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Workshop "Reinventing Mobilities and Borders: Cross-disciplinary Conversations", Nov 8–9, 2018, University of East Finland

Workshop "Reinventing Mobilities and Borders: Cross-disciplinary Conversations"

November 8–9, 2018, Karelian Institute, University of East Finland, Joensuu campus
Organizers: Driss Habti ( and Tuulikki Kurki (, Karelian Institute, UEF


We are pleased to announce Reinventing Mobilities and Borders: Cross-disciplinary Conversations seminar held at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and organized by the Karelian Institute. The seminar welcomes scholars from the social sciences and humanities working in Mobilities and Borders research.

The purpose of the seminar is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and expertise between a wide range of disciplines and researchers studying the issues that are broadly related to traditional as well as new emerging areas of mobilities and borders research. The seminar aims to promote discussion to forge a collective path forward for multidisciplinary research and scholarship and address new research questions and current local and global concerns. Moreover, the seminar seeks to address theoretical, empirical, political, and ethical questions in relation to mobilities and borders that are mutually constitutive but appear uneven, complex, and precarious in the twenty-first century. The seminar discusses the following themes: how mobilities/immobility, borders and bordering, and border-crossings as multi-level practices are shaped and reshaped by various structures and drivers in addition to global flows of people, products, and technologies. In addition, the seminar discusses the experiences of mobilities/immobility and borders and bordering that are enlivened and revived in memory, imaginaries and literary works resulting in either experiences of empowerment or various forms of inequality. Through mobilisation of different means such as various forms of capitals and new technologies, moving people, often with family members, hope to reach individual or collective goals and aspirations, or regain the momentum of dignified self-realisation and/or preferred way of life.

The seminar is supported by VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies and the research project Traumatized Borders: Reviving Subversive Narrative of B/Order and Other, funded by the Academy of Finland, in the University of Eastern Finland.