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

Mercator Fellow visits Siegen


In June and July 2022, the research unit’s Mercator Fellow, Prof Habibul H. Khondker who is based at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, visited Siegen. As part of his fellowship, Prof Khondker, whose research interests include social inequality, globalization, migration governance, sport, and new media, organized a two-day workshop on the topic of ‘Transborder Mobility and Institutional Dynamics in the Global South’ at the University of Siegen in mid-June. In addition, he discussed methodological challenges in the field with several Young Scholars (postdoctoral researchers, Ph.D., and graduate students) in an online workshop in early July as well as on other occasions and participated in a workshop at the Global South Studies Center (GSSC) at the University of Cologne, organized by Prof Michaela Pelican and her research team (sub-project 3) in mid-July.

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Workshop

‘Institutional Dynamics and Mobility in Southern Africa’


At the end of April 2022 subproject 1 (‘Mobility and Institutions of Intermediary Rule in Southern Africa’) welcomed Prof Rijk van Dijk (African Studies Centre, Leiden University) for a two-week guest stay at the Global South Studies Center (GSSC) in Cologne. As part of this stay, PD Dr Mario Krämer organised a hybrid workshop on ‘Institutional Dynamics and Mobility in Southern Africa’ with members of the Research Unit and colleagues from the Global South Studies Center on May 4th, 2022. Members of sub-project 1 had the opportunity to present their research projects and to discuss with Prof Rijk van Dijk his research on mobility and institutional dynamics in Botswana.

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Workshop

‘Doing research with vulnerable persons: awareness-building and (self-)reflexivity


The Research Unit’s first internal (online) workshop took place on March 17th and 18th 2022. Dr Dima Zito who holds a PhD in Human and Social Sciences and is a social worker led the event which focussed on ‘Doing research with vulnerable persons: awareness-building and (self-)reflexivity’ and its methodological and ethical applications.

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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

Sharon Harvey
EN-C 113
University of Siegen
Walter-Flex-Str. 3
57068 Siegen
sharon.harvey@uni-siegen.de