The International TRAMO Conference took place on the 14-16, June in the Event Center (Veranstaltungszentrum), Ruhr-University Bochum. In addition to the British, German, Polish and Spanish research teams, renowned academicians such as Alexandro Portes, Peggy Levitt, Luis Rodolfo Morán Quiroz, Miguel Martinez Lucio, Janusz Mucha, Michal Nowosielski, Martin Sökefeld, Liza Mügge, Carmen González-Enríquez and Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez participated to the conference. The international TRAMO Conference started on the 14th of June with Ludger Pries’ and Alfred Schmidt’s introductory speeches on the TRAMO Project and VW Foundation. During the following presentation, Ludger Pries argued that there are numerous macro- (migration policies, immigration control, nexus migration-development etc.) and micro-level studies (individual assimilation, participation etc.) in migration research. He claimed, however, that the meso-level (migrant organisations: MOs) is underestimated in migration research. Ludger Pries also argued that organisational research can provide valuable insights to MOs. He then presented the theoretical framework of the TRAMO project.
Other main issues of the conference were:
The 6th workshop of the TRAMO-Project
took place in Oxford on January 25th, 2010 in Oxford.
The 5th workshop of the TRAMO-Project
took place in Bochum on October 9th, 2009.
The Department of Social Science/Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Prof. Dr. L. Pries), the Department of Social Sciences/Universität Duisburg-Essen (Prof. Dr. A. Weiß) and the Research School of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Dr. Wüllner) organized jointly the International Summer School "Migrants' Networking". The Summer School aimed at providing insights into the state of the art of theoretical and empirical migration research. It especially focused on network approaches to migration studies and to migrants' social capital and self organization. Selected quantitative as well as qualitative research methods were introduced and discussed in more detail in small working groups. Overall, the program offered advanced M.A.- and Ph.D. students the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects in a professional environment of scholars and experts.
Coordinated by Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries, Chair of Sociology / Organisation, Migration , Participation the regional conference of the German Sociological Association (GSA) took place for the first time mainly at the Ruhr-University Bochum but also at the DASA (Exhibition on industrial safety). The idea was born by lecturers of the four Ruhr Area universities: Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg/ Essen and the Open University of Hagen. On the eve of the European Capital of Culture 2010, the chosen topic "Structural changes in Metropolis" highlighted the changes of culture, economy and society under a distinguished sociological perspective. The event addressed lecturers, researchers, students and the interested public.
workshop of the TRAMO-Project took place in Oxford on March 30th, 2009
with the attendence of Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries, Dr. Zeynep Sezgin, Nayra
Garcia Gonzales, Martha Biernath, Prof. Dr. Stephen Castles and Dr.
Thomas Lacroix. The aim of this workshop was to fine-tune the research
design by taking into consideration the various methods of conducting:
a) case studies in general,
b) international comparison and transnational studies,
c) bi-local / bi-national case studies, and
d) cross- and longitudinal section analysis of case studies.
Volkswagen Foundation Study Groups Conference 30.01.2009
Preliminary research results of the project "Diffusion and Contexts of Transnational Migrant Organizations in Europe (TRAMO)" were presented at the Volkswagen Foundation Study Groups Conference "Migration and Integration: Language matters" on the 30th of January 2009 in Osnabrück. At the same conference the TRAMO-Project also adressed the structure and embedding of migrant organizations in four European Countries (Germany, Poland, Spain and the UK) and discussed how network analysis can be used as a tool for studying migrant organizations
Workshop on "Cross-Border Migrant Organisations and National Development"
Members of the
TRAMO-Project organized a workshop with the title "Cross-Border Migrant
Organisations and National Development" in the context of the "13th
International Metropolis Conference (Mobility, Integration and
Development in a Globalized World)" on the 29th of October 2008 in Bonn.
The 34th Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (German Society of Sociology) entitled “Unsichere Zeiten. Herausforderungen gesellschaftlicher Transformationen” took place in Jena from 6th to 10th October 2008. At this congress, Ludger Pries led the workshop „(Border Crossing) Migrants´ Organizations – New Actors of Social Change?” which was held on October 8th.
In the framework of this workshop, Zeynep Sezgin presented the first research results of the TRAMO Project. In her presentation, “Fields of Conflict within the Activities of Migrants´ Organizations,” she discussed the role of migrant organizations in the integration of migrants and the promotion and preservation of migrants’ homeland identities in Germany.
Workshop II (27th and 28th of March 2008 in Granada)