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Collaborative migration research projects with participation of researchers at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen:

RESPOND - Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration In Europe and Beyond

This EU HORIZON 2020 RESEARCH PROJECT is organized around 11 work packages, where one is located at AMIS.

CAMP - The Carceral Mobilities Project

This project at the SAXO-institute led by AMIS affiliate Simon Turner, will develop the analytic concept of the “carceral junction” as a way of grasping the paradoxical work and consequences of asylum camps in Denmark and beyond.

Helping Hands: Research network on the everyday border work of European citizens

The interdisciplinary research network gathers researchers (ethnologists, anthropologists, human geographers, borders and migration scholars), from 6 different countries; Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and Scotland. Through a selection of six European locales, the network will explore the different ways of doing solidarity work in European everyday life, in support of refugees coming to Europe.

Practicing neighborliness in public space: an ethnographic study of everyday social encounters among asylum seekers and local residents in rural Denmark

AMIS affiliate Birgitte Romme Larsen leads this anthropological research project investigates everyday practices of neighborliness among asylum seekers and local inhabitants co-living in the small Danish town of Jelling.

Hating hate crimes: A research project about the role of emotions in modern minority policy work.

This project at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies is led by AMIS affiliate Birgitte Schepelern Johansen, and investigates the role of emotions in the ongoing policy work on ‘hate crimes’ in Europe.

Cross-border healthcare among Turkish immigrants in Denmark with particular focus on the elderly

This project at the SAXO-institute led by AMIS affiliate Anne Leonora Blaakilde explores healthcare practices among elderly Turkish immigrants in Denmark. Turkish immigrants constitute the largest non-Western population group in Denmark, and several studies have reported that uses of healthcare services among Turks are different from those of ethnic Danes. Read more at the project website.

Denmark and the New North Atlantic: Identity Positions, Natural Resources and Cultural Heritage

Cross-Nordic and interdisciplinary research project at Department of Cross-Cultural Regional Studies examining the renegotiations of identities that are taking place in all parts of the North Atlantic in these years, as a result of independence processes, climate change and globalization. Read more about the project HERE.

Migration, State and Pedagogy: Migration as prism for pedagogical studies of state formation processes

Project at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication with the overall aim of  developing new fields of study for educational research that can capture the intersections and dynamics between issues/objects of welfare work, migration and state (trans)formation processes across different national, regional, local and institutional settings and contexts. Read more at the project website. 

Professional interventions as a state-crafting grammar addressing "the immigrant"

Collective research project at Department of Media, Cognition and Communication exploring professional interventions in today’s state practices and how the transformation in professional interventions is related to historical processes of state transformation. The project will develop original theoretical knowledge contributing to the research area of the sociology of professions, linking to conceptualisations from research areas of the sociology of pedagogy, political sociology and immigration studies due to the historical processes of state transformation. Read more at the project website.

Social Cohesion and Ethnic Diversity (SOCED)

SOCED investigates social cohesion in the Municipality of Copenhagen. It focuses on both the conceptual and normative aspects of social cohesion and nationality, civil society practices and their impact on social cohesion, and everyday encounters between ethnic minorities and majorities, including perspectives on religion, differences of generation and gender. Read more at the project website.

Talking Neolithic - Recovering the Language of the First European Farmers

Research project at Department for Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics that explores the linguistic interaction between two significant cultural events in pre-historic Europe 1) the importation of agriculture from the Middle East in 8th and 4th century BC and 2) the invasion by members of the Indo-European shepard community from the Ponto-Caspian steppe in the 3rd century BC. Read more at the project website.

The Genomic History of Denmark

Interdisciplinary research project making Denmark the first country in the world to map its evolutionary, demographic and health history. Combining natural science and humanities the project can add new views to Danish and European debates on heritage, identity, national affiliations and cultural and historical understandings. Read more at the project website.

The mother tongue project

In the research group Mother tongue education for linguistic minority pupils in the super-diverse metropolis of Copenhagen (SuperMOTE) researchers will provide new insight into language and literacy practices among minority pupils in relation to mother tongue education. Read more at the project website.

The Politics of Social Cohesion

The aim of the current project is to improve our understanding of politics of social cohesion, including their (underlying) values and effects on social cohesion, with particular attention to trust and solidarity. The project is highly inter-disciplinary; combines theoretical, quantitative and qualitative methods; and involves a transnational comparison of four countries that can be said to express highly different community conceptions, namely Denmark, Canada, France and the UK. It is funded by a Sapere Aude Top-Researcher grant for AMIS Director Nils Holtug from the Danish Council for Independent Research, and involves a collaboration between Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, University of Copenhagen, Department of Culture and Identity, Roskilde University, and Department of Political Science, University of Aalborg. Read more at the project website.