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P6: Migration societies


Video of  profile line 6: Migration societies. YouTube-Channel Osnabrueck University.


Prof. Dr. Julia Becker
Institute of Psychology & IMIS

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pott
Institute of Geography & IMIS

Migration describes a process based on spatial movement which affects and changes various so-cietal domains. Migration is an essential element and a driving force of societal change. Not only in research is migration regarded as a phenomenon with a far-reaching and an increasing significance in the globalized world. Migration has long become a matter of intensive societal debates and argu-ments. In various societal fields migration-based knowledge is being developed and communicated, changes relating to migration are being observed, commented, affirmed or rejected. Numerous ac-tors with unequally distributed means of power are involved in the daily negotiation of the condi-tions, forms and consequences of migration. Why, in which constellations and with which interests and consequences these complex processes proceed is unclear. The profile line responds to this substantial shortcoming with a fundamental interdisciplinary research program.

At Osnabrück University there are favorable conditions for the planned research program. Interdis-ciplinary migration research has a long tradition at this university. This particularly applies to the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) which has existed for over 25 years, but also for the Institute of Islamic Theology (IIT) and the Center for Democracy and Peace Research (ZeDF).

More than 30 researchers from five faculties (Faculty of Cultural Studies and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Language and Literary Studies, Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Law) participate in the profile line.