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International Conference on Bringing Migration and History into the Equation: Re-Imagining Nationhood and Belonging
5-7 October 2011, Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany Organized by:
Network Migration in Europe e.V.
Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul
Jewish Museum Berlin
Zentrum für Türkeistudien und Integrationsforschung, Essen

Migration poses challenges to European societies as we know them today; indeed, the inclusion of immigrants in these societies has become a controversial issue in most European countries. Both of these statements are reflected in ongoing debates in numerous European countries. All too often, immigrants are seen as „Others” when it comes to constructing national cohesion and patterns of belonging and identity. The „Othering” of immigrants, perhaps best seen as a process of social construction and engineering, is closely interrelated with social, economic, linguistic and, increasingly, religious questions. However, immigrant inclusion and exclusion cannot be regarded without reference to historical, cultural and symbolic questions. Thus the analysis of identity formation and collective identities in multiethnic societies brings the political scope of identity politics, historical representations and national narratives to the fore. It entails theoretical and practical questions of (newly) constituting nationhood and transcultural belonging, as well as re-positioning ethnic/migrant minorities in the public sphere.

For further information please visit http://www.network-migration.org/workshop2011
or contact ohliger@network-migration.org.
Submission deadline: June 30, 2011
Please send your application to ohliger@network-migration.org

 

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