Migration, Ethnicity, Nationalism

Ethnic differences, migration regimes, everyday and social networks of ‘ethnic’ migrants, modern racism, multiculturalism, patriotic education in Russian schools – these and other phenomena were the focus of attention for employees of CISR for the entire duration of the center’s existence.

In the last twenty years, CISR has realized more than forty research projects, the most important of them being:

  • “The Formulation of Ethnic Communities in St. Petersburg and Berlin” (1995 – 1996)
  • “‘Caucasians’ in Russian Cities:  Strategies for Integration Against the Background of Xenophobia” (1996 – 1999)
  • “Law Enforcement and Ethnic Minorities: Interaction Practices in Kazan and St. Petersburg” (2006 – 2008)

The publication of collected articles, the results of projects and conferences, became a regular occurrence for the scientific community:

  • “The Construction of Ethnicity:  Ethnic Communities in St. Petersburg” (1998)
  • two collections of articles on racism in the language of social sciences (2002) and education (2008)
  • a collective monograph “Law Enforcement and Ethnic Migrants:  Interaction Practices” (2011)
  • the monographs of Ingrid Oswald “Die Nachfahren des ‘homo sovieticus’.  Ethnische Orientierung nach dem Zerfall der Sowjetunion” (2000), Aleksandr Osipov “National-cultural Autonomy:  Ideas, Decisions and Institutes” (2004)
  • Ingrid Oswald’s textbook “Migrationssoziologie” (2007)

At present, CISR holds a reputation as one of the leading centers for ethnic and migration studies.  Today the Centre’s direction seeks to widen its sphere of interests, including research into various types of migration and mobility both within post-Soviet territory and beyond its borders.  In 2012 CISR laid the foundation for an interdisciplinary group that would united young academics and projects for joint work in researching migration processes in Russia and other countries.