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Doctoral Scholarships at the Universities of Mainz and Hildesheim/Germany  

Deadine / Event Date: 
2014/01/10 - 05:00

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to the following announcement. The Research Training Group "Transnational Social Support" offers 11 Doctoral Scholarships (located at the Universities of Mainz and Hildesheim/Germany) starting on June 1st, 2014. For further information please consult the following link:

Conferences: 3rd European Symposium; Annual Conference on the Schengen Acquis 2013  

Deadine / Event Date: 
2013/09/16 - 04:00

EU Funding for Home Affairs and Security in the Next Programming Period 2014-2020 16th - 18th September 2013, Berlin

Be well prepared to manage the new architecture of the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF). Become part of this unique European Symposium on Home Affairs and Security this year!

CFP: Denaturalizing climate change: migration, mobilities and spaces  

Deadine / Event Date: 
2013/10/31 - 04:00

Artec | Research Centre for Sustainability Studies, University of Bremen,
31 October 2013 – 01 November 2013
Denaturalizing climate change: migration, mobilities and spaces

Call for papers

J. Olaf Kleist  

Given Name: 
J. Olaf
Job Title: 
Political Science
Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, University Osnabrück

Dr. phil. ( Free University Berlin)

Diplom of Politicsl Science (Free University Berlin)

Diploma of Politics and International Relations (University of Kent)

Current Research Projects: 

Rationales of Resettlement:
The Australian Government's Motives in the Orderly Departure Program
October-November 2012
In this project, I investigate in archival research Australian political discussions about the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees between 1979 and 1982.
Project funded by the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Melbourne.

New 'Recipe' in Refugee Protection?
Developments and the Current State of the Resettlement Program in Germany
April-Dezember 2013, Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, University of Osnabrück, Germany
In this research project I examine the ways and motives behind the implementation of a regular resettlement program by which the federal government of Germany pledged to resettle 900 refugees between 2012 and 2014. In addition to the historical development towards this policy the actual praxis of resettlement will be analysed under the criteria of refugee protection. The project is set within the lager context of the Common European Asylum System and the relationship between Global Refugee Policies and national politics of migration.
Funded by the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation.

Refuge and Belonging:
Transformations of Refugee Protection in the Federal Republic of Germany
Commences in January 2014
Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) 

Completed Research Projects: 

Incorporating Pasts:
Political Memories and Migration in Australia
Doctoral Dissertation
I examined how the remembrance of Australia's migration past correlates with migration policies. In particular, I analysed how Australia Day has been utilised in the politics of migration and for the incorporation of immigrants, how the South Australian Migration Museum altered its representation of multiculturalism, and what role memories played in and after the Tampa debate about boat people. The project led me to develop a concept of 'political memory' and allowed me to set migration politics in a larger framework of politics of belonging.
Partially funded by Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and the Australian government's Endeavour Program. 

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