Dr. Katharina Hoffmann


International Conference at the University of Oldenburg from 6 to 8 December 2012; funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG; Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony and FLiF



EMMIR Consortium (European Master of Migration and Intercultural Relations)

Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (School of Linguistic and Cultural Studies, School of Education)

Georg-August University Göttingen (Labor kritische Migrations- und Grenzregimeforschung)

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (African Centre for Migration and Society)


NeBoCo: New Borderlands or Cosmopolitanism from Below?

International Conference on Linking Theories of Border, Concepts of Cosmopolitanism and Citizenship in Migration Studies

The conference set out to make a significant contribution to the development of migration theory. It focused on three interlinked concepts: border(land), citizenship, and cosmopolitanism. Currently, these concepts are highly debated in transnational and transdisciplinary academic discourses – initiating a fruitful dialogue between them might lead to paradigmatic shifts in migration studies and beyond. Experts from different countries and academic disciplines examined the specific dimensions of the ongoing deep transformation of statehood, citizenship, sovereignty and identity formations in sending, transit, and receiving states.

Papers have been presented and discussed in the following three sections:

  • I Border Regimes: Formations of European and African Border(land)s
  • II Border Imaginaries: On the Discursive (De-)Construction of Demarcation Lines
  • III Transgression of Borders and Transnational Social Experiences: A New Cosmopolitanism or Translocal, Postnational Citizenship. 

Please find further information on the conference concept and programme at the conference website www.neboco.org

(Changed: 19 Dec 2022)