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Doctoral course: Advanced Course in International Migration and Ethnic Relations II – Migration, Ethnicity and Identity

Migration Society 2.0 – Community and Conflict in the Era of Diversity

Course dates 2024-08-29 -- 2024-10-02

This is a hybrid course (taking place in Malmö and over Zoom)

Syllabus, application information and detailed schedule with readings is available here.

Aim of the course

The course gives a deeper understanding of theories and concepts related to ethnicity and identity in the research field of IMER. Special attention is paid to the interplay
of these concepts and their use in empirical research on diversity and discrimination.

Content, teaching, and assessment

Ethnic diversity is today perceived as being enhanced in many countries, in terms of foreign-born residents and their offspring, variety of ethnic groups and countries of origin, or in terms of the presence of “visible minorities”. The normalization of diversity in various societal spheres calls into question the established vocabulary and imagery of immigrant societies – immigrants and natives, foreigners and citizens, integration and assimilation, and so on. While a lot has been said and written (academically and otherwise) about the new patterns of diversity, less is known about how the norm of diversity is construed and co-produced by its own generation of subjects and agents. The aim of the “Migration Society 2.0” course is to enhance knowledge and understanding of how diversity is normalized in the minds, actions and behaviours of people and organizations. What kind of ideas and strategies of co-existence is entailed in the notion of diversity? How is it produced and communicated through public imagery and narratives? And which new patterns of community and conflict
may diversity engender? This year the course combines the lecture series “The Migration Society 2.0 version 2024” to be given in the Migration Seminar at Malmö University, combined with roundtables and seminars led by teachers affiliated to MIM and GPS at Malmö University. Confirmed speakers in the lecture series (see their CVs below) are internationally
renowned scholars prominent in the literature on the diversity turn in migration studies and/or conduct innovative research on diversity. Each of the five lectures is combined with a roundtable, a seminar, and specific readings. This year’s reading list and the detailed course outline will be shared with the students upon enrolment.

Doctoral students enrolled in the course will:

1. attend the lectures and roundtables by the invited speakers,
2. read the literature connected to the lectures,
3. write five two-page discussion papers/commentaries on the content of each
lecture and the related literature,
4. discuss the papers/commentaries with assigned seminar convenor and other
students in five seminars.

Assessment and examination (with grades pass/not pass) will be based on:

• attendance of all lectures and seminars,
• active participation in roundtables and seminars,
• submission of five discussion papers/commentaries.


More information on the course and guest teachers here