IMMRC (Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre) has followed the research line on ethnicity which already started up under the supervision of Professor em. Eugène Roosens in 1974 in the former institute of CIMO (Centrum voor Interculturalisme en Migratie Onderzoek – Centre for Interculturalism and Migration Research). The activities of CIMO at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology were taken over by IMMRC under the supervision of prof. Johan Leman since April 2004 until September 2012.
Fethullah Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies (GCIS). The Chair is part of IMMRC and participates at research in social and cultural anthropology. It's purpose is to stimulate research on intercultural understanding with a special focus on relations between Muslim communities and the wider society in Europe and in Belgium which includes the research on the Muslim presence in Europe and the implication of this presence on practice and policy, public life, ethics and education. While also providing an academic platform where researchers can present, debate and exchange their findings on the study of Islam and Muslims in contemporary society, the minority and migration policies, and intercultural communication.