IMER Bergen

IMER Bergen’s 25th anniversary celebration

International Migration and Ethnic Relations Research Unit (IMER Bergen) is delighted to welcome you to celebrate 25 years of outstanding research and dissemination within the field.

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The programme awaits you with engaging topics, conversations, and contributions from both local and external researchers.

The first day of the conference is dedicated to a PhD-relay* organized by the IMER junior scholar network, in which PhD candidates are invited to present their projects and receive feedback from experienced senior scholars in the field.

On the second and third day of the event, we offer a varied program with panel debates and conversations about timely issues. Four esteemed keynote speakers from the Nordic countries will discuss research at the interface of migration studies and ethnic relations—from the importance of a temporal lens, the relationship between minorities and majorities, and the relevance of a critical political economy foundation for IMER research, to the politics of knowledge production in our field.


Wednesday, 2 November

9.00 Registration and Preparation 

IMER jr. PhD-relay chaired by Joanna Spyra, Gabriela Wale Soto and Amanda Tallis

Commentators: Mette Andersson, Randi Gressgård, Astrid Sundsbø, Catherine Talleraas, Marry-Anne Karlsen

19:00Social Gathering Salong Bar

Thursday, 3 November

11:00Registration (coffee and snacks)
11:30Welcoming remarks: IMER leader Kari Hagatun, Global Challenges, Art exhibition/Marte Knag Fylkesnes
12:00Celebrating 25 years of IMER research: Introduction by Yngve Lithman, followed by a conversation with Mette Andersson, Hakan G. Sicakkan and Susanne Bygnes.
12:45Music with Kari Anne Drangsland and Annlaug Børsheim. 
14.00Keynote - Christine M. Jacobsen: The times of migration research: IMER Bergen and beyond
15:00Panel Discussion- Do we need to deexceptionalize migration in IMER research? A panel discussion with Synnøve Bendixsen, Heath Cabot, Marry-Anne Karlsen, Regine Paul and Cathrine Talleraas

Break (coffee and snacks)

16:15Keynote - Mikkel Rytter: From integration to deportation: 25 years of migration research and the relationship between minorities and majorities

Friday, 4 November

09:15Keynote - Peo Hansen: Unlearning the “fiscal impact of migration”: Why IMER research needs a modern macroeconomic foundation
10:00Break (coffee and snacks)    

IMER jr. scholar network –  Chaired by Joanna Spyra and Gabriela Wale Soto.

Presenters: Amanda Tallis, Tommaso Rompianesi, Rebecca Dyer Ånensen, Frederikke Jarlby and Irina Tiurikova.

11:15Keynote - Lena Näre: Categories without boundaries? Rethinking knowledge production in migration studies and ethnic relations

The Janus face of the welfare state: What contradictory aims and roles should research on inclusion acknowledge? A roundtable discussion with Fungisai Puleng Gwanzura Ottemöller, Astrid Ouahyb Sundsbø and Marte Knag Fylkesnes. Introduction by Astrid Ouahyb Sundsbø.


Keynote speakers

Christine M. Jacobsen is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway, working mainly with questions related to migration and diversity. She was Research Director at IMER Bergen (2010-11), and Director of the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (2014-20) before joining UiB’s Department of Social Anthropology. Jacobsen’s current research uses temporality as an analytical lens to examine power relations and experiences in irregular migration, a topic developed in the edited volume Waiting and the Temporalities of Irregular Migration (Routledge 2020). She leads a WP in the EU-funded PROTECT The Right to International Protection.

Mikkel Rytter is Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests include family and kinship, marriage, family reunification, transnationalism, minority-majority relations, Islam and Muslims, Sufism, and sorcery. He is currently working on two research projects with refugees in Denmark. The first project (TemPro) investigates the impact and consequences of temporary protection, the other project (Reorienting Integration) focuses on UNHCR-refugees’ re-orientation and convoluted ways into Danish worlds.

Peo Hansen is Professor of Political Science at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Linköping University, Sweden. His research areas include EU migration policy, political economy, citizenship, and post-war European geopolitics. He is the author of several books on European integration, including (with Stefan Jonsson; 2014) Eurafrica: The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism and, most recently, A Modern Migration Theory: An Alternative Economic Approach to Failed EU Policy (2021).

Lena Näre is Professor of Sociology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She holds a DPhil in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, UK, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on migration, asylum, transnationalism, ageing, care work, precarity and ethnographic methods. Her research has been published in Sociology, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Citizenship Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, among others. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Nordic Journal of Migration Research (Helsinki UP) and Associate Editor of Global Social Challenges Journal (Bristol UP).

*About the PhD relay

The PhD relay is organized as a seminar where each candidate presents their work, followed by feedback from senior scholar commentators. It is a great opportunity for PhD candidates to establish useful connections across disciplinary boundaries and get feedback on their work from senior scholars within the field of migration and ethnic relations.

PhD candidates must register for the event by filling out the registration form for IMER’s 25th anniversary. If you wish to present at the PhD relay, you will be contacted and asked to submit a short summary of your work and propose an issue or a question you wish to get feedback on (max. 2 pages) before Friday 7 October, 2022.

You can also participate in the PhD relay without presenting your own project. The relay is open to PhD candidates in the Nordics working with migration and ethnic relations. The IMER junior scholar network also plans to host a social event for junior scholars in the evening (Wednesday, 2 November)