REMESO Conference Archive

REMESO arranges several conferences and workshops yearly. Here we have gathered some of the more important events, with links to proceedings and full programs.  Scroll down to see the conferences.

19th Nordic Migration Research Conference 2018 (NMR-Conference)

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

remeso immobility

(Conference held in August 2018)
Migration researchers usually devote themselves to the study of human mobility across political and cultural borders. Today, however, they are increasingly compelled to reconsider the question of stasis, or immobility. Just as it is true that greater numbers of people than ever may be described as migrants and/or as displaced persons, it is equally true that an ever greater part of these migrants find themselves in situations of prohibited movement, be it in the form of detention camps, border controls, EU hot spots, eroding asylum rights, territorial bondage, or racialized privileges and barriers that block mobility.

Territorial bounds and sedentary life forms always constituted the unspoken norm in research on international migration and ethnic relations. Today’s multiplication of instruments and policies that prevent people from moving should prompt migration research to rethink the discipline’s theoretical and methodological frameworks and invent new ways of understanding why the ‘age of migration’ also appears to be an era of emerging authoritarianism and immobility.

The Institute for Research on Migration and Ethnicity and Society (REMESO) therefore invites to the 19th Nordic Migration Research Conference New (Im)mobilities: Migration and Race in the Era of Authoritarianism, 15–17 August 2018, in Norrköping, Sweden. 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Etienne Balibar, Professor of philosophy, Columbia University, New York.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Oslo.

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


Registration is now closed. 

Conference program (pdf) 



Labour rights as Human rightsLABOUR RIGHTS AS HUMAN RIGHTS?


UNESCO-MOST conference, Norrköping, 30 May- 1 June, 2012

Recent decades have seen remoulded or new transnational migration systems across the globe. Inter- and intra-regional migration have been propelled by major political and economic changes in Eastern Europe, massive growth of industrial and service economies such as China and India and increasing conflict- and climate driven refugee movements. This is accompanied by an unprecedented mobility of capital, restructuring of economies and flexibilisation of labour markets. Hence, the new political economy of migration is linked to informalisation and precarisation of work with re-enforced ethnic, racial and gender segmentations, as well as deteriorating social rights.

On this background major international organisations have seeked to establish global normative frameworks for human and labour rights and fair rules for cross-border movement. Among them is the UN initiative for ‘fair globalization’. Another is the ILO’s ‘decent work agenda’. In addition, a range of civil society movements are engaged in redefining issues of migration and global governance in the nexus of human rights, social rights and labour rights.

A Forum for Dialogue on Migration, “Decent Work” and Global Governance
This global scenario of structural change was the context for the Labour Rights as Human Rights? conference in Norrköping, Sweden, organised by REMESO (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity, and Society) at Linköping University in collaboration with the INMD (International Network for Migration and Development), under the auspices of UNESCO-MOST and with financial support from The Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS) and the Swedish Research Council (VR).

Conference Director - Professor Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Director REMESO
Conference Coordinator - Branka Likić-Brborić, Lecturer REMESO
Conference Secretary- Nedzad Mesic, PhD-cand, REMESO
Press Contact and Communication - Erik Berggren, Communications Manager REMESO


Stephen Castles, University of Sydney
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University
Guy Standing, University of Bath
Ronaldo Munck, Dublin City University
Raul Delgado Wise, University of Zacatecas, INMD, UNESCO


Program >>

Proceedings >>


Welcome and introduction >>


Stephen Castles, University of Sydney >> - Migration, Precarious Work and Rights. Historical and Current Perspectives

Guy Standing, University of Bath >> - Migrants and Denizens – Core of the Precariat

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University >> - A Savage Sorting of Winners and Losers: Can Human Rights Take Us Beyond?

Ronaldo Munck, Dublin City University >> Beyond North and South: Migration, Informalization and Trade Union Revitalization

Panel discussion - Stephen Castles, Guy Standing, Saskia Sassen, Ronaldo Munck
Discussants:  Anna Avendaño, Immigrant Worker Programme AFL-CIO and Jorge Romero Leon, Open Society Institute, New York


Austere Histories

Social Exclusion and the Erasure of Colonial Memories in European Societies

An International Symposium at REMESO, Linköping University. 28 – 29 November 2013, at Arbetets Museum, Norrköping

EUROPEAN SOCIETIES have recently turned toward more austere political regimes. Evidence of this can be seen in budget cuts, management of the labor market and restrictions of welfare systems, as well as in new regimes of migration and citizenship. In the wake of these changes new forms of social inclusion and exclusion appear that are justified through a reactivation of differences of race, class and gender, all this serving, in its turn, to justify new forms of labor extraction and the formation of a new underclass or “precariat”. Another consequence is that democracy itself has become precarious. While the agents and adherents of austerity programs impose themselves as democracy’s saviors, practitioners of democracy find themselves pushed toward the extra-parliamentary margins.

This symposium investigated how a current politics of austerity affects our cultural memory. Are we witnessing a turn toward austerity in theories and practices of historiography, as well as in pedagogies of history? Can we speak of an austere historiography, an enforcement of conformity on Europe past and present?

If this is the case, it helps explain that certain narratives of the European past are now privileged whereas other parts of the cultural heritage are weeded out. Strong tendencies and interests are apparently at work to purge the histories of specific European nations, but also those of Europe, the West, and globalization from cultural plurality. In their stead, assertively heroic and homogeneous stories about the past of nations, regions, institutions and religions are being retold, reinvented, and re-launched. In brief, history (including public debate on history and history education) is again becoming either “nationalistic” or “cosmopolitan” – but cosmopolitan in a way that tend to celebrate the achievements of Europe and posit the West as a model of universality, humanism and perhaps also of the human as such.

