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

Meeting

Research Unit Meeting: ‘Migration Research meets Institutional Research: Theoretical Perspectives and Intersections’


The Research Unit 5183 came together on October 27th and 28th 2022 for a two-day meeting to discuss the following topic: ‘Migration Research meets Institutional Research’.

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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.

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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.

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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