Seminar Series on Forced Migration

The Seminar Series on Forced Migration is part of Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) and Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG); and is hosted at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna.

Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration advances the cooperation between European and South Asian institutions and academics while working toward creating a joint research platform for innovative knowledge production on forced migration and border regimes. Bringing together scholars, policy makers and practitioners from different disciplines and regions, the Seminar Series aspires to decentering Europe-focused scholarship, debates, and policies on forced migration.

The Seminar Series, as part of Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration, benefits from the research platform The Challenge of Urban Futures at the University of Vienna and Cities and Human Mobility Collaborative at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at the New School for Social Research.

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Upcoming Seminar

March 17, 2021 at 5pm CET

Prof. Faranak Miraftab, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

“We Are All Refugees”: Slums and Camps as Converging Spaces of Global Displacements 

This presentation draws on my co-authored paper published with similar title, to contribute to the relational theorization of slums and camps as an expanding and overlapping reality in the era of intensified global displacements. By relationally reflecting on realities of those living in slums and in camps, we bring to light the comparable spatial practices and governance of the so-called citizens and the so-called stateless. We organize this analytical conversation around three themes: experiential to highlight the precarious relationship of the two groups to citizenship and place, what we call a state of “citizenship in wait” and “in-situ displacement”; institutional to highlight the humanitarian matrices of care that provide governmental structures in both contexts; and micropolitical, to characterize dwellers’ contestations with state and humanitarian governance that constitute the processes of life-making in informal settlements, much as in the camps. Conceptually the paper lends a forceful voice to the mounting critiques of the state-centered canon in planning theories and the needed Southern turn in planning theorization. Politically, “we are all refugees” lends a hand to the efforts of activists working to overcome exclusions and erasures endemic to the politics of citizenship, that pit refugees against the poor, and to gesture toward forging solidarities for a humane urbanism. 

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Previous Seminars


January 20, 2021 - Professor Prem Kumar Rajaram
December 16, 2020 - Professor Jennifer Hyndman
November 11, 2020 - Professor Giorgia Doná

Seminar Series on Forced Migration Team

  • Ayse Çağlar, Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Permanent Fellow, IWM
  • Ana Ćuković, PhD Student, Coordinator of Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration and Seminar Series at University of Vienna
  • Clemens Schmid, Technical Support

For any inquiries or questions, please contact Ana Ćuković (