Native/Immigrant/Refugee: Crossings and Divides (University of Bergen Seminar)

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 - Thursday, Aug 29, 2019

Bergen | Norway

Refugees, immigrants, and indigenous peoples are typically constructed as separate categories within nation-states, and thus are studied in relation to white “natives,” but seldom in relation to one another.  Immigrants, indigenous people and refugees are conventionally imagined as communities with little in common.

This seminar, jointly organized by SKOK (University of Bergen) and The Center for Race and Gender (UC Berkeley) will tackle the question: how do these communities, and the fields of study focused on these communities, intersect? A key question for the seminar will be how these communities are imagined to diverge through conceptions of time and space, and how such imaginaries are gendered. The participants will explore convergence and divergence among these three populations with respect to legal status and the attendant social and material contexts as well as cultural/political discourses and cultural forms and practices, particularly the “ground up” imaginaries and practices of natives, immigrants, and refugees.

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