Wednesday, 8 June 2005

Newsletter Nr. 8 / 2005


Glocalmig-EU evaluation

‘Glocalmig’ was a project funded by the EU and coordinated by IMER/Bergen, and resulted in eight small volumes.

IMER/Bergen has received the European Commission’s reviewer-comments on the Glocalmig-results, and the evaluation included:

“This research is a major contribution to citizenship studies within the EU, is likely to have spin-offs that will further test the findings of GLOCALMIG and stimulate new scholarly work, thus creating further knowledge. Finally, compared to many comparative research projects in the social sciences, GLOCALMIG is careful to respect gender balance in the persons that form the subject matter of the research.”

Read more about the Glocalmig series here.

IMER PhD Course

Epistemologies of globalization and the globalization of epistemologies.

8-10 Sept. 2005

IMER-Bergen/Norway and Department of Social Anthropology. University of Bergen
9th floor, Faculty of Social Sciences.

# Arif Dirlik (Professor of History and Anthropology, University of Oregon).

# André Iteanu (Professor of Anthropology, Maison des sciences de l’homme).

# Bruce Kapferer (Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen).

# Yngve G. Lithman (Professor of Sociology, University of Bergen and Head of Research at IMER Bergen/Norway).

# John-Andrew McNeish (Post-Doctoral Researcher of Anthropology, University of Bergen).

# Ellen Mortensen (Professor of Linguistics and Comparative litterature, University of Bergen).

# Thorvald Sirnes ( Research director, the Rokkan Centre, University of Bergen).

# Anna Tsing (Professor of Anthropology, University of California).

The course is primarily for Ph.D. students and requires a reading of 500-600 pages before the course and the subsequent production of an essay of 6000-10 000 words which must be finalized by December 1 , 2005.

Enrolment by August 15, 2005 to

Nytt IMER program 2005-2010

Divisjonsstyret i divisjon for store satsninger i Forskningsrådet vedtok 31. mars at det skulle opprettes et nytt Program for Internasjonal migrasjon og etniske relasjoner (IMER) for perioden 2005 til 2010.

Les mer her:


ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society [COMPAS] Annual International Conference

“Irregular Migration Research, Policy and Practice”

Time: 7-8 July 2005
Place: University of Oxford, Centre for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences

This years COMPAS Annual International Conference will bring together a range of leading academics, policy makers and practitioners to explore and debate together the nature, dynamics and challenges of irregular migration. It promises to be a most topical and relevant event. Sessions will include:

# Challenges of Irregular Migration

# Moving between regularity and irregularity in the migration process

# Life in irregularity after arrival

# Irregular migrants and the labour market

# Regularisation programmes

For further conference detail and to register:

Call for papers, 16 th annual ASEN Conference

“Nations and their Pasts: Representing the Past, Building the Future”

Time: 28-29 March 2006
Place: London School of Economics

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is holding its 16th Annual Conference, entitled “Nations and their Pasts: Representing the Past, Building the Future”, on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28-29, 2006, at the London School of Economics.

The 2006 Conference Committee is now calling for papers to be presented on Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Suggested themes include:

* Constructing and Changing National Pasts

* Myths and Memories of the Nation

* New Nations and their Pasts

* National Pasts and War Memories

* Nations as National Heritage

* Present Representations of the National Past – Music, Art, Literature and Monuments

The abstracts of the proposed papers should not exceed 500 words and are expected by November 1, 2005. The Committee will notify applicants by November 30, 2005.

For further details please refer to the attached file and for further enquiries please email

Seminars: “Kulturell Kompleksitet i det nye Norge” (CULCOM)

Last seminar this semester:

Steven Vertovec

“What comes after multiculturalism?”

“I will review the nature of policies and discourses (mainly in the UK) during periods that I call pre-, high-, anti- and post-multiculturalism, ending up by pointing to the challenges posed by the emergence of super-diversity in places like London, New York and Toronto.”

Steven Vertovec is Professor of Transnational Anthropology and leader of The Centre on Migration, Society and Policy (COMPAS), University of Oxford.

Read more here

Time: 14.15-16.00
Place: Undervisningsrom 2, 3. etg. Georg Sverdrups Hus (Universitetsbiblioteket)

Seminar: Norske fremtider 2005 – 2105
Time: Lørdag 11. juni 2005 kl. 10-15
Place: Nasjonalmuseets installasjon “Frosken”, Tullinløkka.

Arrangementet begynner med en prolog skrevet av forfatteren og jusprofessoren Jon Bing. Deretter kommer Knut Kjeldstadli (historie), Morten Søby (pedagogikk), Helene Uri (lingvistikk), Alexa Døving (religionsvitenskap) og Tian Sørhaug (arbeidslivsforskning) med sine bud på fremtiden. Til sammen vil de tilby både profetier, advarsler og prognoser – og forhåpentligvis en og annen positiv visjon – for et kulturelt komplekst Norge uten olje.

Arrangementet er gratis og åpent for alle.

Mer informasjon med program og omtale av kulturinnslaget “fremtiden er et ukjent land” finner du på:


Godzimirski, Jakub M. (2005): Tackling Welfare Gaps: The Eastern European Transition and New Patterns of Migration to Norway. Report, Norwegian Institute of international Affairs. Read more here

Gullestad, Marianne (2002): Invisible fences: egalitarianism, nationalism and racism. J. Roy. Anthrop. Inst (N.S.) 8, pp. 45-63.

Gullestad, Marianne (2003): Fighting for a sustainable self-image: the role of descent in individualized identification. Focaal –European Journal of Anthropology no. 42, pp. 51-62.

Gullestad, Marianne (2003): ‘Mohammed Atta and I’: identification, discrimination and the formation of sleepers. European Journal of Cultural Studies Vol. 6: 4, pp. 529-548.

Gullestad, Marianne (2004): Blind slaves of our prejudices: Debating ‘Culture’ and ‘Race’ in Norway. Ethnos Vol. 69: 2, pp. 177-203.

Gullestad, Marianne (2005): Normalising racial boundaries. The Norwegian dispute about the term neger.Social Anthropology Vol. 13: 1, pp. 27-46.

Paus, Nicolay (2005): Strained fraternity. Identity formations, migration and social transformation among Sri Lankan Tamils in Tamil Nadu, India. Hovedfagsoppgave, Institutt for Sosialantropologi, UIB. Read more here