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Second Generation Research Dialogues. Comparative Perspectives on children of immigrants.

About the Workshop

The Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin presents the two-day workshop "Second Generation Research Dialogues. Comparative Perspectives on children of immigrants" / Berlin, 16|17 January 2009

Within integration debates across Europe, focus has shifted from the first to the so called second generation of immigrants in recent years. Their performance in educational systems and on the job markets is tied to success or failure of integration policies and scrutinized with concern, as is their cultural, social and religious orientation. In many places a very contested group, the second generation symbolizes permanency of migration and growing diversity while raising questions about the concept and mechanisms of „integration“ today. In this workshop, current work on second generation immigrants will be discussed along two main themes: the second generation and the city, the second generation in school

Central questions and concerns include

  • the impact of cities on processes of second generation identity construction, self representation and negotiation between cultural spheres
  • its role as arena for political participation, claim making and social positioning
  • its role as living and working environment and space of opportunity or restraint
  • as social space and place of belonging
  • the educational participation of second generation immigrants in comparative perspective
  • inequalities within educational systems
  • linkages between educational settings, policies and attainment
  • the role of teachers, friends, families and other factors impacting educational careers

Public Lectures (16 January)

The workshop offers internationally comparative perspectives on second generation research in Europe and the US, featuring keynote presentations by Philip Kasinitz and Jens Schneider. The Lectures are held on at the occasion of the Workshop.

The workshop aims at facilitating intense dialogue and exchange among doctoral students and junior researchers involved in work on second generation immigrants. This will be reflected in the amount of time in the program allocated for discussion in a constructive, supportive setting. Participants have the opportunity to give ten-minute presentations introducing their research with subsequent discussion. There will be a maximum of 20 participants. Workshop language is English.

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