Department of Culture and Learning


Photographer: Daniel Faldborg Liversage


  1. Challenges of cross-border labour mobility and migration within the EU. 
  2. Welfare attitudes and social inequalities in changing Europe. 
  3. Transnational networks and labour market inclusion. 
  4. Occupational positions, health and working conditions. 
  5. Labour mobility, belonging and identity.

Workshop 1:

Challenges of cross-border labour mobility and migration within the EU. 

Cross-border labour mobility and migration in the EU region has provided new possibilities for an increasing number of migrants, especially the enlargements of the EU towards east starting May 2004 has increased mobility and migration. However, the increasing use of the freedom of movement within the EU-member states has challenged the welfare systems; the labour market institutions, rules and regulations; and the employers and employees in various European countries. There is a need for more knowledge of the impacts of the increasing mobility on receiving as well on sending countries. Therefore this workshop invites papers dealing with this cross-border mobility; the characteristics of it, the impacts, the attitudes and responses from e.g. employees, employers and trade unions in sending and/or in receiving countries.

WS leaders: Ruth Emerek og Anja Kirkeby

Workshop 2:

Welfare attitudes and social inequalities in a changing Europe. 

Europe has witnessed a broader policy turn towards a so-called ‘politics of necessity’ legitimizing austerity measures, budget cuts and roll-back of welfare services which basically has legitimized welfare chauvinism. This turn has been strengthened by first the economic crisis and recently the refugee crisis. Arguments of welfare chauvinism have changed from having an economic basis to also include culture as a legitimizing explanation for restricting access to social policies. Alongside the policy changes the public opinion and attitude to refugees and more broadly migrants have also changed. This workshop invites papers which investigate both empirical realities of welfare chauvinism and social inequalities as well as attitudes to welfare distribution. It is also open for theoretical discussions of welfare attitudes, chauvinism and inequalities.

WS leader: Martin Bak Jørgensen

Workshop 3:

Transnational networks and labour market inclusion. 

Migration regimes establish the norms and rules regulating social rights, citizenship and labour migration reinforcing practices of exclusion and inclusion. Such regimes establish notions of the desirability of migration, often determined by the “needs” of the labour market including the need for skilled or un-skilled workers. In order to gain understanding of these processes it is necessary to investigate the intersection of institutional systems and the lived lives of migrant workers and the role of transnational networks for their labour market inclusion and working conditions. This workshop welcomes presentations concerning empirical as well as theoretical perspectives on how labour market conditions for migrant workers might be characterized as vulnerable and precarious.

WS leader: Trine Lund Tomsen

Workshop 4:

Occupational positions, health and working conditions

This workshop will be dealing with issues of work environment and occupational medicine among migrant workers. There will be oral presentations of studies using anthropological as well as epidemiological methods.  The relevant work sectors and countries of origin of the migrant workers are mostly the same across the Nordic countries. That will include Eastern European workers from the building industry and other types of studies with a broader perspective. Each presentation will be followed by plenum discussions.

WS leaders: Kurt Rasmussen og Line Eldring

Workshop 5:

Labour mobility, belonging and identity construction

Contemporary migration and labour mobility across EU countries raises concerns of general rights of migrants and their right to work on equal terms with the national workers. Social, political and economic exclusion and inclusion in societies and in labour markets affects the construction of identities and senses of belonging. Questioning ‘who we are’ and ‘where we belong to’ also becomes a major individual concern when correlated with exclusion mechanisms and differentiations based on social categories. Belongingness and construction of identities also needs to be addressed on a national level and across borders. This workshop invites papers concerned with labour mobility, work environments, social inclusion/exclusion in the work place, belonging and identities.   

WS leaders: Marlene Spanger og Doris Simkunas




Conference coordinator Trine Lund Thomsen

Conference secretary Ulla Langballe

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