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290006 PS The challenge of protracted displacement (2020S)

Refugee's everyday lives in limbo and possible durable solutions

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 20 participants
Language: German



FR 24.04.2020 14.00-16.30 Konferenzraum C0520 NIG, 5. OG
FR 08.05.2020 10.00-16.30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
SA 09.05.2020 09.30-13.00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
FR 05.06.2020 10.00-16.30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
SA 06.06.2020 09.30-13.00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II


Aims, contents and method of the course

While the movement of refugees is often at the focus of public and policy debate, less attention is dedicated to the large share of forcibly displaced people – both refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) – who are stuck in so called ‘protracted displacement situations’. People who are experiencing protracted displacement are living in situations of high vulnerability, legal insecurity, dependency and immobility, due to continuous cycles of displacement and a lack of durable solutions available to them. Despite renewed efforts, states and other actors involved in the global protection regime struggle to provide long-term solutions for displaced people. The displaced are nonetheless not passive, but engaged in creating and finding solutions on their own as numerous studies on refugee’s everyday lives in Asia and Africa have shown. Recent research also points to the relevance of multiple local and translocal social networks, which can thus become part of a solution to protracted displacement.

In the seminar, which will take place in format of an opening session (on 24.04.) followed by two 1½ day blocks (08./09.05.2020 and 05./06.06.2020), we will depart from conceptualizing forced displacement with its various facets to then jointly develop a better understanding of protracted displacement through discussions of
(1) definitions, concepts and theories that help us to (re)conceptualize the notion of protracted displacement,
(2) historical examples and current empirical case studies that give insights into how displaced people are experiencing protractedness, and
(3) current policy frameworks at different scale levels (from state policies and interventions, to EU strategies and the Global Compact for Refugees) that try to find ‘durable solutions’ to protracted displacement.

Assessment and permitted materials

Individual or paired oral presentations of seminar papers, individually selected seminar paper, active participation and group work.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

1. Oral presentation (with handout, slides): 30 points.
2. Individually selected empirical paper on the topic of the course: 50 points.
3. Active engagement in class discussions and group work: 20 points
1 (sehr gut) = 100-89 points
2 (gut) = 88-76 points
3 (befriedigend) = 75-63 Punkte
4 (genügend) = 62-50 points
5 (nicht genügend) = 49-0 points

Examination topics

The presentations, written papers and engagement in discussions and work in small groups can started to be developed on the base of a reading list on (protracted) displacement and durable solutions that is provided by the lecturers. Individual further desk research will be necessary.

Reading list

Will be disclosed to the participants before the start of the summer term.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S4-PI.f) (MG-S6-PI.f) (MG-W5-PI) (MA UF GW 02)

Last modified: Tu 24.03.2020 10:09