Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ayse Caglar

Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology
CREOLE Coordinator

IWM, Permanent Fellow (Institute for Human Sciences)

Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
NIG, 4th floor
Room: A0416

T: +43-1-4277-49513
E-Mail: ayse.caglar@univie.ac.at

Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration

Ayse Caglar is directing a two-year research platform on forced migration with a particular focus on South Asia and its European-Asian Dimension at IWM. It is a collaboration with Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG) and benefits from ongoing projects on Europe’s Futures and networks evolving from workshops such as “The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants and the Architecture of Global Politics of Migration” organized in and by IWM as well as the Cities and Human Mobility Research Collaborative at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at the New School for Social Research and “The Challenge of Urban Futures” at the University of Vienna.

Affiliated Scholars

Project Website

The Challenge of Urban Futures: Governing the Complexities of European Cities

This is an interdisciplinary research platform of the University of Vienna headed by Yuri Kazepov that brings together members of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science, the Faculty of Geoscience, Geography and Astronomy, and the Faculty of Computer Science. The research platform will enhance collaboration and invite a host of international scholars in the course of the next four years. Ayse Caglar is deputy speaker and co-PI of the research platform. 

Project Website

Office Hours

The regular office hours in winter term 2020/21 will take place on Wednesdays between 2:30 and 4:00 pm. If Prof. Caglar cannot hold her usual office hours due to other commitments, this will be announced on her office door. Please write to marie-therese.hartwig@univie.ac.at for reserving a slot, other inquiries and information.

The office hourse take place in room no. A0416.


Current Courses: u:find

Past Courses: u:find

Note to the Students

For an MA or a PhD supervision please come to the office hours after sending an outline at least a week beforehand (please consider that Prof. Caglar prefers all theses to be written in English).

For recommendation letters please hand in all necessary information and documents (addressee, statement of purpose, documents on which her recommendation should be based) at least two weeks before the deadline. Prof. Caglar does not accept pre-formulated recommendation letter, she writes every recommendation letter herself. Thank you!

Research Focus Areas

  • Globalization, transnationalization processes and reconfiguration of states
  • Migration, migrants and migrant industries
  • Displacement, dispossession and urban restructuring
  • Neoliberalization and capital restructuring
  • Citizenship
  • European cultural policies, (im)migrant cultural production and cultural industries
  • Nationalist discourses, popular culture and consumer culture

Short Biography

Ayşe Çağlar is a Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna and a Permanent Fellow at IWM. She received her PhD at McGill University, Department of Anthropology and Habilitation in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Free University, Berlin. Before joining the University of Vienna she was a professor at and the chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University, Budapest and she was a Minerva Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen. She has held visiting professorships and fellowships in several universities in Europe. She is a member of Academia Europaea and the Science Academy Society of Turkey. She has widely published on processes of migration, urban restructuring, transnationalization and the state, cultural production and policies, multiscalar analysis, and of disposession and displacement. Her most recent comparative empirical research addressed the location of migrants in city-making processes especially in disempowered cities. Her most recent books are Urbaner Protest. Revolte in der neoliberalen Stadt. (Passagen Verlag, 2019, edited), Migrants and City-Making: Dispossession, Displacement, and Urban Regeneration. (Duke University Press, 2018, co-authored with N. Glick Schiller) and Locating Migration: Rescaling Cities and Migrants. (Cornell University Press, 2010, co-edited with N. Glick Schiller).

The Team

Prae Doc

Ana Cukovic

Katrin Kremmel

ÖAW Doc Fellowship: 

Catherine Raya Polishchuk

Post Doc

Seda Yuksel


ERC Grant Holder (Feb 2020 - 25), former Ernst Mach Fellow

Rüstem Ertuğ Altinay


Uni Doc (past)

Volha Biziukova

Cansu Civelek


Former Hertha Firnberg Fellowship

Monika Palmberger

Selected Publications


  • 2020 - “Attraverso la lente delle città depotenziate”, Antropologia Pubblica, 6, (2) p. 7 – 22.

