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The ETMU days 2014 takes place at the University of Helsinki, Finland 23-24.10.2014. The main conference venue is the Main Building of the University of Helsinki (Fabianinkatu 33) located at the City Centre of Helsinki, Finland.
The conference is organised by The Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN) at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland in collaboration with the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki and The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) and the Finnish Youth Research Society.
The theme of the 11th ETMU Days Conference is In/Equalities in Diverse Societies. Identifying problems, remedies and alternatives. Poverty, precarity and different forms of ethnic inequalities have been accentuated in the global north and south. Although these trends are rooted in the legacy of colonialism, they have only been reinforced by the economic crisis.
Increasing social and economic inequalities not only erode social cohesion and the institutional basis and democratic principles of societies, but also threaten and violate the capabilities and human rights of people living in poverty. In societies which are increasingly defined by ethnic diversity, solutions to tackle inequalities are not merely found in income redistribution, but must include also social recognition and address questions related to political, legal and media representations.
Professor Les Back’s (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) research interests cover a variety of topics, including racism and ethnicity, popular culture and music, urban life, community, and social divisions and class, social theory and sociological research methods. He has led several projects funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and has most recently participated in the EU-funded EUMARGINS (On the Margins of the European Community) project.
His books include include The Art of Listening (2007, Berg), The Auditory Cultures Reader edited with Michael Bull (2003, Berg), Out of Whiteness: Color, Politics and Culture with Vron Ware (2002, University of Chicago Press), and The Changing Face of Football: Racism, Identity and Multiculture in the English Game with Tim Crabbe and John Solomos (2001, Berg).
Susan T. Fiske is Eugene Higgins Professor, Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University. She investigates social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal, and neuro-scientific levels. Author of over 300 publications and winner of numerous scientific awards, she has most recently been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Her just-published book is The HUMAN Brand: How We Respond to People, Products, and Companies (with Chris Malone, 2013). Sponsored by a Guggenheim, her 2011 Russell-Sage-Foundation book is Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us. With Shelley Taylor, she has written four editions of a classic text: Social Cognition (2013, 4/e). Currently an editor of Annual Review of Psychology, PNAS, and Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences, she is also President of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. [/speaker]
Douglas S. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is co-author of American Apartheid (Harvard University Press, 1993), which won the Distinguished Publication Award of the American Sociological Association. More recently he co-authored The Source of the River (2003), the first analysis of minority achievement in selective colleges and universities based on a representative sample, as well as the follow up book Taming the River (2009), which examined the determinants of persistence and grade achievement through the first two years of college (both from Princeton University Press).
Massey has also published extensively on Mexican immigration, including the books Return to Aztlan (University of California Press, 1987) and Miracles on the Border (University of Arizona Press, 1995). His latest two books on immigration are Beyond Smoke and Mirrors (Russell Sage, 2002), and Brokered Boundaries: Constructing Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times (Russell Sage 2010).
Göran Therborn is the Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, UK, Affiliated Professor of Sociology at Linnaeus University, Sweden. Former co-Director of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences at Uppsala, former Professor of Sociology at Gothenburg University, Sweden, former Professor of Political Science at the Catholic University Nijmegen, Netherlands.
He has worked in and on all the populated continents of the world. His works have been published in at least twenty-four languages. His latest book is The Killing Fields of Inequality (Polity, 2013). He is also a civic intellectual, with a lifetime commitment to universal freedom and equality, a supporter of anti-imperialist and egalitarian social movements, as well as a writer of and on Marxist and Radical theory. Since his retirement from Cambridge in 2010 he lives at Ljungbyholm, in southeast Sweden.
Suvi Keskinen is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Research, University of Turku, Finland. She has conducted research on right-wing populism and anti-immigration movement, media and political debates on immigration and multiculturalism, gendered violence and welfare state. Her research interests include postcolonial feminism, critical race and whiteness studies, politics of belonging, nationalism and postethnic activism.
She has published widely in Finland and internationally. Among her publications are the co-edited book Complying with Colonialism. Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Nordic Region (2009, Ashgate), and the articles ‘Anti-feminism and White Identity Politics. Political Antagonisms in Radical Right-wing Populist and Anti-immigration Rhetoric in Finland’ (2013, Nordic Journal of Migration Research), ‘Limits to Speech? The Racialized Politics of Gendered Violence in Denmark and Finland’ (2012, Journal of Intercultural Studies) and ‘Troublesome Differences – Dealing with Gendered Violence, Ethnicity and ‘Race’ in the Finnish Welfare State’ (2011, Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention).
