NR. 1/2018 - 26th of May 2017
- IMER news
- Upcoming IMER lunch seminars
- New publications
- Upcoming conferences
SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE ON EUROPEAN ASYLUM POLICY IN BRUSSELS
On Wednesday this past week, several researchers from IMER Bergen convened with European policy-makers, other researchers and representatives from NGOs at a conference in Brussels to discuss European asylum policy. Hakan Sicakkan, the academic convener of the conference, presented a comparative study of political asylum procedures in 17 European countries. Christine Jacobsen discussed irregular migration and asylum policymaking. Synnøve Bendixsen made a presentation on assisted return policy from a migrant perspective. Susanne Bygnes discussed the effets of framing asylum arrivals.
The conference was hosted by Mrs Jean Lambert, a Member of the European Parliament.
CALL FOR EDITORIAL POSITIONS AT THE NORDIC JOURNAL FOR MIGRATION RESEARCH
The Nordic Journal for Migration Research (NJMR) is a multidisciplinary journal which aims at promoting and advancing the study of international migration and ethnic relations that is conducted in the Nordic countries. Throughout the history of the NJMR, researchers from IMER Bergen have been involved in the activities of the journal.
The NJMR is currently receiving an increasing number of submissions. They are therefore announcing two exciting positions for interested researchers: A book review editor, and an editor wih a specialization in political science and migration in the Nordic countries. Neither of the positions is paid, but it's an excellent opportunity to gain editorial skills and competence, and to become familiar with the state of research in the field.
For more details and full information about these positions, please contact associate professor Lina Näre at the University of Helsinki, who is the editor-in-chief of the journal: Lena.Nare@helsinki.fi. The deadline for applications for the position is June 11th 2018.
UPCOMING IMER LUNCH SEMINARS
13th Of JUNE: MAHR IN NORWAY - THE SALE OF A WOMAN OR A LEGAL RIGHT?
Mahr (the Muslim dower) is regarded as obligatory to Muslim marriages. This means that when a Muslim man marries a Muslim woman, he provides her with a certain financial gift. However, this arrangement is controversial. Does Mahr entail the “sale” of a woman in a Muslim marriage? Because of such concerns, marriage rituals that contain mahr are not approved by the Norwegian state, as they are seen as contravening “Norwegian law and general gender equality principles”.
But does mahr merely entail the “sale” of a woman, or can it serve other purposes as well?
In this seminar, the lived experiences of Norway’s regulation of mahr will be examined. Building on a study of the Iranian diaspora in Norway, Marianne Bøe from the Department of Archeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion at UiB will explore the forms that mahr can take in contemporary Norwegian society. In her study, Bøe has conducted interviews with members of the Iranian diaspora, and has also studied documents relevant for Norway’s marriage ritual regulation. Does the present regulation of mahr contribute to safeguarding gender equality and the rights of women, or does it have other unintended effects?
Bendixsen, Synnøve: Differentiation of Rights in the Norwegian Welfare State: Hierarchies of Belonging and Humanitarian Exceptionalism, forthcoming in Social Inclusion, 6 (3).
Bendixsen, Synnøve and Hilde Danielsen. Other people’s children: inclusive parenting in a diverse neighborhood in Norway, forthcoming in Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Bendixsen, Synnøve and Eriksen, Thomas Hylland: Timeless time among irregular migrants: The slowness of waiting in an accelerated world, in Ethnographies of Waiting: Doubt, Hope & Uncertainty, Manpreet K Janeja & Andrea Bandak (eds.), Bloomsbury: London, NY.
15.11.18 - 16.11.18 : Abstracts welcome to conference about migration and health at UiB
This conference at the University of Bergen aims at bringing together researchers, practitioners and civil society. More information can be found here. Attention! The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 31st.
8.10.18 - 9.10.18 : Abstracts welcome to seminar in Helsinki about Migrant belongings and border struggles - (non)Citizenship in welfare states
A two-day seminar will take place at the University of Helsinki in October this year, organized by Synnøve Bendixsen from IMER Bergen and Lena Näre from the University of Helsinki. The organizers call for papers that analyse the inclusionary and exclusionary welfare state policies that configure contemporary forms of (non)citizenship, and how (non)citizen migrants forge beloning and mobilise border struggles in response to such policies. They are especially looking for empirically grounded papers that move forward our understanding of (non)citizenship. Based on the accepted abstracts and papers they will put forward a proposition for a special issue and/or an edited volume for an international publisher. For more information about the seminar, please contact one of the organizers (Synnove.Bendixsen@uib.no or firstname.lastname@example.org).
20.08.18 - 31.08.18 : Summer school at Humboldt University about Migration, Berlin and the Wall
The Humboldt University in Berlin is conducting a summer shool in August that is open to applications from PhD, master and bachelor students. The application deadline is June 1st. The different migration histories and infrastructures of East and West Berlin - and the city is explored hands-on to see the significance and what is left of the wall in the spacial setup. More information can be found here.