Stuck in migration: waiting zones and (internment) camps

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 9:15am to 5:00pm

The 'Budapest part' of the conference is open to all but please register by completing this form until Friday, June 8, 2018.

The main theme of the international conference jointly organized by the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Central European University and the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation is a hardly explored connection between the state of waiting and the dynamics of migration and movement. The conference sees itself as an interdisciplinary and a transnational event in motion. The former implies that the conference brings together participants who will approach and discuss the connection between waiting and migration from a number disciplines such as history (cultural history), arts, sociology, visual studies, law, and anthropology. The latter, in turn, implies that the conference will be held in two localities directly associated with the recent manifestations of migration and waiting – Budapest and Munich. In doing so, location-specific perspectives should be taken and be classified into an overarching global and historical perspective.

 The conference will bring together historians, sociologists, legal studies scholars, and artists from the two organising institutions as well as external participants to reflect on the historical situation of the summer of 2015 which physically and politically linked the two cities - Budapest and Munich - to reflect how the historical situation has changed the very places, and to think ahead of how „being stuck in migration“ affects the very people considered to be on the move. In Budapest, the Keleti Station became a symbol of forced migration, civil engagement support, and political opposition at once. At IAS CEU, on June 13 the conference will, therefore, focus on historical and political dimensions of this historical episode in particular and of migration in Europe and beyond at large. At CAS LMU, on June 15, the focus will be primarily on sociological, demographical, anthropological and cultural reflection on the crisis as well as on conceptual developments in migration scholarship.

 The topics to be discussed in both locations include:

  • Migration history as a history of waiting: a global perspective
  • Artistic and literary reflections on waiting on the horizon of migration and movement
  • Migration and regional and global demographic challenges
  • Invisible and visible traces of waiting in the arrival cities of migration: anthropological perspectives
  • Sociology of forced waiting and border regimes
  • Architectures of waiting and urban landscapes of flight



Nádor 15, Room 101 (Quantum)

9:15 Welcome address

Prof. Dr. Nadia Al-Bagdadi, director of the IAS CEU

Prof. Dr. Ursula Prutsch, Associate Professor of American Cultural                                                  History, LMU 

9.30-11.00 Panel I: Flight and Waiting: Connecting History and the Present

Dr. William O’Reilly, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Hopeful Journeys. Resting Places in the History of European Migration

Prof. Dr. Christopher Balme, Chair of Theatre studies, LMU
Hiketeia: Hospitality in Ancient Drama and Modern Theatre

11.30-13.00 Panel II (part 1): Failed Flight and Forced Waiting in the 20th Century

Prof. Dr. Philipp Ther, the Institute for East European History, University of Vienna
Cases of Failed Flight in 20th Century European History

Prof. Dr. Ursula Prutsch, Associate Professor of American cultural history, LMU
Forced Waiting: Internment Camps in the Americas in World War II

14.00-15.30 Panel II (part 2): Failed Flight and Forced Waiting in the 20th Century

PD Dr. Andrea Strutz, Institute for History, University of Graz
No-Entry to Canada. Jewish Refugees at the Canadian Border

 JUNE 14, 2018

Travelling, Budapest-Munich (only for conference speakers)


Seestraße 13, CAS LMU Conference room

9:15 Welcome address 

Dr. Annette Meyer, director of the CAS LMU

Prof. Dr. Nadia Al-Bagdadi, director of the IAS CEU

9.30-11.00 Panel III: Between Migration and Immobilisation: Sociological Aspects

Prof. Dr. Ayse Caglar, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna

In the shadow of “Mobilty”: Conceptual impediments of migration scholarship

Dr. Attila Melegh, Department of Sociology and Social Sciences,Corvinus University
Long-Term Historical Dynamics of Migration and Demographic Challenges in South Eastern Europe from a Global Perspective

11.30-13.00 Panel IV: The Space of Waiting Zones

Prof. Dr.Alain Musset, Centre de recherches historiques, Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales E.H.E.S.S
Being Human in the Waiting Zones. Living in Non-Non-Places

Prof. Dr. Burcu Dogramaci, Professor of Art History, LMU

Architectures of Waiting and the Temporality of Flight

14.00-15.00 Panel V: Cultures of the In-Between

Prof. Dr. Christoph K. Neumann, Institute for the Near and Middle East, LMU
Istanbul as an In-Between: Perceptions by Refugees De-Stabilizing Orientalism

Didem Pekun, IAS CEU fellow
3 Thoughts on Inhabiting "Purgatorium". An audio-visual presentation that focuses on the film "Purgatorium" and navigates the ideas of stuckness and migration through post-war geographies

16:30, Local Perspective - Munich Main Station: Simon Goeke, Stadtmuseum München: "Crossing Munich. Places, Images, Debates of Migration. A Guided Tour Through Munich".