Imagining and experiencing through normality and crisis
In January, the IMEX project organized an international workshop with presentations by project participants and invited guests from across Europe. The workshop fostered interesting discussions and new insights.
"Imagining and experiencing through normality and crisis: new perspectives in the wake of the 2015 refugee situation" was the full title of this seminar.
The workshop started January 30th, with presentations on Syrians in Europe. This section had presentations by Lea Muller Funk, Katharina Lange, Susanne Bygnes, Amany Selim, Effrosyni Charitopoulou and Lucas Oesch. New insights on the experiences of the Syrian community in Bergen (Bygnes), Oslo, Berlin (Selim, Lange) and Tripoli (Muller Funk) were shared and researchers with area expertise contributed with in-depth knowledge about everyday life in Syria before the war (Lange, Oesch).
Amany Selim presenting on political engagement among Syrians in Europe.
Thursday January 31st the workshop continued with presentations on perceptions of asylum seekers, national and local dynamics and European management of migration, by Lise Bjånesøy, Susanne Bygnes, Ingalill Herstad, Hege Høivik Bye, Elisabeth Ivarsflaten and Guri Tyldum. Studies from readically different contexts during the same period documented exclusionary reactions in local comunities, but case studies from both Greek (Charitopoulou) and Norwegian (Bye, Bygnes, Ivarsflaten) local communtities indicated that physical proximity to asylum seekers promted more inclusive attitudes among local populations. Differences between reactions at the national and local level across contexts were also discussed in connection with the emerging IMEX book project (Bye, Bygnes, Ivarsflaten). The workshop ended with a discussion on "New perspectives in the wake of the refugee crisis".
Seminar participants continuing the discussion during the break.
Imagining and experiencing through normality and crisis: new perspectives in the wake of the 2015 refugee situation
Day 1: Wednesday 30 January @ DIGSSCORE Rosenbergsgaten 35, 3rd floor
Welcome and presentations, PI IMEX Susanne Bygnes
9:15-10:00 Project: Syrian Imaginations of Europe:
Paper: Stay, return or move on: Involuntary immobility and future imaginations of Syrian forced migrants in Beirut and Tripoli. Lea Muller Funk, Marie Curie Fellow, Amsterdam University
10:00-10:45 Project presentation: Normality and Crisis: Memories of Everyday Life in Syria as a Chance for a New Start in Germany Katharina Lange, Principal Investigator, ZMO Berlin
15 minutes break
11:00-11:45 IMEX, WP 1: Syrians in Norway
Paper: Stigma and privilege in the wake of the 2015 ‘refugee crisis’: The symbolic value of work, leisure and gender relations. Susanne Bygnes, Principal Investigator, University of Bergen
11:45-12:30 Project: IMEX, WP 1: Patterns of Transnational Political Engagement among Syrians in Europe
Amany Selim, PhD-fellow IMEX, University of Bergen
13:30-14:15 Project: The European refugee crisis in Greece: understanding host communities
Paper: The role of situational dynamics in determining attitudes towards asylum seekers. Effrosyni Charitopoulou, PhD-fellow, Oxford University
14:15-15:00 Project IMEX WP 2: qualitative local community data
Paper: Norwegian local communities’ dynamics of involvement with ‘the refugee issue’. Susanne Bygnes and Ingalill Herstad, University of Bergen
30 minutes break
15:30-16:15 Project presentation: The governance of reception facilities for refugees in Luxembourg: local and global perspectives. Lucas Oesch, Principal Investigator, University of Luxemburg
Day 2: Thursday 31 Jaunary @ Faculty of Social Sciences Fosswinckelsgate 6, 9th floor
9:15-10:00 Paper: Effects of the refugee crisis on perceptions of asylum seekers in recipient population Lise Bjånesøy, PhD-fellow, University of Bergen
10:00-10:45 IMEX WP 2, book project: The Refugee Crisis and Its Aftermath: understanding local-national dynamics
Paper: Comparing local and national level perceptions of change and polarization after the refugee crisis. Hege Høivik Bye, Susanne Bygnes and Elisabeth Ivarsflaten, University of Bergen
11:15-12:00 Project presentation: European Management of Migration and Refugees - consequences for mobility and political stability in transit countries. Guri Tyldum, Principal Investigator, Fafo, Oslo
12-13: Lunchbreak 13-14
Discussion: New perspectives in the wake of the refugee crisis