2018 workshop (Oxford, UK)

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15th November 2018, Maison Française d’Oxford                                 

6 pm: screening of Dheepan (Winner of the 2015 Cannes film Festival)

8 – 9 pm: wine and cheese welcome reception


16th November 2018 – Nuffield College                                                          

11 am – noon: Launch – Nuffield College, Clay Room

Presentation of the Special Issue “Political Remittances and Political Transnationalism: Practices, Identity and the Role of the State,” forthcoming in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Introduction by Nicholas Van Hear and Ilka Vari-Lavoisier. Outline of the special issue by the guest editors: Félix Krawatzek and Lea Müller-Funk.

12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch break


1 pm: Welcome – Nuffield College, Large Lecture Room

1pm: Opening Remarks 
Matthew Gibney (Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford)
Francois Héran (Director of the Institut Convergences Migrations, INED)
Carlos Vargas-Silva (Research director at COMPAS, Oxford)

1:15 pm: Objectives of the Meeting, by the conveners
Kathrin Bachleitner – RSC/Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Félix Krawatzek – ZOiS/Nuffield, Berlin
Marie Thébaud-Sorger – MFO, CNRS
Ilka Vari-Lavoisier – U. di Trento/COMPAS/MFO, Oxford

1:30 pm – 3 pm: Panel 1

Longitudinal Approaches to Collective Identities

Chair: Oliver Bakewell – University of Manchester

  • Félix Krawatzek – ZOiS, Berlin & Emma Moreton – Coventry University: Belonging in Irish and German migrant letters: a comparative long-term analysis
  • Olivia Spiegler – University of Oxford: Identity integration and adjustment of Muslim immigrant-origin youth: Longitudinal and cross-national findings based on the CILS4EU data
  • Yossi Harpaz – Tel Aviv University: From Sacred to Instrumental: Exploring the Changing Meaning of Citizenship
  • Miguel Ramos – University of Oxford: A Time Focused Perspective for Analysing the Effects of Religious Diversity

3 pm – 4:30 pm: Panel 2

Unity is Strength? Groups and Brokers

Chair: Nando Sigona – University of Birmingham

  • Angelika Love – University of Oxford: Multiethnic individuals in friendship networks: The potential of “brokers” for interethnic relations
  • Neli Demireva – Essex: Cultural Barriers to the Successful Integration of minorities in Britain
  • Christophe Jalil Nordman – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement: The determinants of trust: Evidence from rural South India
  • Nils Reimer – University of Oxford: Bridging divides of caste and religion in South India

4:30 – 5pm: Coffee break

5 pm – 7pm: Keynote Addresses – Nuffield College, Large Lecture Room

Susan Fiske – Princeton, Social Psychology: “Which Cognitions about Migrants? Hosts First Want to Know Whether They Can Trust the Strangers.”

Douglas Massey – Princeton, Sociology: “When Rational Migrants Meet Irrational Policies.”


17th November 2018, Lady Margaret Hall                                   

9 am – 11 am: Roundtable – Lady Margaret Hall, Monson Room

Responses to The Current Refugee Crisis: How the Identity of States Matters

Chair: Emre Eren Korkmaz – University of Oxford

  • Kathrin Bachleitner and Alexander Betts – University of Oxford: State Identity and Normative Decision-Making. The case of the European Refugee Crisis in 2015
  • Andras Szalai – Central European University: Securitization as Enacted Melodrama: The Political Spectacle of the Hungarian Anti-Immigration Campaign
  • Sarah Knoll – University of Vienna: Austria and the “refugee crises”
  • Olaf J. Kleist – University of Osnabrück: Political Memories, Refugees and Conflicts of Belonging in Germany
  • Malin Thor Tureby – Linköping University: Documenting the Autumn of 2015 – The Memory Intuitions, Sweden and the Refugees
  • Joana Duyster-Borreda – U. of Oxford: Spain: Fragmented Nationhood and Denied Memory

11:15 am – 12:30 pm: Final session: Takeaways & Moving Ahead 

The Realities of Interdisciplinary Research Projects: Promise and Performance

Chairs: Marie Thébaud-Sorger and Ilka Vari-Lavoisier – MFO, University of Oxford

  • Michael Castelle – University of Warwick
  • Wolf Feuerhahn – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Francois Héran – Institut National des Études Démographiques
  • Carlos Vargas-Silva – University of Oxford

12:30 – 1 pm: Concluding Remarks

Melinda Mills, Nuffield Professor of Sociology – University of Oxford

1 pm: Closing lunch 


No registration required.