MIDEM/ZVD presented the first representative study on the socio-spatial and political-cultural framework conditions of the pandemic in Saxony during an expert discussion with the Saxon State Minister for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion, Petra Köpping and the infectiologist Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Lübbert (University Hospital/ St. Georg Clinic, Leipzig).
The results of the study on the socio-spatial and political-cultural framework conditions of the pandemic in Saxony, written by Maik Herold and Cyrill Otteni under the direction of Forum MIDEM Director Prof. Dr. Hans Vorländer, were presented at a press conference on June 16, 2021 and subsequently discussed in an expert meeting. MIDEM invited the Saxon State Minister for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion, Petra Köpping and the infectiologist Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Lübbert (University Hospital/ St. Georg Clinic, Leipzig).
For the first time, the study promises to provide comprehensive insights into how attitudes and opinions about the pandemic are distributed among the population of Saxony, as well as among specific sociodemographic groups and different regions within Saxony. It addresses the following questions: How do citizens in Saxony evaluate the measures taken to contain the Covid 19 pandemic and the state government's corona management? To what extent do Saxons feel burdened by the restrictions and their consequences? What is the level of vaccination readiness but also vaccination skepticism in the Saxon population? How widespread is Corona-related conspiracy thinking? How are the Corona protests, which are often initiated by groups like the "Querdenkern", evaluated in the Saxon population?
In the course of a lively exchange about the results, the Minister of State expressed the assumption that the real social challenge is yet to come. "After the end of the pandemic, other societal tasks will come our way". In this regard, Prof. Dr. Hans Vorländer emphasized that we must fight the pandemic together. "It must be us against the pandemic. It is a community-building task we face."
The publication of the study was met with a broad media response.
10. - 12.05.2021
In cooperation with the German “Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden” MIDEM conducted the digital congress "GETEILTE HEIMATEN Deutschland und Europa als interkulturelle Erfahrungsräume" from May 10, 2021 - May 12, 2021.
The three-day congress was dedicated to the question of whether a German and European "unity in diversity" will exist in 2021. More than 30 years after the reunification and the beginning of the transformations in the East of the continent, the congress examined which distortions and polarization processes currently characterize Germany and Europe.
Similarities and differences as well as their processing on the European and German level were considered. Special attention was paid to lines of conflict around the topics of migration, East and West, and city and country.
The congress considered the German developments in the larger context of a (re)united and at the same time divided Europe: Because questions of coming together again and of social cohesion across cultural and social differences also arise on a European level.
The program of the digital congress consisted of contributions from the fields of culture, art, education, science, politics and civil society. In addition to interdisciplinary scientific lectures and panel discussions, artistic and cultural contributions as well as workshops and participatory discussion formats seek answers to the possibilities of living together in diversity in a united Germany and Europe.
MIDEM Director Hans Vorländer was part of the opening panel "What we share, what divides us. Cohesion and fault lines in East and West 30 years after." which took stock of the situation in Germany 30 years after reunification.
The political scientist and research associate of MIDEM, Maik, Herold, participated as a speaker in the electoral panel "Discursfeld Migration -Erfahrungen aus Dresden im Kontext" and presented research results on migration, right-wing populism and political cultures in East Germany and Eastern Europe.
Further information on the digital congress can be found here.
VARIETIES OF POPULISM
Populism is a global phenomenon - but it manifests itself in different ways in individual countries. What are the national differences and parallels? Why have populists not been successful in countries like Portugal so far? And what role does the respective approach to the topic of migration play?
These are the questions that international experts were addressing in the MIDEM Lecture Series "Varieties of Populism".
On 21st may 2019
Prof. Dr. Federico Finchelstein (The New School for Social Research, New York)
spoke about Populism without Borders
On 28th may 2019
Mariana Mendes, MA (European University Institute, Florence)
held a presentation regarding The Radical Right in Portugal and Spain:
Why has it been unsuccessful in Portugal and why is the Landscape changing in Spain?
On 05th june 2019
Dr. Ann-Cathrine Jungar (Södertörn University Stockholm)
lectured to The Party that came in from the Cold:
The Parliamentary Breakthrough of the Sweden Democrats
In the closing event on 18th june 2019
Prof. Dr. Emilia Palonen (University of Helsinki)
adressed Finnish Populism: From Anti-Soviet and Anti-Elitism to Anti-Immigration
The events were held in English
Brussels, 6 February 2019
Cause or trigger? The link between migration and populism
Director, Mercator Forum Migration and Democracy
Director, Centre for the Study of Constitutionalism and Democracy, TU Dresden
Jean Lambert MEP
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, European Parliament
Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Communication Adviser, DG Home, European Commission
Founder & President, Ethical Journalism Network
Marie De Somer
Head of Migration and Diversity Programme, European Policy Centre (Moderator)
Since 2015, populist narratives have been gaining ever more visibility in Europe with extremist statements on migration becoming more widespread in mainstream discourse. As a result, European democracies are under pressure to deal with the rise in far-right populism and the growing distrust in the liberal foundation underpinning our society. In the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May 2019, migration is expected - once again - to take a dominant role in election campaigns and the political debate. Is migration a trigger or a root cause of the rise of populist forces across Europe? How can policy makers and the media become more aware of how populism shapes the discourse on migration? How can we strengthen fact-based communication on migration at European and national level? This Policy Dialogue will address these and other questions. The discussion will draw on the findings of MIDEM’s annual report.
