Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh delivering keynote address at the 4th Conference of the German Network of Forced Migration Studies

Drawing on Southern Responses to Displacement’s research, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, will deliver the keynote lecture at the 4th Conference of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies on Wednesday the 28th September 2022. The abstract for her lecture, which builds in particular on her article, ‘Recentering the South in Studies of Migration’, is included below:

Building on long-standing debates, there has been increasing commitment to ‘localising’ and ‘decolonising’ research relating to refugees and forced migrants, and to variously centering ‘Southern’ approaches and decentering hegemonic modes of knowledge production. Such debates have included extensive critiques of methodological nationalism, Eurocentrism, and Anglocentrism, in addition to interrogating the ethics and broader impacts of policy-driven or policy-relevant research. It is against this backdrop that this keynote lecture examines the role(s) and potentialities of ‘German research on forced migration and refugees,’ exploring the relationship between national, geographical and linguistic markers on the one hand, and refugee-related research on the other; and considering whether critical approaches to forced migration studies offer an opportunity to reconsider the very notion of ‘German research’ itself.

The conference is convened at TU Chemnitz by the Chair of Human Geography with focus on European Migration Research led by Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius and is organised in cooperation with the German Network for Forced Migration Studies and the project FFVT “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer.”

To read more about Prof. Fiddian-Qasmeiyeh’s research, including her published Open Access articles, visit our resources pages here.

A program for the event can be found here: NWFF2022_program.pdf (

Featured image: Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (c) UCL

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