MIGRATION, GLOBALIZATION AND NEW SOCIAL FORMATIONS IMER/UiB
(the International Migration and Ethnic Relations Research Unit at the University of Bergen)
15 year anniversary conference
Bergen, 9-11 November 2011
A combination of international and local scholars will in the course of the seminar, discuss how IMER researchers deal with issues such as migration, globalization and transnational movements - how they examine 'culture', ´politics´, ´space´, ´gender´, ´media´, ´government´ and ´law´ - through the prism of International Migration and Ethnic Relations.
International migration and attendant processes of globalization, both as social phenomena and in efforts at theorization, have become especially critical for the development of social theory and analysis, notably by challenging some of the fundamental questions of the social sciences. If one wishes, as Georg Simmel did, to answer the question "How is society possible?", one cannot take for granted that the relevant object is defined within the parameters of the nationstate, nor by those of ´ethnic groups´ or ´cultures´.
In a recent evaluation report on Norwegian sociology research, it is stated that ´[t]he key question to be explored by sociology today is not, perhaps, how society is possible, but rather how to study social processes and changes at local, national and global levels (Sociological research in Norway:
An evaluation, p. 17). Across the social science disciplines, it now seems impossible to imagine place, society and culture without the mobilities of people, goods and information - thus recasting questions exploring e.g. social stratification, scale, space, media and politics.
The Conference is organised in collaboration with Uni Rokkan Centre, Dept. of Social Anthropology, Dept. of Sociology, Dept. of Geography, Dept. of Comparative Politics and SKOK, University of Bergen.
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Conference fee @ IMER:
Nok 500,- for two days (includes lunch)
Students: Nok 300,-
REGISTRATION to Hanna Skartveit by 20 October 2011.
Performance lecture with artist Tanja Ostojic: "Crossing Borders" at 3,14 is free.
Refreshments will be served.