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Welcome to MIGREL International Conference 2023

We are delighted to announce the first MIGREL International Conference on June 14-16, 2023! The conference will be held at VID Specialized University in Stavanger, Norway. 

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On this page you will find more information regarding the following:

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Theme of the conference

We live in an era of constantly shifting migration flows driven by various intersecting factors. These include war and conflict, the globalisation of economies, values, and aspirations, changing technologies and means of communication, shifting demographics, socio-economic development, and not least environmental issues and climate change.

 

The implications of migration on the lived dimension of individuals and communities across various local, glocal and transnational contexts have been a central concern for the interdisciplinary focus of the MIGREL research group. This conference wishes to focus on the interface between migration, religion, and intercultural relations, viewing these interrelated dimensions as a rich and colourful tapestry of interweaving theories and approaches.  

 

Call for papers

MIGREL International Conference 2023 invites contributions through an open call in which scholars, practitioners, migrants, and members of the civil society take part to exchange in-depth perspectives on the complex diversity of discourses, experiences and practices concerning migration, religion, and intercultural relations. We are interested in contributions which may inspire an increased understanding and expand our horizons both theoretically, methodologically, and empirically on these issues.

  

Please forward your abstract of 250 words to one of the following themes of the conference by December 31st, 2022:

Theme 1: Migration

Theme 2: Religion

Theme 3: Intercultural relations

 

Theme 1: Migration

Following the ever more visible and changing flow of international migration in the past decades, increasing ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity in European societies has evoked a need to broaden our understanding of how various actors contribute to patterns of both inclusion and exclusion.  One arena where migration, religiosity and intercultural relations intersect is civil society. Churches, non-profit organizations, and migrant self-organizations are actively engaged in services or other activities which are intended to further the inclusion of migrants, cover basic needs, and/or represent migrants socially and politically.  Our questions, therefore, centre on the complex role and actual impact of civil society in contributing to the inclusion and exclusion of different migrant groups or communities at the macro, meso and micro levels. This call for papers seeks empirical contributions which explore how migrants’ experiences are shaped by various types of civil society organizations in the receiving country. In particular, we are interested in the role of religiosity and intercultural relations and how this plays out in various local, glocal, or transnational contexts. 

 

Contributions can include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Case studies on the role of civil society in shaping the inclusion of migrants in the receiving society, and in their everyday life; 

  • Studies on civil society organizations work in combating ethnic and religious discrimination 

  • Studies on how civil society organizations meet gender-specific needs of migrants, as well as needs that arise from intersectionalities such as different sexual orientations, or disabilities. 

 

Use the following link to submit your abstract of up to 250 words by December 31st, 2022

 

For any additional questions, please feel free to contact us: 

Conference coordinator: Ingrid Løland 
E-mail: ingrid.loland@vid.no 
Tel: +47 - 93085887 

 
 

Theme 2: Religion

The complex interaction between religion and different types of migration has become a pertinent subject for a diverse range of scholarship in recent decades. This call for abstracts seeks to expand the horizons from a theological and religious studies perspective and explore theoretical and methodological avenues that can deepen our understanding of a continuously changing religious landscape. The call is particularly interested in investigating the role, significance and impact of everyday religion, identity discourses and practices on different types of migratory processes. And reversely, how migration as a transformative experience affects religious identities, beliefs, and practices. This includes trajectories that span the migratory journey across temporal and spatial contexts, shaping and reshaping the lived dimension of individuals and communities in local, regional and/or transnational ways. 

The call reaches out to scholars interested in conceptualizing the interaction between religion and migration further, thus broadening existing interpretative lenses, reflections, and approaches in the disciplinary research conversations within theology and religious studies.    

 

Contributions can include, but are not limited to:

  

  • The role of lived religion and theology in diverse spatio-temporal contexts of migration  

  • Migration as a ‘theologizing’ and transformative experience affecting religion and religiosity 

  • Religion as a challenge and resource in (forced) migratory processes 

  • Collaborative research methodologies including migrants, migrant communities and faith-based organizations 

 

Use the following link to submit your abstract of up to 250 words by December 31st, 2022. 

 

For any additional questions, please feel free to contact us: 

Conference coordinator: Ingrid Løland 
E-mail: ingrid.loland@vid.no 
Tel: +47 - 93085887 

 

Theme 3: Intercultural relations

By highlighting the concept of intercultural relations, the conference aims to include a variety of in-depth perspectives on the interface between migration and religion. Intercultural relations take place on all levels of scale – from international and national arenas, where nations, governments, and ethnic- and religious groups meet and exchange ideas, knowledge, and resources, to neighborhoods and local arenas where individuals and groups of different backgrounds, beliefs, and lifestyles interact daily. Here they engage as citizens in intercultural encounters about common or differing interests in the capacity of being for example political representatives or professionals or as neighbors and friends or members of local organizations, and institutions of all kinds. This call for paper relates to issues of belonging, participation, and citizenship in contexts of work-life, civil society (including religious and migrant communities), and welfare sectors (like education, health services and social services). As such, the call seeks contributions from academic scholars, practitioners, and professionals that can shed light on how intercultural relations intersect different public spaces and occasions in our plural society.

 

Contributions can include one or several of the following keywords:

 

  • Inclusion

  • Belonging 

  • Participation 

  • Citizenship  

 

Use the following link to submit your abstract of up to 250 words by December 31st, 2022. 

 

For any additional questions, please feel free to contact us: 

Conference coordinator: Ingrid Løland 
E-mail: ingrid.loland@vid.no 
Tel: +47 - 93085887 

 
 

Conference Committee

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Registration and fees

This conference operates with the following packages, prices and deadlines:

Early bird prices

Late registration prices

Regular on-site participation: full conference package

NOK 2200

Deadline: 31.12.22

NOK 2600

Deadline: 31.03.23

Students, NGOs and practitioners on-site participation: full conference package

NOK 1400

Deadline: 31.12.22

NOK 2000

Deadline: 31.03.23

Online participation

NOK 800

Deadline: 31.12.22

NOK 1000

Deadline: 31.03.23

The full conference fees include:

  • Admission to scientific sessions and keynote lectures

  • Admission to workshops

  • Refreshments (tea, coffee, fruit, cakes) throughout the conference

  • Reception on Wednesday (refreshment/snacks)

  • 2 lunches (Thursday and Friday)

  • Conference buffet dinner (Thursday)

The online conference fees include:

  • Admission to scientific sessions and keynote lectures

 
 

Conference program

A more detailed program will soon appear on this page.

Conference venue and Stavanger

The conference will be held at VID Specialized University in the vibrant city of Stavanger, on the South-Western coast of Norway. The city hosts many historical sites and beautiful natural surroundings. Conference participants will be offered optional city tours, as well as a boat trip to the Lyse Fjord (with a view of the Pulpit Rock).

 

For more information regarding the venue and interesting locations, please visit these websites:

VID new campus
VID new campus
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City centre
City centre
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Valberg Tower
Valberg Tower
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Sola beach
Sola beach
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Cathedral
Cathedral
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Coloured street
Coloured street
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Pulpit rock
Pulpit rock
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Old Stavanger
Old Stavanger
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VID campus
VID campus
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Accommodation and transport

Where can I stay the night in Stavanger?

  • Scandic Hotels

    Discount code: D000033592. 

  • Comfort Hotel Square

    15 minutes walk to campus. Price: Kr 1095, breakfast included. Address: Løkkeveien 41, 4008 Stavanger. Discount code: 60524795.

  • Best Western Havly Hotel

    23 minutes walk to campus. Address: Valberggata 1, 4006 Stavanger.
    Discount code: "VID"

How do I get to campus?