History@SFB 1604 | Project A3 “»You are guest worker children!« Science, School and the Production of Figures of Migration” started in April

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In April, the Chairs of Didactics of History (GEDIOS) and Modern History and Historical Migration Research (NGHM) commenced their activities within the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 1604) of the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS). The two departments led by Prof. Dr. Lale Yildirim (GEDIOS) and Prof. Dr. Christoph Rass (NGHM) are involved in this interdisciplinary project network with two projects.

On the one hand, both migration researchers are leading the A3 project “»You are guest worker children!« Science, School and the Production of Figures of Migration”. This project investigates the production of linguistic categories of figures for migrantized students from a historical perspective, which were established in the 1970s and 1980s in terms such as “Gastarbeiterkinder” (guest workers’ children) or “Ausländerkinder” (foreigners’ children). The investigation of the production of migration figures focuses on the contribution of scientific knowledge production (e.g. in the educational sciences), on discursive practices in the school system and other spaces of knowledge production on migration and society in Germany. The period under investigation begins in the 1960s and extends into the early 2000s.

The team of the SFB project A3: Prof Lale Yildirim, Prof Christoph Rass (back row), Ahmet Celikten, Maik Hoops (centre from left), Bjarne Groß, Hannah Spille, Julia Lohmann, Eduard Usov (front row from left).

Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Yildirim and Prof. Dr. Rass, along with Prof. Dr. Julia Becker (Socio-Psychology) and Prof. Dr. Aladin El-Mafaalani (Sociology of Migration), oversee the Transfer Project of SFB 1604 Reflexive Migration Studies in the Museum. Potentials and Perspectives of Virtual Realities in cooperation with the “Dokumentationszentrum und Museum über die Migration in Deutschland” (DOMiD). This initiative seeks to integrate the perspectives of the reflexive migration research into the museum context by using digital tools and virtual reality installations. Through the use of participatory digital applications, the T-Project attempts to change agency in the culture of remembrance in the migration society by opening up new and power-changing discursive spaces for the production of migration and non-/migrantized people.

Prof. Dr. Yildirim and Prof. Dr. Rass extend a warm welcome to Annika Heyen, as the coordinator of the Transfer Project, alongside student assistants Johanna Schweppe and Johannes Pufahl who support the technical implementation of the project. Within the A3 project, doctoral researchers Ahmet Celikten and Maik Hoops have joined, along with Julia Lohmann, Hannah Spille, Bjarne Groß and Eduard Usov as student assistants actively contributing to the project’s implementation.

The month was fully scheduled with various cross-project meetings and events designed to welcome the new members and introduced them the diverse perspectives, topics, and fields of work within SFB 1604 and the IMIS.

This month, the student assistants got straight to work on preparing our source corpus. Here, Eduard Usov and Julia Lohmann are working on naming the large number of sources that have already been procured, providing them with a digitally readable text using OCR software and entering them into a literature database.

On April 3rd, the inaugural gathering of SFB 1640 members convened, specifically including doctoral researchers, the secretary’s office, and the Principal Investigators (PIs) of the Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG). Over coffee and snacks, participants had the opportunity to introduce themselves. Additionally, on Friday, April 5th, a workshop titled “Conceptualizing the Agency of Forced Migrants: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” was conducted, in collaboration with the the NGHM-Working Group “Negotiating Resettlement” and the IMIS project Forced Migration and Refugee Studies (FFVT). During this full-day event, members and the guests engaged in productive exchange and discussions. Simultaneously, the Integrated Research Training Group commenced its activities, with three of our esteemed colleagues – Annika Heyen, Ahmet Celikten, and Maik Hoops – participating as doctoral researchers.

The analytical work on the source corpus is carried out using the qualitative text and data analysis software MAXQDA 2024. In the first month of the project, questions and potential of joint cloud-based work were discussed and tested. Here is an excerpt from the text coding.

Overall, April was marked by a packed schedule of starting period of the SFB 1604, commencing with the familiarization of the new working environment, resolution of several logistical issues, technical setups, and the collaborative utilization of necessary software, including Citavi and MAXQDA. Following this month of initiation and orientation of the structures, programs, and dynamics of SFB 1604, we are eagerly looking forward to delving into the scientific endeavors of our projects in the next days.

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