Keynotes and Panelists

Etienne Balibar
Professor of philosophy, prev. University of Paris I – Sorbonne and Paris X – Nanterre, currently Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York.

Migration and Sedentarity: Towards a New Law of Population of Global capitalism

That migrations at Global scale, between continents and nations, have acquired both a new dimension and a new orientation in the last two or three decades, is now fairly obvious and has become a public obsession. The challenge to our governments and societies is political, economic, and moral. Less discussed is the question of immobility and forced sedentarity, that this conference wants to address. In the end, it is the complementarity of both phenomena which requires interpretation and collective action. I submit that this calls for a complete new definition of the “law of population” of capitalism, which Marx had formulated in terms of the “relative overpopulation” and the “industrial reserve army”, in order to include the geoeconomic and geopolitical dimensions, and analyze a new type of social conflicts, that are characteristic of post-historical capitalism.

Tanya Golash-Boza
Professor, Sociology, University of California, Merced

Global Capitalism, White Supremacy, Patriarchy, and Migration Studies

In her 2008 article in Contemporary Justice Review, Mary Romero (2008: 26) wrote, “There is an enormous ideological and theoretical gulf between immigration research and the sociology of race.” Ten years later, this theoretical gulf has begun to be bridged. Scholars have collectively succeeded in arguing for the need to center critical race theory in studies of migration. We take these analyses a step further, arguing that migration flows and immigrant incorporation are shaped not only by white supremacy, but also by global capitalism and patriarchy. Insofar as migrants are nearly always from the Global South, are usually racialized as non-white, and come to work in a labor market shaped by exploitation, oppression, and patriarchy, it is critical to think of migrant flows and settlement within the context of what bell hooks (2000: 109) describes as a white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

Peter Hervik
Anthropologist, Associate Professor in Migration studies at Aalborg University, Denmark.

Nordic Neo-Nationalism, Extreme Speech and the Far Right.

In this presentation, I wish to look at how the driving force of neo-nationalism comes from a perception of a “nation-in-danger” which serves as the basis for aggressive exclusionary reasoning and practices on the Danish scene in particular. Through the analysis of certain minor critical media events, extreme speech, and ethnographic interviews with social media commentators, I argue that the perception of the "nation-in-danger" is a specific cultural logic that operates recurrently at different levels and, consequently, constitutes a form of naturalization of popular Danish racial reasoning and public debate. Then I move on to discuss some underlying features of this logic. One feature is the agonism and ritual opposition, where facts and original themes cease to play a role in the commentary sections and debate. Another feature is part of the general decline of scholarly authority in the Nordic countries and the emergence of polarizing identity politics, which feeds into anti-intellectualism as a feature that also characterize the contemporary global populism.

Peter Hervik is currently leader of the project “Study of Experiences and Reactions to Racialization in Denmark.” (2015-2019). Hervik has conducted research among the Yucatec Maya of Mexico and on the news coverage of religious and ethnic minorities in Denmark. His books include “Racialization, Racism and anti-Racism in the Nordic Countries.“ Palgrave Macmillan (ed. and co-author), 2017; Can Behaviour Be Controlled? Women in Post-Revolutionary Egypt. (With Mette Toft Nielsen), Peter Lang, 2017; Mayan Lives Within and Beyond Boundaries. Routledge,2001; The Annoying Difference. The Emergence of Danish Neonationalism, Neoracism, and Populism in the Post-1989 World. Berghahn Books, 2011. 



16.00 – 18.00 (LDG) 

Swedish Migration and Integration Policies at the Crossroads

Haqqi Bahram, The Young Republic. 
Tove Hovemyr, Fores, expert, Editor of
Martin Modéus, The Right Reverend Bishop of the Diocese of Linköping, Church of Sweden.
Lisa Pelling, Chief Analysts, Arena Idé.
Michael Williams, Vice Chairperson, The Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups, FARR, 
Johanna Pira, Vice-chair, Tillsammansskapet (Togethermaking).
Carl Tham, (Chair), On REMESO board, prev. Swedish ambassador Berlin and minister Swedish Government.

Nordic Panel 17 August

15:45 – 17:00 (LDG)

The New Right and Populism in the Nordic Countries

Martin Bak Jørgensen, Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Global Studies, CoMID - Center for the Study of Migration and Diversity, Aalborg University.
Katrine Fangen, Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, OiU.
Suvi Keskinen, Associate Professor, Department of Social Research/Sociology University of Turku.
Diana Mulinari, Professor, Lund University.
Stefan Jonsson (Chair), Professor, Linköping University.