  • 2020 - “Relational Multiscalar Analysis: A comparative Approach to Migrants within City-Making Processes” (with Nina Glick Schiller) in Geographical Review.
  • 2020 - “Week IV: Virus Without Borders – Of Migrants and Closures”, Weekly Focus. Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen.
  • 2020 - “The Multiple Tenses of a Postcolonial Age of Migration”, IWM Post. Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen. 
  • 2019 - Urbaner Protest: Revolte in der neoliberalen Stadt. (ed.). Wien: Passagen Verlag.
  • 2019 - "Envisioning a Global Order of Migration: The UN Compacts." IWMPost 123 (Spring/Summer), p. 5-6.
  • 2019 -  "Closures beyond Translation." American Anthropologist. Vol 121, issue 1.
  • 2018 - Migrants & City-Making: Dispossession, Displacement, and Urban Regeneration, co-authored with Nina Glick Schiller. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2018 - "Chronotopes of Migration Scholarship: Challenges of contemporaneity and historical conjuncture." In: Migration, Temporality, and Capitalism. ed. by Winnie Lem & Pauline Gardiner Barber. New York & London: Palgrave.
  • 2016 - “Displacement of European Citizen Roma in Berlin: Sites of contentious politics”, Citizenship Studies. Vol 20. No 5. p. 647-663.
  • 2016 - “Still “migrants” after all those years: Foundational mobilities, temporal politics and emplacement as an analytical tactic”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Vol 42. No 6. 952-969. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369183X.2015.1126085
  • 2015 - “Transnational Migration” In: Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies. Anna Triandafyllidou (ed.), p. 64-72.
  • 2015 - "Background Report." In: World Migration Report 2015. Migrants and Cities: New urban partnerships to manage mobility. www.iom.int/sites/default/files/our_work/ICP/MPR/WMR-2015-Background-Paper-ACaglar.pdf 
  • 2015 - “Anthropology of Citizenship.” In: International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2nd Edition, ed. by James D. Wright. Amsterdam: Elsevier Ltd, 637-642.
  • 2013 -“Locating Migrant Hometown Ties in Time and Space: Locality as a blind spot of migration scholarship”, Historische Anthropologie 21(1): 26-42, Special Issue on Lokalität und transnationale Verflechtungen.
  • 2011 - Locating Migration: Rescaling Cities and Migrants, ed. Ayse Caglar and Nina Glick Schiller. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • 2009 – “Towards a Comparative Theory of Locality in Migration Studies: Migrant Incorporation and City Scale” (co-authored with Nina Glick Schiller), Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 35(2): 177-202.
  • 2006 – “Beyond the Ethnic Lens: Locality, Globality, and Born-Again Incorporation.” (Co-authored with Nina Glick Schiller). American Ethnologist 33(4):612-633.
  • 1998 - "McDöner: Dönerkebab und der Kampf der Deutsch-Türken um soziale Stellung." Sociologus. Zeitschrift für empirische Ethnosoziologie und Ethnopsychologie 48(1): 17-41.

Recent Grants and Projects

  • 2020 - 2024 Funding by the University of Vienna for "The Challenges of Urban Futures: Governing the Complexitites of European Cities", Deputy Speaker and Co-Principal Investigator (with Professor Yuri Kazepov, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria). 
  • 2019 - 2022 The Foundation to Promote Open Society (FPOS) for Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration at IWM in partnership with Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group. 
  • 2018 - 2019 Marie Curie Grant with Dr. Maria Schiller (project title: “Federal State Against Cities: Immigrant Incorporation in the Context of New Immigrant Reception”, September 2018 – July 19)
  • 2013 - Funding by WWTF for the "Marie Jahoda Summer School of Sociology 2014: Public Spaces and Inequalities in Transition – Rethinking the Urban Fabric" (with Professor Christoph Reinprecht and Professor Roland Verwiebe, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria)
  • 2012 - 2014 “Diversity Identity” Prize by WWTF-Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds,  Vienna, Austria for the project CITYSCALERS
  • 2012 - 2014 CITYSCALERS: Migrants, Urban Reinvention, Cultural Industries. “Diversity/Identity” Grant commissioned by WWTF-Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds, Vienna, Austria
  • 2010 - 2014 Minerva Fellowship as research group director at Max Planck Institute, MMG, Goettingen, Germany

Recent Lectures and Forums

  • 2021 January - Keynote, "Migrants within City-Making: Disempowered Cities and Affective Landscapes" at European Sociological Association Research Network 37: Urbann Sociology. Online Conference.

