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, Jessica Schultz, Jo Vearey, Sarah Willen, Katerina Rozakou, Johannes Machinya and Frode Eick.


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 register through the registration form on the right-hand side.

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, Shahram Khosravi and Christine M. Jacobsen

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

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

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.

16.00–16.30 CET: Break

16.30-18.00 CET:

Film screening: Waiting by Shahram Khosravi and 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: Randi Gressgård

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

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