Friday, 24 October 2008


  • Norsk tidsskrift for migrasjonsforskning ønsker artikler
  • Uppsala University: Call for papers
  • Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin: Call for papers
  • London School of Economics: Call for papers
  • CRONEM : Call for submissions
  • University of Southampton: Call for papers
  • UiB/CMI seminar: Diversity and European Public Sphere
  • FEMM seminar: Discovering the hidden voice of women
  • CULCOM seminar: Feminismer – verdifellesskap og konflikt
  • University of Victoria: Visiting Research Fellowship
  • Lillehammer University College: course in Culture, Health, and Identity
  • Publications

Norsk tidsskrift for migrasjonsforskning Ønsker artikler

Norsk tidsskrift for migrasjonsforskning er et tverrfaglig vitenskaplig tidsskrift (nivå 1) som publiserer bidrag innenfor et bredt spekter av migrasjonsrelaterte tema. Dette innebærer internasjonale befolkningsbevegelser, forhold mellom minoritet og majoritet, identitet, nasjonal og internasjonal migrasjonspolitikk og jus. Tidsskriftet ønsker både å presentere teoriutvikling og empiriske funn fra forskningsfeltet. Redaksjonen tar imot vitenskapelige artikler på de skandinaviske språkene og på engelsk.

Tidsskriftet har refereeordning og utkommer to ganger i året. Ansvarlige redaktører er Nora Alhberg fra Nasjonal kompetanseenhet for minoritetshelse og Hakan G. Sicakkan fra Universitetet i Bergen.

Innleveringsfrist for neste nummer er 1. januar 2009.

For nærmere informasjon kontakt redaksjonssekretær Thor Indseth, Norsk tidsskrift for migrasjonsforskning, NAKMI, Bygg 2, Ullevål Universitetssykehus, 0407 Oslo, e-post:, tlf. 416 51 096

Uppsala university : Call for papers

International Research Conference at Uppsala University:

“Welfare and Values in Europe: Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender.”

Time: 26-28 March 2009
Place: Uppsala University, Sweden

This conference aims to provide a forum for debate on values and welfare, focusing on values leading to cohesion or conflict and the extent to which these dynamics are related to religion, minorities or gender. Exploring these three major and inter-connected dimensions of social change through the prism of welfare provides an approach through which the intangible concept of ‘values’ can be grasped. With increased mobility and diversity in Europe comes a need for reflection and discussion on the influence of religious diversity on patterns of welfare provision, changes in society(ies) and the emergence of European identities. The function of religion as a bearer of values of solidarity and social cohesion, or as a source of tension and exclusion merits particular attention. Also of critical importance is the role given to religion in welfare provision within various models of church-state relations.

These issues bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines whose work relates to welfare, values and religion, or to the intersections between them. This enables a show-casing of research taking place in this field as well as stimulation of theoretical, empirical and methodological developments.

The first day of the conference is devoted to the presentation of material from the project Welfare and Values in Europe (WaVE). The second and third days include plenary sessions, panel discussions and parallel sessions to accommodate the papers accepted for this conference. The conference language is English.

Among the main speakers are:

· Professor Nancy Ammerman (Professor of Sociology of Religion, Boston University, USA)
· Professor Anders Bäckström (Professor of Sociology of Religion, Uppsala University, Sweden)
· Professor Grace Davie (Professor of Sociology of Religion, Exeter University, UK)
· Professor Yilmaz Esmer (Professor Political Science, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey)
· Professor Philip Manow (Professor of Politics and Management, University of Constance, Germany)
· Professor Göran Therborn (Professor of Sociology, Cambridge University, UK )

Call for papers

Submissions to present papers on the conference themes are welcome.
Deadline for the submission of abstracts (max 200 words): 1 December 2008

The following subthemes are of particular interest:
· The study of values per se
· The intersections of welfare and religion in late modern societies
· Methodological issues for work in these fields
· The gender dimensions to the study of welfare, minorities and values
· The role of religious and other minorities in welfare as both providers and recipients
· Faith based organisations as agents of social development
· Policy implications at local, national and European levels
· A global perspective on welfare and religion (including migration)
· Pan-European comparisons and Nordic perspectives
· The challenges of comparative and interdisciplinary research
· The Impact of Religion: challenges for society, law and democracy
· The links between law and religion from European and global perspectives

The conference is hosted by The Centre for the Study of Religion and Society at Uppsala University and is organised in collaboration with:

· The WaVE project funded by the Framework 6 Programme of the European Commission
· The project Welfare and Religion in a European Perspective (WREP) funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary foundation.
· The project Welfare and Religion in a Global Perspective (WRIGP) funded by SIDA and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

For Information visit or contact the organisation committee at


Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin: Call for Papers

Two day workshop:

“Second Gereation Research Dialogues. Comparative Perspectives on Children of Immigrants.”