Ethnic diversity is essentially an urban phenomenon fueled by international migration and the growth of ethnic minority communities as the settlement of migrants and their descendants becomes a durable feature of the cities the latter call home. Much is to be gained from increasing ethnic diversity but new forms of inequalities also emerge. Previous research shows that due to discrimination and housing allocation practices on the one hand, and migrants’ poor economic resources and lack of relevant social contacts on the other hand, migrants often settle in deprived urban areas where poverty, unemployment, degradation of the physical environment, institutional withdrawal, and forms of incivility may hamper the residents’ well-being.
This workshop explores different forms of ethnic inequalities in cities drawing both from Finnish and international experiences. Helsinki and other Finnish cities provide an interesting case for studying urban ethnic inequalities as the internal social and ethnic differentiation of Finnish cities is still a rather new phenomenon. On a global scale, Finland stands out as a wealthy and egalitarian society with a tradition of strong sociopolitical intervention in the domains of urban policies and immigrant integration. How are ethnic inequalities produced or countered – in this particular context?
The workshop is open for presentations discussing the development, causes, outcomes and meanings of ethnic inequalities from the perspective of the city. We welcome presentations on patterns and processes of ethnic and spatial integration/segregation, and on the goals and outcomes of public policies governing these developments. Another possibility is to analyze urban social dynamics from the perspective of production of inequalities in everyday situations, for example, studying relations between neighbours in ethnically mixed residential contexts, interactions in multicultural spaces, or yet the uses of public space by minority groups. We would also encourage contributions on the role of public institutions and actors in regulating segregation and inter-group relations at the local level. Both theoretical and empirical presentations are welcome as well as work relying on different methodological approaches.
Linda Haapajärvi, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, France (linda.haapajarvi (at) ehess.fr)
Katja Vilkama, City of Helsinki Urban Facts, Finland (katja.vilkama (at) hel.fi)
Thu, October 23, 2014, 14.45–17.30, Conference room: Auditorium XIII (Old side, 3rd floor)
Session 1, 14.45–15.45
Session 2 16.00–17.30
Fri, October 24, 2014, 13.15–14.45, Conference room
This workshop considers the impact of poverty, precarity and inequalities on the health and well-being of migrant and diasporic populations and other members of the urban precariat amongst whom they typically live.
For the current purposes, well-being is widely defined to include measures of community cohesion, access to ‘decent’ (in the UK context ‘Decent Homes’ pertains to a technical standard of accommodation pertaining to degree of ‘reasonable’ repair, heating and facilities (e.g. shower/lavatory etc). It is also commonly associated with over-crowding levels) accommodation, inter (and intra-) ethnic conviviality, equality of access to education, training and employment and the ability to engage with the community of residence in a meaningful manner (e.g. through membership of civil society). Health status relates to both physical and mental health and may pertain to access to affordable (or free) healthcare, culturally nuanced services, equality of treatment by health practitioners and a fair share of the ‘public good’ in terms of delivery of public and primary health care to the above communities (i.e medical treatment provided to asylum seekers; Roma or the insecurely accommodated/homeless).
The rapidly changing spatial and social geographies of urban life marked by peaks and flows of migration and short-term ‘floating’ populations often leads to excessive levels of exclusion (and potential exploitation of) newly arrived migrants as well as the ‘left-behind’ precariat, disabled and older people, and those experiencing inter-sectional exclusion. Marginalization brings with it health and well-being penalties alongside emergent strategies of resistance and resilience as communities seek to adapt to their situation, compete for resources politically, or utilize self-help mechanisms as they seek to improve their individual and collective lot.
In this workshop we invite contributions from a range of disciplines and theoretical standpoints to explore the above themes, with particular reference to the impact of migration and movement on community behaviours and the community-led identification of problems, remedies and alternatives.
Language of workshop: English (if translation services are available we would also welcome papers in Finnish/Swedish or other languages)
Margaret Greenfields, Institute for Diversity Research, Bucks New University, UK (Margaret.Greenfields (at) bucks.ac.uk)
David Smith, Department of Social Work and Health Development, University of Greenwich, UK (d.m.smith (at) gre.ac.uk)
Thu, October 23, 2014, 14.45–17.30, Conference room: Auditorium III (Old side, 2nd floor)
Fri, October 24, 2014, 13.15–16.15, Conference room
Immigrants’ societal positions – in terms of societal membership and citizenship – are not just taken or negotiated but also allowed or denied in many formal and informal practices. Citizenship, for instance, can be looked at as an official status with certain responsibilities and privileges, as well as a practice, produced in everyday interaction. In both more and less formal contexts, minority people have different opportunities to be integrated into their social landscapes.
Problems related to the integration of immigrants are widely documented and studied. Some of them are related to difficulties people experience in terms of their ability to act as citizens. To this working group we invite papers which look at the issues of integration and participation on a local level, and focus on different contexts in which different kinds of citizenship positions are produced in interaction by local authorities, civic organizations and immigrants themselves.
We are most interested in studies that not only list problems, but also analyze different contextual environments and their effects on integration. Therefore, we look forward to have presentations which tackle with the governance of problems associated with multicultural living, also addressing multilocated, contextual and situational roles of civil society and its collective actors – particularly ethnic groups’ own civil society organizations (CSOs).
For instance, following kind of questions might be posed and answered in the presentations:
How are civil society and its actors signified and “technologized” in different realms of governance of immigration and ethnic relations? Does civil society operate especially in the spheres of freedom and autonomy, or also as part of disciplinary technologies in the sphere of normalization? Which particular themes and issues (culture, language, religion, etc.) are the most significant in the case of a particular group? What is the history of the governance of multicultural affairs like in a certain spatial context (e.g. Finland), and what kind of role is historically formulated for the CSOs?
Niko Pyrhönen, Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Tuomas Martikainen, Åbo Akademi University, Finland (email@example.com) & Päivi Harinen & Ville-Samuli Haverinen, Department of Social Sci-ences, University of Eastern Finland (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com)
Thu, October 23, 2014, Conference room: Auditorium IV (Old side, 2nd floor)
Session 1, 14.45–16.10: Multiculturalism, governance, integration
Session 2, 16.25–17.30: Local remedies to challenges to multicultural living
The diverse groups of East European Roma have been described as the ‘biggest losers’ of the post-soviet transition (Sigona and Trehan 2010), facing deteriorating socio-economic position and discrimination amounting to ethnic segregation. While expansion of EU and Schengen area has provided opportunities of westward migration, this has often taken the form of short-term circular mobility, and has been accompanied with new forms of marginalization. Migrant Roma have been caught in a quasi-permanent state of being ‘in the wrong place’, largely irrespective of their formal legal position. The gray zone locations they occupy bear similarities with what has in relation to non-European immigrants been described as the ‘EU-limboscapes’ (Ferrer-Gallando and Albet-Mas 2013).
Meanwhile, in the academia, media and policymaking, the concepts of minorities and migrant diasporas have been permeated by politicized and problematized constructions (such as “The Roma” conceived as “nomads”, “criminals” or “victims” etc.). The resulting ideological typifications tend to reconstruct boundaries and perpetuate the representation of ‘others’, thus obscuring the complex social and political circumstances faced by Roma migrants.
The session broadly welcomes papers addressing the complex realities and intersectional inequalities faced by migrant Roma in Europe. What are the experiences of ‘otherness’, and how do dimensions such as legal status, gender and social class construct and reconstruct them? How have the Roma been framed, represented and located in academic and public discourses? How do particular methodological frameworks and loaded concepts such as minorities and migrant diasporas limit the conceptualization of inequalities?
While the panel focusses on Roma migrants, it is also open to papers dealing with other minorities and migrants, which could add to the discussion and progress comparison.
X.Ferrer-Gallando and A.Albet-Mas (2013), EU-Limboscapes: Ceuta and the proliferation of migrant detention spaces across the European Union. European Urban and Regional Studies November 11.N.Sigona and N.Trehan (2010), Romani Politics in Contemporary Europe: Poverty, Ethnic Mobilization, and the Neo-liberal Order. Palgrave Macmillan.
Miika Tervonen, Centre for Nordic Studies CENS, University of Helsinki, Finland (miika.tervonen (at) helsinki.fi)
Anca Enache, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland (anca.z.enache (at) helsinki.fi)
Thu, October 23, 2014, 16.00–17.30, Conference room: Lecture room 21 (New side, 5th floor)
Fri, October 24, 2014, 13.15–14.45
The goal of this workshop is to examine how borders between “us” and “them” are drawn in different forms of media and cultural texts. Media scholars have pointed out how the media plays a central role in the forging of identities: “our sense of selfhood; our notion of what it means to be male or female; our sense of class, of ethnicity and race, of nationality, of sexuality; and of ‘us’ and ‘them’” (Kellner 2011). Additionally, scholars studying nation-building processes have noted the importance of the media in creating a feeling of belonging and maintaining a coherent national identity. Shani Orgad (2012), for example, discusses how different forms of media invite us to “think of and relate to ourselves as a nation.”
The ways these national sentiments and processes of inclusion and exclusion have been gendered and racialized in the media has received less scholarly attention, especially in the Nordic region. We would like to invite papers that analyze the role of the media and/or cultural texts in the production of gendered and racialized national identities. The panel, thus, hopes to cross geographical borders and temporal periods to interrogate intersections of gender, race, and nation by identifying and analyzing how media employ a complex repertoire of symbols, discourses, and images to project meanings about nationhood.
Papers that consider the intersection of race and gender with other categories of inclusion and exclusion, such as class, sexuality, and religion, are especially welcomed. Finally, we would like to invite papers that consider how different minority groups employ the media to claim membership to the mainstream society, uphold ties to their nations of origin, or project identities that extend beyond national boundaries.
Johanna Leinonen, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku, Finland (johlei (at) utu.fi)
Miia Rantala, Graduate School of Communication Studies, University of Lapland, Finland (miia.rantala (at) ulapland.fi)
Fri, October 24, 2014, 13.15–16.15, Conference room: Auditorium II (Old side, 2nd floor)
Tasa-arvo ja hyvinvointi ovat keskeisiä arvoja ja tavoitteita lähes kaikissa yhteiskunnissa. Monikulttuurisissa yhteiskunnissa tasa-arvon on ajateltu koskevan kaikkia ihmisiä etnisestä taustasta riippumatta. Tasa-arvon ja hyvinvoinnin nimissä kuitenkin myös vastustetaan monikulttuurisuutta. Oikeistopopulistiset puolueet ja rasistiset ryhmät esittävät yleisesti nativistisia ”Suomi suomalaisille” vaatimuksia, ne vaativat hyvinvointisovinistisesti maahanmuuton ja maahanmuuttajien sosiaalisten oikeuksien rajoittamista, ne syyllistävät maahanmuuttajia työttömyydestä, palkkojen polkemisesta, vanhusten hoidon kurjasta tilanteesta jne.
Työryhmässä on mahdollisuus tarkastella Suomessa ja muulla toimivien oikeistopopulististen ja rasististen puolueiden ja liikkeiden ideologisia ja poliittisia ohjelmia, vaatimuksia ja toimia sekä myös näiden liikkeiden jäsenten arvoja, poliittisia ja kulttuurisia käsityksiä jne teoreettisesti perusteltujen empiiristen tutkimusten valossa. Lisäksi on mahdollista keskustella oikeistopopulismiin ja rasismiin kohdistuvan tutkimuksen teoreettiskäsitteellisistä, metodologisista ja metodista sekä eettisistä lähtökohdista ja ongelmista.
Vesa Puuronen, Oulun yliopisto (vesa.puuronen (at) oulu.fi)
Kari Saari, Itä-Suomen yliopisto (kari.saari (at) uef.fi)
Thu, October 23, 2014, 16.00–17.30, Conference room: Lecture room 9 (New side, 3rd floor)
Assured by the significance of racialization in the contemporary power-hierarchies, we are inspired by the words of Lentin (2008, 493): “(r)ace is still relevant because of its undecidability”. As the ambiguities in defining “race” make it possible that it is deployed again and again, what are the different attributes of racialization processes as they generate in/equalities in present societies? The workshop seeks to explore the different aspects of race and racialization from a perspective that acknowledges the existing racialized hierarchies and histories that they bear.
In this workshop we welcome papers that address for instance any of the following questions or others related to the topic.
– How is racialization manifested (e.g. within a particular nation-state) and how are these regenerated/re-activated?
– How to connect contextual processes of racialization to broader web of in/equalities?
– How do racialization and racism feed into these in/equalities, poverty and precarity?
– How to map the dynamics of in/visibility of racialization processes?
– How is race in/visible in its production of in/equalities?
– How do we maintain and engage a critical discussion on race and racism and how to overcome racist discourses and practices?
We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers from different disciplines, from both activists and academics. Please send your abstract to phortela(at)abo.fi
Albina Gakuru-Hipp, Women’s Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Finland (Albina.Gakuru (at) abo.fi)
Pauline Hortelano, Women’s Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Finland (phortela (at) abo.fi)
Minna Seikkula, Sociology, University of Turku, Finland (minna.k.seikkula (at) utu.fi)
Thu, October 23, 2014, Conference room: Lecture room 13 (New side, 3rd floor)
Fri, October 24, 2014, Conference room: Lecture room 13 (New side, 3rd floor)
In this working group, presenters are invited to produce papers that discuss the past and continuous inequality issues in countries that were under colonial rule. This structural inequality, which still persists, was created in the era of colonization.
While many of these countries have experienced a transition to democracy, a parallel socio-economic transformation has not yet taken place. Therefore, many of the inherent inequalities that developed under colonialism are being perpetuated in today’s societies. This is largely due to governments’ failing social and economic policies, but also the influence of free market and globally oriented capitalism.
This working group welcomes a wide array of papers discussing the causes and consequences of inequality in the Global South (Africa, Central and Latin America, and most of Asia). Papers discussing related phenomena, such as issues surrounding migration and ethnicity in the developing countries of the global South, are also welcome.
Annika Teppo, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden (annika.teppo (at) nai.uu.se)
Thu, October 23, 2014, 14.45–17.30, Conference room: Lecture room 15 (New side, 4th floor)
Session 1 14.45–15.45 Colonial subjectivities and epistemic violence
Session 2, 16.00-17.30
Vulnerable people and social exclusion
Governance in Africa
Schooling and employment can be regarded as key indicators of immigrant integration. They are major factors in tackling socio-economic inequality and providing a feeling of full participation and belonging in European societies, currently shaken by the prolonged economic crisis. This workshop welcomes papers that deal with education and employment of young people who are either immigrants themselves or born to immigrant parents as well as ethnic minorities. The workshop has a broad scope and welcomes papers that deal with education and employment broadly. The workshop welcomes both quantitative and qualitative papers that deal with challenges and successes in education and employment, and in particular papers that seek to explain processes leading to group-related differences.
Lotta Haikkola, University of Helsinki, Finland (lotta.haikkola (at) helsinki.fi)
Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, University of Turku, Finland (elina.kilpi-jakonen (at) utu.fi)
Thu, October 23, 2014, Session 14.45–17.30, Room: Lecture room 5 (New side, 3rd floor)
Session 2 16.00-17.30
Fri, October 24, 2014, 13.15–16.15, Session 3
Session 4 15.15–16.15
12 Constructing In/equalities and Justice in Education in the Nordic Countries?
This workshop invites researchers from various methodological and theoretical approaches to discuss the topic ”Constructing in/equalities and justice in education in the Nordic countries”. In Nordic societies education has been considered essential in promoting social justice. Despite the divergent contemporary policies and marketization of the welfare system, education and schooling have traditionally been understood as constructed on shared values of equality, democracy and welfare.
Within educational systems individuals are being selected to different paths and layers in society. Inheritance, segregation, and marketization of education appear as threats to the promotion of equality and justice. Traditionally school has been assumed to have a positive role in preventing marginalization and providing opportunities for fighting marginalization of children and youth. However, research has shown that school often fails to provide students with ways of challenging their circumstances, and can instead enforce and engender experiences of exclusion and injustice.
A variety of perspectives, such as ethnography, comparative and cross-cultural methods, and policy document and textbook analysis are needed to grasp the multidimensional field of in/equalities and justice in education. The aim of the workshop is to analyze how equalities and inequalities are constructed in education. We also invite participants to explore what kinds of positions are available in the education system for pupils with different backgrounds and how these positions are constituted. What are the possibilities of action within these positions? What kinds of agencies and subjectivities do they enable and constrain? How are these positions challenged and re-negotiated?
Background organization: Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, The Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE) Justice through Education in the Nordic Countries (JustEd) (http://blogs.helsinki.fi/just-ed)
Tuuli From, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland (tuuli.from (at) helsinki.fi)
Jenni Helakorpi, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland (jenni.helakorpi (at) helsinki.fi)
Antti Paakkari, Institute of Behavioural Sciences,University of Helsinki, Finland (antti.paakkari (at) helsinki.fi)
Fri, 24 October, 2014, 13.15–16.15, Conference room: Lecture room 8 (New side, 3rd floor)
Throughout societies, labour markets are becoming not only more precarious for everyone, but also increasingly segregated ethnically and racially. The most precarious, low-paid and “low-skilled” jobs, such as cleaning, care work or bus driving have been socially constructed as “migrant jobs”. Similarly, the construction business is seeing increasing hierarchisation of labour, based on different categories of migrancy.
Due to institutional racism imbued in the state management of migration and labour, the migrants’ actual skills or education are often of little value. Instead, one’s place in society and access to labour markets are defined on the basis of residence status, language or, simply, by family history of migration as in the case of “second generation immigrants”. This is not only a question of working life, however, since one’s position in the labour market also influences the private life in severe ways. Those holding a residence permit on the basis of work, for instance, have a restricted access to family reunification. Thus, work and working life become the most central sites where in/equalities are generated in diverse societies.
This working group invites both theoretical and empirical presentations addressing these societal changes. How did we get here? What are the political, legal and economic conditions that allow for, or necessitate, the ethnic/racial segregation within the labour markets? What kinds of concrete negotiations of in/equality of take place in different sectors of labour and at particular work places? What kinds of strategies, political and legal changes are required so as to dismantle the institutional racism(s) that allow for and necessitate this segregation? Who benefits from the situation; at whose cost? These as well as several other questions are deemed relevant topics of discussion in this panel.
Tiina Vaittinen, School of Social Sciences and Humanities and School of Management, University of Tampere, Finland (tiina.vaittinen (at) uta.fi)
Thu, October 23, 2014, 14.45–17.30, Conference room: Lecture room 12 (New side, 3rd floor)Torstai:
Fri, October 24, 2014, 13.15–16.15, Conference room: Lecture room 12 (New side, 3rd floor)
Appropriate ways of arranging family and intimate relationships are controlled at formal and informal levels and by different actors in families, communities and youth (sub)cultures and institutions. In Finland, ethnic, gender and class hierarchies, together with the norms guiding family life, intimate relations and sexuality, set individuals in unequal positions when it comes to interpreting one’s familial and intimate relationships and seeking acceptance for them. Racialized and othering images and emphasized interest towards extreme phenomena, such as ’honour related violence’ limit the possibilities of those representing ethnic minorities to present their intimate relations as respectable and good, while possibly also creating problems for those experiencing violence or oppressive family situation.
In the workshop, we wish to discuss themes related to family life, generations, gender and/or sexuality within multicultural contexts. Methodological, theoretical and empirical contributions on the themes are equally welcome.
The workshop is organized by the research project “Generational negotiations, social control and gendered sexualities” (GENESO) (2012–2016), focusing on the role of social control, racialization and racism in the context of the workshop’s themes. The preliminary findings of the project will also be discussed in the workshop. For further information, see http://www.nuorisotutkimusseura.fi/geneso .
Marja Peltola, The Finnish Youth Research Network & University of Helsinki, Finland (marja.peltola (at) nuorisotutkimus.fi)
Thu, October 23, 2014, 14.45–17.30, Conference room: Lecture room 10 (New side, 3rd floor)
Fri, October 24, 2014, 13.15–14.45, Conference room: Lecture room 10 (New side, 3rd floor)
Family life, marriage and intimate relationships are lived in transnational realities. Borders create hindrances to intimate lives but they may also motivate and enable new forms of relationships. Cultures of kinship and new global opportunities interact in sometimes unpredictable ways. Moreover, transnational marriage and family practices are intersected by political rules and legal arrangements that may create new inequalities within transnational couples and families. In this workshop we welcome papers that are based on empirical – either qualitative or quantitative – analyses of how migration and trans-border mobilities affect and are affected by intimate relationships and family life. The papers can deal with marriage, family relations or couple relationships from different disciplinary perspectives.
Marja Tiilikainen, Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Finland (marja.tiilikainen (at) helsinki.fi)
Minna Säävälä, Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki & Population Research Institute, Finland (minna.saavala (at) vaestoliitto.fi)
Thu, October 23, 2014, 14.45–17.30, Conference room: Lecture room 8 (New side, 3rd floor)
Fri, October 24, 2014, 15.15-16.15 Think Corner (address: Yliopistokatu 3, Porthania Building)
Joint Program: Conversation with Renata Pepicelli: The Veil in Islam
“The Muslim veil” continues to be a source of heated debates. How do Muslim women interpret religious knowledge? How do policies on Muslim minorities and the regulation of religion in the public sphere impact them? Welcome to listen to Renata Pepicelli, author of Il velo nell’Islam – Storia, politica, estetica (Finnish transl. Islamin huntu, Vastapaino 2014), and Academy Research Fellow Mulki Al-Sharmani discuss Pepicelli’s new book. The event is open to the public.
Global migration movements and increasingly transnational family lives are transforming cultures of ageing and practices of older age. This workshop aims to increase our knowledge of how ageing is experienced in transnational contexts, something that is currently little understood and under-theorised in the social sciences. Migration studies have tended to focus on other life phases (people in their active working age and young people) and neglected to consider the embodied experiences of older people in migration.
There is an emerging sub-literature on retirement migration, but more needs to be understood about the implications for later life for ageing migrants and ex-patriots, and for ageing family members when people choose to embark on transnational patterns of mobility as an everyday life strategy. Yet, migration concerns also people in their 50’s and over. Returning to the country of origin in retirement is a common goal for many migrants and reflected in the building projects in the countries of origin, but nationalist social care regimes that do not recognise transnational home making and kin and community ties in the country of settlement make actual returns problematic and undesirable. Social scientific studies on ageing have tended to focus on questions of older people’s health and functional capabilities, as well as on service and care provision, within distinctive nation-state contexts, thus overlooking how transnational migrations radically alter the conditions and experiences of ageing. However, it is increasingly recognised that research on ageing can no longer be confined to national or local sites of analysis, since they are shaped by global mobilities and transnational practices
Taking everyday life and practices as an explicit analytical starting point, and acknowledging the transformative potential of everyday life, this workshop analyses how lived experiences of older age are being and have been transformed by global mobilities and transnational family lives. Research on globalisation and under the so-called mobility paradigm (see e.g. Sheller and Urry 2006; Urry 2001) has also overlooked older people as agents in globalisation and migration. By examining links between these different strands of research the papers in this workshop provide a basis for an emerging interdisciplinary research paradigm within global studies on transnational ageing. Transnational ageing studies focuses on the experiences of ageing and preconditions of elderly care in a world characterised by increasing forms of transnational mobility and migratory movements.
The workshop consists of the following papers, but it is open for other presenters as well.
Baldassar Loretta (University of Western Australia, Australia), Ferrero Laura (University of Torino, Italy), Portis Lucia (University of Torino, Italy): “More like a friend than an employee”: informal relationships of care between elderly employers, paid carers and their respective extended families
Bastia Tanja (University of Manchester, UK) The implications of diversified migration streams for transnational ageing
Coe Cati (Rutgers University, US) Transnational Migration and New Elder Care Arrangements in Ghana
Näre, Lena (University of Helsinki, Finland) Ageing Transnationally and Locally in the Context of Labour Migration
Toyota, Mika (Rikkyo University, Japan) and Thang, Leng Leng (University of Singapore; Singapore): Seeking care abroad: the case of Japanese retirement migration
Walsh, Katie (University of Sussex, UK) Home Life: intimacy and migration in older age
Lena Näre, University of Helsinki, Finland (lena.nare (at) helsinki.fi)
Katie Walsh, University of Sussex, UK (Katie.Walsh (at) sussex.ac.uk)
Thu, October 23, 2014, 14.45–17.30, Conference room: Lecture room 3 (New side, 2nd floor)
Migrations, older age and home-making
Fri, October 24, 2014, 13.15–16.30
Care and older age in transnational migration contexts
Social changes such as migration, globalisation, and developments in communications technology have led to increasing religious diversification, both in Europe and elsewhere. This in turn has made the questions about the role of religion in the public life ever more relevant. What is, and what should be, the role of religion vis-à-vis national identity or the social cohesion of the state? How to take the diversity of the religious landscape into account with regard to, for example, policy making, education, service provision, and security? Which expressions of religious conviction are acceptable in a liberal democracy and which are not? Should religion have a say in politics? The workshop ‘Religious Equality in the Context of Religious Diversity’ invites scholars who share the interest in the place of religion in changing societies. The workshop concentrates on topics such as:
– diversification of religious landscape
– inclusion and exclusion of religious minorities
– religious freedom and equality
– the role of religion in public sphere
– transnational religion
– intersections of religion with gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, age, and other social divisions
– religious change in the context of social change
The workshop welcomes contributions from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, religious studies, theology, political science, law, sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and cultural studies. Both historical and contemporary perspectives are invited.
Teemu Pauha, Study of Religion, Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki, Finland (teemu.pauha (at) helsinki.fi)
Thu, October 23, 2014, 14.45–15.45, Conference room: Lecture room 16 (New side, 4th floor)
In order to invite Africans and other people of the African diaspora in Finland to participate in processes in which knowledge of them is constructed various immigrants’ associations and individuals of African descent have been invited to participate in an exhibition project to be organized at the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas in 2015. The purpose of the exhibition is to represent Africans and other people of the African diaspora as a part of the Finnish society, culture and history. The exhibition portrays various African communities in Finland and asks how “the African presence” has changed Finland and Finnishness.
The exhibition project and archives to be established along with it make the action phase of the African presence in Finland -action research project, which produces knowledge of the various African diaspora communities in Finland and, at the same time, examines questions related to the politics of representation and possibilities for inclusive knowledge production and history writing that will encompass the existence and experiences of diverse populations that make up nations in contemporary Europe. By emphasizing the various perspectives through which African diaspora(s) can be approached the study also aims at developing theoretical and methodological approaches that allow perceiving and exploring differences between and within the various immigrant and minority communities.
This panel brings together those partners (researchers) of the African presence research project whose own studies on Africans and African diaspora(s) in Finland contribute to the Museum project. We also invite new projects for cross-disciplinary cooperation. In addition to providing information on ongoing studies on African diaspora in Finland presentations in the panel will discuss the question of how applying participatory methods can benefit research on multicultural societies and ethnic and racialised minorities.
Anna Rastas, University of Tampere, Finland (anna.rastas (at) uta.fi)
Uyi Osazee, University of Tampere, Finland (uyi.osazee (at) uta.fi)
Thu, October 23, 2014, 14.45–17.30, Conference room: Lecture room 7 (New side, 3rd floor)
This workshop will concern interventions and practical solutions that promote equality in a diverse society, combining scientific research with practical applications. What aids social cohesion in practice? How can we transform the aims of national integration and equality programs into concrete measures at the national and local level that give positive results? How is knowledge translated into practice? Presentations may concern, for example, measures that increase
participation in employment, access to and success in education, equality in housing, access to health care, promotion of well-being, political representation, community involvement etc. What works and what does not work? What promotes inter-ethnic contact? What decreases discrimination? Are ethnically sensitive services needed, and if so, where? What is the media’s role? How can the success of measures be assessed?
The aim of the workshop is to share best practices that enhance equality at the ground level. Projects, interventions and measures involving the broad spectrum of society are welcomed: the focus may be, for example, on children, youth, families, single parents, the elderly, new or old ethnic groups, as well as involve municipal policies and services, employment agencies, educational institutions, the private sector and/or NGOs.
The workshop presentations may be in English or Finnish.
Liisa Kosonen, Social Psychology (liisa.kosonen (at) kotiposti.net)
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 14.45–17.30, Conference room: Lecture room 6 (New side, 3rd floor)
Friday, October 24, 2014, 13.15–16.15
Increasing cultural diversity in historically homogeneous societies requires new ways of defining inclusiveness and national belonging. This workshop will identify factors enabling both majority and minority group members to find common grounds for trust, respect and a shared sense of belonging to the society. More specifically, in the first part of the symposium, we will sum up the results found in the multidisciplinary MIRIPS-FI project that examined individual-, group- and societal level determinants of harmonious intergroup relations between Finnish majority and Russian-speaking immigrants in Finland. This part will also discuss the first findings of the SINI and LADA projects analyzing inter-minority relations in Finland. In the second part, we will broaden these perspectives by introducing sociological and cross-cultural approaches employed in the MIRIPS-FI and DIMA projects to study intergroup relations in Estonia and Norway.
Inga Jasinskaja-Lahti, Department of Social Research (Social Psychology), University of Helsinki, Finland (inga.jasinskaja (at)helsinki.fi
Thu, October 23, 2014, 14.45–17.30, Conference room: Lecture room 14 (New side, 4th floor)
Intergroup relations in Finland
Part 2: Intergroup relations in Estonia
Organizer: Peter Holley, CEREN, University of Helsinki, Finland (peter.holley (at) helsinki.fi)
Fri, October 24, 2014, 13.15–14.45, Conference room: Lecture room 7 (New side, 3rd floor)
Itä-Suomen yliopisto, Joensuun kampus