[H-verkko] CFP: Belonging and Participation in the Nordic societies

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Ti Elo 16 12:03:20 EEST 2016

Agricolan artikkelipyyntöihin on lähetetty uusi ilmoitus:
Belonging and Participation in the Nordic societies
You are welcome to submit your abstracts by the DL 25.8.2016!
Exploratory workshop organised by NordHOME:
Belonging and Participation in the Nordic societies

Call for papers
November 10-11, 2016, University of Turku, Finland

The research network Multiculturalism, Cultural Homogeneity and Societal
Security in the Nordic Region (NordHOME) provides a critical approach to the
narratives of social cohesion and cultural homogeneity that are usually taken
for granted in the understanding of Nordic societal security and reflected in
attitudes towards immigration and national minorities. The perception of the
Nordic countries as exceptionally homogeneous in relation to culture and
population is widespread in academic, administrative and public discussions.
Such normative understandings neglect the histories of transnational migration
and national minorities, as well as the colonial appropriation of land and
assimilation policies in the Sami areas. Furthermore, such narratives have
exclusionary and racialising effects on the lives of current migrants and
minorities in the Nordic region.

This workshop seeks to question understandings of Nordic and national identities
that rely on notions of homogeneity and to critically examine their effects on
the lives of migrants and minorities. Moreover, it aims to open up discussions
of how new understandings of belonging and forms of participation can be created
in/through research, politics, activism and everyday encounters (in digital
environments, city spaces, welfare practices etc.). How do migrants and minority
organizations create spaces for participation in local, national and
transnational politics? What kinds of notions of belonging and participation are
created in policies, institutional practices and civil society mobilisations?
How are power relations based on race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexuality
negotiated in institutional encounters and social movement activities? How do
discourses of societal security shape understandings of belonging and
participation in the Nordic societies?

The workshop will take place at the University of Turku, November 10-11th 2016.
It is part of a series of three exploratory workshops organised in 2016-2017
with the funding of NOS-HS (Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the
Humanities and Social Sciences).

Confirmed speakers

Dr. Umut Erel (Open University, United Kingdom) studies migrant women’s
mothering practices as citizenship practices and develops participative action
methods in the co-production of knowledge.

Dr. Tjasa Kancler (University of Barcelona, Spain) focuses on documentary film
practice, new media and activism. From a decolonial perspective, he examines the
current global conditions in producing new social and political realities.

Prof. Peo Hansen (Linköping University, Sweden) specialises in questions of
migration, citizenship, welfare state and identity especially in relation to the
project and political economy of the European Union. Recently he has examined
the links between colonialism/decolonization and the development of the EU.  

Based on the three workshops, two publications will be prepared to elaborate on
the network themes. The contributors to the publications will be invited mainly
among the speakers and participants in the workshops.

We are now inviting applications from scholars and PhD students affiliated with
Nordic and Estonian universities, who wish to take part in the Turku workshop. A
short abstract (max. 200 words) including name, e-mail address and institutional
affiliation should be sent to the following address:
nordhomeworkshops at gmail.com. Most participants should cover the travel and
accommodation expenses by themselves. The organisers will be able to provide
minor compensation on travel and accommodation costs to some of the accepted
participants. In case you are interested in applying funding to attend the
workshop, please send a travel plan with your application.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: August 25th 2016
Acceptance notification: by September 1st 2016

The accepted participants are expected to hold a presentation (20 minutes,
followed by 10 minutes discussion) based on their own research. The workshop
participation takes place only via invitation. If you have any questions, please
do not hesitate to contact us at: nordhomeworkshops at gmail.com.

The network is located at the University of Turku, Finland, lead by Assoc. Prof.
Suvi Keskinen and coordinated by Postdoctoral Researcher Mari Toivanen. More
information at

Suvi Keskinen
YTT, dosentti, akatemiatutkija
Sosiaalitieteiden laitos/sosiologia
Assistentink. 7
20014 Turun yliopisto
p. 02-333 6061, 050-3624598

Suvi Keskinen
PhD, Associate Professor, Academy Research Fellow
Department of Social Research/Sociology
Assistentink. 7
20014 University of Turku, Finland
tel. +358 2 3336061
mobile +358 50 3624598

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Agricola <agricola at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 26.8.2016
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