Time: 16-17. January 2009
Place: Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin, Germany

Within integration debates across Europe, focus has shifted from the first to the so called second generation of immigrants in recent years. Their performance in educational systems and on the job markets is tied to success or failure of integration policies and scrutinized with concern, as is their cultural, social and religious orientation. In many places a very contested group, the second generation symbolizes permanency of migration and growing diversity while raising questions about the concept and mechanisms of “integration” today.

In this workshop, current work on second generation immigrants will be discussed along two main themes:

. The second generation and the city
. The second generation in school

Central questions and concerns include
. the impact of cities on processes of second generation identity construction, self representation and negotiation between cultural spheres
. its role as arena for political participation, claim making and social positioning
. its role as living and working environment and space of opportunity or restraint
. as social space and place of belonging
. the educational participation of second generation immigrants in comparative perspective
. inequalities within educational systems
. linkages between educational settings, policies and attainment
. the role of teachers, friends, families and other factors impacting educational careers

The workshop offers internationally comparative perspectives on second generation research in Europe and the US, featuring keynote presentations by:

*Philip Kasinitz*, chair of Dept. of Sociology at CUNY, NYC, USA on the New Second Generation in metropolitan New York;
*Jens Schneider*, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), Amsterdam introducing the EU- research project TIES on the European second generation covering fifteen cities in eight European countries

Workshop format:

The workshop aims at facilitating intense dialogue and exchange among doctoral students and junior researchers involved in work on second generation immigrants. This will be reflected in the amount of time in the program allocated for discussion in a constructive, supportive setting.

We invite papers presenting theoretical and/or empirical contributions from a variety of methodological perspectives and different disciplines on second generation immigrants, regarding one of the central themes:
. The second generation and the city
. The second generation in school

Papers should not exceed length of 7,000 words and include an abstract (no more than 700 words). It is expected that collected papers will be published in some form after the workshop.

Please submit your abstract and short CV with contact details to:, no later than 21st November 2008.

For further details see:

London School of Economics: Call for papers

19th Annual ASEN Conference:

“Nationalism and Globalisation “

Time: 31st March – 2nd April 2009
Place: London School of Economics

Deadline: November 1st, 2008

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is holding its 19th Annual Conference, entitled “Nationalism and Globalisation”, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 31st March – 2nd April 2009, at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Nationalism and globalisation are complex phenomena generating vigorous academic debates. Yet, there has been little sustained theoretical and empirical consideration of their relationship, and no framework devised capable of satisfactorily dealing with the interactions between the two, especially as these change over time and vary from place to place. Yet nationalism has both shaped, and been shaped byglobalization. This conference seeks to explore the relationship between nationalism and globalisation in its various forms, primarily focusing on the impact of globalisation on national identity, national sovereignty, state-formation, and the ways in which nationalism has shaped globalising processes.

The conference will include keynote addresses from leading scholars in the field, along with opportunities for scholars from various disciplines to examine the relationship between nationalism and globalisation in a series of panel sessions. Suggested themes include:

– Conflicting or complementary phenomena?
– Nationalism and global political conflict
– Global migration patterns and national identities
– Globalisation and the emergence of new forms of nationalism
– The impact of globalisation on national culture
– Nationalism versus supranationalism
– Pan-nationalism

The first day will explore the theoretical and historical relationship between globalisation, nationalism and national identities.The second day will examine current issues such as migration, arms proliferation, financial crisis, multinational corporations and global consumer culture and their impact on the nation-state and national identities. The third day will focus on the interaction between globalisation and novel forms of nationalism and regional identities as well as nationalist responses to supranationalism, including European integration. The conference will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach focusing on historical, theoretical and contemporary aspects of the theme.

The 2009 Conference Committee is now calling for papers to be presented at the conference. The application is open to any researcher who is interested in the study of nationalism.

