FFVT International Summer School on Forced Migration and Governance

The interdisciplinary FFVT International Summer School on Forced Migration and Governance trains experts of the future and creates new forms of global networking. In addition to scientific qualification, it aims at the transfer of knowledge between researchers, universities and practitioners. Institutionally, the Summer School is supported by the FFVT network as well as a consortium of three migration and refugee-related Master's programmes at the University of Osnabrück (IMIS), the KU Eichstätt and the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg.

The biennial Summer School is dedicated to the configurations of forced migration regimes in different parts of the world and at different levels of governance. It focuses on a variety of topics - from the establishment of regional refugee regimes, the development of international refugee law and human rights law to postcolonial and gender-specific perspectives on forced migration and refugee policy.

Note: The next FFVT Summer School will take place in Nuremberg from July 15th to July 20th, 2024. We will shortly provide further information on the application process on this site.

Until then, have a look the Summer School Aftermovie with insights into the talks and excursions from our participants: https://youtu.be/wGTIaqX_v2o

FFVT Summer School 2022
How has international refugee law evolved, which gaps remain and how can we address them? How are refugees protected in the different regions of Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East? Which challenges are refugees exposed to locally? These and many additional questions were at the core of the FFVT Summer School 2022 “Displacement, Governance and Human Rights”.
The interdisciplinary Summer School was hosted by the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) as a part of “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT) and took place in Nuremberg, Germany, from 10 to 15 July 2022. Participation was open to Master students as well as PhD candidates, Postdocs and junior practitioners of any disciplinary background. The Summer School dealt with the changing configurations of today’s global refugee regimes in different parts of the world and on different levels of governance, providing insights into a plethora of topics:
• the historical emergence of the global refugee regimes, including postcolonial perspectives,
• global, regional, national and local governance and administrative practices,
• social integration,
• education in refugee accommodations,
• analyses of refugee-related discourses and media portrayals of asylum,
• gender and displacement,
• practices of resistance and solidarity,
• multiple actors’ perspectives, including experiences made by people on the move themselves, as well as
• crosscutting issues and research ethics.
FFVT Summer Schools place emphasis on interactive learning approaches. In addition to lectures, scholars provide interactive workshops in order to discuss and reflect on central subjects with the participants. This first Summer School of the FFVT project was complemented by a cultural program, excursions in Nuremberg, the ‘City of Peace and Human Rights’, and a gathering with practitioners working in the field to promote further debate. Finally, FFVT Summer Schools also offer time and space for participants to present their own projects as well as enter into discussion with others and thus network.
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***Please note: the application deadline for participation has already ended.***

Graphic recording of the first Summer School day - by visual facilitator Laura Heming:

We would like to thank all contributors who enriched this first FFVT Summer School:

  • Elisabeth Beck, Center for Flight and Migration Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

  • Prof. Dr Petra Bendel, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

  • Dr Tamirace Fakhoury, Global Refugee Studies Research Group (GRS), Aalborg University Copenhagen

  • Paula Fraschia, International University College of Turin

  • Dr Jörn Grävingholt, German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

  • Prof. Dr Kevin Grieves, Whitworth University

  • Dr Rose Jaji, University of Zimbabwe / German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

  • Dr Stefan Kordel, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

  • Prof. Dr Ulrike Krause, Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), Osnabrück University

  • Katharina Lumpp, UNHCR Germany

  • Dr Charles Martin-Shields, German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

  • Marina Mayer, Center for Flight and Migration Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

  • Dr Margaret Monyani, University of the Witwatersrand

  • Dr Khangelani Moyo, Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

  • Anila Noor, Policy Advisor on Diversity, Integration & Gender Inclusion; Member of the Expert Group on the Views of Migrants in The Field Of Migration, Asylum & Integration; TEDx Speaker

  • Prof. Dr Liane Rothenberger, University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

  • Prof. Dr Ranabir Samaddar, Calcutta Research Group

  • Dr Raphaela Schweiger, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) / Robert Bosch Foundation

  • Dr Lorenz Wiese, Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) / Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

  • Franziska Ziegler, University of Hildesheim