African Migration, Mobility and Displacement

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Summary / Introduction

According to AMMODI, “Migration, mobility and displacement have been, and continue to be, key dynamics and practices shaping African social, political and economic as well as physical landscapes. African migration, mobility and displacement intersect with fundamental societal issues on national, regional and global scales, from securitization processes to generational conflicts, from the politics of belonging to urban and rural infrastructures, and from labour market configurations to the technology of refugee camps. In all their diversity, these movements are at the forefront of political changes affecting African futures both on the continent and in other parts of the globe.” Therefore, AMMODI brings “together research on African migration, mobility and displacement, in order to refine, elaborate, and communicate its findings in an interdisciplinary manner, acknowledging the growing relevance of these themes in the years to come.”

Description

AMMODI has set the following aims: (i) To facilitate the exchange of information on scholarly debates on migration, mobility and displacement in Africa (projects, events, venues) within Europe (ii) To work especially on finding the overlaps and tensions between the debates on migration, mobility and displacement (iii) To promote collaboration between relevant researchers within Europe and Africa and strengthen networks especially in Africa (iv) To enhance the visibility of this topical cluster within the European African Studies landscape and beyond, and thereby to deepen AEGIS as a network (v) To disseminate AMMODI work to the broader public in light of the significance of the topic in current affairs.

Comment

AMMODI is an important meeting point for research on migration, mobility and displacement of Africans not just from Africa to other continents of the world, but even within Africa. While the emphasis is on assessing the socioeconomic and political impact of mobility, researchers interested in religion will find useful material that sheds light on the impact of mobility for the dissemination of religion.

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