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Institutionalised Hospitality: Receiving Newcomers in Norway

In this seminar, María Hernández Carretero will present findings from her project about hospitalities in the Nordic context.

Refugees welcome
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Maria Hernández Carretero

Postdoctoral Research, Department of Social Anthropology, UiO

During and after the summer and fall of 2015 an unprecedented number of asylum seekers arrived to Europe. In response, locals across the continent mobilised to “welcome” them into their communities.

In this seminar, María Hernández Carretero, a postdoctoral researcher from UiO, discusses several forms of citizen mobilisation that developed in the Oslo Region, in Norway. This mobilisation aimed to facilitate meetings between locals and newcomers, including recently settled refugees and other immigrants, as well as the latter’s inclusion, or integration, into Norwegian society.  

Using the conceptual lens of “hospitality,” she explores what the nature of these activities tell us about hospitality and expectations of socialisation.  What ideas of the “other” (who is expected to settle and stay) and what kinds of understandings and expectations of hosts/guests, community and incorporation underlie and result from these engagements? The discussion is based on data collected through ethnographic fieldwork carried out in 2018-2019. 

Maria Hernández Carretero is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Social Anthropology at UiO. Her project is part of the larger project NORDHOST: "Nordic Hospitalities in a Context of Migration and Refugee Crisis".