On this page, you can find information about upcoming or past events organised by AMMODI.


Speaking back to Theory

Africanist migration research beyond the categories

Accra & Cape Coast, 15-18 March 202

This 4-day symposium seeks to address the structural inequalities embedded in Africanist migration research
in its epistemological, ontological, and institutional dimensions. Overall, the symposium seeks to address these parallel trends of restrictive public discourses on African migration and the calls for “decolonising”, or critically reassessing our analytical categories and assumptions. It thereby offers a space for critical reflection and commentary on the possibilities of power-analytical, decolonial and critical research on African mobilities in all their diversity, through research-based analyses rather than opinion-based conjecture. It explicitly aims to open space for a conversation between African and European migration, mobility and displacement scholars, with a clear focus on centering African perspectives.

The idea for the symposium was developed in a collaboration between the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana (CMS), the Centre for Mixed Migration and Diaspora Studies (CeMMiDS) at the University of Cape
Coast, and the Collaborative Research Group on African Migration, Mobility, and Displacement (AMMODI) within the Africa-Europe Group for Inter-disciplinary Studies (AEGIS).

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Africans on the Move

Critical Reflections on Mobility, Citizenship and Belonging

The series explores a central theme in migration research, namely the identity-mobility nexus, but does so through ongoing research from across the African continent. The theme encompasses issues relating to xenophobia and migrant integration, documentation and migrant rights, and the role of the diaspora. The emphasis is on intra-African migration, to balance the previous series’ focus on Afro-European relations.

The lecture series combines three different virtual formats, all exploring aspect of the overall theme. The first session presents the Annual AMMODI Keynote Lecture, a traditional lecture format, followed by a Q&A session. The second session is in the form of a Research Lab, in which two scholars will present ongoing work and receive feedback from a discussant and from the listeners. The third and final session is organised as a Roundtable discussion with invited panellists, with speakers representing different geographical regions and thematic specialisations as well as prior research experience.

The full programme for the lecture series is available here.

Please pre-register for all three events here.

2nd AMMODI Key Note

30th June 2022 at 5pm CEST / 6pm EAT / 5pm SAST / 4pm WAT

The 2nd Annual AMMODI Keynote Lecture has been published in Strategic Review for Southern Africa, and is available here, with permission of the journal:

Research Lab

7th July 2022 at 2pm – 15h30 CEST / 3pm EAT / 2pm SAST / 1pm WAT


14th July 2022 at 5pm CEST / 6pm EAT / 5pm SAST / 4pm WAT

The full programme for the lecture series is available here.

Critical Reflections

on Afro-European Relations in Migration Governance

This nine-part online lecture series discusses securitization, perceptions on migration and new research agendas that decentralize the European perspectives when it comes to Afro-European Relations in Migration Governance. It brings together African, European, Anglo- and Francophone academics and activists.

Réflexions critiques

sur les relations afro-européennes en matière de gouvernance des migrations

Cette série de conférence en ligne, comportant neuf parties, se penche sur la sécuritarisation, les perceptions de la migration et les nouveaux programmes de recherche qui permettent de décentraliser les perspectives européennes par rapport aux relations afro-européennes en matière de gouvernance des migrations. Elle rassemble des universitaires et des activistes africains, européens, anglophones et francophones.


Migration on the African continent is multifold, complex with varying effects. One angle in particular is the European efforts to control migration, which has reached far beyond its external borders to the African continent. For example, there has been an attempt to increase ‘cooperative agreements’ between the European Union (EU) with African states. This online lecture series critically discusses Afro-European relations that arise from EU-migration governance and the African responses in the multiple entanglements of border control, development and security.

The lecture series is jointly organized by the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA), the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute at the University of Freiburg (ABI), the Centre for Global Migration Studies at the University of Göttingen (CeMig), the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana and the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala (NAI) and hosted in cooperation with the research network on African Migration, Mobility and Displacement (AMMODI).

It is funded by the MIASA, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, The ABI, the CeMig and the Internationalisation Funds of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Göttingen.


Les migrations sur le continent africain sont multiformes, complexes et ont des effets variables. Les efforts déployés par l’Europe pour contrôler les migrations, qui dépassent largement ses frontières extérieures pour atteindre le continent africain, en est un aspect spécifique. Par exemple, des efforts ont été déployés pour multiplier les « accords de coopération » entre l’Union européenne (UE) et les États africains. Cette série de conférences en ligne aborde de façon critique les relations afro-européennes qui découlent de la gouvernance de la migration par l’UE et les réponses africaines face aux multiples enchevêtrements du contrôle des frontières, du développement et de la sécurité.

La série de conférences est organisée conjointement par le Merian Institut des études avancées en Afrique (MIASA), l’Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI), le Centre for Global Migration Studies de l’Université de Göttingen (CeMig), le Centre for Migration Studies de l’Université du Ghana et le Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala (NAI), en coopération avec le réseau de recherche sur African Migration, Mobility, and Displacement (AMMODI).

Elle est financée par MIASA, le Ministère fédéral de l’enseignement et de la recherche de l’Allemange, l’ABI, le CeMig et les fonds d’internationalisation de la faculté des sciences humaines de l’université de Göttingen.

