19th Nordic Migration Research Conference 2018


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


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.

For questions contact Conference Chair, Professor Branka Likic-Brboric, REMESO  or REMESO Communications Manager Erik Berggren at this e-mail address:


The conference receives financial support from The Swedish Research Council (VR), Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE) and Linköping University (LiU).

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