Call for Workshops

Call for workshops is open 19.3.-26.4.2021


18th ETMU Conference: After Crises: Diversity and Dialogue

University of Oulu, Finland

2-3 December 2021

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Mulki Al-Sharmani (University of Helsinki)

Nick Baron (University of Nottingham)

Lucy Mayblin (University of Sheffield)

The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) invites workshop proposals for the 18th ETMU conference on 2-3 December at the University of Oulu, Finland. The conference 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 a 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?

The conference organizers are particularly interested in workshop proposals that address the conference theme from various disciplinary viewpoints, but we also welcome thematic workshop proposals focusing on a wide range of topics that are relevant for scholars of international migration and ethnic relations. We encourage multidisciplinary workshops, including workshops that incorporate art-based methodologies. Workshops can comprise 1–3 sessions with 3–4 presentations in each session. You may propose a closed workshop with already selected presenters or a fully/partly open workshop.

The workshop proposal should include an abstract (max 2500 characters with spaces) and the names, affiliations and contact information of the organizer(s). The deadline for workshop proposals is April 19, 2021.

Please submit your proposal here:

Acceptance notifications will be sent by the end of April, and the call for papers will be opened in May. The workshop organizers, in collaboration with the conference organizing committee, will be responsible for selecting the papers for workshops.

For further information, please contact the organizers at aftercrises (at)

Organizing committee:

Johanna Hiitola, university lecturer, gender studies (co-chair)

Johanna Leinonen, academy research fellow, history (co-chair)

Seija Jalagin, university lecturer, history

Iida Kauhanen, PhD researcher, education

Outi Kähäri, postdoctoral researcher, history

Elina Lehtomäki, professor, global education

Anni-Siiri Länsman, university lecturer, sámi studies

Karin Murris, professor, early education

Audrey Paradis, university lecturer, education

Maria Petäjäniemi, PhD researcher, education

Vesa Puuronen, professor, sociology

Elina Turjanmaa, postdoctoral researcher, history