The abstracts of the proposed papers should not exceed 500 words and are expected by November 1st, 2008. Abstracts should make clear (a) the particular focus of the paper in terms of evidence and method, (b) its discipline location, (c) its relevance to the nationalism/globalisation topic, and (d) what specific theme/panel it would best fit into. Only abstracts directly related to nationalism will be considered. The Committee will notify applicants of its decisions by November 30th, 2008.

Please see the ASEN website for more information and to submit your proposal.

Suggestions for panels and additional themes are also welcome. Papers submitted to the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SEN). Please note that ASEN cannot cover travel and accommodation costs. Presenters are expected to register for the conference. Further enquiries are welcome at

CRONEM: Call for submissions

AHRC Diasporas, Migration and Identites Programme/CRONEM Conference 2009

“Diasporas, Migration and Identities: Crossing Boundaries, New Directions”

Time: 11-12 June 2009
Place: University of Surrey


We are very pleased to be holding our 5th Annual Conference in collaboration with the AHRC programme. Our collaboration reflects our mutual interest in multi-disciplinary research across the humanities and social sciences.

Diasporas, migration and identities’,, has been the subject of a major national research programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the UK since 2005. Its central concerns have also been at the heart of the work of the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM). The aim of the conference is to examine the past and present impact of diasporas and migration on nation, community, identity and subjectivity, culture and the imagination, place and space, emotion, politics, law and values.

We invite abstracts that address the following themes:

# Migration, settlement and diaspora: modes, stages and forms
# Representation, performance, discourse and language
# Subjectivity, emotion and identity
# Objects, practices and places
# Beliefs, values and laws
# The role of youth in relationship to diasporas, migration and identities
# Diasporic economics and labour markets
# The recognition of multiple origins and mixedness
# The politics of immigration and integration
# Public opinion and public policy
# Ethnic identity politics

In addition to individual papers and poster presentations, we are also calling for proposals for convened symposia. Deadline 2 February 2009

For more information about the Call for Papers and submission forms, please visit our website:

university of southampton: call for papers

Conference: Music and Migration

Time: 15-17 October 2009
Place: University of Southampton, UK

This conference will explore the relationship between music and migration by providing new insights into the creative practices and life-stories of migrant artists across the globe. A core theme of the conference will be the motivations and experiences of migrant musicians who leave, return, stay or move beyond their localities. Through the focus on such specific groups of migrants the conference aims to throw light on their identifications in their artistic and every-day lives.

Past and on-going research shows that patterns of migration are clearly linked to transnational networks. By focusing on the role of migrant musicians within such networks, this conference seeks to analyse and understand the extent to which musicians’ networks may or may not be special cases within migration studies. We suggest that artists who create or enter such networks may follow a different logic of translocal and transnational links than is normally associated with migration research on music. Thus we aim to widen the scope from ‘bi-focal’, ethnically and spatially defined communities in sending and originating countries to more complex flows and the networking of individuals.

Keynote speakers:
• Professor Nina Glick-Schiller, University of Manchester
• Professor Philip Bohlman, University of Chicago

Suggested themes for academic papers include (non-exhaustive list):
• Transnational musicians’ networks
• Musical experiences of diaspora
• Global and local music industries
• Return migration and ‘emergent’ cultural hubs
• Migration routes that by-pass well-established (e.g. post-colonial) pathways
• Identity/identities
• Texts/musical genre/aesthetics/ multimodality
• Local and global cultural hubs
• Migrant and post-migrant cultural production
• Relationships between artistic and socio-political engagement
• Cultural policy
• Historical perspectives on musical culture transfer

The conference is organised by the University of Southampton (Modern Languages, Music) and the University of Aberdeen in collaboration with the Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton. It is the final conference of a 3-year research project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council programme Diaspora, Migration, Identities: ‘Diaspora as Social and Cultural Practice: a Study of Transnational Networks across Europe and Africa’.

We welcome submissions to present papers (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions) on the conference themes. Your paper might present some empirical findings, a theoretical review, critique and new argument; it
might consist of a textual analysis, raise provocative questions or analyse one case, site or context. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to Ulrike Meinhof; Nadia Kiwan and Marie-Pierre Gibert by December 4, 2008 including full contact details for all authors.

