Call for papers: Sixth Forum Young Graduates – Sechstes Forum für Jungakademiker/-innen – Sesto Forum per Neolaureati in Alto Adige


In 2007 I initiated the “Forum for Young Graduates in South Tyrol”. In an effort to promote an ongoing interdisciplinary and intercultural scientific dialogue, I have invited young graduates of diverse disciplines in 2019 for the sixth time to tackle the task of intensive investigation into “cultures in dialogue” as it relates to issues of international as well as regional relevance. The descriptive aim of the forum is to provide an overview of diverse aspects of the phenomenon of a multicultural society in South Tyrol. The constructive aspect of this endeavor it to pursue the following goal: To create moments of encounter, of intersubjective as well as interdisciplinary dialogue and lay the basis for a theoretical foundation of practical forms of dialogic problem analysis and problem solving. In an attempt to motivate dialogue across language barriers, a screening panel of international experts of diverse disciplines chose five contributions.
The OEW, the biggest NGO working in the field of international development in South Tyrol, has supported this endeavor with a price of 1,000 Euros which allows the graduate presenting the most meaningful and promising scientific contribution to publish it in the international publishing house “Peter Lang”. With the Forum for Young Graduates as a biennial event I also aim to institutionalize my collaboration with Young Scholars: It allows us to mingle the respective strengths, be it from the practical applicative approach to questions of integration and intercultural issues to the theoretical analysis of those issues from a research oriented perspective. The collaborative effort of participants at the forum 2007 gave birth to a book project entitled “Cultures in Dialogue”. This is the first of a series: We are now working on the 2019 edition of “Cultures in Dialogue” with contributors who were members or were presenters in the last conference and external experts taking on a role as consultants. In order to continue the discussion of those interdisciplinary themes, you are invited to contribute to this by joining the online forum: make suggestions, hand in contributions, simply get involved!
Moreover, in order to foster the ongoing debate, presenters at the forum, members of the screening panel, as well as other experts in the field, students and everybody who aims to get involved who are interested in joining the online forum – just follow the link and share your ideas, thoughts, and opinions.

Abstract and short cv using the template below should be e-mailed to:

Prof. Dr. Dr. Mag. MSc Annemarie Profanter
Libera Università di Bolzano – Freie Universität Bozen
Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione – Fakultät für Bildungswissenschaften
Viale Ratisbona 16 – Regensburger Allee 16
39042 Bressanone – Brixen
Tel.: +39 0472/014 141
Fax: +39 0472/014 009

Sechstes Forum für Jungakademiker/-innen in Südtirol
„Kulturen im Dialog“

Sesto forum per neolaureati in Alto Adige
“Culture in dialogo”

Call for papers: Bridging the gap between origins and destination: migration patterns from the Muslim world


Workshop and Publication of Edited Book
Free University of Bolzano-Bozen
11-12 December 2018

As the impetus of globalization continues to gather energy, more and more emigrants leave home pursuing dreams of a
better life for themselves and their families. The Islamic immigrants converging on Europe come from widely divergent
communities scattered throughout, primarily, North Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia. In other words, they
represent a great variety of local cultures. Cross cultural pluralism on the part of the Nation States comprising the
European Union is one avenue for moving the dialogue between different cultural frameworks into a more compatible
This change of residence location leads to a cultural frame switching entailing the development of bicultural identities
flexible enough to adapt to new societal structures while retaining cultural citizenship in one’s country of origin. This
process calls for a re-conceptualization and application of new paradigms for designing ways in which aspects of
acculturation might be reinforced, while marginalizing barriers are minimized. The definition of a cultural socio-spatial
safety zone is one which can function as both a support and also at times a barrier to integration.
Native culture is often reacting to the host culture’s educational and political framework as a threat. Political integration
as affected by the perseverance of “source country effects” is one example of the complexity of the interrelation of
multi-ethnic societies.
Thus, the impact of such geographic migration is a complex phenomenon affecting social, political, and educational
institutions in the adopted homeland. Migrants’ internalized experiences in relation to homeland cultural frameworks or
subcultures in the adopted homeland are central in creating an analytical framework. Studies show that it is key to not
only take both realities into account but to create a link between them in order to understand the immigration
The geographical focus of the workshop comprises the Muslim world and Europe.
The disciplinary interest of this workshop, mainly meant for social, cultural and political scientists, should be evident –
links between the idea of immigration and the practices that define it, the historical emergence of a system that is
increasingly shaping lives and policies here and there, the role of education and knowledge in this process, discussion of
development policies and how they are imposed on individuals. At the same time, in a more interdisciplinary sense, it
could attract the interests of philosophers, for these reforms question the very nature of the immigration phenomenon
and the role that the nation state or the European Union has in the production of a new citizenry; of other social
scientists, for the questions that this workshop aims at raising are potentially well addressed by other disciplines as well.
Description of potential themes treated in the workshop:
– Local realities and migration flows (country or case studies)
– Policies of social, political, and educational reforms between global influences and local necessities (especially
interesting in countries where the official ideology, or the consolidated praxis, does not theoretically allow for
– Historical overview
– Contrasting notions of citizenship
– Information and social issues: the portrayal and the role of immigrant communities in different contexts
marked both by South-North fluxes and South-South fluxes
– Role of educational institutions in allowing for discontent, and political expression. Violence and resistance.
– Concept of inclusion and exclusion in European contexts, with particular reference to spatial dimensions
– Social and gender issues: the portrayal, the role and the empowerment of women in the migration context

In “Bridging the gap between origins and destination: migration patterns from the Muslim world” papers will be
selected that reflect applied research of highly sensitive and rather pivotal issues. Following a historical retrospect
different elements of the educational and social reality of Muslim or immigrant (sub)cultures will be considered.
Meaningful proposals focusing on different areas will be taken into consideration. that are based on data gathered: a) at
point of origin or b) within immigrant groups, so called ethnic-cultural subcultures. Key is that the data shall be
discussed in light of possible intercultural applications and interpreted to help tackling the immigration challenge.

