Mobilities and Transnational Iceland, is a three-year project of excellence that aims to bring together researchers studying recent changes in Iceland from the perspective on mobility and transnational connections. The project has been funded by Rannís, the Icelandic Centre for Research. It is located at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Iceland, but involves academic and non-academic partners in Iceland and abroad.
Since the turn of the millennium, Iceland has increasingly been tangled in the dense network of international relations that have led to the growing transnational character of Icelandic society and its institutions. While mobility has always been an intrinsic part of Icelandic lives, it has intensified significantly in recent years, especially following Iceland joining European Economic Area (EEA) in 1994. Iceland is involved and affected by different forms of exchange and flows of ideas, capital, objects and people: emigration, immigration, foreign workers, refugees, human trafficking, business trips, educational and cultural transfer, tourism. The purpose of the project is to foster and conduct interdisciplinary research and discussion to better understand the complex implication these diverse mobilities have for the Icelandic state, institutions, society and culture. In order to enhance discussion, the project determinates three interlinked areas (pillars): social and cultural aspects of mobility, institutional and legal changes, and cultural politics.