Amrita Datta


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Amrita is a Sociologist focusing primarily on transnational migration and mobility. Presently, she is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the Department for Sociology, University of Siegen, Germany, and a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology, Halle.


As the Principal Investigator of the project, she tries to identify the transnational practices, motivations of immigration, and trends and prospects of the Indian immigrants in Germany and explores the much contested relation between pandemic and international mobility. The project proposes to argue that the fast expanding Indian diaspora in Germany increasingly impacts the social landscape there in ways hitherto unfamiliar to the German society.


Amrita’s other research interests include: gender-mobility/migration interface, migration uncertainties, and reflexivity in migration research. Presently, she is working on her first book on the Indian immigrant communities in Germany, tentatively titled: Why Move?


Earlier, with a grant from the Hanns Seidel Stiftung, Amrita earned a doctoral degree in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Later, she taught at the School of Undergraduate Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi. In 2019, she joined the Institute of Geography, University of Cologne with her own project and taught sociology to the students of geography. As an Associate Member of the Global South Studies Centre (GSSC) Cologne, in 2020, she moderated the web-talk series titled “Corona Conversations: Mobility in a (post)COVID-19 Future” supported by the DAAD and hosted by the GSSC.