17 August 2020
Opening Talk of Viadrinicum 2020
Convivial Research and Everyday Life
Prof. Magdalena Nowicka (Berlin)
The term conviviality stands for how we understand togetherness (or, integration) and, in particular, what it means to live with difference in settings where people of various religious, national, ethnic and racial identities meet – the settings where the post-migrant emerges.
In her opening lecture for the summer school Viadrinicum 2020 Prof. Magdalena Nowicka will briefly introduce the term conviviality and elucidate how it is currently used in social sciences. Besides that, the lecture will shed light on the way this term can inform research that involves partners from academia, civil society and the arts and point out new fields of its application in the context of post-migration and dis-integration.
Magdalena Nowicka is Head of Department Integration at German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM-Institut) in Berlin and Professor for Migration and Transnationalism at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Warsaw, Poland. Her research and teaching activities are in the field of transnational migration in Europe, cosmopolitanism and conviviality, social inequalities, diversity, racism and qualitative research methods. She is member of the German Sociological Association, Council for Migration, diverse research networks, advisory boards of international journals (ex. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Advances in Research: Migration and Society).