KWI- Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen
Donnerstag, 08. Oktober - Freitag, 09. Oktober
International Conference on Migration and Ethnicity
Conference: Measuring Ethnicity and Migration - Classification and Statistical Representation in Academic Research and Administration
Ort: Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (Gartensaal), Goethestraße 31, 45128 Essen
Veranstalter: edition Körber-Stiftung

Diversity that counts is increasing in complexity. Official statistical categories are developed dynamically to capture and appropriately represent ethnic, religious, and language diversity. Ten years ago, the concept ‘persons with a migration background’ was introduced to official statistics in Germany. School administration additionally operates with the concept of ‘non-German language of origin’ for some time now, and in 2011, a question on religious beliefs was included in the German census of population, especially with a view to counting German Muslims. Other countries like Canada, the Netherlands, or the United Kingdom also see dynamic changes and proliferation of their statistical classifications capturing ethnic, religious, and language diversity. National statistical practices show a confusing diversity of ways to count that poses enormous methodical challenges to systematic comparisons and to the merging of national datasets on a European and international level.

At this conference at the KWI in Essen, we want to explore and discuss official and academic practices of statistical data collection and representations of migration and ethnicity. Official statistics offer an instructive description not only for administration and government, but also for producers of scientific knowledge who participate in the production and improvement of statistical representations or use them for their research. We invite researchers from various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities to this meeting and aim for exchange and debate between methodologies (quantitative/qualitative). We explicitly welcome social statisticians from public administration, as well as agents from NGOs and civil society who may want to comment on the available data on migration and ethnicity and its classifications from the perspective of data users.

Conference languages will be English and German.

Further Information and Programme

Peter Aspinall (University of Kent), Fatiha Belmessous (University of Lyon), Katharina Bürkin (Universität Bremen), Jean-Pierre Corbeil (Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division at Statistics Canada, Ottawa), Claudia Diehl (Universität Konstanz), Jennifer Elrick (University of Toronto), Clarisse Fordant (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), Charity-Ann Hannan (Ryerson University, Toronto), Costanza Hermanin (Open Society Foundations, Bruxelles), Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar (Goethe Universität Frankfurt a.M.), Andreas Hieronymus (Institut für Migrations- und Rassismusstudien IMIR, Hamburg), Kenneth Horvath (Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe), Thomas Kemper (Universität Wuppertal), Christine Lang (Universität Osnabrück), Dennis Odukoya (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Lea Renard (Universität Potsdam/Universität Grenoble), Elisabeth Schilling (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), Riem Spielhaus (Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe, Universität Nürnberg-Erlangen), Yann Stricker (Universität Luzern), Mihai Surdu (Central European University, Budapest), Hella von Unger (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Concept and Organisation:
Linda Supik, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen
Norbert Cyrus, German Sociological Association’s section on Migration and Ethnic Minorities
Anja Weiß, Institute of Sociology, University Duisburg-Essen

The conference is held by the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen in cooperation with German Sociological Association’s section on Migration and Ethnic Minorities and Institute of Sociology, University Duisburg-Essen, with support of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

Participation is free but binding registration is required. There will be a limited number of seats for audience. Please register with your name and institution at by Friday, September 18 the latest. Dinner buffet on Thursday night and refreshments in between will be provided, participants should take care of their own accomodation and breakfast.