Running several study programmes, international co-operations, research initiatives and (interdisciplinary) academic centres, UOL may claim to be among the leading universities in Germany when it comes to migration studies, intercultural education, and gender studies. The Working Group “Migration-Gender-Politics,” coordinating and implementing EMMIR at UOL, is specialised in internationally oriented, transdisciplinary projects at the intersection of migration and gender studies. The expertise includes transnational curriculum development and cooperation with many partner universities in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Recent projects related to the programme’s issues and foci include:
- Kabbo ka Muwala: Migration and Mobility in Contemporary Art in Southern and Eastern Africa (2015-16); exhibition project presenting contemporary artistic perspectives on African migration; coordinated by UOL and carried out with galleries in Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Germany;
Migrations of Knowledge – Potentials and Limits of Knowledge Production and Critique in Europe and Africa (2014); international conference addressing current conditions and modes of academic knowledge production, organised at UOL (with EMMIR partners and others);
DIVERSITAS: Diversity Studies, International Teaching And Scholarship Network (ongoing); trilateral, interdisciplinary research and study network connecting scholars from UOL, WITS, and the University of Mumbai; establishing a sustainable exchange of perspectives, ideas, and programmes;
New Borderlands or Cosmopolitanism from Below? (2012); international conference on linking theories of border, concepts of cosmopolitanism and citizenship in migration studies, organised at UOL (with EMMIR partners and others);
UNIMIG: Migration and Higher Education – Building Skills and Capacities (2011-14); transfer of skills and competences in the interdisciplinary field of migration studies in the ENPI East region.
The Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights (RIGDPR) at Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, is concerned with issues related to gender, migration, and intercultural relation. It offers several post-graduate programmes, conducts extensive research and curriculum activities. Connected to the EDULINK funded curriculum development and research cooperation IMMIS (a.o. with UOL and MUST, 2008-2011), it was among the first institutions in eastern Africa to develop and implement modules focusing on migration and multiculturalism, linking those issues to gender, development, governance, and peace studies.
Research projects carried out by RIGDPR staff are mostly of an interdisciplinary nature and often undertaken in partnership by academia and experts from NGOs or governmental institutions in Sudan as well as outside Sudan. Research undertaken in the past five years focused on questions regarding ethnic identity and cultural diversity, human rights and conflict resolution, migrant domestic work and reproductive health.
RIGDPR’s mission also includes developing solid partnership and close collaborations with various national, regional, and international organisations including government and academic institutions. Moreover, RIGDPR engages in advocacy activities for achieving change at policy and community level in areas of diversity, peace, rights, migration, and governance. These activities include public lectures and advocacy workshops.
MUST is spearheading the implementation of migration studies as a transversal task in the university’s postgraduate courses. From 2008 to 2011, MUST was one of the partners in the Edulink funded research and curriculum development project IMMIS and contributed considerably to the development of EMMIR and to the implementation of migration studies in African higher education. EMMIR is hosted by the Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research, the programme is interlinked with the postgraduate course in Conflict Analysis and Inclusive Development.
MUST’s key expertise draws on forced migration and internal displacement as well as gender issues, as a matter of principle it focuses on the practical applications of social sciences to the needs of the community. Besides, MUST offers community based training and contributes to the interdisciplinary analysis of development in Uganda by focusing practically on the comparative problems of the prospects for Uganda and the Great Lakes Region and advances capacity in development studies by contributing to local, national and international policy making.
Current research projects include 'Finding Durable Solutions for Old Refugee Case Loads in Nakivale Refugee Settlement,' in partnership with University of Antwerp, Belgium and funded by Virilous (Belgian Development Cooperation). In addition, EMMIR benefits from the strong relationships between MUST and the UNHCR implementing partners in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, providing students with internship opportunities and also facilitating research activities in the settlement setting, particularly following art-based research approaches. Currently, MUST is also involved in the development of a joint project proposal with the University of Rwanda and UOL in the area of Post-Conflict, Peace, and Reconciliation. Since 2012, MUST is hosting EMMIR students for the third semester focus module and also provides an organisational framework for project-based internships in Nakivale.
UNG joined the network now running EMMIR in 2001 and has been involved in joint curriculum development and the set-up of the forerunner programme JMMIR. The key staff representing EMMIR in this application has considerably contributed to the programme implementation throughout the first funding period. Other projects and activities implemented within the framework of migration, intercultural relations, and transculturality include:
Doctoral programme in Humanities: encompassing literary studies, migration, and intercultural relations, and focusing specifically on contemporary methodological and theoretical skills.
