CeMig Newsletter

3 May 2022

This is the newsletter of the Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig). It provides regular information about events, research projects and publications on the subject of migration at Göttingen Campus and within the region.


Upcoming CeMig Events


"Peripheral Contingencies: Examining the Experiences of International Scholars in Latvia"

Online lecture by Ieva Puzo (postdoctoral researcher at Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia)

06.05.2022, 1pm (CEST), online via Zoom

Abstract: In this lecture, I examine the notion of academic life course from the perspective of international scholars in Latvia—a research system in the European East characterized by fragmentation, limited funding, and projectarization, yet also visions of increased international visibility and competitiveness. The starting point for the discussion is the inherent contradiction embedded in the contemporary regimes of knowledge production: while the ideal of gaining a permanent, stable job in academia remains aspirational, fixed-term contracts and uncertainty are the reality for an increasing number of research workers around the world. Mobility across borders is a crucial element of this tension: it is part of the academic life course that is supposed to lead to a permanent job in the future, yet often turns into an indefinite process of moving from one country and institution to the next one. Based on semi-structured interviews with international scholars in Latvia as well as other ethnographic data, I examine how this contradiction may be experienced in more peripheral contexts of academic knowledge production. Through the narratives of my interlocutors, I suggest that international scholars in Latvia encounter both heightened job insecurity and, simultaneously, professional and personal opportunities.

Ieva Puzo received her PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia. Her research interests lie in the intersection of science, mobility and labor, and her current project investigates the experiences of international scholars in various national contexts.

For more information and registration click here. We are looking forward to your participation!


"Health of migrants and ethnic minorities in Germany. Reflecting on normative agendas"

Online lecture as part of the lecture series "Public Health and Migration" of the research group Public Health and Migration

Prof Dr. Oliver Razum (Faculty of Health Sciences, Bielefeld University)

12.05.2022, 16:15 (CEST), online via Zoom

Abstract: Immigrants to European countries experience health risks and develop health needs that may differ from the risks and needs of the majority population of country receiving the immigrants. Additionally, immigrants may face specific barriers to accessing health care. These barriers apply both to refugees and ‘regular’ migrants. I will show that a life course perspective can help to better understand the resulting health-related diversity, or heterogeneity, of today’s societies in Europe. Further, I will illustrate how health services address this heterogeneity, with a particular emphasis on entitlement restrictions and access barriers to health care In Germany. These insights demonstrate that public health research and practice are not ‘neutral’, i.e., not free of underlying normative agendas. A life course approach can serve as a tool to expose such hidden normative agendas in immigrant health.

 For more Information and registration click here.


Further upcoming lectures in this series:

2 June 2022 16:15 - 17:45 (CEST)

Institutioneller Rassismus im Gesundheitswesen: Mechanismen, Dynamiken und Narrative

by Dr. Aleksandra Lewicki: Guest researcher at CeMig and Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex


23 June 2022 16:15 - 17:45 (CEST)

Healthcare access in the age of migration: reluctance, rights, suffering

by Prof Hannah Bradby, Centre for Social Work (CESAR) Uppsala University


On Current Occasion


„Re/assembling Antiracist Struggles"

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)

Fights and resistance against racism and Anti-Semitism are part of the history of this country. For three days, we want to take a close look at this under the motto "(Re)Assembling, Archiving and Activating antiracist struggles": We will look at movements, locations and historical conjunctures in workshop-, exhibition- and discussion formats together with activists, artists and researchers from different generations. It is not just about looking back, digging up and recording forgotten experiences that have been made invisible, but also about reactivating them for today and tomorrow.

Workshops will address the genealogies of feminist-antiracist struggles, of struggles in the former GDR against the specific forms and practices of racism there, resistance to anti-Semitism (and Holocaust denial), of refugee struggles, of struggles by Roma and Sinti, of struggles against racial profiling, of political antiracist archiving initiatives and many more topics.

More information:

Those interested in participating are encouraged to bring their own photos, posters and texts from struggles against racist conditions and in favour of social change, with the goal of collectively expanding the (material) collection of stories of anti-racism.

"(Re)Assembling Antiracist Struggles" is a cooperative project of CeMig director Sabine Hess with the Kiel University of Applied Sciences, the Migration Museum (DOMiD) Cologne and the FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum Berlin. It is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education. More information at: www.versammeln-antirassismus.org


Call for Papers


Two Call for Papers for the 2nd International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (SMUS Conference) & 1st RC33 Regional Conference Latin America: Brazil

08.‒10.09.2022, Online-Conference hosted by the University of São Paulo (Brazil)


Session “Migration, Mobilities, and Displacement in the ‘Global South’”

Organised by CeMig Member Arne Worm (Georg-August-University Goettingen, Germany, aworm@uni-goettingen.de) & Steve Tonah (University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana, stonah@ug.edu.gh)



Session “Spatial Dynamics of Violence: Qualitative Methodologies and Discussions”

Organised by CeMig Member Eva Bahl (University of Vienna, Austria/University of Goettingen, Germany, ebahl@uni-goettingen.de) & Martín Hernán di Marco (University of Oslo, Norway, m.h.d.marco@jus.uio.no)



Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig)
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37073 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 551 39-25358
Email: jelka.guenther@uni-goettingen.de