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ERC founded project TARGETS has started

Valentina Di Stasio’s project “TARGETS – What Makes People TARGETS: A Multi-Actor Study of How Ethnic Discrimination Is Perceived, Tackled and Avoided”.  has started. The project is funded by an ERC Starting grant (2021 call; €1,5 million). Project description: Integrating literature from sociology, social psychology, organization and sociolegal studies, we develop and test a novel, multi-actor and…

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ERC founded project DualNets has started

Tobias Stark’s project ‘DualNets: Bridges in social networks: Harnessing dual identity to improve interethnic relations’ has started. The project is funded by an ERC Consolidator grant (2021 call; €2 million). Project description: This project will test a new theory: that interethnic prejudice can be reduced by minority members who identify with both their ethnic group…

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Liber Amicorum for Prof. Maykel Verkuyten

  Maykel Verkuyten (one of the founders of the Migration and Societal Change focus area), has very recently retired from Utrecht University/ISW/ERCOMER. As a farewell gift,  Jochem Thijs and Anouk Smeekes have composed a Liber Amicorum which takes the form of an edited volume titled: “Migration and Ethnic Relations: Current directions for theory and research…

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Seminar: Ozan Aksoy – Hirsute politics: beards and veils as strategic signals of religiosity?

Title: Hirsute politics: beards and veils as strategic signals of religiosity?   Abstract: Are religious practices partly signals—observable actions meant to inform on unobservable “qualities”? If so, does the reliability of these signals depend on social and political incentives that favour the pious? We aim to address these questions with two research designs. First, we…

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Seminar: Gerald Echterhoff – Towards a Psychology of Refugee Integration

Link to online seminar below Title: Towards a Psychology of Refugee Integration Abstract:  The successful management of refugee immigration, including the inclusion or “integration” of refugees in receiving societies, requires a sound understanding of underlying psychological processes. I will present a model of the Psychological Antecedents of Refugee Integration (PARI), developed in collaboration with colleagues…

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Seminar: Alexandre Afonso – Welfare Chauvinism in Historical Perspective

Link to online seminar below Title: Welfare Chauvinism in Historical Perspective Abstract:  Welfare chauvinism, defined as the willingness to restrict welfare benefits for immigrants and reserve them for the native population, is often understood as a recent phenomenon associated with recent immigration waves and how they interact with established welfare systems. In this presentation, I…

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Cancelled: Seminar: Irena Kogan – Importance of non-native accent for the integration of Germany’s ethnic minority youth

Unfortunately, this seminar is canceled and we hope to welcome Irena Kogan at another occasion   Title:  Importance of non-native accent for the integration of Germany’s ethnic minority youth   Abstract: Sociological research on the role of language proficiency in immigrant integration has been flourishing in recent decades, but one aspect of language—pronunciation—has thus far…

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Seminar: Irma Budginaite-Mackine – Who deserves to belong amidst the recent unsettling events?

Link to online seminar below Title: Who deserves to belong amidst the recent unsettling events? Exploring migrants’ perspectives on the debate of deservingness and belonging in the ‘Brexit Britain’ and representations of migrants in the public discourse in the context of Covid-19 pandemic Abstract:  Lithuania’s accession to the EU in 2004 granted the freedom of…

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Seminar: Luzia Heu – The cultural paradox of loneliness … and a possible solution

Link to online seminar below Title: The cultural paradox of loneliness … and a possible solution Abstract:  Intuitively, members of more collectivistic (or more socially embedded) cultures are often believed to feel less lonely than members of more individualistic (or less socially embedded) cultures. Quantitative comparisons, however, suggest that collectivism does not protect from loneliness….

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Seminar: Marta Bivand Erdal – What shapes migrant housing trajectories over time? Pathways to home ownership among Pakistani immigrants in Oslo from the 1970s till today

Link to online seminar below Title: What shapes migrant housing trajectories over time? Pathways to home ownership among Pakistani immigrants in Oslo from the 1970s till today Abstract:  In this paper we trace pathways to homeownership among Pakistani immigrants and their descendants in Oslo, over half a century. We seek to understand what drives different…

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