Bettina Gransow: "Testing the Migration Regime Model: Gender Dimensions of Internal and International Chinese Migrations"

Jun 08, 2015 | 04:00 PM c.t. - 06:00 PM

During the summer term 2015, the GEAS holds a lecture series titled „Institutions and Gender in East Asia and Beyond“ asking how institutions influence gender relations and social meanings of gender. Individual lectures draw on different regional case studies from East Asia and India and on varying disciplinary approaches such as law, sociology and media studies.


The lecture introduces the Migration Regime Model (MRM) as an analytical tool to analyze particular institutional settings that frame and influence the situation of migrants at certain stages of the migration process. The model has been developed as part of a larger research program on informal dynamics of megacity development and global change, and is based on extensive field work on rural-to-urban migrants in Chinese metropolises. Using the model it will be discussed how certain institutions are shaping gender differences and gender relations among rural-to-urban migrants in Chinese cities. In addition, the question will be raised whether the model is also good for comparing internal Chinese migration with international (Chinese) migration from a gendered perspective.

Bettina Gransow is Professor of China Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research focuses on internal migration and megacity development in China. She is head of the DFG-funded research project "Patterns of migrant community formation in China’s megaurban Pearl River Delta (PRD) – linking informal dynamics, governability and global change".

Time & Location

Jun 08, 2015 | 04:00 PM c.t. - 06:00 PM

Silberlaube, room K25/11
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin