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Research Profile

At the Research Unit on Transnationalization, Development and Migration Research takes a decidedly transnational perspective, inspired by the growing and vibrant field of Transnational Studies. Projects look into the genesis and reproduction of dense and durable sets of border-crossing transactions and the impacts on local, national and global processes in the fields of geographical migration, social mobility, social transformation and development. While much of research on migration, mobility and development focuses either on the OECD world on the one hand, or on regions in Asia, Africa and the Americas on the other hand, research takes a systematic look at the links between these disparate worlds; between "North" and "South", "East" and "West". A particular focus rests on issues of membership raised by transactions across borders of states, especially on citizenship. Recently, a new focus on the transnational social question, social inequalities and adaption strategies to climate change has been added


Current Projects



Laufende Projekte der AG Sozialanthropologie



Abgeschlossene Projekte der AG Transnationalisierung, Entwicklung und Migration



Abgeschlossene Projekte der AG Sozialanthropologie


  • Pluralität, (Un-)Gleichheit und sozialer Wandel in Südasien - Austauschkooperation mit der University of Calcutta und der Rabindra Bharati University (2010-2013), "A New Passage to India": Flexible Mobilitätsförderung, Deutsche Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)
  • Ethnisierung und De-Ethnisierung des Politischen. Medien, Akteure und Sematiken des Ethnischen im transnationalen Kommunikationsraum (2008-2012), SFB 584, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • EURASIA-NET: Supranational Policies and Instruments for the Promotion of Human Rights and the Management of Minority Issues. Associate member. (2007-2011), 7. Rahmenprogramm der Europäische Kommission
  • The Politics of Belonging in the Himalayas: kollaboratives Konferenz- und Publikationsprojekt (2007-2010), British Academy, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Maison de la Science de l?Homme (MSH), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • Ethnisierung und De-Ethnisierung des Politischen. Aushandlungen um Inklusion und Exklusion im andinen und südasiatischen Raum (2004-2008), SFB 584, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • Religious Organizations and Immigrant Incorporation (2006-2008), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

    Dr. Susanne Kröhnert-Othman, DFG Post-Doc Research Fellowship, March 2006 - February 2008

    The project evaluates the complex interplay of membership in religious organizations and immigrant incorporation into the German host society. Point of departure of the research is the contemporary critique of deficient integration and self-exclusion of migrants and migrant communities that especially Muslim migrants are reproached of. Publicity of the topic however does not yet match knowledge on processes of religious community building and boundary making performed by religious organisations and their members. Field work using social anthropological research methods therefore will try to broaden the scope being conducted in two different religious communities - an "Arabic" Mosque and an "African" Pentecostal Church. Both communities represent new transnational religious movements and develop contexts of "universalism beyond ethnicity". Micro level processes of face-to-face negotiations about integration and recognition of religious-cultural diversity are perceived in a perspective of interdependency with the contemporary global symbolic order of power and boundary making. The aim of the project may therefore be described as twofold: to assess the constructive potential of migrant religious organisations and to point out new empirically grounded perspectives for institutionalising religious diversity in German society.

  • MIDEA-Projekt (EU Asia-Link-Programm) "The (Micro)Politics of Democratisation: European-South Asian Exchanges on Governance, Conflict and Civic Action" Informationen sind auch als PDF-Datei erhältlich