Department of Culture and Learning


Schedule and abstracts for Work- and Walk-shops


Workshop: Labour migration - inclusion or exclusion?

Wednesday May 20, 13:30-15:15
Chair: Marlene Spanger, CoMID, Aalborg University

Lithuanians entering Swedish labour market: the flows of capital, services and people

Indre Genelyte
(REMESO, Linköping University, Sweden,

Workplace composition in the construction and cleaning industries in Denmark after the EU enlargements of 2004 and 2007

Anja Kirkeby
(CoMID, Aalborg University, Denmark, )

East-Europeans immigrating – Icelanders emigrating: Migration to and from Iceland

Frida Thorarins
(MIRRA/CIRRA - Center for Immigration Research Reykjavik Academy, Iceland,

Workshop: Place and Space – ties and belongings

Wednesday May 20 13:30-15.15
Chair: Hans Stourhaug, Hans Storhaug (Norwegian emigration center)

Danish Argentines – migration, belonging and transnational identities

Trine Lund Thomsen
(CoMID,Aalborg University, Denmark,

Establishing social inclusion and exclusion mechanisms in the working-life trajectories of Central and Eastern European migrant workers

Doris Pljevaljcic Simkunas
(CoMID,Aalborg University, Denmark,

Storytelling in the Red Star Line Museum, linking historical and contemporary migration

Lien Vloeberghs
(Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp, Belgium


Wednesday May 20 15.45-16:45

Migration WalkShop

Bente Jensen
(The Danish Emigration Archives, Aalborg,

A tour through the city center of Aalborg where History is told through the migration theme showing how concrete examples of emigration and immigration have contributed to the development of Aalborg. The walk will contain contemporary examples visible in the cityshape as well as stories told through buildings and the structure of the city.

Workshop: Labour migration - inclusion or exclusion? (continued)

Thursday May 21, 09:30-11:15
Chair: Trine Lund Thomsen (CoMID,Aalborg University)

Social capital among Polish immigrant families in Norway

Eugene Guribye,
(Agder Research, Norge,

Migrant men working as care-providers in Italian families: Masculinity, Care and Identity.

Serena Vanotti
(Global Refugee Studies, Aalborg University – Copenhagen,

Establishing minority and majority subject positions within the Danish healthcare through racialization and whiteness: Narratives of Polish and Philippine migrant nurses

Marlene Spanger and Annemette Kusk Pedersen
(CoMID, Aalborg University,

Workshop: Construction and Reproduction of Identity

Thursday May 21, 09:30-11.15
Chair: John Mark Nielsen (Museum of Danish America)

The role of social media and the Internet in navigating and challenging dating practices among Turkish migrants and descendants living in Denmark

Sahra-Josephine Hjorth
(CoMID, Aalborg University, Denmark,

Persistence and challenge to a transnational identity in the migration process.
The case of 19th century Sinti from the German states moving to Denmark and Sweden.

Richard Magito Brun,
(The Culture Society for the Travelling People,

Labour migration - inclusion or exclusion?

Labour migration has throughout history repeatedly characterized both Denmark and the world as a whole demographic, culturally, socially and politically. Each wave of migration has been perceived as special in the communities that have received immigrants, and in the communities that have lost a number of fellow citizens, who in different ways have retained the connection with their country of origin.

This workshop invites analysis of migratory flows in the 19th and 20es centuries to a discussion of differences and similarities in migration and integration processes. The aim is to examine whether the same structural features can be found in both immigration and emigration to different countries and in different historical contexts.

Place and space - ties and belongings

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss new knowledge on migration and integration processes and the understanding of how mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion are constructed and located in both place and space. In order to grasp the complexity of migration it is crucial to consider international/transnational, regional, national and local level perspectives. The reason being that through a combination of different levels is it possible to analyze and discuss how migration translates into concrete societal, political and labour market responses and how these mutually interact and work at the various levels. The workshop will address issues such as global movements, local communities, belonging and forms of exclusion.

Construction and reproduction of identity

Cultural identity is often perceived as static and monolithic. This workshop aims to debate this view. It can be argued that the understanding of cultural identity could be transcended through the inclusion of interpretive and critical perception of cultural identity as dynamic and processual, constructed between and among people in everyday interactions and in relation to larger social, political, and historical contexts. In the construction of cultural identity the ethnic “other” is produced, creating a threat to identity as well as contributing to the construction and reproduction of “us”. The workshop will address how we can conceive new identity formations in a globalized world.




Conference coordinator Ruth Emerek

Conference coordinator Jens Topholm

Conference secretary Ulla Langballe

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