Past Events

Online workshop “Freedom of movement? Intra-EU regimes of Migration, Labour and Social Reproduction” organized by Lisa Riedner, University of Augsburg (lisa.riedner at and Polina Manolova, University of Tübingen (polina.manolova at

24 September 2021
9:15-18:00 ECT



Opening & Introduction


Chair: Polina Manolova

Aleksandra Lewicki

The racialization of ‘Eastern Europeans’: the (re)making of a category and structural inequalities in Europe

Simone Varriale

Precarious teachers and superstar engineers: coloniality and gendered precarisation in post-2008 Italian migration

Manès Weisskircher
Mariana S. Mendes
Julia Rone
Anna Kyriazi

The politics of emigration: a research agenda on the political impact and differentiated politicization of emigration in the EU

Milena Blahuta

East-East migrations? Trans-(semi)peripheral mobility in post-socialist EU




Chair: Gabriella Alberti

Mark Bergfeld

State ‘fixes’ and migrant responses to the crisis of social reproduction

Jana Fingarova

Bulgarian mobile families between subordination and empowerment

Miriam Nessler

Overcrowding in Magdeburg, urban and housing regimes

Vessela Kovacheva

Approaches of inclusion and exclusion to EU migrants in need for assistance: results from an empirical study in Hamburg


Lunch Break


Chair: Lisa Riedner

Mira Wallis

Digital labour, mobility and social Reproduction: crowdwork in/between Germany and Romania

Peter Birke

Migration and unrest in the German meat industry

Hanna Schling

Reproducing conditional presence: internal borders in the dormitory labour regime.





Participating Initiatives and Networks include

Irina Lazarova

BEMA (Berliner Beratungszentrum für Migration and Gute Arbeit) activities for empowerment and enforcement of labor rights of EU citizens in Germany

Julia Rone

Conference on the consequences of emigration for sending countries

Hannah Schling
Olena Fedyuk

Research network on migrant labour intermediaries and infrastructures in Central and Eastern Europe

Lisa Riedner

Network “Europe in Movement”

Polina Manolova

Podcast project ‘Radio Migrant: Voices from South-East Europe’

All participants are welcome to present existing initiatives and discuss ideas for future collaboration!




The workshop is going to take place on Zoom. Please register on our website ( and we’ll send you the access information.



Workshop Participants

Gabriella Alberti is an Associate Professor at Leeds Business School, Work and Employment Relations. Gabriella’s research interests span across the sociology of work and migration, labour and employment relations, social movements and social theory. Through an intersectional feminist marxist lens her work has focused on the migrant precarious employment and migrant organizing with a focus on hospitality and customer service work. Her research also includes issues of intra-EU mobility and post Brexit labour transitions in the UK, intersectional approaches to equality and diversity, trade unions strategies towards migrants, community organising and trade union renewal.

Mark Bergfeld is the Director of Proeperty Services and UNICARE at UNI Global Union – Europa. Amongst other activities, he coordinates new unions in private care and homecare in Central Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe. He is a founding member of the ILOC189 coalition. He holds a PhD in Business and Management from Queen Mary University of London. He has contributed articles to numerous journals, magazines and books. He tweets @mdbergfeld

Peter Birke is a senior researcher at the Sociological Research Institute Göttingen and coordinator of the research division “social economy of work”.

Milena Błahuta is a PhD candidate at the department of sociology at the Doctoral School of Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw. Her research interests focus on the issues of identity and cultural memory in the region of Central Eastern Europe and former Yugoslavia. In her doctoral research she analyses intra-regional migrations between Poland and other post-socialist EU Member States.

Olena Fedyuk is a MSCA IF fellow in the project “RightsLab: Towards Transnational Labour Rights? Temporary Work Agencies and Third Country National Workers in the EU” (2021-2024) at the University of Padua. Her original areas of research concern transnational labour migration, distant motherhood and transnational youth, overlaps of gendered care, mobility and labour regimes. Since 2017 she has focused on transnational labour sourcing agencies and action research in the area of migrant workers’ rights. Alongside, her interests lie in research methodologies; she has written on qualitative methods in migration studies, visual methods and action research, directed two documentary films on the topics of transnational migration.

