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Belonging and Participation in the Nordic societies
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, she examines the current global conditions in producing new social and political realities.

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@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.
Organizer: University of Turku
Website: www.utu.fi/
Submitted by: NIKK
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10.11.2016 - 11.11.2016
Turku, Finland