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NR. 1/2020 - 10th of February 2020


  • IMER News
  • Upcoming IMER Lunch Seminars
  • Upcoming Calls and Conferences




New project: Temporary Protection as a Durable Solution? The ‘Return Turn’ in Asylum Politics in Europa (TemPro).

The four year-research project TemPro is a collaboration between legal scholars and anthropologists from CMI, University of Bergen, Coventry University and Aarhus University. The project will be led by Jessica Schultz (CMI), and includes Marry-Anne Karlsen (UiB), leader of IMER Bergen. TemPro, which will have its kick-off conference in Aarhus in May, focus on the so-called ‘return turn’ in refugee policies in Denmark, Norway and UK to create new knowledge about the effects of temporary protection for refugee lives, for welfare state institutions, and for regional and international refugee law.


Upcoming IMER Lunch Seminars


25th of February: Aspirations among Women seeking Asylum in Norway: A Longitudinal Perspective from the Asylum Centre and Onwards, Zubia Willmann, PhD Candidate, VID Specialized University.

31st of March: Methodological Approach to researching Everyday Nationhood, Mette Strømsø, Researcher at the Department of Sociology, UiB.

Information to be provided later on the whereabouts and content of each seminar.


Calls and Upcoming Conferences


1. Call, PhD fellowship on Temporary Protection in Denmark

There is a vacancy for a PhD fellowship linked to the research project ‘Temporary protection as a durable solution? The "return turn" in asylum policies in Europe (TemPro)’ funded by the Research Council of Norway 2020-2023. TemPro is a collaboration between legal scholars and anthropologists in Norway, UK and Denmark that explore the temporality and consequences of temporary protection in the current asylum- and refugee systems. The PhD fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, but should also expect a three-month research stay at the University of Bergen.

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2020 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CETS).

For more information see here


2. The 20th Nordic Migration Research Conference 

The 17th ETMU conference will be organized jointly at the University of Helsinki, Finland, in August 12 ̶ 14, 2020, under the theme of Colonial/Racial Histories, National Narratives and Transnational Migration. The conference aims to provide a multidisciplinary platform for discussions in which the colonial/racial past and present (coloniality) are seen as relevant for how diasporic communities, racialized minorities and Indigenous Peoples are encountered and acted upon in the Nordic societies, as well as how these communities resist, question, resurgence, organize themselves and seek for alternative horizons beyond hierarchies.

Deadline for submission: February 29, 2020.

To find information about registration fees, tentative programme and accommodation in Helsinki, please visit here


3. Call for Book Review Editors (NJMR)

We are looking for 2-3 book review editors starting from March 2020.

As a book review editor, you will work independently with other review editors. The work includes contacting and ordering review copies from publishers, searching for book reviewers, editorial work such as reading book reviews and giving feedback to reviewers and sending them to the responsible book review editor.  You will engage to provide approximately 4 reviews per year. Working as a book review editor will require ability to work independently, good knowledge of scientific writing, social and communication skills as well as good English language skills. Reviewers are sought through open calls 1-2 times a year.  We are looking for a person who can commit themselves for a period of minimum two years. 

If you are interested in this position, please send a short motivation letter of max. 1 page and your cv (including list of publications) to the Editor-in-Chief Lena Näre.

Deadline for applications: February 29, 2020.

For more information, please contact


4. Bergen Summer School 8-18 June at the University of Bergen

How can your research contribute to solving global challenges?

Bergen Summer Research School 2020 explores the interfaces between science, society and global challenges. Six parallel courses will focus on key global challenges, including climate governance, sustainable cities, sustainable oceans, media & democracy, global food systems, and migrant health. Together with cross-cutting keynotes and social events, the courses will help 100 PhD candidates develop skills to create actionable knowledge.

Deadline for applications: February 15, 2020 (deadline extended).





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