How are life writing studies positioned in relation to the spatial, transnational and global turns in cultural studies and area studies? Tamara Heger and Verena Baier discuss these questions in their workshop report.
Was a kosher butcher with a US passport in small-town Croatia part of an international human trafficking ring? Or was he really enjoying the healthy waters? Ulf Brunnbauer explores a life story to consider migration, border and identity regimes in modern Europe and the Americas.
How can binaries be effectively unbuilt? How does this impact constructions of identity, conceptual frameworks and scholarly fields? These are some questions explored by the graduate researcher team behind the workshop “Unbuilding binaries”
In collaboration with international partners from U Michigan and U Arizona, the ScienceCampus explored how migration experiences, in the past and today, are mediated through a variety of formats, giving expression to the liminality of global and regional mobilities.
In an illuminating essay, Jannis Panagiotidis argues that even before the Covid19 crisis forcefully reminded us of the state’s power to regulate and restrict the movement even of its own citizens, a scholar of migration would have found little reason to believe the notion that the nation state could become obsolete anytime soon. While migrations transcends the confines of the nation-state perhaps nowhere is the nation-state more present than in migration matters.