Among the sacrifices of this tendency are multiculturalism, postcolonial memories, and minority discourses of all kinds. What is lost is the very complexity and contradictoriness of Europe and the West. Especially, colonial and postcolonial memories are evicted from their recently claimed habitats in the European past, and again placed at the outskirts, far beyond the limit of the Western world.

The symposium seeked to extract the correlation between how minorities, migrants and their descendants are treated by present policies and how memories and experiences of migrants, minorities and colonized peoples are treated in historiography and historical pedagogy. By bringing together a group of distinguished European scholars who have examined Europe’s colonial past in relation to migration, historiography and cultural heritage, the symposium elucidated how new regimes of historiography and memory culture relate to integration, discrimination, and social segmentation in the present.

THE SYMPOSIUM took place at the Museum of Work (Arbetets museum) in Norrköping, November 28–29, 2013, and was organized by professor Stefan Jonsson, REMESO, Linköping University.


Nicolas Bancel, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
Gurminder K Bhambra, The University of Warwick, Great Britain
Manuela Boatca, Freie Universität, Germany
Nacira Guénif-Souilamas, Université de Paris X, France
Peo Hansen, REMESO, Linköping University, Sweden
Lars Jensen, Roskilde University, Denmark
Nicola Labanca, Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy
Esther Captain, National Committee for the Remembrance of WWII, Netherlands
Robbie Shilliam, Queen Mary, University of London, Great Britain
Kuratorisk Aktion (Tone Olaf Nielsen & Frederikke Hansen), Copenhagen

Commentators, Panelists and Chairs:austere histories

David Gaunt, Södertörn University
Stefan Helgesson, Stockholm University
Stefan Jonsson, REMESO, Linköping University
Carsten Juhl, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark
Mikela Lundahl, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Edda Manga, Uppsala University
Anders Neergaard, REMESO, Linköping University
Carl-Ulrik Schierup, REMESO, Linköping University
Anders Stephansson, Columbia University
Maria Stern, Göteborg University
Julia Willén, REMESO, Linköping University
Charles Woolfson, REMESO, Linköping University
Aleksandra Ålund, REMESO, Linköping University

Read about the volume edited by Stefan Jonsson and Julia Willén that was produced as a result of the symposium, here >>

See full program and more information on all the participants here (pdf) >>

Workshop: New Urban Justice Movements

Global and Local Experiences in the United States and Sweden

1 februari, Stadsmuseet (City Museum) Stockholm.

Workshop organized by  Swedish UNESCO/MOST Committee in collaboration with Commitee for Stockholm research, REMESO, Linköping University, Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs and  Global Challenge

The workshop will be in English. It takes place at the City Museum of Stockholm on the 1 of February, 2014

The workshop will bring together researchers, civil society activists from Sweden and the United States , representatives of Swedish independent think-tanks and public institutions in a dialogue on the role of civil society relating to urban development, migration, democracy, labour rights and human rights.

Programme: 13.00-16.00

Welcome introduction Kenneth Abrahamsson, Swedish UNESCO/MOST committee

13.10-14.30 New justice movements. Local and global perspectives
Presentations by Monami Maulik, DRUM and Rafael Samanez, Vamos Unidos, New York, Rami Al-Khamisi, Megafonen, Stockholm and Majsa Allelin, Pantrarna, Gothenburg.
Moderator: Aleksandra Ålund, REMESO, Linköping University.

14.30-15.00  Coffee break

15.00-16.00 Panel discussion
Panel participants:  Karen Austin, Project leader, The Swedish national Board for Youth Affairs, Leo Mulinari, researcher, Stockholm University, Elisabet Nihlfors, Dean Educational Science, Uppsala University, edish UNESCO/MOST Committee, Veronica Nordlund, Project coordinator Global Utmaning.
Moderator: Carl Ulrik Schierup, REMESO


Paradoxes of Liberalism and the Conundrum of Solidarity

On October 4th, 2011, an International workshop took place at REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society, Linköping University in Cooperation with the Swedish Unesco-Most Committée.

The background to the workshop is a growing realization that liberal democracies today harbour a set of contradictory aspirations: Ideas about multiculturalism and tolerance are pushed back in favor of nationalistic ideas about liberal core values, security and a tougher immigration policy, across Europe. A driving force is a political alliance between a neoliberal agenda for de-regulation and growth, and neo-conservative tendencies towards morality, family values and national traditions. In light of an erosion of civil, political, social and cultural rights of citizens, these trends raise questions about the conditions for social and political solidarity.

See video from the workshop

REMESO gathered a group of distinguished scholars to discuss these issues. Here you can take part of video recordings of the entire Workshop. Click on the links below to see the film in Flash.

Solidarity and Difference: New Identities in Contemporary Societies
Ellie Vasta, Associate Professor of Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Sydney
Discussant: Diana Mulinari, Professor in Gender Studies, Lunds University
See video

The Ideology of Universalism and the Dangerous Classes
Stefan Jonsson, Professor, REMESO, Linköping University
Discussant: Martin Peterson, Professor Emeritus, Gothenburg
See video

Solidarity and Ethno-Nationalism in Post-Communism: the Case of Serbia
Dusan Janjic, Associate Professor, The Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade
Discussant: Branka Likic-Brboric, Lecturer, REMESO and Fellow, Uppsala University
See video

Solidarity and Ethno-Nationalism in Post-Communism:  the Case of the Baltic States
Charles Woolfson, Professor, and Indre Genelyte, PhD, REMESO, Linköping University
Discussant: Tünde Puskás, PhD, Researcher at REMESO, Linköping University
See video (Picture missing during first minutes, but sound is good. )