Call for papers & announcement of travel grants – The past and present of minority rights in the context of migration and multiculturalism, in Turku (Finland), November 25th-26th 2013

The past and present of minority rights in the context of migration and multiculturalism

Research seminar organized by the Network for Research on Multiculturalism and Societal Interaction (McNet) and Mcgen-network

November 25th-26th 2013
University of Turku

Intensified migratory movements have resulted to nation-states drafting a great variety of policies that target minority groups and members of minority groups. Particularly, increased attention to multiculturalism in contemporary Western societies has made questions over individual and collective minority rights surface. Indeed, multiculturalism both as an ideology and état d’être has become to occupy a central stage in debates dealing with minority rights. Attempts to recognize ethnic diversity and to accommodate it into the legal and political structures of the society has, on the one hand, prompted questions over the changing nature of state citizenship, social policies, and securitization of ethnic relations, and on the other hand, over human rights, global justice and transnational communities.

This workshop will focus on the local and global phenomena related to minority rights in the context of migration and multiculturalism, both past and present. PhD students dealing with these and similar topics are encouraged to send an abstract that can be based on an article/chapter draft of a PhD dissertation, or other scholarly paper in progress.

Keynote speakers:
Outi Korhonen, Professor of International Law, University of Turku
Peter Kivisto, Richard Swanson Professor of Social Thought, Augustana College

Application procedure
NB! With funding received from Nordforsk, the organizers announce the application for travel grants for PhD students. This grant covers the travel and accommodation expenses due to participation in the seminar.

A short abstract (max. 200 words) including name, email address and affiliation, and a travel plan should be sent to following national contact persons depending on which university the applicant is affiliated with:

Students affiliated with Danish universities, should send the application to Garbi Schmidt (; with Norwegian universities to Kari Ludvigsen (; with Swedish universities to Minoo Alinia (; with Finnish universities to Auvo Kostiainen (; with Icelandic universities to Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir (; and with Estonian universities to Marion Pajumets (

Key dates and deadlines
Deadline for submitting abstracts and travel grant applications: Friday October 4th 2013
Acceptance notification: Wednesday October 9th 2013
Deadline for sending final manuscripts: Monday November 11th 2013

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