Keynote speakers

Anna Amelina is a Professor for Intercultural Studies at the University of Cottbus-Senftenberg. Her research areas in the field of sociology are transnational studies, migration and citizenship studies, gender and intersectionality, cross-border social inequalities and European studies. Her recent publications include a number of co-edited special issues such as Theorizing Society Across Borders. Global, Transnational and Postcolonial Perspectives (2021, vol. 69/3) in Current Sociology (with M. Boatca, A. Weiß and G. Bongaerts) as well as Current Conflicts over Migration, Belonging and Membership: Classificatory Struggles Revisited in Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies (2021, vol. 19/1, with J. Schäfer and M. Trzeciak). Recent co-edited volumes and monographs include: Boundaries of European Social Citizenship (with Carmel, E., Runfors, A., Scheibelhofer) Routledge (2020); Gender and Migration: Transnational and Intersectional Prospects (with H. Lutz), Routledge (2019); Transnationalizing Inequalities in Europe: Sociocultural Boundaries, Assemblages and Regimes of Intersection, Routledge (2017). She is currently one of the leads of a research centre on “Migration, Conflict and Social Change” (MIKOWA) at the Cottbus University (

Victor N. Roudometof (PhD Sociology & Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh 1996) has held positions with Princeton University, the American College of Thessaloniki, Washington and Lee University, Miami University & the University of Cyprus. He has been an invited speaker and/or Erasmus visiting professor to a dozen universities around the globe.  He is also Faculty Fellow with Yale University’s Center for Cultural Sociology & docent [Professor (adj.)] with the University of Tampere (Finland). He is the author of four monographs and edited or coedited several volumes on Americanization, transnationalism, nationalism & religion as well as several issues of refereed journals. Currently, he is co-editing with Ugo Dessi the Handbook of Culture and Glocalization (Forthcoming, Edward Elgar Press). His work has been translated and published in Greece, France, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia & Bulgaria. His publication record includes over 150 articles, volume chapters, encyclopedia entries, book reviews & review essays. He has served as reviewer for 60+ major social science journals & as external reviewer for evaluations conducted by major research centers as well as for international publishers & for governmental organizations. Currently, he is a member in the editorial boards of the European Journal of Social Theory (London: Sage), Nations and Nationalism (Wiley/Blackwell) the Greek Review of Social Research (Athens, Greece: Greek Center for Social Research) and Religions (Basel, Switzerland: MDPI).

Dr. Mari Toivanen works as Acad emy Research Fellow at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki (2020-2025). She has conducted ethnographic research on migration and mobilities, diaspora, transnationalism, and more recently on location-independent work. Her work has been published e.g. in Ethnic and Racial StudiesEthnicities, Social Inclusion, Journal of Genocide Research and Nordic Journal of Migration Research, and her open access-monograph on the Kurdish diaspora mobilisation in France was published in 2021 by Helsinki University Press. She has co-edited the volumes Methodological approaches in Kurdish Studies (Lexington) and Undoing Homogeneity in the Nordic Region (Routledge) and is the co-editor of the book series Transnationalism and Diaspora by the Edinburgh University Press. In her current Academy project, she is conducting research on location-independent work and life-style mobilities, particularly focusing on digital nomadism. More information on her project can be found here:

Mike Zapp is a post-doctoral researcher at the Luxembourg Ministry of Education and the University of Luxembourg. Before joining UL, he worked as a fellow at Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University. His research is interested in institutional and organizational change in global higher education and science, international organizations and global governance. His work has appeared in Minerva, International Sociology, Sociology of Education and the Comparative Education Review.


Semi-plenary speaker

Max Haller, Prof.em. Dr., born 1947 in Sterzing (Italy), studied sociology in Vienna. After scientific work in Vienna and Mannheim, he was professor of sociology at the University of Graz) 1985-2015. He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Science and president of the Viennese Sociological Association. Formerly, he was president of the Austrian Sociological Association and was co-founder and Vicepresident of the European Sociological Association and the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). He was a visiting professor at universities in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Trento (Italy), Sta. Barbara (CA, USA) and St. Augustine University of Tanzania. His research areas are social stratification. ethnicity and national identity, sociology of science, sociological theory. He published and edited 40 books /readers and about 250 papers in international sociological Journals (including AJS, ASR, Review Francaise de Sociologie, International Sociology). Recent publications: „A global scientific community? Universalism versus national parochialism in patterns of international communication in sociology”, International Journal of Sociology 2019, vol.49; Dual Citizenship and Naturalisation. Global, Comparative and Austrian Perspectives, Austrian Academy of Sciences Publishing, Wien 2021 (ed. with Rainer Bauböck); Ethnic Stratification and Socioeconomic Inequality Around the World. The End of Exploitation and Exclusion? (in cooperation with Anja Eder), Ashgate, Farnham/Surrey (UK), 2015.