Travelling TexTs 1790-1914 – Transnational Reception of Women’s Writing at the Fringes of Europe (2013–2016, HERA/FP7): This HERA-funded collaborative research project studies the role of women’s writing in the transnational literary field during the long 19th century. It explores cultural encounters through reading and writing that contributed to shaping modern cultural imaginaries in Europe. By tracing and comparing the networks created through women’s writing from the perspective of five countries (Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands) located at the fringes of 19th-century Europe it questions the relations between centre and periphery from a gendered point of view. The project thus contributes to the development of new, transnational models of writing the history of European literary culture.
BoB – Balancing on the Border (2014, 2015): The bi-national twin-city Nova Gorica forms the backdrop for an intensive programme, in which students from Norway, Portugal, and Slovenia collaboratively researched aspects of ‘balancing life on the border’ by means of audio-visual and multimedia artistic works and encompassing various border-related phenomena, e.g., trans-border migration for work, culturally mixed marriages, language barriers, cultural and historical links and cleavages, political micro-geographical and territorial issues, naturally as well as architecturally manifest border phenomena.
The University of South Bohemia (USB) in Ceské Budjovice is a public institution of advanced learning. On a long-term basis, USB supports and promotes ideas and values of a democratic society through the education, research and public engagement on local as well as national level. For this reason, USB is also involved in many international projects and has developed a wide network of active partnerships on the supranational level.
The main and the most important task of the Department of Social Sciences at the Faculty of Education, which is the coordinator of the EMMIR in the Czech Republic since 2011, is the training of future teachers of civic education with emphasis on active participation of students in various projects and research. However, since 2005 one of the main areas of expertise of the Department is migration with a focus on processes of nationalism, ethnicity, and representations. USB was also a partner institution of the project Comenius 3 Learning Migration (funded by the European Commission) together with other European EMMIR partners, as well as of the study program Joint Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations.
Since 2012, the Faculty of Education has been hosting the Annual Summer School on Migration Studies (co-funded by the US Embassy in Prague) organised in cooperation with IOM. The Summer School on Migration offered an opportunity for more than 300 students of various backgrounds from the Czech Republic as well as 35 countries to participate in a high quality program (the programs of past Summer Schools are to be found on the IOM website). In recent years, the Faculty of Education was involved among others in the project ‘Teachers: Agents of Change’ with the largest NGO in the Czech Republic, the People in Need, as a coordinator. Within this project, two university courses on global education were developed, both of them with a focus on migration and human rights.
The University of Stavanger (UiS) was the leading partner in the initiative for a joint (European) MA course on Migration and Intercultural Relations in 2001. Faculty involved in EMMIR has broad experience in curriculum development and in teaching migration issues and initiatives related to intercultural education. Moreover, migration is one of the foci at the EMMIR hosting Faculty of Arts and Education.
Especially grounding in migration history and migration sociology, the institution has developed a focus on micro-history, linked to a re-assessment of concepts of time, temporality, place and location, of migrant narratives and migration experiences. Scholars at UiS strongly cooperate with scholars from other institutions – e.g. the Centre for Intercultural Communication (SIK) and VID Specialized University – and different disciplines in social sciences and humanities.
Projects UiS has been involved in related to the programme’s issues and foci include:
- Training of students as mentors for migration children in Europe (Mentor Migration) – Comenius 2.1 project
- Winning Immigrants as Active Members (WinAct) – Grundtvig multilateral project
- Learning Migration – Comenius 3 Network
- European Master in Social Work with Families and Children – Erasmus Mundus
- Nordic Master in Social Work and Welfare – Joint Master
- Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility
UiS in addition avails of the necessary infrastructure and expertise to host the full editions for the second semester, teachers and administrative staff alike avail of all the necessary expertise and experience.
The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand is an independent, interdisciplinary, and internationally engaged Africa-based centre of excellence for research and teaching that shapes global discourse on human mobility, development, and social transformation. The ACMS is one of the continent's leading institutions for research, teaching, and outreach on migration.
