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NR. 3/2016 - 12th of December 2016


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  • New publications from IMER
  • Call for papers

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This semester, researchers from IMER Bergen have been active in popularizing our research beyond the confines of the academic ivory tower. At this year's Forskningsdagene UNG, Synnøve Bendixsen and Susanne Bygnes from IMER Bergen were among the select researchers who were invited togive lectures to high school pupils from the Bergen area who had gathered to hear about current research at UiB. Olav Elgvin from IMER Bergen was invited by the Municipality of Bergen to participate in a pioneering dialogue project between the mosques in Bergen, the municipality of Bergen and the local police, which included a study trip to London. Many of our researchers have also made numerous appearances in the media. Here is a recent piece from NRK, in which Susanne Bygnes talks about Spanish migrants in Norway.



Maja Janmyr and Marry-Anne Karlsen from the IMER network will be leading the PhD course ‘Migration and the (Inter-)National Order of Things’ under the umbrella of Bergen Summer Research School from June 12-22 next summer.

This interdisciplinary course aims to deepen the understanding of the politics of protection and control of contemporary migration. How are migrants given different bureaucratic and legal identities (e.g. refugees, stateless persons, irregular migrants) and what are the consequences of such distinctions and labels? What protection does international law and humanitarian institutions offer to different categories of people? How is this challenged by migrants themselves?

This course is one of six parallel courses in 2017, spanning disciplines within health, humanities, and social sciences. In addition to the courses, there will be a series of joint sessions about research tools for PhD candidates, but also plenary sessions with keynotes, debates, and an excursion.

We would appreciate if you could share this invitation with PhD candidates in your network. You may visit the website ( to find more information about the course and submit an online application. The application deadline is February 15, 2017.





Our last seminar for the semester will be devoted to this issue: How is immigration covered in the media? This question will be explored in the ambitious new research project SCANPUB: The Immigration Issue in Scandinavian in Scandinavian Public Spheres 1970-2015. This projects attempts to describe how immigration has been discussed in Norway, Sweden and Denmark since the 70s. Futhermore, it attempts to explain why the media in the Scandinavian countries have covered this issue in different ways. For our last lunch seminar in 2016, head researcher Jostein Gripsrud is coming to IMER in order to the present the project, together with his associates Hilmar Mjelde and Jan Fredrik Hovden.

The seminar takes place in the seminar room at the ground floor of Sosiologisk Institutt, Rosenbergsgt. 39, on the 13th of December, from 12.30 to 14.00.



Migrant care workers are becoming increasingly numerous and important as staff members in Norwegian nursing homes. This is not least the case in rural areas such as Finnmark, where the out-migration of younger people and hence the aging of the population is more pressing than in urban areas. For our first lunch seminar in 2017, Mai Camilla Munkejord will join us to present priliminary findings from a pilot study on migrant care workers in Finnmark from 2015. In her presentation, she will draw on Anthias’ (2012, 2014) ‘translocational’ perspective: How do interconnections between social divisions, such as gender, ethnicity, class, mobility and geography shape the experiences of immigrant care workers in Norwegian nursing homes?




The association of sociologists in Norway, Norsk sosiologforening, have their annual conference – Vinterseminaret – on 3-5 of February 2017. This year, the topic of the conference will be "Migration/integration". Among the contributors in the main program are Susanne Bygnes from IMER Bergen/UiB, Arnfinn Midtbøen from ISF and Jon Horgen Friberg from Fafo. The conference is open to researchers without degrees in sociology as well. The application deadline is in December 15th! More information about the conference can be found here.



University of Iceland, 29-30 May 2017. The overall theme of the 2017 Asylum Law Seminar is “Migration management and human rights – Refugee protection in crisis”. The chosen theme is to be interpreted broadly, but focus will be given to the situation in Europe and especially the Nordic countries. Abstracts and workshop proposals should include author name(s), affiliation and short biographical information. The deadline for submission is 15 January 2017, and abstracts and proposals should be sent to

Please note that travel and accommodation costs are expected to be covered by the participants themselves. Further information can be provided by Erna Kristín Blöndal, member of the conference organising committee ( Information regarding  registration, seminar fees and final programme will be available in January 2017. The seminar website can be accessed here.



  • New anthology: Integration, Diversity and the Making of a European Public Sphere (Elgar). This anthology, edited by Hakan Sicakkan from IMER Bergen, goes beyond the question of whether a European public sphere exists or is possible, and instead provides a solid understanding of its key features. The contributors explore the European public sphere’s contribution to democracy, and present enhanced empirical knowledge of the role of supranational institutions and pan-European networks in facilitating European integration.



  • Tidsskrift for Velferdsforskning: Special issue on refugees. Call for papers in Norwegian: "Vi inviterer bidrag til Tidsskrift for Velferdsforskning temanummer om 'Krise og kontinuitet i mottak av flyktninger i Norden'. I kjølvannet av det som har blitt døpt "flyktningkrisa" søker temanummerredaksjonen etter bidrag som på ulike måter analyserer kontinuitet og endring i mottak av flyktninger og asylsøkere i nordiske samfunn. Vi ønsker bidrag som berører velferdsspørsmål knyttet til ulike faser i mottakssystemet som asylsøkerperioden, etter evt. avslag, opphold, bosetting og integrering. Relevante tematikker vil for eksempel være: dynamikken mellom velferdspolitikk, innvandringskontroll og integreringspolitikk i policy og praksis; møtet mellom asylsøkere, flyktninger og tjenesteytere; Sivilsamfunnets og sosial bevegelsers rolle.
    Send tittel og sammendrag på maks 200 ord samt, fem stikkord og en kort bio til innen 20. januar dersom du ønsker å bidra. Tilbakemelding innen 1. februar. Ferdig manuskript på om lag 7000 ord (maks 46 000 tegn) må leveres til fagfellevurdering innen 1.juni. Tidsskriftets artikler skal være på et av de skandinaviske språkene".
  • Nordic Journal of Migration Research: Call for book reviews. We are looking for people to review the books listed below. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Marry-Anne Karlsen: in which you highlight with a few words your research background and suitability to do the review. Please remember to add your postal address. Unfortunately we are unable to pay our book reviewers, but you will keep the book. The books to be reviewed:     

    Viggo Vestel: I gråsonen. Ungdom og politisk ekstremisme i det nye Norge. Når, hvorfor og hvordan blir unge mennesker tiltrukket av ekstreme politiske standpunkter og miljøer? Denne boka utforsker og diskuterer hvordan ekstremisme skal forstås og hvilke samfunnsmessige utviklingstrekk ekstreme holdninger og fenomener bør sees i sammenheng med.  ()

    Julia Orupabo: Kvinnejobber, mannsjobber og innvandrerjobber. Hvorfor oppfattes noen arbeidsoppgaver og yrker som «kvinnejobber», «mannsjobber» og «innvandrerjobber»? Hva betyr det egentlig når studenter opplever etnisitet som en barriere i noen profesjoner, mens det blir ansett som en fordel for å lykkes i andre? Kan etniske minoriteters inntog i kjønnstradisjonelle yrker bidra til å kaste lys over det at det norske arbeidsmarkedet er blitt mindre kjønnssegregert?



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