Graduate School in Migration, Ethnicity and Society


The REMESO Graduate School offers courses for Swedish and international postgraduate students (PhD or MA) that address a variety of perspectives on international migration. Courses are taught by REMESO staff and international guest lecturers.

The course program links current research on international migration and ethnic relations with studies on political economy, labour, citizenship, gender, culture and human rights. Individual courses address issues of asylum, documented and undocumented labour migration, social integration, urban segregation and racism and ethnic discrimination. Run by one of Sweden’s top research institutions in ethnic and migration research, the Graduate School provides an excellent opportunity for PhD students to develop their knowledge base research skills. For Master level students, REMESO courses offer knowledge valued by employers in the public and private sectors dealing with migrant integration, issues of social inclusion and public policy implementation.


Introduction to Research Methods in Ethnic and Migration Studies  

Course dates 28 October-29 November. On-campus week 11-15 November.

Course Directors: Assoc. Professor Zoran Slavnic and Assoc. Professor Catrin Lundström, REMESO

This course addresses dilemmas and difficulties when collecting and interpreting data in studies on ethnicity and race, discrimination, racism, social inclusion/exclusion, and migration. Research methods discussed include mixed-method designs using discourse analyses, ethnographic field work, participant observation and interviews. The course covers cross-disciplinary and transnational aspects of migration research that place extra demands on data collection, sampling, comparisons of discourses and ideological representations and cross-cultural translation, and provides theoretically informed insights into methodological aspects and research designs that involve complex power relations, insider/outsider dilemmas and their related ethical considerations.

Guest teachers: PhD Johanna Gondouin, Tema Genus, Linköping University; Assoc. Professor Katarina Mattsson, Gender Studies/Culture and Education, Södertörn University, PhD Sofie Tornhill, Department of Social Studies, Linneaus University, and more TBA.

Deadline for applications: 14 October 2019


General information:

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Introduction to Research Methods in Ethnic and Migration Studies

18 September – 20 October, 2017. On-campus week 02-06 October.
Course Directors: Associate Professor Zoran Slavnic and Postdoc Simone Scarpa, REMESO

This course addresses dilemmas and difficulties that researchers confront when collecting and interpreting data in studies of ethnic relations, ethnic diversity, discrimination, racism, social inclusion/exclusion, and migration. Research methods discussed include quantitative studies on
integration and migration, qualitative methods such as discourse analyses, long-term field work, participant observation as well as multi-strategy research. The course addresses the crossdisciplinary and trans-national aspects of research that place extra demands on research
methods in data collection, sampling, comparative policy framework analysis, usage of terminology, comparisons of discourses and ideological representations in a sometimes contested and controversial field of inquiry.

Deadline for applications: 18 August 2017

Theories of Ethnicity and Nationalism: Historical and Contemporary Debates

30 October – 1 December. On-campus week, 13–17 November

Course Directors: Professor Peo Hansen and Professor Stefan Jonsson, REMESO
Confirmed Guest Lecturer: Gurminder Bhambra, Professor of Sociology, Univerity of Warwick

This course examines key ideas and concepts underlying both historical and contemporary thinking on ethnicity and nationalism, including questions of national and ethnic identification and mobilization as well as theories on multiculturalism. Drawing on contemporary, historical and comparative examples, the course engages with different understandings of ethnic solidarities, nationhood and citizenship. Students also explore more recent debates on supranationalism, cosmopolitanism, populism and the post-national. Much emphasis is put on the ways in which nation and ethnicity need to be re-thought and re-historicized when confronted with issues of coloniality, postcolonialty, gender and sexuality. Questions of methodology are highlighted, addressing in particular methodological nationalism, methodological Eurocentrism and other forms of tacit methodological assumptions that have influenced research. In this way, the course also aims to stimulate and enhance students’ ability to carry out empirical research.

Deadline for applications: 10 October 2017


General information:

• The courses are offered to postgraduate students (PhD or MA).
• 5 weeks of full-time work for 7,5 ECTS. One intensive week at REMESO, at Linköping University, Campus Norrköping.
• Courses are usually examined by a paper assignment.
• Accommodation is provided for all course participants during on-campus week.

For information and application form, se links on this page and/or contact: 
Graduate School Coordinators Branka Likic-Brboric

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