Annett Fleischer, M.A.
Transnational migration and legality; Kinship and family; Family formation and fertility; Demography and development; Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Cameroon and Mali; Europe, particularly Germany
Lectures and Conference Presentations
Numerous conference presentations and lectures, e.g. at the European Population Conference, Barcelona (Spain); Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Free University of Berlin; European University Institute, Florence (Italy); Center for Metropolitan Studies (Berlin); Northwestern University, Evanston, Chicago (USA); Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle); Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference, Istanbul (Turkey); Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde e.V. Jahrestagung (Halle).
“Marriage and birth over space and time: The case of Cameroonian migrants in Germany”
The dissertation examines the relationship between migration processes and vital events like marriage and birth over transnational boundaries. Restrictive immigration and integration policies in Germany increasingly force African migrants to develop strategies and practices to acquire legal residence and obtain an essential work permit. My account of Cameroonian migrants to Germany contributes to the discussion about the role of the nation state in transnational migration processes. Since national policies in the receiving country determine the right to settle and the risk of expulsion, the German nation state plays a decisive role for African migrants. Combining an ethnographic explorative study with the analysis of statistical data both in Cameroon and in Germany enables me to conceive the individual life course of Cameroonians over transnational borders within its social, cultural, political and economic context. Numerical particulars and their explanatory power can only be understood in the light of ethnographic insights into the lives of the actors and their surrounding circumstances.
The case of Cameroonians in Germany illustrates the limitations of transnational movements and provides an example of the interdependencies between migration processes, marriage, birth and legal framework. The dissertation describes some highly gender-specific patterns by which Cameroonians must move across national borders and to obtain a legal residence permit in Germany. Moreover, different perspectives like those of the state, of migrants and their families and of German partners are necessary to fully explain the complexity of the course of action of the diverse actors involved.
The doctoral research is supervised by Prof. Hansjörg Dilger (Free University Berlin) and Prof. Caroline Bledsoe (Northwestern University, Evanston).