  • 2020 November  - present - Organizer, “Seminar Series on Forced Migration” at University of Vienna, for Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration, Institut für die Wissenschaft vom Menschen and Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group. Vienna, Austria.
  • 2020 December - Panel speaker, “Innovative Methods of Research in Migration & Refugee Studies”. At Research Methodology & Syllabus Making in Migration & Forced Migration Studies Workshop, organized by Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group. 
  • 2020 November - Panel speaker, “Pedagogy of Migration and Refugee Studies in the European Context” in the Fifth Annual Research & Orientation Workshop in Global Protection of Migrants and Refugees, organized by Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with IWM. 
  • 2020 July - Panel Convener (co-convened with Ayse Seda Yuksel Pecen), “The Continuum of War: Narration, Accumulation and Dispossession in Transnational War Economy”. 16th EASA Bi-annual Conference. Lisbon, Portugal. 
  • 2020 June - Workshop Organizer, “Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration”, at IWM in collaboration with Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group. Vienna, Austria.
  • 2020 June - Roundtable Organizer, “Covid-19 and the Spectral Presence of Migrant Workers and Refugees” with Ranabir Samaddar, Alex Aleinikoff, and Roger Zetter, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM), Vienna, Austria.
  • 2020 June -  Workshop contribution, “Navigating academia (as a Woman)”, University of Vienna Graduate Center. Vienna, Austria. 
  • 2019 December - Workshop on Migrants and City Making: Dispossession, Displacement, and Urban Regeneration (co-authored with Nina Glick Schiller, 2018) with the research group “Religious Matters in an Entangled World”, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University.
  • 2019 December - Keynote Speaker, “Cities, Contentious Politics, and Migrants”, Annual Conference of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Mobilising Cities: Urban Geopolitics in Europe and the Mediterranean. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • 2019 December - Keynote Speaker, “Migrants and City Making: Looking Through the Lens of Disempowered Cities”, VII Annual Meeting of the Italian Society for Applied Anthropology. Ferrara, Italy.
  • 2019 November - Invited Session, “Shifting Landscapes, Change of Scenery: Space, Place and Struggle in Narratives of Mobility”, AAA Annual Conference. Vancouver, Canada.
  • 2019 October - Keynote Speaker, “A Multiscalar Perspective on Migrants and City Making”, Inaugural Symposium of the Cities, Mobility and Membership Research Collaborative, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
  • 2019 September - Lecture, “A Multiscalar Perspective on Migrants and City Making in Disempowered Cities”, International Conference: “Migration, Displacement, and Urban Development”, Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow, Russia.
  • 2019 July - Lecture contribution, “Linking Micro and Macro Perspectives”, Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences – Linking Theory and Empirical Research, Humboldt University, Germany.
  • 2019 May - Public Lecture, “Migrants and City Making in Disempowered Cities”, IWM, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2019 May - Workshop contribution, “Situating the “cultural reach” of cities”, Workshop: “Cultural Diplomacy: What role for Cities and Civil Society Actors", European University Institute, Italy.
  • 2019 April - MA Anthropology and Development Workshop: “What migration processes reveal about global capitalist restructuring”, National University Maynooth, Maynooth, Ireland.
  • 2019 March - Panel Discussion, “The Architecture of Global Migration Politics”, IWM, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2018 December – “Migrants, cities, and the coloniality of power: Solidarities and polarizations”, public lecture at Free University in Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2018 November – “Coloniality of Power”, the displaced, the dispossessed, and claims of justice”, talk at the International conference “The State of the Global Protection System on Refugees and Migrants” in Calcutta , India.
