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

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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The Political Economy of International Migration

Date: 15 November – 17 December. On-campus week in Norrköping, 29 November – 3 December

Course Directors: Professors Peo Hansen and Claudia Tazreiter, REMESO

International Guest Lecturer: Professor Jonathon Moses, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Course Description

In today’s world, migration and the politics of borders are issues that cut across economic, political and socio-cultural concerns in all societies and nation-states. Indeed, migration, ethnicity and cultural diversity are features of contemporary societies that focus attention on the future shape of social justice and the meaning of a ‘good society’.

This course brings together experts from different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to explore key aspects of these issues from a political economy lens.

The course explores these issues through the following topics: precarious labour; macroeconomics and migration; the racialization of welfare; EU labor agreements; the moral economies of migration; the migrant detention economy; alternative migration policies toward social justice. The course offers students insights from research that engages with local, regional and global policy, advocacy and resistance. 

The course directors are Professors Peo Hansen and Claudia Tazreiter. Guest lecturers include Professors Branka Likic-Brboric, Jonathon Moses, Karin Krifors and Anders Neergaard.

Deadline for applications: 1 November

  • REMESO Graduate School courses are offered to PhD students and advanced MA students; the courses are taught by REMESO faculty and international and Swedish guest lecturers.
  • 5 weeks of full-time work for 7,5 ECTS. One intensive week at REMESO, Campus Norrköping. 
  • Courses are usually examined by a paper assignment.

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Listed here are some of the international guest lecturers who have taught at the REMESO Graduate School in recent years:

Anders Stephanson, Columbia University

Ann Phoenix, University of London 

Beate Volker, Utrecht University

Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol

Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh

Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University

Ellie Vasta, Macquarie University

Floya Anthias, University of Roehampton 

Gail Lewis, The Open University

Giovanna Campani, University of Florence

Guiseppe Sciortino, University of Trento

Gülay Toksöz, Ankara University

Gurminder Bhambra, University of Sussex

Helma Lutz, Goethe University Frankfurt

Jason Frank, Cornell University

Judy Fudge, McMaster University

Lois Wise, Indiana University

Lucy Vickers, Oxford Brookes University

Manuela Boatca, University of Freiburg 

Marco Martiniello, University of Liège

Martina Tazzioli, Goldsmiths University of London. 

Nacira Guénif-Souilamas, University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis

Raul Delgado Wise, Autonomous University of Zacatecas

Russell King, University of Sussex

Stefan Rother, University of Freiburg

Steve Fenton, University of Bristol

Steve French, Staffordshire University

Ursula Apitzsch, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt

Yasmin Gunaratnam, Goldsmiths University of London

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Here is a sample of courses that have been offered by the REMESO Graduate School over the years:

Introduction to Research Methods in Ethnic and Migration Studies

Citizenship, Welfare and Integration in the Shadow of the European “Refugee Crisis” 

Theories of Ethnicity and Nationalism: Historical and Contemporary Debates

Interrogating the “Refugee Crisis”

Theories and Politics of International Migration

International Migration, Ethnicity and Gender: Intersectional Perspectives on Labour, Power and Citizenship

Empires and Ethnicities: Critical Problems in Social Theory, Historiography and Ethnicity

Citizenship, Ethnic Division and Social Exclusion: National and Post-national Perspectives 

Globalization, Migration and Development

Social Capital, Stratification and Integration: A Critical Approach

Migration and Labour in a Global Economy

Research, Policies and Perspectives on Diversity, Equality and Discrimination

Migration, and the Political Economy of Ethnic and Gender Segmentation: Issues of Globalisation, Work and Welfare

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