Dialectics of mobility and immobility

Mobilities and Transnational Iceland was with a workshop titled “Dialectics of mobility and immobility: at the 19th Nordic Migration Research Conference 2018: New (Im)mobilities: Migration and Race in the Era of Authoritarianis, held between 15-17 August in Norrköping, Sweden. The workshop was coordinated by Suvi Keskinen, University of Helsinki, one of the members of project advisory board and Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir, University of Iceland, one of the project coordinators. During two sessions, we could listen to eight presentations, thereof four by the project participants. Bellow, there is detailed description of the workshop and the program.

Wokrhop 29: Dialectics of mobility and immobility

In the current globalised and interconnected world, mobility tends to be normalized and aspired. The modernist ideology typically associates mobility with progress, while the neoliberal discourse ascribes it with positive values, promoting mobility along with flexibility and velocity as desired ideal. At the same time, mobility serves as a differentiating factor, reproducing (global) inequalities, racialization and discrimination. Importantly, mobility often entails or may result in various forms of immobility and boundary making, while immobile situations may contain mobile moments. For instance, refugees, who are frequently considered highly mobile subjects often need to negotiate between movement and lack of mobility; highly skilled migrants experience constraints on spatial or social mobility; or museums which are usually perceived as static representation of past into infinite future can become sides of transnational flows. In this workshop we would like to critically engage with the complex, ambiguous and frequently unobvious interplays between mobility and immobility as well as the problematic division between free and forced mobility. We welcome papers that demonstrate and discuss divers transpositions between mobility and immobility as well as papers that analyse how individuals mediate and mobilise different mobile or immobile positions.

16.08 (Thursday), 14:30-16:00                                                   

  1. Martin Lemberg-Pedersen and Jose Joaquin Arce Bayona

Transgressing the border epistemology of EU externalization

  1. Linn Axelsson

Bordering on the temporal: fast and slow routes through Sweden’s labour mobility regime

  1. Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir and Anna Wojtyńska

Paradoxes of flexibility: Polish labour migrants in Iceland

  1. Katla Kjartansdóttir

Museums in a moving world – mobile museum objects


16.08 (Thursday), 16:30-18:30                                                   

  1. Kjartan Páll Sveinsson

Highly Skilled Migrants and Immobilities: Nigerian Doctors in Britain

  1. Judith Zijlstra

Stepwise migration: mobility strategies of high skilled Iranians aiming to move to the West

  1. Erla S. Kristiansdóttir and Þóra Hansdóttir Christiansen

“I smile but feel humiliated”: Lived experience of highly skilled Filipino immigrants of communication, contribution and integration in the Icelandic labor market.

  1. Mary Rose Geraldine A. Sarausad

The paradox of mobility: life transitions among skilled Filipino migrants in Thailand