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.

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

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

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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.

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

Conference program (pdf) 


Labour Rights as Human Rights?

Migration, Labour Market Restructuring and the Role of Civil Society in Global Governance 

UNESCO-MOST conference, Norrköping, 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