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15th ETMU Conference

15th ETMU Conference


15.-16.11.2018, Åbo Akademi

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Conference Rationale

The conference’s goal is to reflect on the meanings, effects and resistances towards vulnerability in the context of mobility, migration and minoritization. Vulnerability, understood as both a universal and constant aspect of everyday life and a particular predicament of differently resilient individuals, has recently become an important concept within migration and minority studies. Survivors of torture, undocumented children or victims of trafficking have been considered as particularly vulnerable, and legislation and societal structures have been considered as agents in the creation and mitigation of such vulnerabilities. However, the understanding of vulnerability as negativity that requires a resilience-building response from the society and state institutions has been criticised as yet another mode of governing individuals in a neoliberal society. In turn, this view has been juxtaposed with understandings of vulnerability as a condition that is productive of or constitutes a radical possibility for the creation of new identities and subjectivities.

Call for Workshops (until 27 April 2018)


Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts will be published in June.

Publication Opportunities

A special issue based on selected papers presented at the ETMU Days will be edited for the peer-reviewed open access journal Approaching Religion, published by the Donner Institute for Research in Religion and Culture, Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Guest Editors: Johanna Leinonen, Migration Institute of Finland & ETMU and Elina Pirjatanniemi, Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University.

You find the journal website at: https://journal.fi/ar
The website of the Donner Institute: https://www.donnerinstitute.fi/fi/etusivu/

Conference organizers and partners:

The conference is organised by the Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU), the Institute for Human Rights and the Minority Research Profile at the Åbo Akademi University, in cooperation with the Migration Institute of Finland, the Turku Network for Research on Multiculturalism and Societal Interaction (Turku McNet) at the University of Turku, and the Donner Institute.

Organizing committee:

Ruth Illman, Donner Institute Magdalena Kmak, Minority Research Profile, Åbo Akademi University & ETMU
Jaana Kouri, Turku McNet, University of Turku
Johanna Leinonen, Migration Institute of Finland & ETMU
Eveliina Lyytinen, Migration Institute of Finland & ETMU
Elina Pirjatanniemi, Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University
Pamela Slotte, Minority Research Profile, Åbo Akademi University
Minna Viuhko, the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations HEUNI & ETMU

For more information, please contact us at etmu2018@gmail.com