Deadline approaching: Immigrants and Civil Society, NMR/ETMU Conference, 13-15 Aug. 2012, Turku, Finland

Call for Papers:


16th Nordic Migration Research Conference & 9th ETMU Days

13-15 August 2012
University of Turku, Finland

DEADLINE for abstract submission 15 April 2012

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 at

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 at

You may also submit a paper abstract without selecting any of the
accepted workshops. In this case, choose “other” in the drop-down list
in the submission form ( The organizers
will group presentations that fit together thematically.

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
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
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 (choose “other” in the submission

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
* 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.

Registration information:

Early-bird registration opens by 15 April 2012 and closes on 15 June
2012. You may register for the conference at the conference website

The conference fees include the conference participation, the
conference package, and lunches, coffees and snacks during the three
conference days.

Prices (in parenthesis after 15 June 2012):

Participant, member of ETMU/NMR 130 EUR (180 EUR)
Participant, non-member 180 EUR (200 EUR)
Student*, member of ETMU/NMR 80 EUR (120 EUR)
Student*, non-member 150 EUR (190 EUR)

* Student fee applies to undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students.

If you wish to join the ETMU or NMR, you may do so when registering
for the conference.

Optional conference dinner on Tuesday, 14 August 2012: 50 EUR


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

This call can be viewed at

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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