Call for Papers: Immigrants and Civil Society, University of Turku, 13-15 August 2012

Call for Papers


16th Nordic Migration Research Conference & 9th ETMU Days

13-15 August 2012
University of Turku, Finland

The focus of much research of immigrants in the Nordic countries has been on the economic circumstances and state policies regarding migration and integration. Far less attention has been devoted to the role of the institutions of civil society in facilitating or impeding the incorporation of newcomers into Nordic societies. The theme of this conference is intended to be a response to that imbalance in research priorities.

The conference organizers are inviting papers that address issues related to the incorporation of newcomers into receiving societies in the developed world, with special emphasis on the Nordic countries, and on issues related to fair means of inclusion. These topics are broad and can be approached from a variety of thematic and methodological perspectives. Furthermore, the conference also welcomes all proposals within the broader field of ethnic and migration studies. The conference language is English.

The preliminary conference program can be viewed here.

Keynote speakers:

* Professor Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University, USA
* Dr. Phillip Connor, Pew Research Institute, USA
* Professor Leo Lucassen, Leiden University, the Netherlands
* Professor Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Linköping University, Sweden
* Dr. Marja Tiilikainen, University of Helsinki, Finland
* Dr. Salla Tuori, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Paper submission:

The workshops listed below have been accepted in the conference program. The organizers are now soliciting papers for these workshops. The abstracts describing the contents of each workshop can be found here.

1. Changing family formation practices among ethnic minorities in the Nordic countries
2. Childhood and migration in a Nordic context
3. Counting immigrant religions
4. Cultural diversity and education
5. Democracy, resistance, civil society – New platforms and strategies for democratic transformation
6. Differential inclusions in the Nordic societies? Feminist postcolonial and critical migration studies perspectives on immigration
7. Gender, migration and social change
8. Housing and residential segregation of immigrants
9. Immigrants’ access to mass media and civil society: Perspectives from the Nordic countries
10. Immigration and the duty of civility
11. Integration in the intersection of public school and institutions of civil society: A workshop about migrant children’s integration processes
12. International students and civil society
13. Intersections of gender, race and ethnicity: Categorisations and lived experiences
14. Migrants and ethnic minorities in Nordic labour markets
15. Migration, religion, social dynamics
16. Multiculturalism and civic culture
17. Newcomers’ communities in the history of the Nordic region
18. Nurturing human capital: The role of higher education institutions redefined
19. Refugees in the Nordic countries – policy and practice
20. The role of immigrant organizations in the integration process: Historical perspectives
21. Transnationalism and diasporas in a Nordic context
22. What attitudes to scholars from abroad in Nordic Higher Education?

Please submit your paper abstract using the online submission form. Please note than in the submission form you can either select one of the abovementioned workshops or suggest your own workshop idea. In case no workshop is selected or suggested, the organizers will group presentations that fit together thematically.

Abstract guidelines:

* Save the abstract file in RTF or DOC format, using your last name as the file name.
* Do not use accented characters like ä, å or ö, etc. in the filename; replace them with a, o, or equivalent.
* Abstracts should be written and presented in English.
* The maximum number of words is 150-200 (body text) plus title and affiliations.
* The maximum size of the uploaded abstract is 1400 kilobytes.
* In case you have difficulties deciding on the workshop, please choose the option “other” on the workshop session list.

The abstracts will be published in the Conference Programme and Abstracts Book.


The closing date for paper proposals is 15 April 2012. Acceptances of workshop proposals will be announced on 7 May 2012.


For more information, please contact Dr. Johanna Leinonen at johlei[at] For any questions regarding registration, payments, or accommodation, please contact the Congress Office at congress[at]

This call can also be viewed here.

Conference organizers and partners:

ALPO – Developing Integration in Finland (European Social Fund – Ministry of the Interior)
European Migration Network (Finland)
FiDiPro Project Multiculturalism as a New Pathway to Incorporation (University of Turku)
Institute of Migration (Turku)
Network for Research on Multiculturalism and Societal Interaction (MCNet, University of Turku)
Nordic Migration Research (NMR)
Post-Secular Culture and a Changing Religious Landscape (PCCR, Åbo Akademi)
Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU)

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