The ACMS offers an Honours, MA and PhD programme that attracts students from within South Africa, the southern African region, and beyond. Research at the ACMS fits within five broad and intersecting themes. Each of these include multiple projects, often involving doctoral and master’s students and partners based outside of Wits University:
- Considering communities of difference
- Governing Mobility in Southern African Cities
- Illness, Boundaries, and Health Systems
- Migrant rights and the social life of law
- Mobility labour and livelihoods
ACMS is part of the seven-year research programme consortium (RPC) 'Migrating out of Poverty', funded by the UK's Department for International Development, and focusing on the relationship between internal and regional migration and poverty in six regions across Asia, Africa, and Europe (co-ordinated by the University of Sussex). ACMS hosts the South African Research Chair in Mobility and the Politics of Difference, held by Prof. Loren Laundau and the migration and health project southern Africa (maHp), funded by a Welcome Trust Investigator Award held by Prof. Jo Vearey.
Other projects include a three-year Mellon Foundation funded project on Governing morality, migration, sexuality, and gender, an oral history project 'Whose Country is it Anyway? Telling Transformation & Xenophobia,' and participation in studies funded by Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity’s Super-Diversity South Africa Project.
The EMMIR Consortium composition reflects the idea of an integrated African-European study programme. It consists of two delegates from each of the following seven universities:
- University of Oldenburg, Germany (UOL)
- Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan (AUW)
- Mbarara University of Science & Technology in Uganda (MUST)
- University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia (UNG)
- University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic (USB)
- University of Stavanger, Norway (UIS)
- University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (Wits)
Two student representatives, elected by the students of the active cohorts, complete the Consortium Committee. They are granted advisory votes in questions pertaining to examinations and are consulted in the process of monitoring the course of study.
The Consortium adheres a network of associate partner institutions in order to tie in with social dynamics as well as securing graduates’ employability. The areas associates represent are:
- aid and advocacy
- civil society and culture
- research and documentation
- local authorities, schools and continuing education.
Most of the associates provide internships for EMMIR students in semester 3. In addition, they are consulted with regard to developments in the labour market, including skills and qualification profiles in demand, they are also potentially involved in guest lectures and other joint projects.
List of associated partner organisations (as of January 2017)
- Politicti vezni.cz, Prague
- Sladovna Písek
- Vzajemne souziti, Ostrava
- European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg
- Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück
- Malteser-Werk Berlin e.V.
- Theologische Hochschule Friedensau
- International Migration and Ethnic Relations Research Unit (IMER), Bergen
- Senter for interkulturell kommunikasjon (SIK), Stavanger
- Association for Developing Voluntary Work, Novo Mesto
- Municipality of Ljubljana
- Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts/Slovenian Migration Institute, Ljubljana
- University of Novi Sad, Serbia
- University of Salzburg, Austria
- Amnesty International (Africa Office), Johannesburg
- Centre for Applied Legal Studies at WITS, Johannesburg
- Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa, Johannesburg
- Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA), Johannesburg
- International Organisation for Migration (IOM) South Africa and Southern & Eastern Africa, Pretoria
- Lawyers for Human Rights, Pretoria
- Sonke Gender Justice, Cape Town
- Babiker Badri Scientific Association for Women Studies, Omdurman
- Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Khartoum University
- Disaster Management and Refugee Studies Institute, Khartoum
- Nuba Women for Education and Developmen Association (NuWEDA), Khartoum
- Sudanese Development Initiative, Khartoum
- UNICEF Sudan, Khartoum
- Refugee Law Project (RLP), Kampala
- UNHCR Regional Office, Mbarara
- Windle Trust, Kampala
- International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Austria, Vienna
- Paris-Londron-University Salzburg, Austria
- University of Graz, Austria
- International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Brussels, Belgium
- UNHCR Regional Office, San José, Costa Rica
- Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb, Croatia
- University of Zagreb, Croatia
- Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia
- Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, Tbilisi, Georgia
- University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
- Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
- Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
- Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, India
- Ruppin Academic Center, Emek Hefer, Israel
- Borderline Sicilia Onlus, Modica, Italy
- International Catholic Migration Commission, Amman, Jordan
- African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF), Nairobi, Kenya
- Instituto de Estudios y Divulgación sobre Migración (INEDIM), Mexico City
- Stichting African Diaspora Policy Centre, Gravenhage, Netherlands
- Girl’s Power Initiative (GPI), Benin City, Nigeria
- Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Krakow, Poland
- University of Novi Sad, Serbia
- Terre des Femmes, Geneva, Switzerland