Conference on Linking Theories of Border, Concepts of Cosmopolitanism and
Citizenship in Migration Studies
to Saturday 8th December 2012
Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany
Consortium (European Master of Migration and Intercultural Relations)
Ossietzky University Oldenburg (School
of Linguistics and Cultural Studies, School of Education)
University Göttingen (Laboratory on critical migration and border regime studies)
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,
South Africa (African Centre for
Migration and Society)
The conference will focus on three
interlinked concepts: border(land), citizenship and cosmopolitanism. These are
currently highly debated in transnational and transdisciplinary academic
discourses – initiating a fruitful dialogue between them might lead to
paradigmatic shifts in migration studies and beyond. In order to do so, the
conference examines specific dimensions of the ongoing deep transformation of statehood, citizenship,
sovereignty and identity formations in sending, transit, and receiving states.
The conference programme is divided in four sections. Two workshops for graduates and postgraduates with presentations about research on conference topics are planned.
I Border Regimes: Formations of European and African
How are geopolitical borders
understood in European and in African contexts? What are the implications for
What is the nexus
between migrants’ agency and border regimes? And what is the nexus between the
border regime and a differential system of rights and citizenship?
What are possible links
between approaches of bio- and geopolitical border concepts to develop tools
for the analysis of political strategies and practices?
· Do migration theories appropriately address
concepts of border? What can border theories learn from migration studies?
Border Imaginaries: On the Discursive (De-)Construction of Demarcation Lines
How are borders portrayed and
linked to migrant images and representations of border-crossing
subjectivities? What counter-narratives and -images have been produced and by
whom? And what exactly is ,countered‘ in these narratives?
What are the chances and
limits of representational politics in the context of border regimes?
How are human and women’s
rights discourses linked to border politics?
To what extent do forms of
orientalism (linked to border politics, concepts of citizenship or
cosmopolitanism) frame constructions of cultures within and beyond Europe?
III Transgression of Borders and Transnational Social
Experiences: A New Cosmopolitanism or Translocal, Postnational Citizenship
- How do
theoretical strands of cosmopolitan ideas and principles counter the
current neoliberal politics of global governance?
- How do
these strands discuss the acknowledgment of ,the Other‘ beyond the concepts of sameness or semblance?
- Do concepts of cosmopolitanism
reinterpret, question or transgress the concept of ,third space‘
introduced by Homi Bhabha? How are
alternative ways of trans-national and trans-cultural interconnectedness
- What is
the current (dis)connection between theory and practice of
- What are the theoretical and
methodological differences or divides between the approaches
,cosmopolitanism from below‘ and ,citizenship from below‘?
- How do geopolitical, social and
cultural border politics mould ,subaltern cosmopolitanisms‘ or
,citizenship from below‘ in European and African contexts? How are these
- Do these approaches lead to new
theoretical and methodological outcomes which may go beyond the established
The deadline for abstract submission
(300 words max) is 15 June 2012. Please specify to which section you would like
your paper to be considered or if you want to present your project in the
workshops for graduates and postgraduates. Your abstract together with a short
biographical note should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
By 15 July
2012 the selection committee will inform applicants about the decision. Some
travel grants for selected speakers might become available in early November.
When submitting your abstract, please indicate if you plan to apply for a
deadline for submitting papers is 30 October 2012. Please submit only
unpublished papers which could be published in an edited book.
Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess
Institut für Kulturanthropologie/Europäische Ethnologie