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Migration and (De)coloniality

Joaquín Torres-García, Mapa Invertido de América del Sur, tinta sobre papel, 1944
Joaquín Torres-García, Mapa Invertido de América del Sur, tinta sobre papel, 1944

This working group started with the aim to encourage, enable, and develop an interdisciplinary discussion forum that engages with the movement of people, things, and ideas from post- and decolonial perspectives. Engaging with immigrant and diasporic networks embedded in national structures, our group has focused on the cultural transformation of regions and questions of the geopolitics of inter-imperiality. Further, a special focus is given to the relationship between economy and migration politics in the old and new patterns of labour migration within Europe and between Europe and Africa, Asia, and the Americas. In this sense, our discussions interrogate migration and diaspora networks as sites of contested practices and political negotiations. Further, we aim to look at debates on transculturation, positionality, gender, race, ethnicity, border epistemology, nationalism, colonial/modern world systems, post- and decolonial methodologies, migration, technologies of belonging, and representation.

ETRG Migration and (De)coloniality has been in strong collaboration with the Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformations. We also have worked closely with the AG Global South and AG Eastern Europe. Currently, we are hosting two reading groups: one on migration and decoloniality, and the other on decolonial feminisms.
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Keywords from the academic year 2020-21

  • Positionality
  • The political role of intellectuals
  • Inter-Imperiality
  • Grounds of comparison
  • Nationalism
  • Territorial struggles and political ecology
  • Diaspora
  • Postcolonial and decolonial thinking
  • Delinking
  • Decolonial feminisms
  • Commons



  • Engaging Struggles Across the Global South and East
  • Afro-Germans: Past and Present in collaboration with AG Global South
  • Decolonial Research Methodologies
  • (Post)colonial theory and praxis, through reading and discussion
  • (Post)migration and “Cultural Difference,” through reading and discussion



Current and previous members

  • Professor Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez
  • Dr. Doris Bachmann-Medick
  • Ceren Türkmen
  • Sebastian Garbe
  • Andreea Racles
  • Lisa Doppler
  • Andrea Sempertegui
  • Riley Linebaugh
  • Çiçek Tanlı
  • Francesco Vizzarri
  • Giovana de Souza Possignolo
  • Juan Camilo Brigard
  • Kwezi Sontange
  • Miriam Yosef
  • Sarah Maria Noske
  • Somaye Rezaei
  • Vira Sachenko
  • Zahra Vojgani

Associated Members

  • Professor Andreas Langenohl


Public Film Screening "Concerning Violence" & Discussion of Frantz Fanons text "On Violence" in his book „The Wretched of the Earth“.

4th February 2015, Café Amelie, DGB Haus, 6 p.m.



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13.-15. November, Insitut für Soziologie, Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen


Crisis is not exceptional in capitalism but its constant companion. It represents the founda- tion from which the modern/colonial world sys- tem has evolved. This conference draws on criti- cal feminist economics and decolonial feminist thought and practice on material matters. The question of materiality has emerged as a central topic in recent years. Under the umbrella term “new materialism”, this interdisciplinary and multifaceted academic debate seems to have re- vived a Marxist vocabulary. Yet, the question of why “materiality” matters in times of crisis ca- pitalism is rather absent in this debate. We are considering this question by three inter-related aims: first, to examine from transnational femi- nist perspectives the impact of the global crisis on people’s livelihoods; second, to explore the theoretical contributions of the triad of femi- nism, coloniality and political economy; and, third, to consider critical feminist economics and decolonial approaches to thinking alternative economies and convivial futures.


Berichte zur Tagung: 1. KULT_online Nr. 41 (2015) (; zuletzt aufgerufen: 19.5.2015)