IMER Bergen, International Migration and Ethnic Relations


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NR. 2/2021 - 4th of October 2021


  • IMER News
  • New Projects
  • Publications
  • Upcoming IMER Seminars
  • Upcoming conferences and Calls


We are glad to announce that Kari Hagatun has been appointed as the new IMER-Bergen leader, taking over from Marry-Anne Karlsen. Kari brings to the role relevant experience, having previously been a co-coordinator for the IMER junior network. Kari completed her Ph.D. about the educational situation for Roma pupils in Mai and now holds a tenured position as associate professor in the Department of Education, UiB. We congratulate Kari on her appointment and wish her all the best in her new role. We also thank Marry-Anne for her excellent leadership and wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors.


We are also pleased to announce that IMER network’s new coordinator - Felicity Atieno Okoth, has finally arrived in Bergen. She is pursuing her PhD at the Department of Social Anthropology (UiB). She takes over from Amany Selim whom we wish to thank for her engaged and diligent work at the network during her tenure.


We welcome Frederikke Jarlby, who has newly been appointed an interim leader of IMER junior, as the new representative for IMER jr. in the IMER board. Frederikke is a PhD-candidate at NORCE/HVL, taking part in the project “Home and (dis)continuity: Foster care for children with migrant backgrounds” (HoMi). Frederikke is appointed interim leader of IMER junior together with Irina Tiurikova (Department of Foreign Languages).


IMER Bergen new affiliate - Regine Paul recently launched her book:  Handbook on the Governance and Politics of Migration, published by Edward Elgar. We wish to congratulate her on this achievement. The link to her profile can be found here for anyone interested in making a follow up on her work.


Synnøve Bendixsen (UiB) recently received the 2021 Faculty of Social Science Award for dissemination of research on refugees and migrants. We congratulate Synnøve on her achievement!


Weekly ShutUpAndWrite sessions organized by  the IMER Junior Network  have now started up again. If you are a Ph.D.-candidate or a post-doc interested in joining the network and the ShutUpAndWrite sessions, please write an email to with your contact details and a couple of lines about your research project. Check out their Facebook-page, and click here to see their blog  where you can find the latest news about publications, conference calls, and other news related to the Junior Network.


New Projects


The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), with funding from the Research Council of Norway have commissioned a new project titled: On Equal Grounds? Migrant Women’s Participation in Labour and Labour Related Activities (EQUALPART) led by Astrid Sundsbø. Anyone interested in the project can email Astrid through


Researchers at the University of Bergen and Chr. Michelsen Institute in connection with the TemPro project have launched a podcast related to their project that you can listen to here.  Please contact if you would learn more about the podcast or want to contribute to it.




Karlsen, M. A., (2021). Migration Control and Access to Welfare. The Precarious Inclusion of Irregular Migrants in Norway. London and New York: Routledge (open access)


Bendixsen, S. and Hviding, E. (eds.) (2021). Anthropology in Norway: Directions, Locations, Relations. Sean Kingston Publishing: Canon Pyon


Bendixsen, S. and Sandberg, M (2021). The temporality of humanitarianism: Provincializing everyday volunteer practices at European borders, in Intersections. EEJSP 7(2): 13–31. DOI: 10.17356/ieejsp.v7i2.734


Upcoming IMER Seminars


21st of October: We will have Synnøve Bendixsen from the department of Social Anthropology at UiB present on “Art as an alternative form of disseminating migration research to various publics.” Synnøve will be joined by Kari Hagatun,  the current IMER leader and former co-coordinator of IMER jr. She too will speak on research dissemination to various publics from her personal experience.


13th December: We will have Marry- Anne Karlsen from the Centre of Women and Gender Research launch and discuss her book in collaboration with SKOK.


25th January: We will have Regina Paul from the department of Administration and Organization Theory present the conceptual approach of her book titled: Handbook on the Governance and Politics of Migration which was recently published.


Information to be provided later on each seminar individually.


Upcoming Conferences and Calls


The Norwegian Anthropology Conference will this year be held in Bergen between 25th – 26th of November 2021. It is open to researchers, students, scholars, applied anthropologists, and practitioners from all fields of social and cultural anthropolog. The deadline for registration and payment is 15 November 2021. For registration and more detailed information on the conference please visit:  Norwegian Anthropological Association Annual Conference | Department of Social Anthropology | UiB


The IMER-jr. network is organising a two-day national seminar for junior scholars of migration and ethnic relations on 2-3 December 2021 in Bergen. Junior scholars based in Norway working in different disciplines, and at any stage of their research are welcome to take part in the national seminar! Registration and more information on the seminar can be found here.


There will be a workshop titled Conceptualizing im/mobility: humanitarianism, camps and borders, in Bergen, Norway, 18.-19th of November organized by the Chr. Michelsen Institute, PRIO and UiB. For more information on the workshop please contact


The project Deporting Foreigners: Contested Norms in International Practice (NORMS) is currently looking to hire a Doctoral Researcher to examine the evolution of norms related to deportation (including ‘assisted voluntary return’ and forced return) in Norway and Sweden since the turn of the millennium. Fluency in a Nordic language is a requirement. Deadline is 22 October 2021. Commencement 1 August 2022.  The link to the vacancy (in Norwegian) can be found here.


The Nordic Journal of Migration Research (NJMR) is looking for an Editor-in-Chief with experience in the field of migration studies (particularly within a Nordic context) and previous editorial experience, including some experience in editing, reviewing, and publishing in peer-reviewed, international journals in the field of migration studies see Nordic Journal of Migration Research ( If you are interested in the position, please send a short motivation letter of 1-2 pages and your cv (including list of publications) to the Editor-in-Chief Lena Näre ( by October 31st, 2021. 














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