Call For Papers

After Crises: Diversity and Dialogue - 18th ETMU Conference

2-3 December 2021

University of Oulu, Finland

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Mulki Al-Sharmani (University of Helsinki)

Nick Baron (University of Nottingham)

Lucy Mayblin (University of Sheffield)

Deadline for paper proposals: 30 June 2021. EXTENDED DEADLINE 6 August 2021!

Conference rationale:

The 18th ETMU Conference After Crises: Diversity and Dialogue focuses on what happens after a crisis – such as a pandemic, an environmental crisis, conflicts between nation-states, and forced migrations – from the viewpoint of migration, minorities, and indigenous peoples. We also invite scholars to critically examine how crises are constructed in public and academic discussions.

Crisis rhetoric can create moral categories that differentiate between those who are full citizens, those who are in need of help during crises, and those who are to blame for it. Thus, the rhetoric of crisis may enable states and groups to claim authority that they would not have in normal circumstances and legitimate the use of divisive political powers. Crises can also bring into relief structures that reproduce inequality locally and globally. The ETMU conference provides a space for analysing how crises have affected migration and other forms of mobilities, as well as meanings attached to crises during different time periods.

It is also important to note that crises can bring people together and create new solidarities between groups, as they strive to resolve the crisis together. Therefore, we invite scholars to imagine new forms of dialogue and diversity in the context of crises. How do crises shape the hierarchies of global mobilities? How do those who have fled a crisis adapt to new environments? Is it possible to imagine new types of communities after the crisis? How can indigenous people be better included in the new forms of community? What can we learn from crises?

Paper submission:

The workshops listed below have been accepted in the conference programme. The organisers are now soliciting papers for these workshops. The abstracts describing the contents of each workshop can be found at: workshops. The closing date for paper proposals is 30 June 2021.

The workshops are held either on-site only, online only, or as hybrid meetings. The hybrid meetings will be divided into online or on-site sessions. You can also participate in the online workshops from your own laptop at the conference site. However, please note that the organisers are closely following the Covid-19 situation and may decide to hold the event entirely online.

Please submit your paper abstract of max. 2,500 characters using the online submission form.

You may also submit a paper abstract without selecting any of the accepted workshops. In this case, choose the appropriate option in the drop-down list in the submission form.


For more information, please contact the organisers at

Accepted workshops:

  1. When all this would be over? Overlapping crises and existential mobilities

  2. Public discourse on Muslims and Islam, and its effects on integration

  3. Leadership teams and collegial body composition across Finland’s higher education system: A post-2020 diversity litmus test

  4. Language and “crises”

  5. From crises to negotiating expertise

  6. Scientific freedom in crisis: Exchanging experiences, building solidarity

  7. Exploring the narratives behind immigrant-refugee entrepreneurship

  8. Evaluating “inner truth” in asylum claims

  9. Responses to global challenges in the field of child protection

  10. Deportations and deportability in Finland

  11. Family separation, social networks and relational wellbeing of refugees

  12. Racism and postcoloniality

  13. International relations: the crisis of migration or crisis of solidarity?

  14. Returning “home”

  15. De-migrantizing migration studies: Towards the reflexive study of migration phenomena

  16. Researchers shifting positionalities and power in migration research

  17. Activist-research approaches to crises: Sharing knowledge on ethical and methodological challenges, strategies and practices

  18. The marginalized migrant: Integration and well-being of adult migrants unable to enter the labour market in the 21st century

  19. Post-crisis and refugee mental health

  20. Is a crisis ever over? Revisiting experiences, stages and layers of after-crisis narratives