More information

uib/cmi seminar: Diversity and European Public sphere

New monthly seminar: “The Friday Seminar on democracy and the rule of law”

“Diversity and European Public Sphere”

Time: fri. 31th of October, 12.00-14.00
Place: Faculty of Law, UiB, meeting room 546

‘What public sphere for Europe? The development of post-national democracy in Europe depends on the emergence of an overarching communicative space that functions as a public sphere. Only with a European wide public sphere in place can the requirement of democracy beyond the nation state be met. The problem is that the public sphere is seen to presuppose both a state, which can ensure the rights of the citizens, and a society that can make for allegiance and a common we-feeling – a collective identity. Can there be a public sphere when there is no collective identity?

Erik Oddvar Eriksen is Research Director at ARENA where he is scientific coordinator of RECON a European Commission 6th Framework Programme that seeks to clarify whether democracy is possible under conditions of pluralism, diversity and complex multilevel governance. He is a Professor II of political science at Centre of Professional Studies, The University College of Oslo, and holds an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. He has been professor at the University of Tromsø and at the University of Bergen. Eriksen’s main research fields are political theory, democratic governance, public policy and European integration.

Hakan Sicakkan, Associate Professor at Sampol-UiB, and Coordinator of Eurosphere at Unifob-Global
Acar Kutay, Researcher and Assistant Coordinator Eurosphere at Unifob-Global

The Friday Seminar on democracy and rule of law is interdisciplinary and wide ranging. It explores contemporary local and global issues in law and human rights, development and globalization, democracy and citizenship. The aim is to create a meeting place for researchers at UiB, CMI and Unifob-Global, and to stimulate research collaboration between local, national and international researchers.

Programme autumn 2008
Friday 31 October – Minorities, migration, citizenship
Friday 21 November – Health and human rights
Friday 12 December – Human rights and development

femm seminar: discovering the hidden voice of women

“Discovering the hidden voice of women”

Time: Wed.November 5. at 13.15-16.00
Place: Helga Engs house, seminarrom 234, UiO

FEMM-nettverket er et nasjonalt nettverk for forskere, studenter og andre interesserte. Formålet med nettverket er å diskutere sentrale spørsmål i skjæringsfeltet mellom feminisme, antirasisme og multikulturalisme.

For mer informasjon, se her

culcom seminar: Feminismer – verdifelleskap og konflikt

Mandagsseminar v/professor Beatrice Halsaa, STK og stipendiat Cecilie Thun, STK

Time: 27. okctober, 14.15-16.00
Place: Harriet Holters house, room 201, UiO

Beatrice Halsaa er professor ved Senter for tverrfaglig kjønnsforskning (STK) og leder for FEMCIT (“Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: The Impact of Contemporary Women’s Movements”). Cecilie Thun er Cand. polit. i sosiologi og stipendiat ved STK

Program for resten av høsten 2008:
10.nov: Integrasjon, religion og sekularisme
24.nov: Samvirke og motsetninger i et flerkulturelt grenseland: Representasjoner av etnisitet og etniske relasjoner ved museer i Finnmark
8.des: Krevende Toleranse: Islam og homoseksualitet

For mer informasjon, se her.

university of victoria: visiting research fellowship

The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria invites applications from scholars in Canada or abroad for Visiting Research Fellowship appointments of up to 12 months’ duration, commencing September 2009. These non-stipendiary fellowships provide office space (with computer and wireless Internet) and library privileges in a congenial, retreat-like setting. Successful applicants join other visiting, faculty and graduate student fellows in a dynamic interdisciplinary research environment.

Applications from all disciplinary backgrounds are welcome. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2009. Inquiries may be addressed to Full information on the fellowships is available at

lillehammer university college: course in culture, health and identity

Lillehammer University College offer spring 2009 an english taught course in Culture, Health, and Identity.

Course description
Culture, Health, and Identity is a subject which gives insight in the ways in which health, illness and  well-being can be understood as social and cultural constructions. Teaching and curriculum will seek to throw light on health as the result of reciprocal relationship between society, culture, treatment and care. Theories, methods and terminology from the humanistic and social sciences such as anthropology, sociology and psychology are central. Together they provide perspectives and tools to analyse health, illness, well-being and care within a context that reaches beyond the traditional western medical paradigm.

During the semester there will be three reunions in which central themes of teaching will be:
1. Introduction: Perspectives, Concepts and Methods
2. Multiculturalism: Health, Identity and Life Quality as Socially and Culturally Negotiated and Constituted
3. Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Social and Health Policy
These themes will be structuring each meeting. However, all themes will run throughout the semester.

