Erziehungs- und Bildungswissenschaften

Universität Bremen

Pedagogical Professionalism in a Migration Society

Scientific Supervision


Prof. Dr. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu (University of Bremen, Branch of Intercultural Education)

Prof. Dr. Paul Mecheril (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Institute for Pedagogy; Centre for Migration, Education, and Cultural Studies/CMC)

Project Description


Migration phenomena challenge, unsettle, and disrupt the legitimacy and functionality of the natio-racial-culturally coded 'us' in nation states like Germany. As a result, the legitimacy and functionality of institutional routines such as linguistic practices or practices of collective memory are questioned. Thus migration as the movement of people across borders as well as a discourse that shapes new knowledge about belonging and citizenship troubles culturally dominant views and opinions about the legitimacy and functionality of individual privileges – like the privilege to not only expect but to claim that one's own language is also the language of the other. Against the backdrop of the understanding of migration as both bodily and discursive influential, it becomes clear that pedagogy has to deal with the conditions, forms, and consequences of movements of people across borders. In our approach of “Pedagogical Professionalism in a Migration Society”, pedagogy comes into being as an important field in the critical discourses on migration and discourses on legitimate and less legitimate forms of belonging. So in the context of the overall project we ask what happens when migration becomes an issue in educational fields and to what extent pedagogical protagonists and institutions weaken or strengthen natio-racial-culturally coded concepts of 'us' and 'them'. Thus education and pedagogy act both as a mirror and a playground for those symbolic practices that differentiate between a natio-racial-culturally coded 'us' and 'them'.


This perspective is central to the project “Pedagogical Professionalism in a Migration Society” of the University of Bremen and the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, which encompasses three project phases.

Project Phase I (09/2016 bis 10/2017)


Qualitative-Interpretative Examination of Practices of Thematisation in Migration Societies Found in Relevant Reference Texts in Teacher Training


In Phase I the project team analyzes exemplary administrative and pedagogic policy papers as well as curricula used in teacher training programs both on the federal and on the level of German Federal Lands (Bremen, Northrhine-Westfalia, Saxony and Lower Saxony). Read more about this research project.


Academic Staff Members

Saphira Shure (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)

Dr. Anna Aleksandra Wojciechowicz (University of Bremen)



Mercator Foundation

Project Phase II (10/2017 to 10/2018)


International Conference „Failing Identities, Schools, and Migrations – Teaching in (Trans)National Constellations“

from 26.10.-28.2018 at the University Bremen


Here you can find detailed information about the conference.


Academic Staff Members

Saphira Shure (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)

Aysun Doğmuş (University of Bremen)

Lydia Heidrich (University of Bremen)



  • Mercator Foundation
  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Wolfgang-Ritter-Stiftung
  • Hertie-Stiftung

Project Phase III (11/2018-07/2019)


International Perspectives on Pedagogical Professionalism in a Migration Society (publication project)


Following the international conference FISM, an English-language edited volume on conference topics such as migration, identity, belonging, power relations, school, pedagogy and teacher education will be published. Further information can be found here.


Academic Staff Members

Saphira Shure (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg)

Lydia Heidrich (Universität Bremen)



Mercator Foundation


Contact Person: Dennis Barasi


Room: GW2 1.240


phone: 0049 - 421 218-69129



The exhibition entitled "Courageous Women: Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey's Academia"can be obtained free of charge to display at other venues and downloaded here.


Yasemin Karakaşoğlu and Paul Mecheril in "Das Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz ist unwürdig, sagen Yasemin Karakaşoğlu und Paul Mecheril" (taz-article from 6-27-2019)


Yasemin Karakaşoğlu comments on the ongoing discussion on English-lessons in primary schools in Northrhine-Westfalia in the online-newspaper Migazin