Dynamics of mobility aspirations in contexts of forced displacement.
The two-day workshop focuses on dynamics of refugees’ mobility aspirations and on how refugees experience mobility and immobility. In five panels, the workshop engages with, but is not limited to, the following questions:
The workshop seeks to contribute analytically, empirically and conceptually to research and broader societal debates on forced migration. Analytically, it aims at avoiding to “freeze” migration dynamics and develop new concepts to study the interplay of forced migration and aspirations dynamically. Moving beyond a Eurocentric and solely state-centred view on forced displacement, it will challenge methodological nationalism. Empirically, it seeks to examine refugees’ perspectives and aspirations for the future as well as the ways that policies shape and constrain them. Conceptually, it will provide an open and constructive space to share results from original empirical research with civil society actors and discuss conceptual challenges in studying a deeply dynamic and transnational research field.
Lea Müller Funk and Natalie Welfens.