The volume is conceived as a joint European-Gulf Arab scholarly work, aimed at shedding light on direct male and
female protagonists and analysts within different Muslim and European environments. The approach is
interdisciplinary, and special consideration is given to the existing hindrances and challenges, in light of the most recent
developments in the Arab world.

In order to foster consistency and continuity among all chapters selected authors will be invited to present and discuss
their ideas in a workshop held at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen on December 11 and 12, 2018 (some
expenses will be covered). On this occasion, all authors will be able to share their thoughts and ideas regarding their
contributions. If authors are dispersed on different continents or unable to attend personally, videoconferencing
capabilities might be used to foster discussions. Thus, a well-integrated collection of chapters based on authors’
different perspectives and guided by their respective areas of expertise shall create new synergies.
• Abstracts and papers are accepted in English
• Deadline for sending abstracts: 15th of August 2018
• Length of abstracts: 300-500 words
• Abstract and short cv should be e-mailed to:

Prof. Dr. Dr. Mag. MSc Annemarie Profanter
Libera Università di Bolzano – Freie Universität Bozen
Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione – Fakultät für Bildungswissenschaften
Viale Ratisbona 16 – Regensburger Allee 16
39042 Bressanone – Brixen
Tel.: +39 0472/014 141
Fax: +39 0472/014 009

Prof. Dr. Elena Maestri
Researcher and Adjunct Professor of History and Institutions of the Muslim World
Faculty of Political and Social Sciences – Department of Political Science
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Largo A. Gemelli, 1
20123 Milano – Italy
Tel.: +39.02.72342524
Fax: +39.02.72343649

Download call for papers: Migration Muslim World

Badanti – Pflegen in der Fremde/ Badanti – Assistere in terra straniera


Buchvorstellung des Buches „Badanti – Pflegen in der Fremde“ / „Badanti – assistere in terra straniera“ mit Diskussion und Präsentation des Kurzfilms „Die Badante“

Presentazione del libro „Badanti – Pflegen in der Fremde“ / „Badanti – assistere in terra straniera“ con discussione e presentazione del cortometraggio “La Badante”

Freitag | venerdì, 30.09.2016 – ore 20.00 Uhr in/a Proveis

Barbara Bogoni
Frauenvereinigung DONNE NISSA’ Associazione

Annemarie Profanter
Professorin an der Fakultät für BIWI, unibz / Professoressa alla Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione, unibz

Karin Valorz

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A New Dawn for Women in Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: Looming Changes on the Horizon?


This radio interview was broadcasted on SWR, a German radio station, on the 3rd of November in 2013 and draws from my experience as educator in the female section of Prince Mohammed University in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.
In explicating my extraordinary experiences in this multi-faceted place the focus is on the eastern region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and centers around the contacts and relationships built through my employ as educator for the women’s campus of the first “co-educational”, “high tech”, private university delivering its curriculum in English, Prince Mohammed bin Fahd University (PMU). (mehr …)

Polygyny in Oman


A documentary by Annemarie Profanter and Stephanie Ryan Cate in cooperation with Arda Nederveen.

The film “Polygyny in Oman: Forms and Changes of this societal and cultural marital arrangement” was being shot in the Sultanate of Oman in February/March of 2011.
The intent behind the film was to offer a glimpse into daily life in the Sultanate for those people living in polygynous marriages or families in order to allow people to see the similarities amongst all forms of families presented and also to demystify what in the West is an uncommon marital form. This film addresses this lack by explaining in intimate and vulnerable language some of the divergent cultural practices which can antagonize and alienate European neighbors and colleagues.
In collaboration with American Research Fellow Stephanie Ryan Cate from the University of Alabama Huntsville (USA)  and a filmmaker Ms. Arda Nederveen, Visuele Producties, Netherlands, I realized a film trip to Oman from the 26th of February to the 12th of March 2010 building on the connection established during my work as professor at Dhofar University in 2006. The intimacy afforded by being in their homes and spaces allowed a greater openness to the questions regarding their daily lives and lifestyles. (mehr …)

In memory of Prof. Otto Schober (died in January 2010)


A couple of weeks ago, I had just returned from a conference in Rome, it was late in the evening and before leaving the office. I rushed to the printer to get some printout of research articles to take home for “bedtime reading”.

From the corner of my eye I saw Prof. Schober who, surrounded by a ton of student essays, was still there marking papers. It was pitch dark. He looked desperate, and I said: “Hey Prof. Schober are you all right?” He sighed and said: “If you only knew Dr. Profanter, if you only knew.” I thought, at first, he was losing it over students’ work; then I realized that he was in fact pale like a ghost, had lost at least 10 pounds and was just a shadow of himself. Well, I stopped and gave him a chance to come close and open his heart. The fact that he held my finger tightly (that I had jammed in the door in Rome) while telling me his story was at first overshadowed by my physical pain, but shortly after, nothing compared to the human suffering Prof. Schober shared with me. He was in deep shock over the sudden cerebral hemorrhage his son had suffered a couple of weeks ago…blood everywhere…intensive care…a vision of spending Christmas beside his bed in the hospital…, horrible really horrible images. Prof. Schober just stood there, stunned by the injustice of life. (mehr …)

In memory of Abdullah Baqweer


In memory of Abdullah Baqweer (died on the 30st of October 2008) translated into Arabic and published in both languages, English and Arabic, in Al Watan newspaper, one of the two major newspapers in the Sultanate of Oman. It has also been posted on the Dhofar University students webpage on facebook:
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