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Borders and migration


Thursday 22. August 2019, at 15:00 until at 17:00

Venue: Kverneland

Host: Institutt for helse og samfunn, Det medisinske fakultet, UiO

Entrance: Free with registration

The world’s migrant population is increasing. Numerous factors combine to shape the mobility of people and populations within and across borders in our time, including armed conflict, violence and political repression, as well as global economic policies that deepen inequality and produce poverty. People on the move meet many forms of borders, including borders that regulate access to nation states, rights, services, work and health care. In this seminar we explore the many ways that borders constitute in migratory processes today.

Conventionally, borders have been conceived as the territorial delineation of the nation state, and as providing a seemingly natural basis for exclusionary distinctions between ‘inside’ and ‘outside’, and between ‘us’ and ‘them’. With new migration patterns and policies, the border has evolved and multiplied. The border emerges not only at the territorial boundaries of nation states, but also in vast geographical regions beyond. Borders also manifest and are enacted within diverse encounters and processes within nation states. Meetings with these many forms of borders have considerable consequences for the life and health of migrants.

In this seminar, we explore encounters between migrants and borders, and we lend particular attention to the health aspects of these encounters.

Four migration researchers present examples of meetings between migrants and borders, with a focus on health.

Seth M. Holmes – UC Berkeley, USA. Medical doctor and medical anthropologist. Author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies (2013), on Mexican farm workers in the US.

Marry-Anne Karlsen – Universitet i Bergen. Social anthropologist and Postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Women’s and Gender studies. Her PhD dissertation is entitled Precarious Inclusion: irregular migration, practices of care, and state bordering in Norway(2015).

Jakub Stachowski – NTNU. Sociologist and Doctoral research fellow in the project Global Labor in Rural Societies at Department of Sociology and Political Science. In his PhD dissertation, Stachowski explores process of integration of Eastern and Central European migrants in rural areas in Norway, with special emphasis on the fishing industry.

Vilde F. Thorbjørnsen – University of Oslo. Social anthropologist and Doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Health and Society. Thorbjørnsen’s PhD dissertation concerns labour and health among migrants in the most precarious parts of the city economy of Oslo.

There will be short presentations followed by a conversation between the speakers and the audience.

Free, open and, accessible for wheelchairs. The presentations and conversation will be held in English.

Send e-mail for attendance to: Heidi Fjeld (heidi.fjeld[at]