27th AEMI Conference – Husum, 5-7 October 2017

“At Home or Alienated” – Migrants and receiving countries between integration and parallel-society, between ‘culture of welcome’ and xenophobia

The Association of European Migration Institutions (AEMI) together with its local partner organization the Nordfriisk Instituut and with the Nordfriesland Museum Nissenhaus presents the 27th AEMI-CONFERENCE which will be held in Husum, North Frisia, Germany from Thursday, 5th to Saturday, 7th October 2017.
The conference will deal with, and reflect on the terms, migration, and integration e.g. in the social, economic, or cultural sphere, as well as segregation, nativism and xenophobia in the past and present.


Conference Program


“At Home or Alienated” – Migrants and receiving countries between integration and parallel-society, between ‘culture of welcome’ and xenophobia

 Husum, 5.-7. October 2017


Wednesday 4th
18.00 – 20.00 Informal meeting at the Nordfriesland Museum NISSENHAUS Thursday 5th


Thursday 5th

08:45 – 09:15 Welcome
Uwe Haupenthal, Nordfriesland Museum NISSENHAUS, Husum Hans Storhaug, Association of European Migration Institutions Paul-Heinz Pauseback, Nordfriisk Instituut, Bredstedt

09:15 – 09:45 Opening lecture
Thomas Steensen, Director Nordfriisk Instituut:
What is a Frisian and how to become one – an inclusive approach to minority affiliation.

10:00 – 11.00 Part I, Session 1: European Emigration to the United States I

Chair: Marie-Charlotte Le Bailly, Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp

10:00 – 10:15
Maria Jarlsdotter Enckell, Åland Islands Emigrant Institute
Going West North-West to the Pacific North 1817-1867. Under the Loupe: the Questioned Ethnicity of 844 Documented Finnish Seamen, Engaged in Russian American Company Service, sailing yearly as clockwork past the North Frisian Islands to and from Kronstadt.

10:15 – 10:30
Patrick Fitzgerald, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Northern Ireland
Paddy’s Big Apple: a review of Irish migration to and through New York City.

10:30 – 10: 45
Wolfgang Grams, Routes to the Roots
“Ei söppohß juh ahr än emmigrent” - Als die Deutschen Ausländer waren. Learning from the 19th Century German American Migration Experience.

10:45 – 11:00 Discussion 11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:15 Part I, Session 2: European Emigration to the United States II

Chair: Maddalena Tirabassi, Centro Altreitalie, Turino, Vice Chair AEMI

11:15 – 11:30
Michalina Petelska, University of Gdansk, cooperation with The Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences
A scientific melting pot. Polish immigrants and scientists in New York in the 19th and the first half of 20th century.

11:30 – 11:45
Imanol Galdos Irazabal, Assistant Manager in the department of culture of the city council of Donostia
Boise: A Model of a Welcoming City.

11:45 – 12:00
Christina A. Ziegler-McPherson, historian of American immigration policy and assimilation theory
Cautionary Lessons from the Americanization movement of the early 20th century.

12:00 – 12:15 Discussion 12.15 – 13:15 Lunch

13: 15 – 14:15 Part II, Session 1: European research centers and contemporary migration
Chair: Cathrine Kyø Hermansen, The Danish Immigration Museum

13:15 – 13:30
Špela Kastelic, Slovenian Migration Institute
Social impact of migration studies: The case of Slovenian Migration Institute.

13:30 – 13:45
Brian Lambkin, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Northern Ireland
The Development of a ‘National’ Diaspora Centre in Ireland.

13:45 – 14:00
Vinzenz Kratzer, PhD candidate at the European University in Frankfurt/Oder History of state migration research in Germany.

14:00 – 14:15 Discussion 14:15 – 14.30 Break

14: 30 – 16:00 Part II, Session 2: Past and present migratory issues

Chair: Adam Walaszek, Jagiellonian University, Crakow

14:30 – 14:45
Dieter Bacher, PhD candidate at the University of Graz,
Anne Unterwurzacher, senior postdoc-researcher at the Center for Migration Research in
St. Pölten/Lower Austria
Similarities and differences. Challenges and possibilities of linking research of past and present migration phenomena and their context as a chance for „evidence-based policy“.

14:45 – 15:00
Dietmar Osses, Hannover Colliery, Dortmund, Westphalian State Museum for Industrial Heritage and Culture,
Segregation, assimilation or integration? Migration and football in Germany 1900 – 2015.

15:00 – 15:15
Rafał Raczyński, research officer in Emigration Museum in Gdynia and assistant professor at the Pomeranian University in Słupsk
The perception of immigrants from EU countries in British society in the context of Brexit.

