Closing conference

Waiting for uncertain futures: Time and migration

As the WAIT project at the Centre for Women's and Gender Research (SKOK) is in its final year, we're marking the end of the project with a digital closing conference.

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The WAIT project uses theories of temporality and the concept of 'waitinghood' as tools for producing new and critical insights into the cultural conditions and implications of migration.
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WAIT - Waiting for an uncertain future: the temporalities of irregular migration

The WAIT project has focused on the temporal aspects of migration and investigated how temporal structures related to irregular migration are shaped by legal regimes, cultural norms and power relationships, and how they shape subjective experiences and life projects. The project adds a temporal perspective to dominant spatial approaches in migration studies, and advances theories of temporality in the humanities and social sciences. Waiting has been scrutinized ethnographically in four European migration-hubs: Oslo, Stockholm, Marseille, and Hamburg, and analytically through targeted theoretical tasks. Waiting as an analytical perspective offers new insights into the complex and shifting nature of processes of bordering, belonging, state power, exclusion and inclusion, and social relations in irregular migration.

At the closing conference, core researchers and network partners present their research. Speakers include: Bridget Anderson, Nicholas De Genova, Kari Anne Klovholt Drangsland, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Randi Gressgård, Christine Jacobsen, Helge Jordheim, Marry-Anne Karlsen, Shahram Khosravi, Odin Lysaker, Sandrine Musso, Gregor Noll, Jessica Schultz, Jo Vearey and Sarah Willen.

Tentative programme

Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be held digitally on Zoom. A link to the conference will be sent out to all registered participants, and you can already now register through the registration form on the right-hand side.

Thursday October 1

14.30-16.00  CET: Book launch and short pre: 5-10 minutes presentations of project publications

16.00-16.30  CET: Break

16.30–18.00  CET: Roundtable 1) Temporality and waiting as analytical prisms in migration studies

Friday October 2

14.30–16.00 CET: Roundtable 2) The impact of prolonged waiting on health, well-being and dignity

16.00–16.30 CET: Break

16.30-18.00 CET: Film screening: Waiting by Shahram Khosravi and Dagmawi Yimer and Roundtable 3) The aesthetics, ethics and politics of knowledge production and dissemination

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