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 marked 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 1 and 2 October, core researchers and network partners presented their research. Speakers included: Bridget Anderson, Nicholas De Genova, Kari Anne Klovholt Drangsland, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Christine Jacobsen, Helge Jordheim, Marry-Anne Karlsen, Shahram Khosravi, Odin Lysaker, Sandrine Musso, Jessica Schultz, Jo Vearey, Sarah Willen, Katerina Rozakou, Johannes Machinya and Frode Eick.


Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, the conference was held on Zoom.

Recording of the sessions can be found below each program post:

Thursday October 1

14.30-16.00 CET:

Welcome and presentation of the WAIT project by Christine M. Jacobsen

Presentations of project work by Marry-Anne Karlsen, Kari Anne Drangsland, Christine M. Jacobsen and Shahram Khosravi (text read by Christine M. Jacobsen)

WAIT conference plenary session - audio only

The WAIT project

Short presentations of chapters in the WAIT book by Katerina Rozakou, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Johannes Machinya, Sandrine Musso, Jessica Schultz and Nicholas De Genova.

Presentation of chapters from the book "Waiting and the Temporalities of Irregular Migration."

Anders Rubing

16.00-16.30 CET: Break

16.30–18.00 CET:

Roundtable 1) Temporality and waiting as analytical prisms in migration studies

What does the analytics of waiting contribute to understanding the legal and socio-cultural underpinnings of irregular migration? How does taking time seriously change our understanding of migration and the way we study it? How does studying migration change our understanding of time and the way we study it?

Chair: Marry-Anne Karlsen

Participants: Helge Jordheim, Thomas Hylland-Eriksen, Bridget Anderson and Christine M. Jacobsen

WAIT conference day 1 - Roundtable 1

The WAIT project

Friday October 2

14.30–16.00 CET:

Roundtable 2) The impact of prolonged waiting on health, well-being, and dignity

How is waiting produced through laws, regulations, and bureaucratic practices? What are the consequences for migrants' rights, health, well-being, and dignity?

Chair: Jessica Schultz

Participants: Sarah Willen, Odin Lysaker, Jo Veary and Frode Eick.

WAIT conference day 2 - Roundtable 2

The WAIT project

16.00–16.30 CET: Break

16.30-18.00 CET:

Film screening: Waiting by Shahram Khosravi and Dagmawi Yimer

Waiting - Shahram Khosravi & Dagmawi Yimer


Roundtable 3) The aesthetics, ethics and politics of knowledge production and dissemination

How can we produce and disseminate knowledge on irregular migration in ways that do not cause harm or perpetuate violent and exclusionary structures? Which challenges have we met in the WAIT project?

Chair: Christine M. Jacobsen

Participants: Nicholas de Genova, Kari Anne Klovholt Drangsland and Dagmawi Yimer

WAIT conference day 2 - Roundtable 3

The WAIT project
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