Seminar Hotspot GLOCAL: Decentering and decolonizing migration research

Tuesday 4 June 2024, 3:30 pm - 5 pm

As most other fields and disciplines in contemporary academia migration studies has struggled with ambitions to decenter its knowledge production and decolonize its epistemologies. In a field engaging with borders, sovereignty, and mobility as central concepts much is at stake in these endeavors. Fundamental questions, however, remain to be broadly taken up: What could or should decolonizing migration studies mean? How to practically realize it? What can be done to ensure such efforts are not merely rhetorical or cosmetic? The third session of GLOCAL’s lecture series on interdisciplinary migration studies has the aim to explicate and reflect on the political, institutional, and methodological dimensions of various approaches to decolonizing and decentering migration studies. Political scientist Beste Isleyen discusses the inspiration that migration scholars may draw from critical security studies and postcolonial theory when it comes to revisiting the study of borders and mobility. Human Geographer Joris Schapendonk reflects on the ways in which research infrastructures and methodological reflexivity might contribute to decentering our understanding of migration. 

Tuesday 4 June 2024, 3:30 pm - 5 pm
EOS N 01.110
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For more information, please contact Nora Stel