EPC Conference Centre, 3rd floor, 14-16 Rue du Trône, 1000 Brussels
In recent years right-wing populist parties in Europe have gained considerable ground. This has resulted in political polarisation and division in society. What is driving voters towards right-wing populist parties in Europe? Is it a fear of loss? Do they feel threatened by migration? Is right-wing populism a symptom of a crisis in democracy, a seismograph for social and economic distortions, an indicator of cultural and global upheavals?
International experts look at these questions within the framework of the MIDEM lecture series entitled “Populism”. You are warmly invited to attend.
25.04.2018, 17.30 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Pier Paolo Portinaro (Universität Turin)
Populismus von Rechts und Links: Der Fall Italien
(Right- and left-wing populism: The case of Italy)
08.05.2018, 17.30 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Koppetsch (Universität Darmstadt)
Rechtspopulismus als politischer Klassenkampf?
Die sozialen Milieus der Wählerschaft
(Right-wing populism as a political class struggle?
The social milieus of the constituents)
12.06.2018, 17.30 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Federico Finchelstein (The New School, USA)
Populism, Fascism and Technocracy
20.06.2018, 17.30 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Cas Mudde (University of Georgia, USA)
Did the “Refugee Crisis” Cause the Rise of Populism?
Presentation MIDEM – Policy Paper
The domicile requirement as a German integration policy tool?
The example of Saxony
15.03.2018, TU Dresden
In Saxony a domicile requirement has recently been introduced for recognised refugees. But does a domicile requirement even make sense? And under what circumstances is it permitted? How does it need to be implemented so that it promotes integration? The study “The domicile requirement as an integration policy tool” looks at these questions. It was authored by the Mercator Forum Migration and Democracy (MIDEM) at TU Dresden and was presented at a press conference by Nona Renner and Prof. Dr. Hans Vorländer on 15 March 2018. In the study there is an examination of the need and benefits, the use of an allocation formula and ways to reconcile the needs of refugees and the municipalities’ potential for integration. The study is supplemented by examples from other federal states and other European countries.
The study is available for download here.
A summary can be found here.
(Both in German)
MIDEM subsequently invited experts with practical experience to a background discussion. Around 20 representatives from welfare organisations, local authorities, rural districts and ministries discussed the consequences of the domicile requirement and exchanged information and views about their experiences to date as well as about the situation in Saxony specifically. MIDEM will also accompany the implementation of the domicile requirement with academic research in future and with this event it laid the foundation for a network in which research and practice go hand in hand.
Presentation of the report assessing the need for a Saxon integration law
21 February 2018, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Von-Gerber-Bau, Bergstr. 53, 01069 Dresden
Ground floor, Room 013
The report was drawn up by the Center for Integration Research at the TU Dresden on behalf of the Ministry of Equality and Integration of the Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, in cooperation with MIDEM, as well as academics from Leipzig University. The task of the assessment was to analyse the need and prerequisites for and the feasibility of an integration law in the Saxon context. Perspectives from the fields of law, political science and education were included.
Prof. Dr. Heike Greschke (Chairwoman of the Center for Integration Research, TU Dresden)
Prof. Dr. Hans Vorländer (Director of MIDEM, TU Dresden)
Presentation of the assessment:
Dr. Oliviero Angeli (Academic coordinator MIDEM, TU Dresden)
Dr. Carolin Eckardt (Academic employee at the Center for Integration Research, TU Dresden)
Dr. Anna Mrozek (Academic employee, Chair for Public Law, Political Science and Constitutional Theory, Leipzig University)
How can social cohesion successfully be achieved?
Democratic handling of migration and populism
Auditorium centre (Hörsaalzentrum) of the TU Dresden, Bergstr. 64
Lecture theatre 4, entrance via the 3rd and 4th floor (barrier-free)
Migration and populism are challenges for democracy and they can endanger social cohesion. However, does migration trigger social conflicts or is it more a case of problems, which already existed in society, being brought to the surface? How can immigration be organised democratically, thus, with the acceptance of the citizens? What is the right way to handle populism? How can local problems be solved without losing sight of national and global contexts in the process? How can social cohesion successfully be achieved in Saxony?
At the beginning of his term of office Minister-President Kretschmer gave a keynote speech focusing on pressing questions pertaining to the area of conflict between migration and democracy and answered questions from the audience.
Dr. Holger Kolb
Expert Council of German Foundations for Integration and Migration
Multiculturalism in Germany? The case study of German policy towards Islam
16.00, von-Gerber-Bau, Bergstr. 53, 2nd floor, Room 221