DFG Research Unit 5183

Transborder Mobility and Institutional Dynamics

transMID is a DFG Research Unit which investigates the intersections of transborder mobility and institutions from a transdisciplinary, transnational and transregional perspective. It addresses an existing research gap since, to date, social scientists have often explored mobility and migration separately from institutions and institutional dynamics.

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About transMID

This Research Unit brings together scholars from sociology, anthropology and political science in order to examine the nexus between transborder mobility and institutions from a transregional and transnational perspective that extends beyond European host countries. It aims to explore the ways in which institutions frame, shape or control mobility (especially labour migration, educational migration and forced migration) and considers the influence of these forms of mobility on institutional endurance or change. Building on five closely intertwined subprojects, the particular focus of the Research Unit’s theoretical and empirical analyses are the institutional dynamics – i.e. processes of institutionalisation, de- and re-institutionalisation and institutional pluralisation – that accompany transborder mobility and the mechanisms of internal and external institutional regulations of mobility. 

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News

Roundtable 30.10.2023

‘Towards Transregional Perspectives on Migration, Mobility, and Institutions’


The Research Unit organised the online roundtable ‘Towards Transregional Perspectives on Migration, Mobility, and Institutions’ with four invited guests upon the initiative of Prof Dr Karin Schittenhelm und Dr Dominik Schieder.

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Workshop 12.09.2023

Considerations of Intersectionality in Mobility-Related Organizations


On the initiative of subproject 1, members of the Research Unit met online with Dr Masauso Chirwa, head of the Department of Social Work and Sociology at the University of Zambia (UNZA), for an online workshop on ‘Considerations of Intersectionality in Mobility-Related Organizations’.

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Workshop 11.09.2023

Intersectionality: Where Method, Theory, and Empirical Insights Converge


In a collaborative effort led by the Research Unit’s Work Package III (‘methodological reflection and methodological research’) and its Young Scholars initiative, members of the research group conducted an internal (and hybrid) workshop in Cologne on ‘Intersectionality: Where Method, Theory, and Empirical Insights Converge’.

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Speaker

Prof Dr Karin Schittenhelm
Department of Social Sciences
University of Siegen
Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2
57068 Siegen
schittenhelm@soziologie.uni-siegen.de

Deputy Speaker

Prof Dr Katharina Inhetveen
Department of Social Sciences
University of Siegen
Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2
57068 Siegen
inhetveen@soziologie.uni-siegen.de

Scientific Coordinator

Dr Dominik Schieder
Department of Social Sciences
University of Siegen
Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2
57068 Siegen
dominik.schieder@uni.siegen.de

Secretary

Beata Koziol
ENC-D 312
University of Siegen
Walter-Flex-Str. 3
57072 Siegen
beata.koziol@uni-siegen.de