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Venue                                                Leibnizhaus (Holzmarkt 4, 30159 Hannover)

Date                                                   THU, 14.12.2017 and FRI, 15.12.2017



Prof. Dr. Mathias Bös, PD Dr. Nina Clara Tiesler

Deborah Sielert(Institute of Sociology, Leibniz Universität Hannover)

in cooperation with the Section “Migration and

Ethnic Minorities” of the

German Sociological Association (DGS).


Student Assistants: Lia Schindewolffs, Stefan Grimpe



Conference Program


Accommodation and Directions



  • Nadje Al-Ali, Professor,  Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS London

Queering Ethnoheterogenesis in transnational perspective: (De) ethnicising Muslim migrants


  • Thomas D. Hall, Prof. Emeritus, Department of Sociology&Anthropology, DePauw University

Ethnoheterogenesis: Insights, Questions, and Speculations from an Ancient World-Systems Perspective.


The study of societal change and ethnic relations has been a core pursuit in Sociology, both in the past and in the present, especially - though not exclusively - in historical contexts marked by heightened migration. This conference aims to refine the theoretical understanding of social and cultural processes regarding the formation of ethnicities and ethnic diversity (Yancey et al 1976, Bös 2010).

However, it appears that current analytical concepts and frameworks to describe the genesis of ethnicities and societal change through ethnic diversification are too limited to grasp these complex and multi-dimensional formative processes (Barth 1969, Fardon 1987, Thompson 2011, Bös 2015). These concepts (e.g., assimilation, identity, integration, diversity, inclusion, multi-ethnic societies, etc.) often represent normative self-descriptions by civil society rather than analytical categories of heuristic value. Therefore, we propose the concept of Ethnoheterogenesis (EHG) as a starting point to discuss multidimensional models of specific forms of societization (Vergesellschaftung), which involve ethnic framing and affiliations of individuals, groupings, and macro groups (Tiesler 2015). Rather than reducing such formative processes to linear models, new concepts such a Ethnoheterogenesis explicitly address the dialectic of homogenization and heterogenization in the genesis of ethnicities, as well as the normality of de-ethnization and multiple options regarding ethnic affiliation (Waters 1990).

The aim of the conference is to further develop EHG or other new alternatives as analytical categories for processes of socio-cultural change in complex settings of transnationally constituted societies that can be coined ethnoheterogeneous (Claussen 2013).

We are looking forward to discuss these following questions (and many more):

What changes in ethnic framing, ethnic affiliation, and multiplicity of memberships/belongings can be observed in current times of heightened mobility and how can they be analyzed?

- What can be said about ethnicity as a resource for individualization, collectivization, and community building or  potential counterhegemonic cultures?

- What forms of “past presencing” can be reconstructed in the processes of ethno(hetero)genesis?

- What does the analysis of the genesis and changes of ethnic framing and multiplicity of memberships add to the broader field of sociology (i.e., Sociology of Migration, Global Sociology, and Sociology of the Nation State)?

  1. How are the processes of (de-)ethnization interwoven with social inequality (economic, legal, political, etc.)?

- What role do institutions such as the family, neighborhoods, work, or communities play in this context?

- How should we think about the genesis of ethnicities in intersection with and relation to different categories of social inequality, and most importantly race, gender, class, and/or generation?

  1. How does ethnicity function as an element in the structuring of (world) society?

- What can be said about the (changing) role of the nation in the emergence of ethnicities and membership roles?

- What is the role of spatial configuration, such as transnationalism, in the genesis of ethnicities?

- What insights can be gained from related fields such as diaspora or transnational studies?



For further reading: We are happy to provide a paper on the concept of Ethnoheterogenesis on our institute’s website. You can access it here: Link


The full Call for Paper can be accessed here: Link