CFP & travel grant announcement – Multicultural citizenship in policy and practice: Historical and contemporary perspectives-seminar in Bergen

Call for papers

Research seminar organized by the Uni Rokkan Centre, Bergen
Multicultural citizenship in policy and practice:  Historical and contemporary perspectives
Date: April 18th – 19th 2013

In cooperation with The Network for Research on Multiculturalism and Societal Interaction, University of Turku (Finland)

The seminar topic
The question of how governments should deal with an increasingly heterogeneous population in their policy-making and formulation of political practices is in the Nordic context often linked to the post-1960s overseas migration, implying that this migration created a fundamentally novel multicultural situation. Historically, however, it may be argued that the ethnic, linguistic and religious heterogeneity is nothing new in the Nordic context: Ethnic and other minorities have been present in the Nordic countries throughout history.

This workshop will discuss how the Nordic states have dealt with the historical and more recent ethnic and cultural pluralism in their definitions of national citizenship. How has the factual diversity of the citizenry in the Nordic states been dealt with within different policy fields, such as welfare, health and educational policies? To what extent – if at all – has the historical experience of dealing with pluralism had an impact on the ways the new migration has been met in the context of policy and practice?

PhD students dealing with these and similar topics are encouraged to send an abstract that can be based on an article/chapter draft of PhD dissertation, or other scholarly paper in progress. This is a multidisciplinary and international forum providing a very good opportunity for PhD students to meet other PhD students and scholars from Nordic and Baltic universities, discuss their ongoing projects, receive comments, and to establish networks. The papers will be commented upon by leading scholars in this field. The applications including short abstracts (max. 150 words) should be sent to the national contact persons.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Einar Niemi, University of Tromsø, Norway
Senior researcher Anniken Hagelund, Institute for Social research (ISF), Norway

Application procedure
NB! With funding received from Nordforsk, the organizers announce the application for travel grants for PhD students. This grant covers the travel and accommodation expenses due to participation in the seminar.
A short abstract (max. 150 words) including name, email address and affiliation, and a travel plan should be sent to following national contact persons depending on which university the applicant is affiliated with:
Students affiliated with Danish universities, should send the application to Garbi Schmidt (; with Norwegian universities to Kari Ludvigsen (; with Swedish universities to Minoo Alinia (; with Finnish universities to Auvo Kostiainen (; with Icelandic universities to Unnur Dis Skaptadottir (; and with Estonian universities to Aida Hatsaturjan (

You can find the instructions to apply for travel grant from here:

Key dates and deadlines
Deadline for submitting abstracts: February 1st 2013
Acceptance notification: February 15th 2013
Deadline for sending final papers: March 15th 2013

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