Department of Culture and Learning

phd seminar

In connection with the MIDA conference Aalborg University will host a PhD seminar. The seminar will take place at the conference venue in Copenhagen. See The seminar provides an opportunity for PhD’s to present and discuss research design, methodology and preliminary results in connection with PhD-projects on migration. The purpose of the seminar is to take an overall discussion of challenges and findings in the studies of migration in various forms: migration, mobility, circular migration and return migration to uncover similarities and differences in inclusion or exclusion in the new society. The aim is to give inspiration to the PhD project and pinpoint pitfalls, problems and ethical questions. The seminar is designed for new PhD students, who are in the beginning of their project as well as PhD’s who are more advanced in their project and who wants to reflect on their results in comparisons with results from migration seen from other perspectives.

The PhD seminar will include the following main themes:

  • Methods in migration research (including ethical and political issues)
  • Labour migration – inclusion or exclusion?
  • Place and space – transnational relations and belongings
  • Construction and reproduction of Identity

The PhD seminar ranges mainly on two levels:

  • Presentation of main themes (lectures with discussion)
  • ​Discussions of PhD projects, where the PhD students give a presentation of their project based on their paper for the seminar. Each presentation is followed by opposition from another PhD student and comments to the design and methodology in the projects by senior researchers present. 

The discussions of the PhD student’s project will be based on a paper in English of 10 – 15 pages, which the PhD student has to deliver no later than April 01, 2016.

Paper must be submitted by EasyChair – Please follow this link to EasyChair.

There is a maximum of 12 participants at the PhD course, which gives 2 ETCS.

Price DKK 500 (includes catering and materials) - seminar is free of charge for AAU PhD students.

Please remember to register for the seminar - if you would like to participate in both PhD seminar (18 May) and the conference (19-20 May) you must sign up for both events. Link to AAU webshop.

Literatur is now announced for the PhD seminar. Together with the invited keynote speakers, the organizers of the PhD seminar, Associate Professor Trine Lund Thomsen and Professor Ruth Emerek from Aalborg University,  will also be present during the seminar.



09:00-10:00 Registration and coffee/tea
10:00-10:15 Welcome and introduction to the overall theme for the course
10:15-11:15 Keynote
Professor Irena Kogan, University of Mannheim
Integration Policies and Immigrants’ Labor Market Outcomes in Europe
11:15-12:40 Presentation of PhD projects
12:40-13:20 Lunch
13:20-14:40 Presentation of PhD projects
14:40-14:55 Coffee/Tea break
14:55-16:30 Presentation of PhD projects