Departments

Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles

We live in a society constituted by migration in which notions of belonging and affiliation do no longer function through set patterns of identity.

Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles

Our department enquires into the common notions as well as the social ties of actors in a society constituted through migration. As such, we not only emphasise traditional modes of belonging – of the ethnic or national sort – but, moreover, the changing affiliations of people and groups, in relation to living environments and to cultural lifestyles. Society is conceived as both a heterogeneous and a procedural formation, where ‘migrant’ and ‘allochtoon’ identities are constantly (re-)negotiated in urban as well as rural ‘contact zones’.

The department pursues three perspectives in particular.

(1) The reconceptualisation of migration studies in the context of global mobility. Migration is not played out in supposedly remote, ‘parallel’ social spaces, but is constitutive of society as a whole. There are few areas of our work or social life unaffected by migration and mobility.

(2) In Germany, the term ‘migration’ is subject to a particular semantic reduction: to, on the one hand, a phenomenon motivated by questions of economics and of poverty, and on the other, as intrinsically caught up with problems of culture and the ‘foreign’. Existing stereotypes require interrogation and dismantling in order to analyse real cultural forms and practices.

(3) Our research into the values and practices of civil society is directed towards policy proposals, discourses and institutions, in which different actors negotiate their positions in relation to nevertheless common social concerns. Here, processes of integration and segregation become particularly clear, often becoming problematised by actors. In collaborative projects with civil society actors, processes of mixture and collaboration, will be explored along with tensions and conflicts.

Persons

Prof. Dr. Manuela Bojadzijev

Prof. Dr. Manuela Bojadzijev

Vice-Director, Vice-Head of Department "Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles"; Professor for Globalised Cultures, Leuphana University Lüneburg

Fon: +49 (0)30 2093-46255
manuela.bojadzijev@hu-berlin.de

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaschuba

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaschuba

Head of the Department "Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles"

Fon: +49 (0)30 2093-46255
office.bim@hu-berlin.de

Dr. des. Mohammad Sarhangi

Dr. des. Mohammad Sarhangi

Research Associate

Fon: 030/209346255
mohammad.sarhangi@hu-berlin.de

Prof. Dr. Sandro Mezzadra

Prof. Dr. Sandro Mezzadra

KOSMOS Fellow of the Department "Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles"

Fon: (+49) 30 2093 - 46262 / - 70854
sandro.mezzadra@unibo.it

Prof. Dr. Regina Römhild

Prof. Dr. Regina Römhild

Member of the Department "Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles"

Fon: +49(0)30 2093- 70844
Fax: +49(0)30 2093-70842
regina.roemhild@hu-berlin.de

Sanda Hubana

Sanda Hubana

Member of the Department "Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles"

Dr. des. Katherine Braun

Dr. des. Katherine Braun

Associated in the BIM Refugee Research Cluster "Shifting Solidarities?"

M.A. Manuel Liebig

M.A. Manuel Liebig

Associated in the BIM Refugee Research Cluster "Shifting Solidarities?"

Fon: +49 (0)30 2093 46249
manuel.liebig@hu-berlin.de

M.A. Mira Wallis

M.A. Mira Wallis

Associated member of BIM

Dr. Sina Arnold

Dr. Sina Arnold

Former Scientific Managing Director / Member (Post-Doc) of the Department "Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles"

Fon: (+49) 30 2093 - 46262 / - 70854
sina.arnold@hu-berlin.de

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