Course Schedule


Haniel Summer Academy: Migration, Organization and Urban Entrepreneurship (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Timon Beyes

Einzeltermin | Do, 27.04.2023, 16:00 - Do, 27.04.2023, 18:00 | extern | online
Einzeltermin | Di, 30.05.2023, 09:00 - Sa, 03.06.2023, 16:00 | extern | Berlin

Inhalt: +++ If you would like to participate please send an email to until April 3rd, 2023 (max. 1 page covering your motivation why you would like to attend the Summer Academy). You will be notified until April 8th. The maximum number of Lüneburg participants is 10. +++ The European Summer Academy, enabled by the German Haniel Foundation, brings together MA students from five different European business schools and universities: the University of St. Gallen, the Copenhagen Business School, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, and Paris Dauphine University. The Academy will have its base in Berlin. Thanks to the generous support of the Haniel Foundation, we can offer free accommodation as well as covering (train) travel to Berlin and back. Course content Contemporary discourses and practices around migration and fleeing and political reactions to the (mass) arrival of refugees have addressed and triggered an array of concerns. In scholarly terms, these entail reflections of the practice and experience of migration and mobility as key existential and conceptual phenomena; a sociology of arriving and of “arrival cities” (Doug Saunders); inquiries into the organization and management of forced migration and its effects; studies of migrant entrepreneurship and its economic and cultural networks; and of course the political questioning and negotiation of rightful reasons of migration and the adaptation of political and legal boundaries, for example in the form of the externalization of the European border. In this context, the European Summer Academy will investigate the organizational and entrepreneurial aspects, consequences and potentials of ‘migrant organizing’: For example, how are we to understand migration as entrepreneurial and organizational force, which is predicated on self-organization while being subject to socio-political forms of organization and governance? How do these organizational forces play out empirically in urban spaces, e.g. in the form of political actors, non-governmental organizations, artistic interventions, public and media engagement, populist interventions, and critique and resistance? How, then, does migration reorganize the cities we are living in, its imaginaries, practices, atmospheres? The Summer Academy is dedicated to understanding and exploring these organizational, managerial and entrepreneurial conditions, practices and concerns around migration and fleeing. To do so, we will apprehend and explore the city of Berlin as empirical site of organizing these conditions, practices and concerns: from protest movements to political initiatives, from dissensual scenes to sites of solidarity and care, from small-scale entrepreneurship to globalized diasporic networks, from bottom up initiatives to executive enforcement, from the historical embeddedness of migration in the urban landscape to contemporary interventions and reconfigurations. Joined by researchers of all participating universities as well as guests, we will jointly work towards an exhibition of the studentsʹ findings on migrant organizing. Course structure After an online kick-off session, the course is organized in five parts and runs over 5 full days, which consist of thematic discussions, guest lectures, preparatory methodological exercises, on‑site visits and fieldwork, project analysis and putting together an exhibit of findings. Part 1 consists of exploring the history and present of understanding the organization, management and entrepreneurship of migration. Part 2 consists of field work and empirical research based on specific organizational initiatives, processes and milieus around migration and fleeing. In Part 3, we develop empirical findings through literature research. Part 4 is for preparing and executing the exhibition, while Part 5 is setting up the exhibition and presenting the findings. Based on developing mixed groups from the various universities, the learning process centres on the fieldwork on or around migration-based projects and sites in the urban context of Berlin, which are both reflected conceptually and personally respectively by drawing upon the preparatory readings and group reflections.