Austrian Network for Migration Studies

PLUS Rector Lehnert has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research to support the MML in building the Austrian Network for Migration Studies together with the Universities of Mozarteum, Innsbruck, Graz, and Krems!!  The first Ph.D. conference will be held in Krems December 9-10, 2020  While the conference is mainly dedicated for doctoral students, mid-career researchers and senior researchers will also have an opportunity to network.  If you are interested, please email us on: 

IMISCOE Conference 1.-2. July 2020

IMISCOE Conference will take place online this year from July 1 to 2.
The registration deadline is June 26, 2020 (23:59 CET).
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3 Ph.D. positions in Krems

3 Ph.D. positions in Krems: focus on  (i) governance of forced migration, (ii) international migration and mobility, (iii) migration modelling.
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CfP ESA RN Urban Sociology Workshop

Call for participation, ESA RN Urban Sociology Workshop “Care Theory Meets the City: Exploring Implications for the Study of Urban Inequalities”, (date end of Jan./beginning of Feb. 2021 envisaged).
Care Theory Meets the City: Exploring Implications for the Study of Urban Inequalities  Session Proposal for a 90-minutes session during the Midterm conference of the Urban Sociology research network
Topic 5, Urban stratification and urban inequalities  Organizers: Mare Knibbe, Daniela Krüger & Hannah Schilling
Affiliations & Contact:

  • Mare Knibbe: Department of Health medicine and Life sciences, Inequality, Participation, Globalisation (IPG), Care and Public Health Researchschool (Caphri), Maastricht University
  • Daniela Krüger: Department of Urban and Regional Sociology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Hannah Schilling: Department of General Sociology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin

Session format: Workshop with selected participants, introduced and moderated by the organizers. If you are interested in participating, please contact one of the organizers with a short description of your research interests, pointing to your engagement with care theory and the urban. Two months before the conference, each participant prepares a 1-page discussion note which will be shared with all participants.
Residents in many European cities find themselves in a transforming welfare landscape. While there are local variations, many cities deal with a similar set of developments that have relocated caring responsibilities. The persons and institutions involved in care changed under the influence of neoliberal governance, shifting from state actors to private actors and reinforcing inequalities in the distribution of burdens and benefits of care. While these developments have given rise to a wide array of new care practices moving along with- or against the tides, consolidating social boundaries or crossing them in new caring figurations, it raises questions about how to empirically study or theorize care practices and the city. Moreover, the concept of care or care theory have rarely been used in urban sociology. The aim of this session therefore is to discuss how care theory and urban sociology can be conceptually and empirically brought together, i.e. how to relate care practices and different urban spaces and institutions. From this methodological and theoretical discussion, we hope to explore the implications for studying urban inequalities. Inequalities in city life have been conceptualized in a variety of ways: e.g. in the form of residential segregation, different cultural repertoires for performing in the ‘theater’ of public life or the socially differentiated uses of urban opportunity structures. Ideas of social class as categories people ‘have’ or ‘come to own’ have been a central perspective in urban sociology. To these static approaches of social categories in the city, ‘care’ adds a relational sociological perspective to the analysis of urban inequalities. While ‘care’ practices aim to “satisfy socially recognized needs” (Thelen 2015, 508), the actual access to care and resources are embedded in social relations and norms of deservingness. Further conceptual and empirical work on care practices in the city might help to better grasp the (re)production of relations and social categories or the negotiation of boundaries of the public or private sphere (see Thelen 2015 & Tronto 2013). We aim to facilitate an intimate discussion on these questions. Each participant prepares a 1-page discussion note which presents their standpoint (empirical and/or analytical) in the debate on care and the urban. The notes will be shared amongst all participants in the month before the workshop. We (as organizers) will circulate 1-2 core readings in before hand with the participants, as a starting point for discussion. At the workshop, we will moderate a focused discussion based on the statements and readings.
Thelen, Tatjana. 2015. „Care as Social Organization: Creating, Maintaining and Dissolving Significant Relations.“ Anthropological Theory 15 (4):497-515.  Tronto, Joan C. 2013. Caring Democracy: Markets Equality, and Justice. New York: New York University Press.

IMISCOE Annual Conference postponed to 2021

IMISCOE Annual Conference in Luxemburg has been postponed to 2021. There will be a virtual event at the end of June.