• Anders Hellström (MIM)
  • Martin Bak Jørgensen (Aalborg University) 
  • Ov Cristian Norocel (MIM)


This is what we currently do.

In the next IMISCOE conference in Rotterdam we will discuss and disseminate works, both officially in the conference and unofficially in an appendix, based on our work with the book: “Welfare and Culture: Attitudes of immigration, Party Political Transmutations and Civil Society engagement.” Editors for this volume are Anders Hellström, Ov Cristian Norocel and Martin Bak Jørgensen. We will devote time in Rotterdam to discuss current matters and future plans for the book.The basic idea is to gain substantial knowledge of the current political landscape in Europe. We wish to emphasise the interaction between welfare & culture in three spheres; hence party-politics, civil society and attitudes. We have collected contributors from previous experiences at the IMISCOE conferences and also elsewhere in order to constitute a perfect blend of contributors, which cover many parts of Europe, and also the world.

 For the forthcoming book seminar to be organized in late 2017 in Malmö (received IMISCOE seed funding) to take place in Malmö, we will devote a whole day (additional funding is applied for to ensure at least one author for each potential chapter would have their expenses covered) to allow for a continuation of the Rotterdam conference, bringing together as many of the chapter contributors as possible. This event will precede a joint workshop on Right Wing Populism and the refugee crisis in Malmö (MIM) organized by Ruth Wodak and Pieter Bevelander.


Future activities:

We will submit a book proposal on welfare and culture, based on our meetings in Rotterdam and Malmö. Additionally, based on the work with the book we will write a joint research application, to be submitted in spring 2018. Abstracts and a list of names will be attached to this message. 


This is what we have done:

Chairing  the workshop (IMISCOE conference in Malmö (August):“Under the sign of the crisis: public opinion, media representations and party-political preferences in relation to immigration”. Participants: Anders Hellström & Susi Meret, Christian Ulbricht, Martin Bak Jørgensen & Trine Lund Thomsen, Didier Ruedin and Anna Kononenko. The workshop had seven paper presentations, adding to this a seemingly engaged audience. These sessions included researchers from both Southern- and Eastern Europe.

A seminar workshop was organized on November 13, 2013, at MIM, Malmö. The seminar also ended the second project meeting with the NOS-HS participants in a joint collaborative project on Nordic Populism. The theme of the workshop was based on our project concerning ideological transformations, organizational development and mainstream reactions to the Nordic nationalist-populist parties. Apart from individual researchers affiliated with the project also Anders Sannerstedt from Lund University and Björn Fryklund from Malmö University College participated.


Participation by Anniken Hagelund and Anders Hellström in the joint workshop ‘Defending or Damaging Democracy? The Establishment’s Reactions to Political Extremists in Liberal Democracies’ in Salamanca, in spring 2014. A nders Hellström, Susi Meret and A  Hagelund have submitted a paper abstract titled: ’Friend or Foe: The role and position of the Sweden Democrats, the Danish People´s Party and the Progresss Party in mainstream press editorials’.

 A joint meeting at the Mid-Sweden University, Sundsvall in March 2014, focusing on Political communication. The meeting was partly financed by NOPO (Nordic Populism network) and Nordcorp, several researchers attending the meeting were later on recruited in joining our workshops, see below.

IMISCOE conference in Madrid. Panel: ‘Public opinion and (media) representations of “the other”’. Participants: Anders Hellström, Martin Bak Jørgensen, Trine Lund Thomsen, Gregg Bucken-knapp (discussant), Björn Fryklund, Katarina Pettersson, Christian Ulbricht, Emil Persson (now Edenborg), Marco Pecoraro, Camilla Haavisto, Pieter Bevelander.

Paper presentation by Anders Hellström and Emil Persson (now Edenborg) ‘The Politics of Shame: Life stories of SD voters in a counterpublic sphere’(Paper prepared for the XVII triennial congress of the Nordic Political Science Association (NOPSA), Gothenburg, August 12-15, 2014. Workshop: The Rise of Anti-Establishment Parties in the Nordic Countries: Causes and Consequences)


Workshop at the IMISCOE conference in Geneva. Participants: Anders Hellström, Christian Fernández, Didier Ruedin, Ov Cristian Norocel, Astrid Mattes, Susi Meret, Martin Bak Jørgensen, Trine Lund Thomsen, Jonas Hinnfors, Andrea Spehar, Anton Steen, Rianne Dekker, Peter Scholten. 

Workshop at the IMISCOE conference in Prague: “Public opinion and (media)representations of “the other””. Participants: Anders Hellström, Ov Cristian Norocel, Martin Bak Jørgensen, Gabriella Elgenius, Trine Lund Thomsen, Suvi Keskinen, Karin Zelano.