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Lunch seminar 12.04: Diaspora mobilization – Syrian activism in the West

In recent years, a large number of Syrian refugees have settled in Europe. In the media, most of  the debate concerning these refugees has been about how they impact their host societies. But how does this large Syrian diaspora impact politics in Syria itself?

For this IMER lunch seminar, we will be joined by Amany Selim and Espen Stokke, PhD candidates at sociology and comparative politics at UiB. They both do research projects where they explore the engagement of Syrian diaspora activists, and how these activists try to make a difference in the homeland. With their work on the Syrian case, they are hoping to contribute to the growing body of literature that attempts to bridge social movement theory and diaspora politics.

In the presentation, Selim and Stokke will give a brief overview of the field: What do we know about the activism of the Syrian diaspora? They will also present their own projects, and what they wish to add to the field.

 

Place: Christies gate 17, seminar room 212 at the second floor of “Adm. org.”.  Time: 12.04, 12.30 to 14.00.

As usual, a light lunch will be served. All are welcome!

 

Epsen Stokke is a PhD candidate at the Department of Comparative Politics at UiB.

 

 

 

Amany Selim is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology at UiB.

Lunch seminar 20.02: Between a rock and a hard place – what happened to the Islamic Council of Norway?

It is time for another IMER lunch seminar. This time, it is about a recent event: The remarkable story about how the Islamic Council of Norway was torn into two, after 25 years of existence. Olav Elgvin will be giving a presentation based on recent fieldwork.

In Western Europe, representative Islamic councils have been seen as important policy instruments. By relying on dialogue with representative Islamic councils, it has been assumed that authorities and Muslim minority groups may be able to interact in a better way. But in most European countries, these councils have been highly unstable, with frequent conflicts and splits.

Why have these conflicts occurred? In his presentation, Elgvin will look in detail at the case of the Islamic Council of Norway. Between 1993 and 2017 it functioned as the umbrella organization for most of the mosques in Norway. It was unique in Western Europe in that close to all the mosques and the major Islamic organizations took part. It had maintained dialogue activities with various other life stance communities. It received funding from the state. It had built up a successful halal franchise.

In 2017, all of this changed. Several of the largest member mosques broke out. They lost the funding from the state. Their main partner in the halal franchise cut ties with them. Relations between authorities and Islamic organizations were thrown into disarray. How did all of this happen?

 

Place: Christies gate 17, the meeting room at the second floor of “Adm. org.”.  Time: 20.02, 12.30 to 14.00.

As usual, a light lunch will be served. All are welcome!

 

Olav Elgvin is a PhD candidate at the Department for Comparative Politics. He is also the coordinator of IMER.

Lunch seminar 04.10: Why aren’t people in Yemen already on the move?

Yemen is currently experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, due to war and pressure on resources.  This could lead one to expect a massive movement of refugees out of the country. Still, only a small number of Yemeni refugees have tried to reach Europe. Why?  This question is difficult to answer, and the potential factors are many and diverse. Eirik Hovden, a specialist on Yemen, will in this presentation provide geographical and historical background information about Yemen, and explore the developments leading up to the current conflict.

Note: The seminar takes place at the seminar room of Adm. org., at Christies gate 17, on the 4th of Octobre from 12.30 to 14.00.

A lunch will be served.

Welcome!

Eirik HovdenEirik Hovden is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Archeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion at UiB. He specializes on Islamic law in Yemen.

Town hall meeting 01.06: Experiencing migration into Bergen from Syrian perspectives

On the evening of Thursday 01.06, IMER is co-hosting an important event in Bergen. How do Syrian refugees experience migration into Bergen and Norway? This is is the topic of a large public town hall meeting at Kvarteret. Organized by Josh Dickstein from IMER Bergen, this event brings together Syrian refugees with local practicioners from the Bergen area. This is an opportunity to hear voices that are seldom heard in the public debate.

Here is a link to the event on facebook.

Welcome!

Lunch seminar 16.05: The role of identity in the radicalisation of jihadi youth

How is identity connected to jihadi radicalisation? The esteemed sociologist Riva Kastoryano from Sciences Po in Paris is coming to IMER to explore this question. She argues that jihadis are driven by an identity narrative on their belonging to the ummah, the reimagined worldwide Muslim community in which national, religious and wordly attachments are all jumbled together. Different cases of jihadi radicalization have in common this larger issue of belonging, that connects citizenship with transnational networks and an imagined diaspora.

The seminar takes place at the seminar room at the ground floor of Sosiologisk institutt, Rosenberggaten 39. A lunch will be served.

Welcome!

headshot-kastoryanoRiva Kastoryano is a research director at the Center for International Studies and Research at Sciences Po, Paris.

Lunch seminar: Filipino au pairs between moral obligations and personal ambitions

The au pair institution has recently become a hot political topic in Norway. Different actors have called for disbanding the au pair institution, or for making changes to it. But what are the experiences the au pairs in Norway themselves? Out of the roughly 3000 au pairs in Norway, about 90 percent are from the Philippines. In this lunch seminar, Mariya Stoyanova Bikova will share findings from her recently finished PhD seminars about Filipino au pairs in Norway. How are their experiences shaped the egalitarian ideals in Norway, and the expectations from their families?

