Trans-local conflict dynamics among refugees and diaspora populations

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June 18, 2018
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Social Sciences

The Bonn International Center for Conversion cordially like to invite you to apply for an academic workshop on:


Trans-local conflict dynamics among refugees and diaspora populations

Monday, 18 June 2018 9.00 a.m.  – 18.30 p.m.

Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

Pfarrer-Byns-Straße 1, 53121 Bonn


This workshop aims to explore interactions among refugees and diaspora communities, thus contextualizing the notion of conflict importation. Participants will discuss how events in places of origin and the experience of migration influence interactions among refugees and with local host communities, along with conceptual issues.


Since 2014, approximately 800,000 people from conflict-affected regions have been granted some form of protection status in Germany. In their places of settlement they encounter very diverse host communities, which often include descendants of labour migrants and conflict-generated diasporas from the same places of origin. For many refugees, these communities serve as an entry point into the labour and housing market, but also German society as such. In some cases, however, these interactions have caused conflicts, which seem at least superficially influenced by events in places of origin. Media reports have continually highlighted instances of “imported conflicts” between different migrant groups in Germany. Research on this topic could however show that  socio-economic inequalities in the host society, the process of integration and the transnational dimension of migrants’ lives and experiences influence and transform conflicts.

This workshop thus intends to contextualize the concept of conflict transportation among refugees and diaspora communities. It is assumed that interactions among refugees and diaspora groups lead to different outcomes in different places, influenced by local contexts and individual experiences. To understand these developments, a trans-local research perspective, which integrates social relations, interactions and socio-economic contexts in different places of settlement, as well as transnational exchanges, promises interesting insights.

Researchers interested in discussing the points mentioned above are cordially invited to this workshop to discuss a) conceptual issues relating to a trans-local research framework on refugees, diasporas and conflict and b) present their research projects and results. PhD students and junior researchers are highly encouraged to apply, as this workshop intends to give participants a chance to obtain qualified feedback on  their research.

The workshop will take place at BICC in Bonn, Germany. Transport, accommodation, and meals during the workshop will be covered by the organizers.

Applications including a short abstract outlining your research interests (max. 1 page) and a short CV can be send to until 8 June 2018.

You are welcome to forward this invitation to colleagues who may also be interested in taking part in the event.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.



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