Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig)

Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig)

Migration is one of the most pressing and complex issues of the 21st century. The Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig) brings together scholars of
Göttingen Campus from six different faculties, plus the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG). Together they study the complex challenges of migration on a global scale under very different thematic and regional foci, that by engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration and by pooling together diverse methodological approaches. CeMig strengthens research and teaching in the area of Migration Studies in addition to establishing innovative forms of knowledge transfer.

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Wege zur kolonialkritischen Stadt

Mon. 16-20 Uhr
Thurs. 9.30-13.30 Uhr
Sun. 12-16 Uhr

Wilhelmsplatz 3

The "Urban Lab: Ways to the colonial-critical city" (Stadtlabor) will provide space for exchange and the collaborative exploration and development of paths to a colonial-critical city of Göttingen over the next 12 months. The project aims to gather perspectives, network knowledge and shape commemoration. In addition to the reappraisal of local colonial history, the City Lab also wants to make anti-colonial resistance and colonial continuities to the present more visible and invite all Göttingen residents to get involved and participate.

In the course of building up an open archive, all Göttingen residents are called upon to contribute objects, documents or other contemporary testimonies.

Go to the collection call here.

You will find further information on the current dates here on Instagram


New research project by Sabine Hess

Expertise on the establishment of a documentation center for the victims of the NSU:

"Nationwide inventory of reappraisal activities and inclusion of affected persons' perspectives."
On behalf of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb)

As a first planning step towards a possible place of remembrance and a documentation center for the victims of the NSU - as envisaged in the coalition agreement of the current federal government - a team at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology (Sabine Hess, Lee Hielscher, Çaǧan Varol, Jelka Günther, Eva Apelt, Yasmin Dreessen) was commissioned by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) with an expertise to qualitatively classify the nationwide reappraisal activities on the NSU complex on the basis of an inventory and to discuss fundamental questions about the orientation, contents and structures of such a place with those affected and their relatives as well as with supporting groups, victim counseling services and lawyers.
The goal is to find out in open discussions how they would like to see such a place (or places) against the background of their struggles for clarification and remembrance. In the process, various structural, methodological and content-related considerations - for example, with regard to the location, the tasks, the prerequisites for participation and co-design or the requirements for a legal supporting structure - are to be reflected upon with an open mind and, building on this, a recommendation is to be drafted as to how the perspective of those affected and their relatives can be placed centrally in all steps of realization.

The expertise is one of three clusters that serve as a basis for the preparation of a feasibility study by the Federal Agency for Civic Education and in which fundamental questions for a concept of an NSU Documentation Center will be discussed.

You can find more information here.

Related publications: "Testifying and being heard: Perspectives of those affected on a possible documentation center on the NSU complex" by Sabine Hess in the bpb's "ApuZ: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte" on the NSU complex.

Interdisciplinary Research Group Public Health and Migration

The Covid-19 crisis and its global management have brought the question of the protection of life and the right to health to the fore with new urgency. The pandemic appears to show that the supposedly most essential and fundamental rights in international and national norm-building enshrined in global, regional and national constitutions, namely health coverage and entitlements in political practice are unevenly distributed across countries on a global level. This is especially the case regarding migrant populations and post-colonial minorities.

The research group pursues in particular questions of the conceptualisation of eligibility and access provision to health infrastructures and services.

You can find more information about the research group here.