The seminar takes place in the Seminar Room at the Department of Sociology, Rosenberggata 39, on the 14th of March from 12.30 to 14.00.

A lunch will be served.

bikovaMariya Bikova is assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, UiB.

IMER lunch seminar 29.11.16: Polish labor migrants and undeclared work in Norway

How does labour migration from the EU-countries affect the labor market – for example participation in undeclared work? This has become a contentious issue in public debates on intra-EU migration. Cornelius Cappelen and Ragnhild Muriaas from the Department of Comparative Politics are coming to the IMER lunch seminar to present findings from a recent study where they delve into this issue. For their study, they performed 74 qualitative interviews with Polish labor migrants in Norway. Their findings imply that the experience of living transnational lives can be a motivator for participating in undeclared work.
              

The seminar takes place at “Styrerommet” at Institutt for administrasjon og organisasjonsvitenskap, Christies gate 17, from 12.30 to 14.00. A light lunch will be served.

Welcome!

Bergen MigrationWeek 24-28 October

Join us for a week of migration related discussions and events in Bergen!

24 okt 16 19:30 – 28 okt 16 17:00,

Join us for a week full of events on Migration.

The week is organised by CMI, IMER, SKOK and the Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen in cooperation with Bergen Resource Centre.

The world is in a migrant crisis. Millions of people are displaced. People are fleeing war, poverty and oppression in the largest movement of peoples since WWII. The policing of the EUs outer boundary has broken down. Treaties regulating movement, work and asylum have crumbled.

In response, Europe erects new fences and introduces stricter immigration policies. What is at stake and how can it be solved?

Academics, journalist and filmmakers will meet and discuss migration challenges in panels and roundtables in the Migration week in Bergen 24-28 October.

All events are free, open to the public and represent some of the most exiting scholarship on migration aimed at the general audience.

The event is co-hosted by the International Migration and Ethnic Relations Research Unit Bergen (IMER), Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK), the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen.

 

Programme

 

Den store flukten: Film, fakta og fiksjon

When: Monday 24 October, 19.30-21.00

Place: Litteraturhuet, Auditoriet

Presenters: Lars Petter Gallefoss (Pandora Film), Christina Pletten (Aftenposten), Frøy Gudbrandsen (BT, debattleder).

 

Seige systemer og ville ideer: Nytenkning på flyktninge- og integreringsfeltet

When: Tuesday 25 October, 19.30-21.00

Place: Litteraturhuet, Olav H. Hauge

Presenters: Thomas Hylland-Eriksen (UiO), OPEN Transformation, Susanne Bygnes (IMER, debattleder)

 

Journeys

When: Wednesday 26 October, 13.00-15.00

Place: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development

Presenters: Luigi Achilli (European University Institute), Daniela Debono (Malmö University), Sine Plambech (DIIS)

 

Sites

When: Thursday 27 October, 10.00-12.00

Place: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development

Presenters: Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham), Kamel Dorai (Institut français du Proche-Orient), Evthymios Papataxiarchis (University of the Aegean)

 

Arrivals

When: Friday 28 October, 10.00-12.00

Place: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development

Presenters: Michel Agier (EHESS), Ilse van Liempt (Utrecht University), Dallal Stevens (University of Warwick)

 

A more detailed programme will come soon.

 

Welcome!

IMER lunch seminar series: Ivar Eimhjellen om Frivillig innsats under flyktningsituasjonen 2015/2016

Ivar Eimhjellen fra UNI Rokkansenteret presenterer en fersk rapport om frivillig innsats i Norge under flyktningsituasjonen 2015/2016.


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Basert på en spørreundersøkelse om frivillig innsats gjennomført før og etter de økte flyktning- og aslylankomstene høsten 2015, ser han nærmere på nordmenns bidrag i forbindelse med flyktningsituasjonen. Hvordan ble folk rekruttert, hvem bidro og hva gjorde de? Hvilken rolle spilte nye, uformelle initiativer sammenlignet med de tradisjonelle organisasjonene?

Vi møtes i 4. etasje. En lett lunsj blir servert.

Velkommen!

IMER LUNCH SEMINAR – Noor Jdid: Re-examining meanings of citizenship and participation through life experiences

CANCELLED!!! TUESDAY 23.08.2016, 1200-1330, NB!! CANCELLED EVENT!!!

A light lunch will be served

Abstract: People are accepted, they have their citizenship, they go to school but the people that you live together with, you don’t know them”

Across Europe, participatory citizenship ideals are being promoted politically as part of a set of policy ideas within a neo-liberal as well as new center-left approach. We witness that especially in integration, immigration and social cohesion policies that emphasize a shared commitment to active participation in society.

In other words, there are in political discourse certain ideas about what active citizenship is, where it should take place, and who is expected to be active. This one-size-fits-all model of active citizenship obscures the way in which differentials in citizenship identities and experiences, whether through axes of gender, class, race or age, or even place, shape how people define and access participatory opportunities.

Noor Jdid High-Res

Noor Jdid is a Doctoral Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Center for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK). Her PhD is part of the larger SAMKUL-project “Active Citizenship in Religiously and Culturally Diverse Societies