Ilse Herath-Schugsties is a Psychologist (Friedrich Alexander Universität, Erlangen, Germany) and Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist (Alfred Adler Institut, DGIP) who focuses on Children and Youth.
Herath-Schugsties spent her whole working life in Munich. After working in a Social Psychiatric Ambulance and ten years at a Children’s Home for Remedial Education as psychologist and manager, she moved to an institution of Educational Guidance and Counseling in a socially disadvantaged district where she cooperated with different educational institutions, e.g. crèches, kindergartens or schools for more than 25 years.
The rate of migrants is especially high in this part of the city. Very often they are refugees and their families, in part traumatised by war, with different residence status. Due to this it is not unusual to have children from up to thirty different nations in kindergartens and schools, and classes without native speaking Germans. Herath-Schugsties started a successful project in cooperation with some kindergartens to empower the migrant parents, e.g. by reflecting cultural differences in bringing up children and in family life.
Through individual psychological counselling and open courses for intercultural dialogue she spread information using handouts or visual material as the basis, encouraging confidence in intercultural learning and communication to help them adapt to a different way of living.
Media and communication have been important “ingredients” for this project as well as in the rest of her work. Although retired she still works as case supervisor or speaks at parents’ evenings for those multicultural crèches and kindergartens .
OpenLearn: Exploring how migration changes the places where we live. The Open University, UK, 2018.
Migration has a major impact on local communities, leading to a series of contexts in which intercultural dialogue either occurs, or would be useful if it did occur. This course, prepared by The Open University, integrates multiple short videos discussing relevant matters. It could be usefully followed by an individual interested in the content, or parts of it might be integrated into an existing course.
Full description from the course site:
“In this OpenLearn resource, we have raised the question of how migration changes the places we live in and the communities of people with whom we live. We looked at the ways in which migration can change the everyday sense of belonging and how local authorities, voluntary sector and local communities can work together to create an inclusive narrative. We also looked at how communities and a sense of belonging to a place can be challenged by policies such as the hostile environment, aiming to make life more difficult for undocumented migrants. These policies, we have argued end up challenging a sense of social cohesion by dispersing asylum seekers to places where they might be at risk of hate crime, by uprooting them from their communities through detention, as well as engendering feelings of unbelonging through border checks in everyday situations such as at work, when renting a flat or sending their children to school. On the other hand, these policies also have a detrimental effect on community for those who are not migrants. While they can affect black and ethnic minority citizens in particular by casting doubt on their belonging and requiring them to prove they are not indeed migrant newcomers, they also affect other citizens by requiring everyone to take part in everyday bordering practices, checking the migration status of people who register with the GP or enroll their children in school. Yet, there are also oppositional communities of resistance who build solidarities across the boundary of migrant and non-migrant.”
RESEARCHER IN MIGRATION, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Oxford, UK. Deadline: 6 September 2019.
PEAK Urban Researcher position, funded by an UKRI GCRF grant based at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford. Candidates who hold a relevant PhD, demonstrate sufficient specialist knowledge, and have appropriate experience are welcome to apply. You must have interesting ideas about how the research questions might be answered. You will have excellent communication skills, competence to work in at least one of the international research partner countries (Colombia, China, India, South Africa), the ability to manage your own academic research and administrative activities, and be able to provide guidance to junior members of the research group and occasionally teach.
PEAK Urban are looking for someone who can address one or more of these research themes: contested migrant rights to the city; migrant strategies in new urban contexts; dynamics of technological change for understanding migrant urbanisms; experimental urban methodologies and new mobilities; the consequences of technological change for migrant networks and emergent urban forms; and the possibilities of comparative urban research. Particularly welcome: researchers with an interest in making a contribution to the following research priority areas: gendered cities and migrant urbanisms; public goods and private lives.
2 Postdoctoral positions in ERC funded project on Migration and Democratic Diffusion, to be based at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Application deadline: 24 June 2019.
Applications invited for 2 postdoctoral positions in the context of the ERC Consolidator project Migration and Democratic Diffusion: the Impact of Migration on Democratic Practices and Processes in Countries of Origin (MIGRADEMO), led by Eva Østergaard-Nielsen in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Start date: 15 September 2019. Will last up to 3 years.
Two PhD scholarships in ERC funded project on Migration and Democratic Diffusion, to be based at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Application deadline: 24 June 2019.
Applications also invited for two PhD scholarships in the context of the ERC Consolidator project Migration and Democratic Diffusion: the Impact of Migration on Democratic Practices and Processes in Countries of Origin, led by Eva Østergaard-Nielsen in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Start date: 15 September 2019. Will last up to 3 years.
Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: 30 June 2019.
The Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI Europe), established in Brussels in 2011, is a nonprofit, independent research institute that aims to provide a better understanding of migration in Europe and thus promote effective policymaking. MPI Europe provides authoritative research and practical policy design to governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders who seek more effective management of immigration, immigrant integration, and asylum systems in order to promote successful outcomes for newcomers, families of immigrant background, and receiving communities in Europe.
MPI Europe seeks a highly motivated, experienced professional to become the Director of Brussels-based MPI Europe. The new Director will be responsible for providing leadership to MPI Europe at a critical time of growth for the Institute and a pivotal time for migration in Europe and around the globe. He/she will work with a team of recognized experts on migration and integration based in Brussels and coordinate with the staff of its sister organization in Washington, DC (MPI), as needed.
Organizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies [OMICS] Conference, 6-9 November, 2019, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2019; Deadline for full papers: 9 October 2019.
Growth in international migration has prompted a diversity of efforts to manage global migratory flows as well as improve and streamline the economic, social and political integration of migrants into the host countries. Migration and integration today involve a myriad of actors such as international and regional bodies, state agencies and municipalities, companies, interest groups, community-embedded, civil society organizations as well as individuals, including migrants, who design, implement reproduce, participate in, and replicate individual or collaborative initiatives aimed at facilitating migration and integration. Some efforts are planned and involve years of preparation and the engagement of large coalition of actors; others are ephemeral and ad hoc, emerging from one day to the next only to disappear again quickly. Some efforts aim at facilitating transnational migration others at improving migrants’ health, at supporting migrants’ inclusion into the host countries’ education system or the labour market, at preventing radicalization, or securing migrants’ civic, social and legal inclusion in the new country. From a coordination and organizing perspective, this myriad of actors and activities separated in time and space poses not only far-reaching challenges, but also great opportunities.
These challenges and opportunities demand novel and critical research and interdisciplinary approaches from a range of disciplines, such as anthropology, educational sciences, health sciences, information technology, international studies, law and human rights, management and organization studies, migration studies, political science, social work and sociology. This to rethink how migration shapes and produces inclusion and exclusion around the world – from welfare states in the Global North to the states of the Global South.
Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: 6 May 2019.
Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI Europe) is a nonprofit, independent research institute based in Brussels, Belgium that aims to provide a better understanding of migration in Europe and thus promote evidence-based policymaking. MPI Europe provides authoritative research and practical policy design to governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders who seek more effective management of immigration, immigrant integration, and asylum systems as well as successful outcomes for newcomers, families of immigrant background, and receiving communities in Europe. MPI Europe works collaboratively with the International Program of its sister organization, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), based in Washington, DC.
MPI Europe seeks a highly motivated Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst to join its dynamic team in Brussels. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional writing, editing, and analytical skills and a thorough understanding of European policy frameworks and systems to manage immigration and asylum. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Call for Papers: Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol 8, issue 1. Deadline: March 24, 2019.
Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo) is a bi-annual, independent, academic journal seeking to engage in a global intellectual dialogue about forced migration with students, researchers, practitioners, academics, volunteers, activists, artists, as well as refugees and forced migrants themselves. OxMo welcomes submissions looking at forced migration through the lenses of law, policy, academia, and arts, alongside two sections in which field experiences and first-hand stories by people who have been displaced can be shared. For the first time, OxMo also includes space for creative expressions in the form of poetry, art, photography, as well as film, book, and theater reviews.
OxMo is particularly interested in encouraging submissions of authors from outside of Europe and North America. Submissions in languages other than English are accepted.
Call for proposals by Comparative Migration Studies for special issues related to Comparative research and theory-development in migration studies. Deadline: 15 March, 2019.
Editors of the journalComparative Migration Studies are looking for articles that push present understandings of migration, integration, and race and ethnic relations in new conceptual, methodological, and empirical, directions. A special issue should include at least 4 original articles, plus an introduction. Proposals should provide an outline of the special issue, provisional titles and author names of contributors (who should have confirmed their participation), and at least 1 complete paper. All articles for CMS should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and observe a word-limit of 9,000 words.
Continuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#16: Migration, which Saskia Witteborn wrote for publication in English in 2014, and which Gabriel Furmuzachi has now translated into Romanian.
As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists of Key Concepts organized chronologically by publication date and number, alphabetically by concept, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.
Witteborn, S. (2019). Migrația [Romanian]. (G. Furmuzachi, trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 16. Retrieved from:
If you are interested in translating one of the Key Concepts, please contact me for approval first because dozens are currently in process. As always, if there is a concept you think should be written up as one of the Key Concepts, whether in English or any other language, propose it. If you are new to CID, please provide a brief resume. This opportunity is open to masters students and above, on the assumption that some familiarity with academic conventions generally, and discussion of intercultural dialogue specifically, are useful.
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue
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