Conference Program

19th Nordic Migration Research Conference

New (Im)mobilities:
Migration and Race in the Era of Authoritarianism

15-17 August 2018, Norrköping

Venues: Louis de Geer Concert Hall (LDG) and Täppan University House (T)

August 15
13.00-16.00 Pre-conference meetings
16.00-20.00 Pre-registration (LDG)

16.00 - 18.00 Civil Society Panel (LDG):

Swedish migration and integration policies at the crossroad - 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, The Association Tillsammansskapet (Togethermaking).
Carl Tham (Chair), REMESO Board, prev.Ambassador in Berlin and Minister in Swedish Governments.

18.00-20.00 Welcoming mingle (LDG)

August 16
8.30- 9.30 Registration (LDG)
9:30-10:00 Welcome address (LDG): 
Professor Roger Klinth - Deputy Vice-Chancellor LiU
Associate Professor Erica Righard - Chair person NMR
Professor Anders Neergaard, Director REMESO

10.00-11.15 Keynote Address (LDG):

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

Etienne Balibar, Professor of Philosophy, previously University of Paris I and X, currently Columbia University, New York.  That migrations at a global scale have both a new dimension and orientation in the last decades, is obvious and has become a public obsession. The challenge to our societies is political, economic, and moral. Less discussed is the question of immobility and forced sedentarity. The complementarity of both phenomena requires interpretation and collective action. This entails an inclusion of the geoeconomic and geopolitical dimensions, and to analyze new type of social conflicts, characteristic of post-historical capitalism.

11.15-11.45 Coffe

11.45-13.00 Keynote Address (LDG):

Tanya Golash-Boza
Global Capitalism, White Supremacy, Patriarchy and Migration Studies

Tanya Maria Golash-Boza, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Merced.  In a 2008 article Mary Romero wrote, “There is an enormous ideological and theoretical gulf between immigration research and the sociology of race”. 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.

13:00-14.15 Lunch (LDG)
14.30-16.00 Parallel workshops (T)
16.00-16.30 Coffee (T)
16.30-18.30 Parallel workshops (T)
20.00 -          Dinner (LDG)

August 17

9.00-10.30 Parallel Workshops (T)
10.30-10.45 Coffee (T)
10.45-12.15 Parallel Workshops (T)
12.30-13.30 Lunch (LDG)
13.30-14.00 NMR General Assembly (LDG)

14.00-15.15 Keynote Address (LDG):

Peter Hervik
Nordic Neo-Nationalism, Extreme Speech and the Far Right

Peter Hervik, Associate Professor in Migration studies, Aalborg University.  I will look at how the driving force of neo-nationalism comes from a perception of a “nation-in-danger” which is the basis for aggressive exclusionary reasoning and practices on the Danish scene in particular. Through analysis of media events, extreme speech, and ethno-graphic 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, 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 is the agonism and ritual opposition, where facts cease to play a role in the 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.

15.15-15.45 Coffee (LDG)

15.45-17.00 Nordic Panel: (LDG):

The New Right and Populism in the Nordic Countries

Martin Bak Jørgensen, Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Migration and Diversity, Aalborg University.
Katrine Fangen, Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo
Suvi Keskinen, Professor, Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism, University of Helsinki.
Diana Mulinari, Professor, Department of Gender Studies, Lund University
Stefan Jonsson (Chair) Professor, REMESO, Linköping University.


Here is a PDF with all the workshops and papers, with abstracts.