The research network MCgen (Generations, multiculturalism and Nordic identity) was founded in 2011 with the funding provided by Nordforsk. The network partners are located in five universities and research centers in different Nordic countries and one in Estonia. The main motivation to establish an inter-Nordic and Estonian research network stemmed from the observation that several clusters of specialization related to studies in migration and multiculturalism existed separately in the region in question. Thus, the network set out to foster cooperation between the pre-existing research clusters.
The main focus of the research network has been in doctoral training and in the organization of research seminars for the past two years. The final seminar in a series of six seminars will take place in Turku in November 25th-26th 2013. The other seminars have been organized in subsequent order in Roskilde (Denmark), Tallinn (Estonia), Uppsala (Sweden), Bergen (Norway) and Reykjavik (Iceland).
The network’s activities have been met with great enthusiasm among doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. The seminars have provided an opportunity for the doctoral-level researchers to establish connections in the Nordic region and towards Estonia as well as to embark upon common publications. In total, approximately seventy doctoral students have taken part in the seminars, presented their manuscripts in progress and received valuable comments from senior-level researchers. The papers presented during the seminars speak of a high-quality research being conducted by the community of young scholars. The seminars have also included keynote speeches from top post-doctoral scholars coming from Europe and North America.
Indeed, the network has aimed to move beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines as well as to transcend the national boundaries in providing a research setting for young scholars to come together and discuss issues that are more topical now than ever for the Nordic and Estonian societies – namely those related to multiculturalism and migratory movements.
For more information on the network, please visit: http://mcgen.utu.fi/