PhD Conference: More or Less European, Oslo

Deadline: 1 September
Open to: PhD students and researchers in the related fields
Venue: 7-8 November, Oslo, Norway


Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages and Department of Archeology, Conservation and History of University of Oslo are organising an international PhD conference: More or Less European; Discourses on Contemporary European Migration, Integration and Othering. The conference will be held on 7-8 November in Oslo, Norway.

Significant migrant groups in Western and Northern European Countries originate from other European countries, both EU and non-EU member states. The new groups of “work refugees” are coming because of  the economic crisis from all sorts of backgrounds, on all sorts of migration paths and with all sorts of reasons for migration.

The conference will choose case studies and papers that reflect on issues raised by these migrants’ presence in the host societies,  primarily issues concerning who is regarded as European and non-European, and in which contexts. Europe, being a discursive construction and not only a geographical term can include and exclude different geographic areas depending on one´s point of view.

Main questions to the debate will be the following:

  1. What is imagined as Europe and who is European?
  2. How does “intra-European” migration influence the way we look at the questions raised by immigration?
  3. How do “European” immigrants experience their status in relation to their lands of origin and their host countries?
  4. How do “European” immigrants experience their status in relation to other migrants and the majority groups?
  5. What role does “Europeanness” play in relation to questions regarding the integration of migrants, discrimination and “othering”?


In particular PhD students who conduct research on topics related to the conference theme are encouraged to apply, but applications from all researchers in related fields are welcome.


The conference is free to attend and will include complimentary  lunch and coffee for all participants on both days. All paper presenters will be invited to an official dinner on Thursday, 7 November.

A limited number of travel and accomodation scholarships will be available for researchers without travel funds. Please specify in your application whether you wish to be considered for  this financial help.


Titles and abstracts (app. 500 words), along with a short bio-note (less than 100 words) are to be sent by 1 September 2013 to email

Find more information about the conference on the official webite.

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