15:15 – 15.30
Agnieszka Kulesa, PhD candidate at the Warsaw School of Economics, researcher at
the Centre for French Culture and Francophone Studies, University of Warsaw;
Nicolas Maslowski, director of the Centre for French Culture and Francophone Studies, University of Warsaw
Anti-racism and anti-discrimination approaches in migration policies of the Central European states: the state of play and challenges for the future.

15:45 – 16:00 Discussion 16:00 – 16:15 Break

16: 30 – 17:45 Part II, Session 3: Contemporary migratory issues

Chair: Emilia García López, Consello da Cultura Galega, Santiago de Compostela, member of the board of AEMI

16:30 – 16:45
Karen Mooeskops, Marie-Charlotte Le Bailly, Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp
A Safe Home in Belgium (1950-today). Refugee children and their family history.

16:45 – 17:00
María González Blanco, PhD at the University of Santiago de Compostela
Vicente Peña Saavedra, Senior Lecturer of History of Education at the University of Santiago de Compostela
Possibilities and limits of the statistical sources for the study of educational and cultural profiles of Spaniards in current emigration.

17:00 – 17:15
Laurence Prempain, associate researcher at the University Lyon
Evolution of the perception of German Jewish refugees in France: from “Victims” to “Undesirable” (1933-1938).

17:15 – 17:30
Cathrine Kyø Hermansen, Sahra-Josephine Hjorth, The Danish Immigrant Museum
A better understanding of the past is essential to deal with contemporary migration – our research project “MiClue”.

17: 30 – 17:45 Discussion

18:00 Greeting: Dieter Harrsen, Landrat/Chief executive of the district of North Frisia

Friday 6th

09:00 – 12:30 Part III: “What is Home?” 09:00 – 10:00 Session 1:

Chair: Paul-Heinz Pauseback, North Frisian Emigration Archive, Nordfriisk Instituut

09:00 – 09:15
Antra Celmiņa, Latvians Abroad – Museum and Research Centre, Riga
Going (Back): The Meaning of Home, Belonging and Identity for Western-born Latvian Repatriates.

09:15 – 09:30
Benan Oregi Iñurrieta, Officer for the Basque Community Abroad; Gorka Alvarez Aranburu, Director for the Basque Community Abroad A home or a country? What did Basque emigrants leave behind?

09:30 – 09:45
Edurne Arostegui, PhD student at the University of the Basque Country and at the University of Nevada, Reno
Basque Portraits of the American West: Making Nevada Home.

09:45 – 10:00 Discussion 10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 11:15 Session 2:

Chair: Gorka Alvarez Aranburu, Director for the Basque Community Abroad

10:15 – 10:30
Nicolas Monnot, Monica Berri, CivicWisers & Designers Civique, Common.language "WHAT IS HOME?": Diachrony and synchrony, glocality, fear, humanity & memory.

10:30 – 10:45
Anđelko Milardovic
Global Migration, Parallel societies in the Federal Republic of Germany, France and Xenophobia.

10:45 – 11:00
Sarah Clément, Generiques, Paris,
Jean-Barthelemi Debost, Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris
The built heritage of migrations in Europe – different cases study in France. What about the migrations in the European year of cultural heritage in 2018 ?

11:00 – 11:15 Discussion 11:15 – 11:30 Break

10:30 – 12:30 Session 3:

Chair: Brian Lambkin, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Northern Ireland

11:30 – 11:45
Solange Maslowski, senior French researcher at the Center for Comparative Law of the Faculty of law of Charles University in Prague
Mahoran and Roma migrants, second-class Union citizens?

11:45 – 12:00
Nonja Peters, Sustainability Policy Institute, Curtin University, Australia
Place identity and belonging related to the Dutch diaspora among mixed race indigenous groups in South Africa and Namibia, Indonesia and Western Australia.

11:00 – 12:15
Maria Beatriz Rocha-Trinidade, CEMRI, Universidade Alberta, Lissabon, Portugal Cais - Language and Migrations. A New Initiative in the Portuguese Museology Program

12:15 – 12:30 Discussion 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 17:00 Part IV: Round Table: Reflections on AEMI Policies

Chair: Hans Storhaug, president of AEMI

Greeting: Uwe Schmitz, Mayor of Husum

13:45 – 14:00
Sebastian Tyrakowski, host of the next AEMI Conference
“Challenges of Contemporary Migrations” – an outlook on the AEMI Conference 2018 at the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland.

14: 00 – 17:00
Reflections on AEMI Policies: Projects, Museums, Archives, Public History, Innovation, Communication, members participation, networking, ...,

20:00 AEMI Dinner

Saturday 7th
09:30 – 12:00 AEMI Annual General Meeting (AEMI Members) 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 19:00 Excursion

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