Dr. Margit Fauser

Bielefeld University

Course(s) taught in the MA program SES:
Changing European Identities within and beyond the Nation State

Description of the course
The course ‘Changing European Identities within and beyond the Nation State’ deals with the socio-political identities of citizens in Europe. It introduces students to classical work and current debate in the study of socio-political identity as a constitutive element of political community. With the emergence of nation states, nationalism and national identity have become the major principle of political organization in Europe since the late 18th century. In this process, other (national, ethnic, religious, linguistic etc.) identities became marginalized or superimposed by one dominant ‘state identity’ and newly ‘invented traditions’ gained momentum. Today, globalization, European integration, and various social and political transformations to a great extent associated with international migration, are (again) challenging this notion of national identity. At the same time, new nationalisms can today be observed in Western Europe’s established democracies as well as Eastern European and ex-Soviet post-communist countries. While parts of current discourses and institutional changes aim at strengthening national identities within the state, others stretch out beyond state borders to reach national minorities and diasporas afar. In addition, the project of European integration within the European Union has promoted a European identity premised upon universalist values as much as on national membership. Furthermore, cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitan identities have become an important discussion in the past years while it is still a matter of dispute to which degree these are part of national or European identity or whether these reach beyond. One crucial question here is whether cosmopolitan identities beyond the confines of European nation states are adequate (or sufficient) to define the boundaries of the political community.


Current research interest
Migration, transnationalization, social inequalities and citizenship in transnational perspective, urban issues and local transformations



Fauser, Margit, 2012, Migrants and Cities. The accommodation of migrant organizations in Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate

Rezension: Contemporary Sociology, 44, 4, 2015, pp. 578-579

Faist, Thomas, Margit Fauser und Eveline Reisenauer, 2013, Transnational Migration, New York & Oxford: Polity Press

2014, Das Transnationale in der Migration, Weinheim: Beltz Juventa

2014, Transnationell Migration, Lund: Studentlitteratur

Rezensionen: Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, 61, 2, 2015, pp. 298-301; South Asian Diaspora, 7, 1, 2015, pp. 63-63; Canadian Journal of Sociology, 40, 2, 2015, pp. 283-284; Transnational Social Review, 4, 2-3, 2014, pp. 323-326; SocialNet. Netz für Sozialwirtschaft, 2014; online; Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 21, 3, 2013, pp. 458-459

Fauser, Margit und Gery Nijenhuis, 2016, Migrants’ transnationality, societal transformation and locality: an introduction, Special Issue of Population, Space and Place, view

Fauser, Margit, Elisabeth Liebau, Sven Voigtländer, Hidayet Tuncer, Thomas Faist und Oliver Razum, 2015, Measuring transnationality of immigrants in Germany: Prevalence and relationship with social inequalities, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Volume 38, Issue 9, 1479-1519, eprint (Accepted Manuscript)

Fauser, Margit, 2015, Migration, transnationalization and urban transformations, in: Talani, Leila Simona und Simon McMahon (ed.), Handbook of International Political Economy of Migration, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 120-141

Fauser, Margit, 2014, Co-development as transnational governance: An analysis of the engagement of local authorities and migrant organizations in Madrid, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Volume 40, Issue 7, 1060-1078, view (Accepted Manuscript)

Fauser, Margit, 2013, Disentangling migrant transnationationalism, in: Sezgin, Zeynep und Dirk Halm (Hrsg.), Migration and Civil Society – Rethinking National Policy, London und New York: Routledge, 44-59

Fauser, Margit und Eveline Reisenauer, 2013, Diversität und Dynamik transnationaler persönlicher Beziehungen türkischer MigrantInnen in Deutschland, in: Pusch, Barbara (Hrsg.) Transnationale Migration am Beispiel Deutschland und Türkei, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 171-185

Faist, Thomas, Margit Fauser und Eveline Reisenauer, 2011, Perspektiven der Migrationsforschung: Vom Transnationalismus zur Transnationalität, Soziale Welt 62, 2, 201-218

Faist, Thomas und Margit Fauser, 2011, The Migration-Development-Nexus: Toward a Transnational Perspective, in: Faist, Fauser, Kivisto (Hrsg.), 1-28

Fauser, Margit, 2011, How receiving cities contribute to simultaneous engagements for incorporation and development, in: Faist, Fauser, und Kivisto (Hrsg.), 134-158

Aybek, Can und Fauser, Margit, 2011, Bürgerschaft als mehrschichtiges Konzept: die Bedeutung lokaler Integrationspolitik in Deutschland und Spanien, in: Gruber, Bettina und Daniela Rippitsch (Hrsg.) Migration. Perspektivenwechsel und Bewusstseinswandel als Herausforderung für Stadt und Gesellschaft. Jahrbuch Friedenskultur 2011, Klagenfurt: Drava Verlag, 124-139

Fauser, Margit, 2010, Migrantenorganisationen – Akteure zwischen Integration und Transnationalisierung. Erkenntnisse von Fallstudien-Ergebnissen aus Spanien, in: Pries, Ludger und Zeynep Sezgin (Hrsg.), Jenseits von ´Identität oder Integration´: Grenzen überspannende Migrantenorganisationen, Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, 265-294

Fauser, Margit, 2008, Lokale Bürgerschaft in Spanien. Bedeutungen und Durchsetzung des Kommunalwahlrechts für Migranten, in: Hunger, Uwe, Andreas Ette, Can Aybek und Ines Michalowski (Hrsg.), Migrations- und Integrationsprozesse in Europa. Vergemeinschaftung oder nationalstaatliche Lösungswege?, Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, 287-306

Fauser, Margit, 2008, Autoridades locales e integración política en ciudades de nueva inmigración. Los casos de Madrid y Barcelona, in: Zapata-Barrero, Ricard und Gemma Pinyol (ed.), Los gestores del proceso de inmigración. Actores y redes de actores en España y en Europa, Barcelona: Fundació CIDOB, 131-148

Fauser, Margit, 2007, Selective Europeanization. Europe’s Impact on Spanish Migration Policy, in: Faist, Thomas und Andreas Ette (Hrsg.) Between Autonomy and the European Union. The Europeanization of National Immigration Policies and Politics, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan