CEIFO lades ned som egen enhet den sista december 2011. Delar av verksamheten kommer att dock att fortsätta vid Socialantropologiska institutionen. Bland annat kommer det att bli seminarier och workshops under rubriken Transnationell migration/Ceifo.

Det övergripande temat för vårens aktiviteter är teoretiska och metodologiska utmaningar inom forskning om diaspora och transnationalism. Med utgångspunkt i olika vetenskapliga discipliner och olika teoretiska och metodologiska perspektiv inbjuder vi till ämnesöverskridande diskussioner.

25 september

Welcome to participate in two panels discussions 
Tuesday September 25 in B600, Södra husen,  Stockholm university, 13.00 – 17.00

Panel 1:
Lisa Pelling (Global Utmaning), Östen Wahlbeck (Sociology, Helsinki University) and Erik Olsson (Ceifo/Social Anthropology, Stockholm University) introduce the debate.

Panel 2:
Fataneh Farahani (Ethnology, Stockholm University), Catrin Lundström (Gender Studies, Stockholm University) and Annika Rabo (Ceifo/Social Anthropology, Stockholm University) introduce the debate.

The discussions will be in English.
This activity is co-sponsored by Nätverket för forskning om Transnationalism och Diaspora.

Since there will be refreshments please let us know if you are coming by sending an email to annika.rabo@socant.su.se


9 oktober

Understanding educational success of Bosnian youths in Sweden. Narratives on migration, transnational social networks and intergenerational social mobility.
Catarina Lundqvist
Tuesday October 9, B 600, Södra Husen, Stockholm university 1-3 pm

This presentation is based on interviews with young people with Bosnian background. My theoretical and analytical interests revolve around the concept of social position, social mobility and social networks in the context of migration and transnational communities. The presentation illustrates the importance of understanding family migration as an ongoing transnational process affecting everyday life and career decisions.
Catarina Lundqvist is a researcher at the Department of Social
Anthropology at Stockholm University. Her main research interests
are school to work transitions, youth, social dimensions on inclusion and
exclusion, ethnicity and transnationalism, as in the project “Transnational
Educational Careers”.

23 oktober

Welcome to a Transnationalism and Diaspora event
Tuesday October 23, B 600, Södra Husen, Stockholm university

Lecture by Khachig Tölölyan
Claiming diasporas, reclaiming diaspora studies
Khachig Tölölyan is Professor of Letters at Wesleyan University and editor of the journal Diaspora. He is a renowned scholar of diaspora studies and he has published extensively in the field, especially on the Armenian diaspora.

Workshop on transnationalism and diaspora
to be presented and discussed by the participants. Professor Khachig Tölölyan will act as a discussant. Please send an abstract of 350-500 words to annika.rabo@socant.su.se no later than October 2 and the paper no later than October 16.

Since there will be a buffet after the workshop please let us know by October 16 if you are coming by sending an email to annika.rabo@socant.su.se

Dates for workshop
Abstract: October 2
Paper: October 16
Partaking in buffet: October 16

Organiser: CEIFO/Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, Marie Curie Initial Training Network Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging (CoHaB). Co-Organiser: The Network for Research on Transnationalism and Diaspora (Nätverket för Forskning om Transnationalism och Diaspora)

Seminarier oktober -december 2012

30 oktober

The new developers? Returnees in policy and practice.
Lisa Åkesson
Tuesday October 30, B 600, Södra Husen, Stockholm university, 1-3pm

In recent years, there has been a surge of “Northern” policy documents celebrating the positive effects of international migration in countries of origin. In my presentation I will contrast some basic assumptions in policies on migration, return and development with an anthropological study of Cape Verdean returnees. This study reveals some important disparities between the returnees’ experiences and the ideas underpinning policy documents. I will also talk about what it takes to become a successful returnee entrepreneur, and about the main constraints to migrants’ entrepreneurship.

Lisa Åkesson is Associate Professor in Anthropology at the Department of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, and Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute. Her research focuses on various aspects of transnational migration such as how labour migration affects people’s living conditions in migrant sending societies. She has analysed the situation of those who stay behind and explored their relations to family members in Europe and the US by exploring themes such as remittances, conjugal relationships and child care.

13 november

The Lebanese Diaspora: A Comparative Ethnography
Dalia Abdelhady
Tuesday November 13, B 600, Södra Husen, Stockholm university, 1-3pm

Based on the ethnographic research in three different cultural contexts, Abdelhady will discuss the ways ethnic communities are neither disappearing nor remaining what they were in the homeland. Rather, she will explore the contradictory aspects of diasporic life. Through comparative analysis, the talk will address the different outcomes produced by the various contexts of reception: assimilation in France, and the variant forms of multiculturalism in the US and Canada.  Alongside these differences, however, Abdelhady will show that members of the Lebanese immigrant communities build solidarities and construct identities that challenge these frameworks for understanding racial/ethnic integration. 

Dalia Abdelhady is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Middle East Studies at Lund University in Sweden. She received a PhD in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany. The primary theme in her work addresses Arab immigrants and their children in Europe and North America and investigates the complex ways they integrate to their new societies, maintain ties to their homelands and construct global solidarities and cosmopolitan identities. She is the author of The Lebanese Diaspora: The Arab Immigrant Experience in Montreal, New York and Paris, NYU Press.

4 december

”Multilingual” as a pan-ethnic marker
Tünde Puskas
Tuesday December 4 , B 600, Södra Husen, Stockholm university, 1-3pm

Multilingual is generally undertood as the ability of an individual to know and use more than two languages. However, as I argue in my paper, in the past decade the content of the term in Swedish educational discourse has undergone  a profound metamorphosis. The focus of my paper is on how in educational policy documents ”multilingual” replaces the earlier pan-ethnic marker immigrant (children). The concept of pan-ethnic here refers to a wider collective of ethnic groups that are commonly associated by a language, or as in this case by a linguistic lag. The discursive change from "immigrant children" to "multilingual children" has lead to a situation in which "multilingual" as a pan-ethnic marker has come to refer to a lag in linguistic behavior vis-à-vis the monolingual Swedish-speakers..

Tünde Puskás is a Postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Linköping University. In 2009 she defended her PhD thesis about Hungarians in Sweden and Slovakia, ”We belong to them” - Narratives of Belonging, Homeland and Nationhood in Territorial and Non-territorial Minority Settings.. She is currently involved in three research projects; Swedish only? Nation, economy and multiculturalism in Swedish communal schools; Ethnicity in Preschool; Language policies in multilingual preschools and families: institutional and everyday practices and accounts.

6 december
"South to North: A Demand For People-Centred Globalization"
Shailja Patel
Thursday December 6, B 600 Södra Husen, Stockholm university, 1-3pm

Internationally acclaimed poet, playwright, theatre artist, and political activist.
Shailja Patel will make a presentation based on Migritude. Part memoir, part political history, part performance tour-de-force, Migritude weaves together family history, reportage, and monologues of violence, colonization, and love, to create an achingly beautiful portrait of women's lives and migrant journeys undertaken in the boot print of Empire.

CNN describes Shailja Patel as "the people-centred face of globalization." She connects the dots of global justice. Her performances have received standing ovations on four continents. She has been African Guest Writer at the Nordic Africa Institute, poet-in-residence at the Tällberg Forum, and was named one of Fifty Inspirational African Feminists by the African Women's Development Fund. In 2012, she represented Kenya at the London Cultural Olympiad. Her book Migritude, a bestseller in the US, has just come out from Celanders Forlag.

11 december

“Multiple Formations of Power: Articulations of Diaspora and Intersectionality”
Avtar Brah

Tuesday December 11,  DeGeersalen, 9.30-11.15

Power is encountered in its multiple modalities, its kaleidoscopic patterns varying according to the socio-cultural and economic circumstances in which diasporic groups find themselves. Factors such as class, racism, gender, ethnicity and sexuality all have intersecting impact on individuals and groups. Yet, on the whole the study of diasporas and intersectionality have taken place in separate arenas. Intersectionality has been a key concept in feminism, for example, yet its importance to diaspora studies is immense. This paper will explore the ways in which together diaspora studies and intersectionality inform each other. It explores how the two articulate to produce new intellectual and political formations. Inter alia, there will be a discussion of ‘difference’ as a connecting theme. There will also be a critical focus on the reach and limitations of intersectionality and its bearing on diaspora.

Avtar Brah is a professor of sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London with an interest in race, gender and ethnicity. Among her many publications there is Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities (1996) which had an enormous impact on diaspora research. She has edited (with Annie Coombes) Hybridity and Its Discontents: Politics, Science, Culture (2000).

Tuesday December 11
Invited workshop
"Critical Research on race and whiteness in Sweden"

Tuesday December 11, DeGeersalen, 12.45-17.00 pm


Tuesday January 22, 2013
Open lecture with Thomas Faist
“Transnationality in Migration and Social Inequalities”
10.00-12.15, DeGeersalen, Geovetenskapens hus

Thomas Faist is Professor, Transnational, Development & Migration Studies, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld.

Workshop, CoHaB: ESR projects
13.30-16.00, B 600

  • Introduction by Erik Olsson and Annika Rabo.
  • Tania González: Re-Doing Family across Borders: Gender, Age and Care Practices among Transnational Bolivian Families in Spain.
  • Tekalign Ayalew: The Role of Diaspora in Ethiopian Transnational Migration.
  • Siri Schwabe: Home Acts – ‘Activist Performance’ and Ideas of Home among Young Chileans of Palestinian Descent in Santiago (Chile).

Erik Olsson

Tuesday February 5, 2013, 13.00, B600
Professor, Maja Frykman, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare and Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University.

Maja Frykman is Professor of Ethnology, teaches in Peace and Conflict Studies Programme at the Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). Her main areas of research are: concepts and practices within the semantic domains of diaspora and transnationalism; labour- and refugee-migrants from Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina; narratives on exile experiences; war-related identification processes; ethnicity and place. Her current project is: "The transnational life of objects: Material practices of migrants’ being and belonging", financed by Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council).

Tuesday February 12, 2013, 13.00, B600
Professor, Gunilla Bjerén.

Tuesday March 5, 2013, 13.00, B600
FD, Charlotta Hedberg.


Hjärtligt välkomna!

Erik Olsson och Annika Rabo