Classes and curriculum will use examples from our contemporary globalised world with special attention on multiculturalism, integration, refugees, cultural minorities and marginalised groups. We discuss how issues of gender, kin groups, life cycle, social network all interact with health, illness, well-being, life-quality and identity. The course uses a critical approach to own cultural values and minority/majority issues in which power and asymmetric relations are relevant at micro and macro levels.

During the semester there will be three teaching sessions two days each. Each session will contain lectures with time for questions and dialogue as well as case oriented teaching and group work. Between each teaching session there will be work tasks and project work with supervision from the teachers.

Total credits for this course is 15 ECTS

Admission requirement and deadline
The admission requirements are a Bachelor degree or equivalent higher education. The admission deadline is 1st November, but applications will be accepted after this date if the course is not full. With reservations of enough applicants, the course will start mid -january 2009

More information


*Christine Jacobsen og Randi Gressgård (2008): “Krevende toleranse. Islam og homoseksualitet”, in Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning 32 (2), s. 22-40.

Intervju med Randi Gressgård om saken i Kilden: Informasjonssenter for Kjønnsforskning.

*Randi Gressgård (2008): “Mind the Gap: Intersectionality, Complexity and ‘the Event’”, in Theory & Science 10(1) 2008.

*Claire H. Firth and Aitor Ibarrola-Armendariz (eds.) (2007): Migrationis in a Global Context: Transitions and Transformations Emerging from International Human Mobility, Bilbao: Desuto University Press

*Åsne Hagen (2008): “Doing one’s job: Coping and profession among police personnel working on expulsion”, Master’s thesis in Sociology from the University of Bergen

Expulsion can be defined as the act of forcibly removing a person lacking legal residency from the national territory. Norwegian police expelled a total of 2628 persons in 2007. On the micro level, expulsion is a situation marked by forced interaction and latent conflict between the parties. Drawing on material from qualitative interviews, I have identified and analysed three coping strategies used by police personnel to handle the task of expulsion in a field riddled with conflict: normalisation, distancing and legitimisation. The police personnel emphasise seemingly everyday elements of the situation to make an expulsion less visible while also avoiding to get emotionally involved in the cases of those being expelled, pointing out that the decisions leading to expulsion have been made at an earlier stage by the immigration bureaucracy.

Full text version in Norwegian available from

*A special issue of the Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration (FJEM Vol. 3, No. 2/2008) on “Female Genital Cutting in the Past and Today” is published. You may find and load the journal at the following www-addresses:

FJEM is a peer-reviewed, open-access electronic journal published by the Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU). The special issue on female genital cutting was published in co-operation with the Finnish League for Human Rights and it is based on selected papers presented during the 4th FOKO Conference in Finland in September 2007.


•    Marja Tiilikainen and Janneke Johansson: Introduction


•    Janice Boddy: Clash of Selves: Gender, Personhood, and Human Rights Discourse in Colonial Sudan

•    William G. Clarence-Smith: Islam and Female Genital Cutting in Southeast Asia: The Weight of the Past

•    Basilica Dyah Putranti: To Islamize, Becoming a Real Woman or Commercialized Practices? Questioning Female Genital Cutting in Indonesia

•    Claudia Merli: Sunat for Girls in Southern Thailand: Its Relation to Traditional Midwifery, Male Circumcision and Other Obstetrical Practices

•    Brigitte Bagnol and Esmeralda Mariano: Elongation of the labia minora and Use of Vaginal Products to Enhance Eroticism: Can These Practices be Considered FGM?

•    Courtney Smith: Creating Spaces: Challenging Conventional Discursive Norms Surrounding the Marking of Women’s Bodies

•    Aud Talle: Precarious Identities: Somali Women in Exile

•    Sara Johnsdotter: Popular Notions of FGC in Sweden: The Case of Ali Elmi

Project Reports:

•    R. Elise B. Johansen, Heli Bathija and Jitendra Khanna: Work of the World Health Organization on Female Genital Mutilation: Ongoing Research and Policy Discussions

•    Ugaso Jama Gulaid: The Challenge of Female Genital Mutilation in Somaliland

•    Faduma-Hagi M. Hussein: Changing Attitudes towards FGM in the Somali Community in London

•    Janneke Johansson: Methods for the Prevention of Female Genital Cutting in Finland