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Bielefeld Graduate School
in History and Sociology
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Susanne Ursula Schultz


Involuntary Return and Migration Dynamics in West Africa - Critical Dimensions of EU-Africa Policies of Migration and Development (Working title)

The aim of my research project is to explore the critical individual dimensions of the external EU Africa-Policies within the nexus of migration and development. Highlighting the case of the West African country Mali, the research will focus on the individual level of the directly concerned persons, in particular those that have involuntarily returned from the EU, Northern and other West African countries. While on the one hand, the external EU migration policies foster the nexus of migration and development, on the other hand they link to the control of migration and thereby interfere with the migration (potentially) for development within the West African region. In Mali, the contradictions and facets of this policy become apparent in a condensed manner. Against this background, the project sets out to analyze through qualitative and multi-sited field work what coercive return means for the individual returnees in this setting, and which significances the violent interventions of externalized (EU) migration policies have on their socio-economic life upon return.

It thus explores their subjective interpretation and conducts of the situation of post deportation, i. e. social practices, capabilities and/or life chances. Further, it will link the individual perspective to the broader social and economic context and embed it within the setting of key actors and networks in this field. Thereby, the proposed project constitutes a contribution to remedy the persistent lack of knowledge on existing dynamics and realities of migration within and to West African countries, and not at last, adding to the emerging body of literature on the individual dimensions of post-deportation. Contacts to implement the field research and to conduct interviews with migrants and other relevant persons will be facilitated through the professional network of the author and a diversifying snow-ball system.

Currriculum Vitae

Since 04/2014
Doctoral Candidate, Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS), Department of Sociology
08/2012-10/2013
Project Coordinator at International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Representation for Germany, Nuremberg
Project: "Religions- und Konfessionsübergreifende Foren für Religionsführungspersonal aus Drittstaaten (REKORD)"
09/2011-08/2012
Project Officer at IOM, Representation for Turkey, Ankara
09/2009-07/2011
Project Officer (until March 2010 Carlo Schmid Fellow) at IOM Headquarters, Department for Migration Management, Geneva, Switzerland
05/2008-08/2009
Student Assistant at Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS), Freie Universität Berlin (FUB)
07-08/2007
Research Assistant (Intern) at Europe-University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Chair of Comparative Cultural and Social Anthropology
Project: "Multiculturalism and School in Germany" in EU-research project EMILIE "A European Approach to Multicultural Citizenship".
04/2007-09/2009
M.A. Intercultural Communication Studies, Migration and Gender at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
Master Thesis: "Objectifying Women in Academic Discourse on 'Trafficking in Women' from Central and Eastern European Countries to the European Union. A Critical Review"
10/2006-03/2007
Project Assistant (Intern) at Interkultureller Rat in Deutschland e. V., Darmstadt, Germany.
Project: "International Action Week Against Racism 2007", development of mobilization strategies, publications, event management, public relations.
10/2002-06/2006
B.A. European Cultural History at the University of Augsburg, Germany and Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Minor concentrations: Political Science, Sociology, Spanish Literature, Contemporary History.
12/2001-05/2002
Assistant at BBDO Perú (Advertising Agency) and Clínica Tezza, Lima, Peru
09/1992-06/2001
Allgemeine Hochschulreife at Gymnasium Geretsried, Germany and Mohawk High School, Oregon, U.S.A.



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Exzellenzinitiative zur Förderung der Hochschulen
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2. Förderphase 2012-2017)



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