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

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

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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.

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, Kingston University, London and  Columbia University, New York.

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

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


Call for Papers

Welcome to submit a paper abstract of maximum 1500 chacters to a workshop. We need them no later than Sunday, February 25th, 2018.

The abstract submission form can be found here.   Read about workshops below, follow link.

The workshop convenors will select papers, based on quality and a correspondence to workshop theme,  in dialogue with the conference organising committee.

After you have received response on your submitted abstract, it is a good time to register. 



Register here to the conference  Please note that registration fees, including NMR-membership must be paid before the conference. The conference registration will close July 16 2018.

Conference registrations fees:

Early Bird (until April 15)
Regular 2200 SEK (approx. 220 EUR)
Phd-student 1900 SEK (approx. 190 EUR)

Ordinary price (until July 15)
Regular 2500 SEK (approx. 250 EUR)
Phd-student 2200 SEK (approx. 220 EUR)

Fee for NMR membership is included in the conference registration fee. Payment will be made in Swedish crowns (SEK). Prices are excluding Swedish VAT, 25%. Please read about payment methods and VAT rules - click here


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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