  • 2018 October - “Migrants, City-making and Polarized Politics: Mobilizations for social justice”, talk at Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy annual conference “Reimagining democracy from and at the margins”, The Graduate Institute Geneva and Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 2018 October – “Migrants, ‘coloniality of power”, and temporal frameworks”, keynote at the conference “Failing Identities, Schools and Migrations: Teaching in (trans)national Constellations”, Universität Bremen in Bremen, Germany.
  • 2018 October - "Transnational Migration Paradigm: Challenges, Blind Spots, and Opportunities for a Global Perspective”, keynote at the Tomsk International Research Conference, II Tomsk Anthropological Forum ‘Anthropology of Interdisciplinarity’. Tomsk State University in Tomsk, Russia.
  • 2018 October – “Through the Looking Glass of Disempowered cities: Challenges and Opportunities for Rethinking Common Futures in Europe”, Academia Europaea Talk. Poland Academia Europeae in Wroclaw, Poland.
  • 2018 September – “The Spatial and Temporal Blinders of Migration Scholarship and the Labyrinths of non-synchronism”, keynote at the conference “Leaving Europe. Alternative Routes of Out/Upward Mobility. KU Leuven, Belgium.
  • 2018 August – “City-makers beyond “migrancy””, accepted talk at the 15th EASA conference “Staying, moving, settling” in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2018 July – “A Multiscalar Perspective on Violence, Disposessions, and Displacements”, accepted talk at the 18th IUAES World Congress, Florianópolis, Brazil.
  • 2018 June – “In the Shadow of “Mobility”: Conceptual Impediments of Migration Scholarship”, invited talk at the conference “Stuck in Migration: Waiting Zones and (Internment) Camps”, organized by the Institute for Advanced Study of the CEU, Budapest and the Center for Advanced Study of the LMUniversity, Munich.
  • 2018 May – “A Multiscalar Perspective on Migrants and City-making: Solidarities for Social and Historical Justice”, keynote lecture at the international conference “Transnational migration: Borders and Global Justice”, organised by the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 2018 May – Roundtable discussion: Spatializing and Historicizing Uneven Development at the CASCA Conference, Cuba, 16-20 May 2018.
  • 2018 May – “Scholarship and urban policies beyond diversity” invited talk at the 12th Asia Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers (APPSNO) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS)Singapore, 7-11, May 2018.
  • 2018 March - 10. Akademie-Gespräch ”Die Türkei der Künstler“. Johannes Odenthal im Gespräch mit Ayşe Çağlar, CANAN, Mario Levi und Azra Tüzünoğlu, at the Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin.
  • 2018 February - "Migrants and Disempowered Cities: Opportunities, Challenges, and Polarized Dynamics" public lecture in the series “Striking from the Margins: Religion, State and Disintegration in the Middle East“ at the Center for Religious Studies at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.
  • 2017 December - “Migrant Business and Welcoming Narratives in Cities: Is there a way out of a conceptual swamp?” invited talk at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 2017 December – “Violence, war and capital accumulation: Dispossessed histories and social movements for historical justice”, AAA Annual conference in Washington, DC, USA.
  • 2017 Sept - "Migrants in disempowered cities. Opportunities and challenges", United Nationas Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Cities, Human Mobility and International Migration, Pupulation Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN, New York, USA. 
  • 2017 June - “Welcoming Cities: Inclusion of migrants and refugees in urban areas”, invited talk at UN headquarters, New York, USA. 
  • 2017 May – “The social and the “cultural” in land grabbing and labor: urban restructuring and the war economy in Mardin”, joint CASCA and IUAES conference, Ottawa, Canada.
  • 2017 March – “Migrants, city making and the value creation processes in a multiscalar perspective: Space and time in migration scholarship”, public lecture at the African Centre for Migration & Society and Wits City Institute, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.