24–26 May 2016, Humboldt University of Berlin
The participant of the conference applied an intersectional and/or post-colonial perspective to move the academic debate and research on diversity beyond the racial and ethnic lens. An intersectional approach to diversity enables to focus on categorical complexity, and considers age, gender, and class as fleeting and inseparable from migration-driven diversities of ethnicity and race. Furthermore, a postcolonial approach assumes a relational, dynamic, and contextual understanding of inequality, power, and dominance, which is under permanent negotiation. Both approaches highlight the importance of relations of inequality, and their institutional contexts. The conference was organized as part of Profile Partnership between Humboldt University of Berlin and National University of Singapore.
Visual Methods Workshop
3–4 December 2015, Bard College Berlin
The two-day workshop brought together international researchers, activists, and artists tackling the notion of in/visibility and difference with visual and visualization methods. The aim of the workshop was to share research conducted with visual methodologies and to collectively develop new ideas and strategies on how visual methods can enhance our understanding of contemporary social worlds. The workshop was organized together with Bard College Berlin.
12–15 December 2014, Humboldt University of Berlin
In order to understand what and how people remit ‘beyond money’ from host to home and the other way round, a concept of social remittances was coined. The body of literature emerged in the US-American context but also an increasing number of European scholars investigate the dynamics and impacts of migrants’ cross-border transfers, in respect to the emergence of ‘cultures of migration’, transfer of knowledge, political participation, or family and friends relations. The conference featured invited lectures on topics related to theory, methodology and practice of social remitting across national borders. The international conference on Social Remittances was organized together with the Section Migration and Ethnic Minorities of the German Sociological Association (DGS).
22–23 May 2014, Humboldt University of Berlin
Qualitative Longitudinal Studies (QPS) is used to reveal ‘life in the making’ on the intersection of past, presence and future but also of various disciplines. Therefore the main aim of the workshop was to create a bridge between longitudinal research methodologies, migration studies and social network analysis. The method has opened new avenues in migration context where individuals may change their behaviours, adapt to new circumstances or transfer new practices between sending and receiving locations, usually via social networks. These processes and mechanisms need to be better addressed, understood and evaluated. The workshop day was designed to provide scholars from various fields, not necessarily connected earlier to each other, with the opportunity to exchange knowledge, research experience and expertise.