2021
Online Workshop

Workshop-Series "Displacement, Immobility and Human Rights" 2021

May 27 – July 15, 2021

With this workshop-series, the intersection of displacement, immobility and human rights will be assessed from different dimensions, localities, and including multiple perspectives.

Participation is open and free of charge, no prior registration is required.

January
08
2021
Online Workshop

"A fresh start? Review of the German EU Council Presidency and analysis of the EU Asylum and Migration Pact"

January 8, 2021

As part of the FFVT project, the CHREN organizes a workshop on January 8th of 2021. In this workshop, the new proposals for an EU Migration and Asylum Pact by the EU Commission and the achievements of the German EU Council Presidency in this regard, were discussed in two panels. For the first panel, Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel and Dr. Lorenz Wiese invited Anuscheh Farahat (CHREN), Gerald Knaus (European Stability Initiative) and Daniel Thym (University of Konstanz / SVR), and for the second panel, Luise Amtsberg (MdB, Die Grünen), Lena Düpont (MdEP, CDU), Cornelia Ernst (MdEP, Die Linke), and Birgit Sippel (MdEP, SPD).

December
10
2020
Online Panel Discussion

Policy and Practice Dialogue 2020: Refugee Research in Conversation

December 10, 2020

With this event, FFVT entered into dialogue with actors from politics, public administration, media and the public to discuss the diverse experiences with knowledge exchange on the topic of forced migration and refugee studies. The aim of the event was to outline ways in which research on forced migration and refugees in Germany and Europe can contribute as a "voice of evidence" to the social and political debate on flight, asylum and integration.

* The event language was German. Please change the website language setting to German for more information about the event.

December
01
2020
Online Discussion

Corona, Flight and Human Rights - (3) The accommodation of refugees in Germany and especially in Bavaria

December 1, 2020

For the discussion series "Corona, Flight and Human Rights", the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nuremberg (CHREN) invites experts from NGOs, politics, media and academia to report on the situation of refugees and migrants in different regions. Their contributions are moderated by members of the CHREN and assessed from a human rights perspective. In addition, the audience has the opportunity to intervene with questions or comments.

Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel discusses the situation in the "shared accommodations" for refugees in different parts of Germany with a focus on the Bavarian "AnkER centers" as well as their predecessors, the "transit centers", with Dr. Stephan Dünnwald (Bavarian Refugee Council), Lea Gelardi (Centre for Flight and Migration, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt) and Dr. Olaf Kleist (DeZIM).

November
05
2020
Online Workshop

Local integration of refugees in light of the 2030 Agenda: CRRF and beyond - Connecting Development with Forced Migration and Refugee Studies

November 5 - 6, 2020

In a world of almost 80 million displaced people according to official numbers, forced migration has become a major issue of global development just as much as of humanitarian and political concern. Achieving the global goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015 will not be possible unless the plight of millions of refugees and the needs of their hosting communities—most of which are located in low- and middle-income countries—are addressed in a more sustainable manner than in the past. Protracted violent conflicts have made secure return a distant prospect in most of today’s major refugee situations. At the same time, resettlement into third countries has also remained a privilege for only a fraction of those displaced. Under these conditions, important international documents, such as the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) adopted by UN member states in 2016, call for a paradigm shift: Instead of keeping refugees in camps, countries are called upon to promote the local integration of displaced people. Several refugee hosting countries, most notably in Africa and the Middle East, have begun to implement this new approach.

October
01
2020
Online Discussion

About the Non/Sense of Distinguishing between Migrants and Refugees

October 1, 2020

While in policy and public, it is often taken for granted to distinguish between migrants and refugees, researchers and practitioners tend to reject a simple dichotomy, and struggle to assign clear labels to the opalescent realities. In this panel debate, hosted by IMIS, 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.

September
17
2020
Online Conference

3rd Conference of the German Network of Forced Migration Researchers – Contexts of Displacement, Refugee Protection and Forced Migrants' Lives

September 17 - 19, 2020

The conference opens an international forum for the presentation and discussion of current research results, as well as for supporting interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation. The conference serves as a platform for discussion and networking among researchers in the field of refugee and forced migration studies.

July
20
2020
Online Discussion

Corona, Flight and Human Rights - (2) The situation of refugees at the Greek external EU borders

July 20, 2020

For the discussion series "Corona, Flight and Human Rights", the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nuremberg (CHREN) invites experts from NGOs, politics, media and academia to report on the situation of refugees and migrants in different regions. Their contributions are moderated by members of the CHREN and assessed from a human rights perspective. In addition, the audience has the opportunity to intervene with questions or comments.

Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel and Dr. Lorenz Wiese discuss the situation of refugees stranded at the Greek external borders of the EU with journalist Franziska Grillmeier and Prof. Dr. Anuscheh Farahat (CHREN).

July
09
2020
Online Workshop

Flight, Governance and Human Rights

July 9 - 10, 2020

As part of the FFVT project, the CHREN organizes a first workshop on July 9th and 10th of 2020. In this workshop, distinguished scientists and politicians address current challenges at the global, European and national levels of asylum, migration, governance and human rights: “Where do the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees lead to?“ “What ought to be done about the Common European Asylum system?“ “What can reasonably be expected from the German EU Council Presidency, starting in July, in the area of migration and refugees – and in view of Corona?”

July
07
2020
Announcement

Vernetzung und Transfer in der Flucht-und Flüchtlingsforschung: FFVT geht online

July 7, 2020

Mit ffvt.net geht ein umfassendes Online-Informationsangebot zur Flucht- und Flüchtlingsforschung in Deutschland an den Start.

June
29
2020
Online Discussion

Corona, Forced Migration and Human Rights - (1) Human mobility in West Africa and Libya

June 29, 2020

For the discussion series "Corona, Forced Migration and Human Rights" the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nuremberg (CHREN) invites experts* from NGOs, politics, media and science to report on the situation of refugees and migrants* in different regions within the FFVT-project. The contributions will be moderated by members of the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nuremberg (CHREN) and classified according to human rights. In addition, the audience will have the opportunity to ask the experts questions.

June
22
2020
Online Workshop

International Perspectives for Forced Migration and Refugee Studies in Germany: Challenges and Opportunities

June 22 - 23, 2020

1st Workshop on International Research Cooperation of “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT)

FFVT aspires to establish sustainable international partnerships with strategically relevant institutions in the medium term. The aim of this first workshop is to initiate a discussion process on how more international visibility of research on refugees and forced migration in Germany can be achieved. Goals and corresponding strategies will be discussed.

April
27
2020
Online Workshop

Forced migration and refugees: perspectives from peace and conflict research

April 27, 2020

The workshop has the aim to explore the intersection of the two research fields „Peace & Conflict Research“ and „Forced Migratin and Refugee Studies“ and to identify areas for future collaboration.