Jana Fingarova’s research focuses on intra-European mobility and migrant agency. After completing her Master’s in Migration Studies at Karlsruhe University of Education, she went on to research the migrant practices of social protection and portability of social security rights in Europe. In 2019, she finished her doctoral dissertation at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg. Currently, she is a program manager at Kinder im Zentrum Gallus e.V., Frankfurt am Main; implementing women’s empowerment and community building projects.

Vesela Kovacheva is a researcher at the Centre for Migration Research and Integration Practices at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. She obtained a PhD in political science from the University of Münster for her work on the effects of EU accession on Bulgarian migration to Germany. Her research topics are intra-EU mobility, migration and integration policies and research methods.

Anna Kyriazi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan in the context of the SOLID project. Previously she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow Juan de la Cierva-Formaciòn at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internationals. She holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute. Her research interests include comparative ethnicity and nationalism, migration and political communication, with a particular emphasis on Eastern and Southern Europe.

Irina Lazarova is a counsellor at the Berlin Advice Centre „Migration and Decent Work” where she offers advisory services on employment and labour rights for migrants in Bulgarian, Russian, English and German. Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, Irina Lazarova graduated at the University of Sofia and made her PhD in Media Studies at the University of Constance.

Aleksandra Lewicki is Co-Director of the Sussex European Institute and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sussex. She is In-House Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Her work investigates structural inequalities in post-colonial Europe. In particular, she is interested in political mobilisation, and the role public institutions play in crafting categories of difference. Her publications have appeared in leading international journals such as Sociology, Patterns of Prejudice, Citizenship Studies and Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Polina Manolova is a postdoctoral researcher at the Migration and Diversity Chair, University of Tübingen. Her research interests revolve around the topics of the intra-EU border and migration regime and migrants’ structural incorporation in urban contexts. Her publications have appeared in journals such as East European Politics and Societies, Ethnic and Migration Studies, Movements, and others. She is the co-editor of “Decolonial Theory and Practice in Southeast Europe” (dВЕРСИЯ). Workshop co-organiser.

Mariana S. Mendes is a post-doctoral research associate at MIDEM (Mercator Forum for Migration and Democracy) at TU Dresden. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute. Her current research is mostly focused on the radical right, migration issues and Spanish and Portuguese politics.

Miriam Nessler is a research associate at the ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development in Dortmund. She studied metropolitan culture and urban studies in Hamburg, Paris and Weimar. She was and is involved in activist and academic projects in the fields of migration and border regimes as well as socio-spatial justice. She is currently researching on arrival infrastructures for migrant newcomers in Dortmund.

Lisa Riedner is a guest professor for migration, gender and globalization at the University of Augsburg. Her research interests lie in ethnography and regimes of migration, labour and social reproduction with specific focus on urban spaces and racisms. Her publications include the monograph “Arbeit! Wohnen! Urbane Auseinandersetzungen um EU-Migration” (2018, edition assemblage, open access). She is a member of the networks Europe in Movement and kritnet, the editorial team of the journal movements, the board of the Komitee für Grundrechte and Demokratie and the Council of Migration (Rat für Migration). Together with Polina Manolova, she convenes this workshop.

Julia Rone is a postdoctoral researcher at CRASSH, Cambridge. Her current research explores techno-politics and debates around digital sovereignty. She has written on media and protest politics, the politicization of emigration, and more recently, the rise of far right media in Europe. She has also taken part in the COSMOS project “Mobilizing for Democracy” under the supervision of Donatella Della Porta.

Simone Varriale is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Lincoln, UK. He has published on class, transnational inequalities and global culture in journals like Sociology, The Sociological Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Poetics. He is currently working on a monograph project, titled Class, Coloniality and Meritocracy in Unequal EU Migrations (under contract with Bristol University Press).

Mira Wallis is a research associate and PhD student at the Institute for European Ethnology and the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research interests include digital labour, platform capitalism, logistics, migration and social reproduction. As part of her PhD research she currently investigates digital and home-based platform labour in Germany and Romania.

Hannah Schling is Lecturer in the Human Geographies of Work and the Economy in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow. She has previously been an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London. A feminist labour geographer, Hannah’s research focuses on globalised electronics production, labour migration, worker dormitories and questions of social reproduction in Central & Eastern Europe.