Meet the Team
Until September 2022 "Migration as Morality Politics" was a single researcher project, led by Dr Julia Mourão Permoser. In 2022 the project welcomed Oleksandra Terentyeva, junior invesigator from Ukraine, whose participation was supported by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund). In 2023,
a new PhD student, Teresa Schütze, from the Danube University Krems, joined the project, which was enabled through the internal grant from the University of Krems.
Dr. Julia Mourão Permoser
My research agenda focuses on the challenges and opportunities to democracy that arise in the context of migration, religious pluralism, and societal polarization over values. Within this broader context, my research analyzes the interplay between values, ideas and interests in politics and their impact on policy-making. I am particularly interested in ethically motivated political action, civil society activism, solidarity movements with migrants, and transnational advocacy networks.
Junior Investigator 2023 - ongoing
Mag. Theresa Schütze
Theresa’s PhD project investigates practices and spheres of sanctuary in desert borderlands. It looks at initiatives in the Sahel-region, as well as the Sonoran desert to further our understanding of the territorial preconditions of sanctuary. On the one hand, migration governance of migration in these desert borderlands is characterized by the involvement of a multiplicity of national, international and supranational actors. On the other hand, state’s absence and a form of active neglect shapes often life-risking migratory experiences on these territories. Further the project is interested in the subject-object relations evolving in sanctuary and general migrant support initiatives within post-colonial contexts, and how this is reflected in the normative justifications on which the activities are based.
Junior Investigator 2022-2023
Mag. Oleksandra Terentyeva
My current doctoral project is dedicated to the war-affected politics of memory and the post-revolutionary state identity of Ukraine. Within the project "Migration as Morality Politics", I am responsible for creating and maintaining the database of sanctuary campaigns in Europe (2000-2022) covering all cases of sanctuaries widely covered by the media. This database will be available online for scholars and activists studying and working on sanctuary, solidarity movements, asylum laws, etc.