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19.04.2016 IMER key note and stand at Christie conference

Kathrine Mellingen Bjerke from the IMER network will hold a key note at the Christie conference. She attends as one of three young researchers presenting their work at the conference. You will find the program here (Norwegian only)

IMER will also organise a stand outside the conference hall, presenting our network and our research topics. 


19.04.2016 IMER participation at event: Migrants’ choice and governments’ influence. How Europe manages migration - and how migrants deal with their lives? Halvar Andreassen Kjærre contributes at event taking place at Litteraturhuset in Oslo from 1400-1630. The event will be in Norwegian.


20.04.2016 CHILDREN FOR SALE. Nuray Yildirim Gullestad (IMDI) and Anja Bredal (HiOA) in conversation with Åse Gilje Østensen (CMI) about forced and child marriages amongst Syrian refugees. This event will take place at Bergen Resource Centre for International Development in Jekteviken, from 1130-1230, and will be held in Norwegian.


05.05.2016: IMER Lunch seminar: Marta Bivand Erdal (PRIO): Forced to leave? The discursive and analytical significance of describing migration as forced or voluntary. The seminar will take place in Rosenbergsgaten 39, ground floor, from 1215-1330. A light lunch will be served. 




The 18th Nordic Migration Research (NMR)

Conference will be held on August 11-12, 2016 at the University of Oslo, Norway. The University of Oslo in cooperation with Nordic Migration Research and the Norwegian Network for Migration Research welcomes you to The 18th Nordic Migration Conference. This interdisciplinary and international conference takes place every two years, and will this time take place in Oslo.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Professor Min Zhou, Nanyang Technological University and University of California

Dr. Ruben Anderson, London School of Economics

Professor Tjitske Akkerman, University of Amsterdam


Thematic focus: Migration and social inequality: Global perspectives – new boundaries

Global inequalities between countries and regions in terms of income, security, rights, and living conditions are today driving increasing numbers of people into crossing international borders in search of personal safety, economic opportunities and better future prospects. At the same time, social inequality is sharply on the rise within societies across the globe, as traditional structures of work and welfare are rearranged and/or dismantled. In an increasingly globalized world, boundaries of class, nationality, ethnicity, gender and legal statuses are intersecting in new ways, giving rise to changing and new dimensions of inequality within and between both migrant sending and migrant receiving societies.


You will find all relevant information about the conference here




Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Scandinavian research project on public discourse on immigration

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies within media studies. The position is for a period of 3 years and is subject to the project SCANPUB funded by Norway’s Research Council. 

About the project/work tasks 

The research project SCANPUB, funded by Norway’s Research Council and the University of Bergen, starting 1 August 2016, will seek to analyze and compare public discourses on immigration in Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) between 1970 and 2015. A comprehensive, comparative quantitative content analysis of key newspapers and TV channels in peak years for public debate on the issue and also qualitative analyses of a strategic sample of a variety of texts including audiovisual fiction are to be conducted. The 3-year postdoctoral position will a have key role in this endeavor, assisted and supervised by experienced, internationally recognized researchers. The candidate is supposed to start working from 1 August 2016.

The postdoctoral research fellow is to work, with research assistants, on the comprehensive, nationally comparative, quantitative content analysis of public discourse on immigration in leading newspapers and television channels in each of the three countries, in peak years of debate between 1970 and 2015.

Deadline for applications is April 30. 2016. Read more about the position here 




 Call for papers: 

Forced migration and digital connectivity in(to) Europe,          


Special collection of Social Media + Society, edited by Koen Leurs and Kevin Smets


While it is increasingly observable that forced migration and digital connectivity are intertwined, there is a need for more in-depth, critical research into this topic, especially in the context of Europe. With this special collection of Social Media + Society, a high standing, peer reviewed, open-access journal published by Sage, we seek to bring together cutting-edge research on forced migration in(to) Europe and the way in which digital technologies and digital connectivity and in particular social media play a role in the lives of forced migrants. The collection aims not only to present empirical evidence for discussions about forced migration and digital connectivity, but also to offer new theoretical insights on the issue. Approaching forced migration as a complex societal, political and cultural phenomenon, we seek to consider different aspects of digital connectivity, such as the use of social media by migrants, activists and trolls, issues of affectivity, representation, materiality, mobility, solidarity, political economy and the communication industry, as well questions related to gender, race, sexuality, nation, class, geography and religion; identity; diaspora; media literacy; policy; legislation and human rights.


The label forced migrants includes here asylum seekers, refugees, forced migrants, stranded migrants, left-behind children and child migrants as well internally displaced populations amongst others. We welcome scholars from the (digital) humanities and (computational) social sciences. Theoretical perspectives may include but are not limited to communication, media and cultural studies, HCI, postcolonial, feminist, critical race and intersectional approaches, critical ICT4D, and political economy. Empirical perspectives may include but are not limited to (virtual) ethnography, big data, digital methods, fieldwork, action-research, creative methods, mixed-methods, and survey-research. 


Contributions may address the following topics:


* connected migrants in Europe

* social media use in refugee camps and asylum seeker centres

* forced migration and selfie citizenship              

* solidarity 

* transnational communication and affectivity 

* information scarcity

* encapsulation & cosmopolitanization

* differences and similarities different migrant groups (class, gender, race, age, generation, location)

* digital migrant identities, self-representations and alternative migrant  cartographies

* migrant recruitment and radicalization online

* digital deportability and algorithmic sorting

* surveillance and tracking

* migrant networked learning

* migrant acculturation online

* trolling, extremism and anti-migration protest online

* political economy of migrant connectivity

* digital communication rights

* rethinking communication rights in Fortress Europe

* securitization versus human rights: recentering European policy and legislation          

* ethical considerations and methodological reflections 

* digital diasporas

* postcolonial digital humanities


Please send a 1-page (ca. 500 words) abstract outlining the main objectives of your paper as well as its empirical/theoretical contributions to the topic of forced migration and digital connectivity to both and by 15 April 2016. Decisions by the editors to solicit full papers will be made in May 2016. The deadline for submitting full papers (8000 words all inclusive) is 7 December 2016. The contributions will be published as a Special Collection of the online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal Social Media + Society, published by Sage and edited by Prof. Zizi Papacharissi (


Please contact the guest editors if you have any questions about this call for papers. Informal inquiries about possible topics, themes and proposals are also welcomed. The guest editors welcome contributions by established scholars as well as early career researchers.


The special collection is developed in tandem with two events:           

1) the symposium “Connected migrants: encapsulation or cosmopolitanism?” ( taking place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 14-16 December 2016. The symposium is financed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

2) two panels on “Forced migration and digital connectivity in(to) Europe”, to be submitted to the Association of Internet Research annual conference, to be held in Berlin, Germany from 5-8 October, 2016. 


Key dates

-15 April 2016: 1-page abstract + 150 word bio

-May 2016: invitations for full papers after selection by guest editors

-7 December 2016: first version of full papers (8000 words all inclusive)

-Late 2017: anticipated publication date



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