Join us for a guest seminar with Magdalena Nowicka, (Professor of Migration and Transnationalism, Humboldt University Berlin)
Title: On absence, transnational lives, and conviviality: reflections for Europe’s inner peripheries
Abstract: The way we usually think of transnationalism is through the metaphor of a network, a connection. We think of a presence of people and artefacts from elsewhere – another country – in our neighbourhood. Much of this imaginary is shaped by research in superdiverse cities like London, Sydney, or New York, where the streets are full of people of very different appearances, shops displaying products from all over the world, and restaurants serving the variety of exotic foods. Such places look, smell and sound diverse. But while we cannot neglect that migration leads to more connectivity and thus the circulation of different objects, I think it is important to question the idea of its visibility and ask which methodological consequences it has when transnationalism is hard to see.
In my talk, I draw on the research me and my team did on Polish migrant entrepreneurs in Brandenburg and Berlin. I want to address the contrast between these two research sites to reflect upon the ways we think of transnationalism and possibilities of convivial encounters. In Berlin, we could see and hear the presence of Polish migrants; we could access the field easily. In Berlin, Poles were first invisible to us, despite that the statistics told us a different story. The closer to the German-Polish border, the different the visibility of transnational connections was. This makes me think of how borders transnationalize lives of people. Also, the relative invisibility of Poles in Brandenburg makes me reflect upon methodological aspects of researching transnational migration and the so called ‘inner peripheries’ in Europe.
Magdalena Nowicka is Head of Department Integration at DeZIM, German Center for Integration and Migration Research and Professor for Migration and Transnationalism at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (2005), a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (2001) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Warsaw, Poland (1999). She worked previously at the Institute of Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (2006-2013) and Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (2010-2013).
Among her most recent publications is Revisualising Intersectionality, co-authored with Elahe Haschemi Yekani (open access, Palgrave 2022). She has published on conviviality, cosmopolitanism, racism, Polish migrants in the UK and Germany.
She currently leads a research project VISION. Envisioning Convivial Europe, in collaboration with PLUS Salzburg (Prof. Kyoko Shinozaki), University of Amsterdam (Prof. Maggi Leung) and Utrecht University (Prof. Bianca Szytniewski). Her lecture refers to this new research but also draws on her past research on Polish transnational entrepreneurs in Berlin and Brandenburg.
This event will take place in-person and online via Zoom.