Summary: Poznan Workshop on “Value Agents and their practices in Civil Society”
The 2nd NoVaMigra workshop took place at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan from 6th to 8th of March 2019. The workshop was dedicated to the topic of “Value Agents and their Practices in Civil Society”. The NoVaMigra research team presented their results of national desk studies in eight European countries: France, Italy, Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Greece, Sweden, and Germany. During the last few months , the project partners have identified value agents in public institutions and civil society, who enact or transmit values in programmes aimed at immigrant integration ( language courses, citizenship tests, etc.). The goal was to find out who projects particular values, what kind of values are transmitted in the countries studied, and how these values are framed and enacted. Based on the findings of the national desk studies and the discussion during the transmission workshop, in-depth studies will be conducted within the next project months.
Day 1 and 2 of the workshop were complemented by two presentations from guest lecturers: on Wednesday, Dr Monika Bobako, from Adam Mickiewicz University, gave a presentation on “Europe and Islam. ‘Migration crisis’ and the need for normative frameworks”, providing a gripping account of the mechanisms of the recent right-wing interests in European values. On Thursday, Dr Agnieszka Halemba, professor in social anthropology from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, provided an intriguing insight into the uses and meanings of ethnography, as well as methods and methodologies in anthropological research and beyond. On Friday, day 3, project leader Andreas Niederberger and three editors of the volume met with the authors of volume chapters. The volume “Europe and the Refugee Response: A Crisis of Values?” is expected to be published next year. The NoVaMigra project was presented, the structure of the volume introduced, and general feedback provided. The authors outlined main research questions, methodology, theoretical framework and key findings of their chapters, which was followed by comments and discussion.