FORTHEM-Lab "Diversity and Migration" at JGU Mainz


Fostering Outreach within European Regions, Transnational Higher Education and Mobility









In June 2019, the European Commission selected a total of 17 European higher education networks to rethink the European Higher Education Area with visions and bring it to life. One of these networks is the FORTHEM Alliance under the leadership of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU).

The aim is to improve the exchange and cooperation of students and lecturers, researchers and science support staff within the alliance. In FORTHEM, the JGU, the Université de Bourgogne in France, the Uniwersytet Opolski in Poland, the Universitat de València in Spain, the Università degli Studi di Palermo in Italy, the Latvijas Universitāte in Latvia and the Jyväskylän yliopisto in Finland cooperate. Cooperation with non-university partners at the different universities is also planned.

In seven labs, international and interdisciplinary work is carried out on socially relevant topics. These include the "Diversity and Migartion" lab: questions of identity and linguistic diversity in different European regions, projects on integral health care for migrants, research on the representation of migration in the media, on discrimination-sensitive educational work and much more - different approaches and perspectives are to be interlinked and further developed to open up new horizons for students and academic staff.

Internationally, this lab is coordinated by Francesco Lo Piccolo, Annalisa Mangiaracina and Giuseppe Paternostro from the Università degli Studi di Palermo. Gerhard Kruip is the speaker of the lab at JGU.

The Lab follows an inclusive approach and wants to encourage participation. We are looking forward to ideas, contributions to discussions or initiatives in the field of "Diversity and Migration"!

Current activities:

  • Event series on „Migration and Human Rights“ in cooperation with the Universities of Jyväskylä and Palermo and external partner organizations

  • Project on „Mental health, communication and identity” involving the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies in Germersheim, among others

  • Project on “Migration-related diversity and hegemonic structures in the production of media and arts”, coordinated by the University of Opole involving the Faculty of Arts in Mainz, among others

  • Project on "Institutional Racism in Higher Education": in the summer term 2022, in cooperation with the Universities of Jyväskylä and Valencia and the Diversity Unit

  • Contributions to a joint scientific publication on „Diversity and Migration“, coordinated by the University of Palermo

  • Participation in a Winter School on "Belonging and Non-Belonging in Europe" in Jyväskylä/Finland in February 2022 (together with the Lab "Experiencing Europe")

  • Participation in the creation of two online courses for the FORTHEM Digital Academy: "Migration and diversity narratives: an intersectional approach" coordinated by the University of Valencia and "Human trafficking and fundamental rights: an overview" coordinated by the University of Palermo.

  • Participation in the FIT FORTHEM Co-Creation Pilot Project "IncluKIT - Inclusive Intercultural Communication Training Kit for Initial Reception of Migrants", coordinated by the Universities of Dijon and Palermo.


Past events:

  • January 14, 2021, 4:00-7:00 p.m.: Digital Workshop “Navigating in the System. Challenges for Human Rights of Migrants in the EU.” Reports from the practice, dialogue with researchers, international networking (program)

  • October 15, 2020: Online-Symposium „Fundamental Questions on Migration and Human Rights” - Short talks, questions and panel discussions (program)