Full programme in English

Programme complet en français

1st AMMODI Key Note

Thursday 17 June 12-13.15 CEST

1st Key Note transcript available here:

About Nanjala Nyabola

Nanjala Nyabola is an independent writer and researcher based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on the intersection between technology, media, and society. She holds a BA in African Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham, an MSc in African Studies and an MSc in Forced Migration, both from the University of Oxford, as well as a JD from Harvard Law School. She has held numerous research associate positions including with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), and other institutions, while also working as a research lead for several projects on human rights broadly and digital rights specifically around the world. She has been published in several academic journals including the African Security Review and the Women’s Studies Quarterly, and contributed to numerous edited collections. Nanjala also writes commentary for publications like The Nation, Al Jazeera, The Boston Review and others. She is the author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya (Zed Books, 2018) and Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move (Hurst Books, 2020).

AMMODI Annual Network Meeting

Thursday 17 June, 13.15-14

The annual AMMODI meeting will follow after Nanjala Nyabola’s lecture. The meeting link is as follows:, Meeting ID: 691 5694 0340

Inaugural AMMODI Workshop

Uppsala 22-23 September 2018

The CRG on African Migration, Mobility and Displacement (AMMODI) is proud to welcome an impressive and wide-ranging selection of participants to our inaugural workshop in Uppsala. Our overall intentions with this meeting are to collectively discuss and refine the conceptual premise of the CRG; the potential uses of the CRG; as well as potential synergies among the workshop participants.

The two-day workshop will be divided into the three thematic blocks related to the CRG’s guiding concepts – mobility, migration and displacement. Each block will include one key-note introduction to the theme; a selection of paper presentations from CRG members; and plenty of room for discussion. The main purpose of the paper presentations during the workshop is introduce the participants’ research interests and to inspire reflections relevant to the three guiding concepts. In the spirit of working towards collaborations between members, the presentations should generally be forward-looking, and not dwell too much on research that is already finalised. Since we do not expect full conference papers, but rather brief reflection pieces to inform our collective reflection, each presentation should be limited to 10 minutes.

An additional concluding block will be dedicated to exploring the conceptual boundaries and overlaps between migration, displacement and mobility, and discussing the relevance and applicability of these concepts in relation to three different perspectives. Inspired by the AMMODI blog a number of breakout sessions will take place, these perspectives are articulated as “Fieldnotes” – focussing on the methodological and ethical aspects of data collection and representation; “Research notes” – encouraging more conceptual and theoretically oriented reflections; and “Policy notes” – reflecting more explicitly on how academic research may engage with policy thinking and implementation.

Both days of the workshop will end with plenary reflections on how best to make use of the CRG, and on the more specific goals and initiatives that we wish to pursue in the immediate future. If you have any further suggestions please do let us know. We look forward to seeing and meeting you in Uppsala!



Day 1: Saturday 22 September

9.30 – 10Welcome and introduction by Jesper and Franzisca
10 – 12.30
10 –10.45Keynote: Oliver Bakewell, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester
10.45 – 11Coffee break
11 – 11.15“Migration, Mobility and Displacement: Agriculture In and Around Refugee Camps of Western Tanzania”, Clayton Boeyink, International Development, University of Edinburgh
11.15 – 11.30“Taming Wilderness – Controlling Nature and People. Migration and (Re-) Settlement in Western Tanzania”, Nicole Wiederroth, University of Hamburg
11.30 – 11.45“Circular migration between Niger and Libya. Forced return, displacements and translocality across the Sahara desert”, Oriol Puig Cepero, Universitat de Barcelona
11.45 – 12.30Discussion
12.30 – 13.30Lunch
13.30 – 16.30
13.30 – 14.15Keynote: Nauja KleistDanish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
14.15 – 14.30“Transnational mothering, patterns and strategies of care-giving by Zimbabwean domestic workers in Botswana: A multi-sited approach”, Joyce Takaindisa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
14.30 – 14.45“‘I have had it both ways’: Mobility, transnational lives and the third space subjectivities of British Nigerian girls”, Pamela Kea, University of Sussex
14.45 – 15Discussion
15 – 15.15Coffee break
15.15 – 15.30 “Life B and the productions of mobilities (from) inside Uganda’s “refugee capital city””, Jolien Tegenbos, Ghent University
15.30 – 15.45 “Africanizing Mobility Studies – Mobilising African Studies: bringing two transdisciplinary fields into closer dialogue” Birgit Englert, University of Vienna
15.45 – 16.30Discussion
16.30 – 17.30Strategic discussion: Purpose, potential, and format of AMMODI
 Wrap up of the day

Day 2: Sunday 23 September

9.30 – 9.45Recap by Jesper and Franzisca
09.45 – 12.30
9.45 – 10.30Keynote: Amanda Hammar, Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen
10.30 – 10.45Coffee break
10.45 – 11“‘Right now, I don’t know what the future might bring’ – Emotions and Mobility in the Burundian crisis”, Simon TurnerUniversity of Copenhagen
11 – 11.15“Proposed relevant Guiding Concept: Displacement”, Claire Walked, University of Oxford
11.15 – 11.30“Tracing legacies of conflict: (Children of) Burundian migrants and refugees navigating identity and civic participation in Belgium and the Netherlands”, Lidewyde Berckmoes, NSCR Research Institute Amsterdam & University of Amsterdam
11.30 – 12 Discussion
12 – 13Lunch
13 – 14Breakout sessions: Fieldnotes, Research notes, and Policy notes
14 – 14.30Next steps

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