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NR. 2/2018 - 14th of November 2018


  • IMER News
  • Upcoming IMER Lunch Seminars
  • New Publications
  • Upcoming Events



We are pleased to announce that Marry Anne Karlsen has been selected as the new IMER leader. She is a postdoctoral fellow at SKOK and a board member of IMER. Amany Selim has been also assigned to the position of IMER coordinator. She is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology. 

A new member has joined IMER board, Sarah Tobin. She is a senior researcher at CMI where she specializes in the anthropology of Islam, economic anthropology, and displacement in the MENA region. A new PhD representative, Kari Anne Drangsland, has been also elected to the board. Kari Anne is a PhD candidate at SKOK.  

We are also excited to announce the formation of IMER junior scholar network with the goal of developing a platform for migration researchers in Bergen. It is open for both PhD and postdoc researchers who are interested in and writing on topics related to migration studies. Currently, this network organizes weekly collective writing sessions where PhD students meet up somewhere and write. The network plans to expand its scope of activities next semester to include more sessions for discussion of practical issues related to publishing and dissemination of results as well as topics of academic content. The idea is to facilitate engagement and cooperation between junior and senior scholars in the field of migration studies. 

Noor Jdid, a PhD scholar at PRIO and SKOK, is the coordinator of this new network. If you would like to join the group and subscribe to the list of participants, please contact her. Email: 



15th of November: What does it mean to be an "active citizen" in Scandinavia?

In current debates about multicultural societies, ideas about active citizenship sometimes play a part. The increase of ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity in Scandinavia has led to integration and naturalization policies that focus on social cohesion and stress the need for a shared set of values, identities, and commitment to active participation in society. What kind of engagement is seen as good and legitimate, and what kinds of engagement are seen as illegitimate? For this IMER lunch seminar, Noor Jdid from PRIO and SKOK will present insights from her PhD project, which explores active citizenship in Norway and Denmark, among both minority and majority populations. She draws on ethnographic fieldwork in five different neighbourhoods in Oslo (Tøyen, Holmlia, Røa) and Copenhagen (Østerbro, Sydhavn), consisting of 69 life history interviews and 13 focus group discussions with residents of these neighbourhoods, as well as expert interviews and participatory observation. The analysis shows that the intersection of place, gender, class and ethnicity often shapes citizens’ understandings of their own civic engagement. When determining what ‘counts’ as a legitimate and valuable contribution to society, the research participants drew gendered and racialized discursive boundaries between the public and the private spheres.

4th of December: To be announced soon. 



Bendixsen, Synnøve (2018). The Politicized Biology of Irregular Migrants: Micropractices of Control, Tactics of Everyday Life, and Access to Health Care. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Special Issue: Everyday Bordering in the Nordic Countries. Guest Editors Miika Tervonen Saara Pellander, Vol.8, No.3, pp.167-174. 

Bendixsen, Synnøve. (2018). Transnationalism, the Nation-State, and Irregular Migrants. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Special Issue: Transnational Paradigm in Current Nordic Migration Research: Revisiting Relations of Unequal Power. Guest Editors Nina Glick Schiller and Maja Povrzanovic Frykman, Vol.8, No.4.

Bendixsen, Synnøve. (2018). Differentiation of Rights in the Norwegian Welfare State: Hierarchies of Belonging and Humanitarian Exceptionalism. Social Inclusion, Vol.6, No.3, pp.162-171. 

Bendixsen, Synnøve and Danielsen, Hilde. (2018). Other People’s Children: Inclusive Parenting in a Diverse Neighborhood in Norway. Ethnic and Racial Studies.



NNMF: 2018 Seminar: 2015 - et Skille i Norsk Asylpolitikk?

Time: December 12,  from 18:00 to 20:00
Place: Litteraturhuset i Bergen

Organized in cooperation with IMEX project, this year's NMEF event will focus on Norway's asylum policy in the aftermath of 2015 "refugee crisis". The aim of the event is to bring together people from across disciplines in addition to those involved in policymaking to give a talk about asylum and migration in Norway from a wide range of perspectives.

• Ann-Magrit Austenå, Genderal Secretary of the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers, NOAS
• Nuray Yildrim Gullestad, Chair of Norwegian PEN.avd Vestlandet
• Jostein Gripsrud, Professor in Media Studies at the University of Bergen
• Helga Eggebø, Senior Researcher at Nordlandsforskning

The moderators of the discussion will be Susanne Bygnes from UiB and IMEX and Marie Louise Seeberg from Oslo Met. 

The event will be in Norwegian. 

For more information, click here.


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