From the Network to the Centre for Global Migration Studies

More than any other social phenomenon, migration shapes societies worldwide: it is the subject of extremely controversial debate and currently polarises societies to a high degree. In view of these challenges, there is a great social and political need for scientifically grounded expertise on migration.

In the aftermath of the so-called European "refugee crisis" in 2015, migration researchers from Göttingen Campus joined together to form the Network for Global Migration Studies. The aim of the network has been to bring the regional and interdisciplinary expertise and research in the field of migration at Göttingen Campus into a sustainable dialogue in order to gain a complex analytical understanding of global migration processes. On the initiative of the network, the Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig) was founded on June 14, 2018.

About the Centre for Global Migration Studies

Two of our founding members, Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess and Prof. Dr. Anja Jetschke, presented CeMig, its direction and activities, at the opening conference "Migration as a Global Challenge: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Complex Field" on 21-23 June 2018:

CeMig is an interdisciplinary cooperation of migration researchers from different disciplines at Göttingen Campus, from Agricultural Economics to the Sociology of Religion. CeMig is based on the participation of the

  • Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

It is this diversity of specialist and methodological approaches to migration research which is an essential strength of the regional scientific and thematic expertise available at Göttingen Campus. Hereby, it is possible to take an analytical view of the entire migration process. Thus, the political, social and economic contexts in the origin, transit and destination countries are included. For instance, questions are raised not only about integration in the destination country but also about the entire migration process (e.g. motivations for migration, onward migration and return, experiences in transit, the shaping of transnational relations).
Such a global, comparative and holistic perspective on migration will not only help to avoid a methodological nationalism, which has long been criticised in migration research, but regard migration as a process that spans regions and as a process which is essentially incomplete. It also puts into perspective the rhetoric of crisis that is often associated with migration movements, for example by positioning the European "refugee crisis" in the context of global migration movements.

Tasks and Activities

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CeMig's main task is to strengthen research in migration studies at Göttingen Campus. To this end, it will link the field of research activities and bring them into a productive exchange to not only to generate innovative research ideas but also to strengthen the perceptibility among the scholars internally as well as externally. In the medium term, joint research activities are to be perpetuated in convenient formats (e.g. collaborative research projects).
In addition, perspectives and approaches to migration will be brought together in teaching activities to make migration more visible and more accessible as a topic. This enables a more comprehensive, interest-led study in the field of migration. In addition, young researchers will be promoted and empowered (e.g. through research colloquia, junior academies or doctoral programmes).

Furthermore, CeMig will cooperate with the existing research networks and institutions of Göttingen Campus and contribute by bringing in migration as a cross-cutting topic. It will also contribute to existing regional, national and international migration research networks and, conversely, integrate existing national and international network contacts into local activities.

A special concern of CeMig is to establish new forms of knowledge transfer in the sense of the "third mission". It strives to contribute to the public debate and to involve actors from civil society, politics and business in the discussion.