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Transforming Solidarities. Practices and infrastructures in the migration society

Today, Berlin is a "laboratory" of migration society, in which the conditions of living together and social order are renegotiated on a daily basis. "Transforming Solidarities" examines the conditions of solidarity in the fields of labour, housing and health, as well as the practices and infrastructures in which solidarity is negotiated, enabled or prevented.



The aim of the project is to gain a better understanding of the specific logics of the formation and negotiation of solidarity in these fields in intensive cooperation with actors from urban society. In this way, we want to contribute to an empirically based social theory of transformative and transforming solidarities in order to promote the development of alternative practices and infrastructures that enable solidarity in the globalized migration society.

In this context, we understand labour, housing and health as central areas of the widely diagnosed crisis of social reproduction in which solidarities are politically, socially and materially negotiated today. In view of the challenge to answer the questions of social cohesion anew and under the conditions of digitality, migration and locally articulating global influences, the project aims at new ways of collaborative and transdisciplinary knowledge generation.


The project is funded by the Berlin University Alliance within the Main Call Exploration Project "Social Cohesion" and consists of 22 members of Berlin universities (TU/FU/HU/Charité) from different disciplines such as architecture, European ethnology, gender studies, critical migration research, philosophy and sociology.

The project works closely with various practical partners from Berlin's urban society. From the BIM, Manuela Bojadžijev, Bernd Kasparek, Moritz Altenried and Antonia Welch Guerra are part of the project.




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