Online Lecture Series – Care beyond borders: Exploring impacts of migration, displacement and inclusion for the care and nursing sector

Datum: 26. Juni 2024Zeit: 18:00 – 19:30Ort: Online

Securing and retaining skilled workers in nursing and elderly care has emerged as critical challenge on a global scale. Across various countries, shortages have led to competitions for care workers and nurses on multiple fronts: between countries, urban and rural areas, and even among healthcare facilities. Despite the indispensable role of migrant care workers, a myriad of challenges persists, including obtaining residency permits, having qualifications recognized as well as practical obstacles such as language barriers and systemic knowledge.
Join us in our interdisciplinary lecture series as we embark to understand these dynamics on migration, displacement, and inclusion in care work, nursing and beyond the workplace. Drawing on leading academic research and expert insights, we endeavor to foster a nuanced understanding on intersectional challenges faced when looking specifically at retaining skilled workers in the care and nursing sector.
This lecture series is organized in collaboration by two projects at the Center for Human Rights at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. The project “Gesundheit! Inclusion in the care and nursing sector”, funded by Stiftung Mercator, is an interdisciplinary project aiming to identify favorable working and living conditions for employees with so-called migrant backgrounds in the care and nursing sector. It seeks to generate impulses and recommendations that structurally promote equal and equitable inclusion and retention within institutions and in regions in Germany. The events are held in collaboration with the joint project “FFVT: Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer“, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which aims to strengthen interdisciplinary research on forced migration and refugees in and beyond Germany.
Lecture I: May 16th, 2024, 6pm CET

* Prof. Dr. Naomi Lightman, Toronto Metropolitan University:
* “Converging Economies of Care? Immigrant Women Workers Across Seventeen Countries and Four Care Regimes“
* Prof. Dr. Jennifer Elrick, McGill University, & Prof. Dr. Naomi Lightman, Toronto Metropolitan University:
* “Two-Step Immigration Categories for Skilled Workers: Beneficial for Whom?“
* Moderated by Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Lecture II: June 6th, 2024, 6pm CET

* Dr. Monique Ritter, Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz:
* “Refugees in Domiciliary Care in East Germany: New Perspectives and Mandates”
* Maike Isaac, McGill University and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity:
* “From the Margin to the Center? Of „refugee men“ who do care work in Germany“
* Moderated by Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Lecture III: June 26th, 2024, 6pm CET

* Abdulqadir J. Nashwan, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Qatar University:
* Global Pathways to Growth: Cultivating a Culturally Competent and Diverse Nursing Workforce
* Dr. Lisa Peppler, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin:
* “Care in Transition – Care Teams between Migration and Academization”
* Moderated by Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
The lecture series is to be continued in the winter term.
Please register for the lecture series via the following Link:
After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the ZOOM Webinar. Participation is free of charge.
For inquiries or questions, please contact Yasemin Bekyol (

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26. Juni 2024
18:00 – 19:30