Welcome to the PLUS-MMG (Migration and Mobilities Study Group)!

The Migration and Mobilities Study Group (MMG) is a collective that brings together several thematic groups of scholars within migration and mobility studies at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS). PLUS-MMG has become an institutional member of the IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion)! It is Europe’s largest network of scholars in the area of migration and integration.  

Most of the MMG’s members teach in the emphasis programme, “Migration Studies”, for both undergraduate and graduate students, which was originally formed in 2012 to launch an interdisciplinary MA programme ‘International Migration’. PLUS-MMG aims to make connections between our knowledge in the study of migration and mobilities and to explore emerging sociopolitical and cultural phenomena by conducting theoretically driven, and historically and contextually grounded, research with a global outlook.  

The international movement of people – as well as that of artefacts and ideas, and the phenomena that result from these movements – affects  more than just specific, small groups of the population or discrete parts of our society. Instead, we consider migratory movements and their consequences to be part and parcel of our everyday lives and social structures. Of central importance here is our interest in understanding how international migration and mobilities, and the consequences they have, mutually influence each other, (re)producing inequalities and generating new dynamics. Within this process, multiple organisational, institutional, and individual actors are connected across borders, sometimes in unexpected ways. Based on this set of premises, we conduct research on a wide range of themes, including:  

1) International labour migration and the mobility of (highy) skilled and less-skilled workers
2) Refugees and forced migration
3) Integration
4) Care, global social policy, social change and migration
5) Global migration history
6) Mobility and tourism studies
7) Populism, racism and nationalism
8) Anti-Semitism and Holocaust studies
9) Human rights and citizenship
10) Gender, sexualities and diversity
11) Transnational social movement, Diaspora and organisational studies
12) Religion, culture, literature, communications and mobilities
13) Education, youth and migration  

PLUS-MMG has a diverse approach, not only in terms of the themes we work on, but also with regard to the disciplines, which range from sociology, political science, history, geography and education to law, music, literature and theology. This is reflected in our methodological approaches, utilising qualitative and quantitative methods, and mixed methods designs.  

To ensure innovative yet robust and sustainable scholarship, we place emphasis on the training of early-career researchers. Of particular importance here is an interdisciplinary PLUS Doktoratskolleg (doctoral school), “On the move: People, objects, signs”. Two further doctoral schools, one at the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies and the other on “Gender Transcultural”, also deal with issues pertinent to migration and mobility.

For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Kyoko Shinozaki (kyoko.shinozaki@sbg.ac.at)

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