Public lecture in Mainz “Return to a foreign country”


Klaus Roth (Emeritus at the Institute of European ethnology/University of Munich) will give a public lecture about remigration to eastern European countries and socialist influence in every-day life of migrants. The lecture will introduce the audience to the subsequent scientific workshop “Remigrations and transformations in post-socialist European regions” at the University of Mainz.

About the research project: Returning migrants have been involved in post-socialist transformation processes all over the European East. Engaged in politics, economy, science and education, arts and civil society, re-migrants often exerted crucial influence on state and nation- building processes and on social and cultural transformations. However, remigration is not only a story of successes, but equally one of failed integration, marginalization, non-participation and lost potentials. Despite existing research on various aspects of remigration in this particular historical context, systematic comparative discussion of its implications for post-socialist transformation is still lacking. The project aims to fill this void by establishing a discursive platform about remigration and its impact on the transition process in post-socialist European regions.

Date: 19 Sep 2013 – 6.15 pm
Venue: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Fakultätssaal Philosophicum, Jakob-Welder-Weg 18, 55128 Mainz

International Research project
Remigrations and transformations in post-socialist European regions