CeMig Lecture Series Summer Term 2019

Migration and Regimes of Migration Control:
A Regional Comparison


Termin: Wednesday 16.15 - 17.45
Venue: Verfügungsgebäude (VG) (Platz der Göttinger Sieben 7), Room: VG 4.102
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Abstracts will be added subsequently!


22 May, 16.15 - 17.45, VG 4.102
Jin-Heon Jung (Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)
Transnational Migration and Religious Conversion among North Korean Refugee-Migrants across Continents in Comparative Perspective
This talk examines North Korean refugee-migrants' religious encounters throughout their transnational migrations by way of China to South Korea, North America, and Europe in comparative perspectives. It investigates how some of them become voluntarily or involuntarily converted to Christianity, and ordained as professional missionaries, while others are indifferent, critical to, or disenchanted from the religion in the contexts of both national division and their host societies. Their conversion to Christianity is often depicted as a signifier of a sacred triumph over the "evil" socialist North in evangelical political discourses. Such evangelical churches and missionary networks have provided secret shelters, broker-missionaries, and the "Underground railways" in China and Southeast Asian countries to South Korea and other western countries. Overseas Korean ethnic churches serve for the individual refugees to resettle in the host society and the co-ethnic community. Based on more than a decade long follow-up research among North Korean refugee-migrants in different countries, this talk aims to discuss the ways in which North Korean converted Christians develop and practice their own religiosities in the context of transnational migration and in envisioning post-division Korea. It sheds light on religion as a lens through which one can better understand how North Korean refugee-migrants negotiate senses of belonging and further claim to become "the chosen" rather than "helpless victims" in both secular and sacred terms. Moreover, this talk analyzes the similarities and differences in practicing religiosities and the implications among North Korean communities in Germany, England, South Korea, and North America respectively.

29 May, 16.15 - 17.45, VG 4.102
Giovanni Bettini* (Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University)
And Yet It Moves! (Climate) Migration as Symptom in the Anthropocene
How will climate change intersect with human mobility? This is a question with crucial implications, not least for those concerned with climate justice. However, ‘climate migration’ is often discussed through simplistic narratives. In particular, the spectre of environmentally-induced exodus recurs in academic, media, policy and activist circles, in spite of numerous studies revealing the empirical flaws and noxious normative implications of such narratives. Why is that the case, and what are the implications? To answer such questions, this talk provides a critical introduction to climate migration, contextualising the matter in relation to broader debates on the Anthropocene. Secondly, we will do a ‘symptomatic reading’ of discourses on climate migration, problematising the normative grounds of current discourses (which are often depoliticizing, securitising and racializing the nexus) and discussing why concepts such as ‘climate refugees’ do more harm than good for those aiming to tackle climate change in equitable ways.

05 June, 16.15 - 17.45, VG 4.102
Rainer Bauböck (Lichtenberg-Kolleg Göttingen)
In Kooperation mit dem Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Immigration as a Challenge for Liberal Democracies

12 June, 16.15 - 17.45, VG 4.102
Jean-Pierre Cassarino (European Interdisciplinary Studies Department, College of Europe I Natolin Campus Warsaw)
A World of Expulsions: What Lies Behind?
For many decades, interstate cooperation on the deportation of irregular migrants has been intensified by means of bilateral readmission agreements concluded between the EU and its member states, on the one hand, and third countries, on the other. These standard and non-standard agreements form a real system. Today, this system links numerous countries whether these are poor or rich, large or small, conflict-ridden or not, democratically organized or authoritarian. Beyond this consideration, it is necessary to question the functions of this expanding and powerfully inclusive system in order to understand its implications for the rights of migrants and non-migrants alike.

03 July, 16.15 - 17.45, VG 4.102
Suresh Canagarajah (Department of English, Pennsylvania State University)
Global Skilled Migration and Neoliberal Language Regimes

10 July, 16.15 - 17.45, VG 4.102
German Caruso (World Bank)
Spillover Effects of the Venezuelan Crisis: Migration Impacts in Colombia

17 July, 16.15 - 17.45, VG 4.102
Panel discussion with
Enrica Rigo (Faculty of Law, Roma Tre University)
Bernd Kasparek (Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, University of Göttingen)
Migration and the Future of Europe


* via video conference