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30/10/2019 - 10:24

Conference in Social Sciences this Friday

Þjóðarspegillinn is the largest annual research conference in Social Sciences at the University of Iceland. It is held for the twentieth time this year and the programme is varied as usual with 200 talks in 50 seminars.The aim of the conference is to introduce and share interesting research material from a broad spectrum within the Social Sciences in Iceland.

There are 3 seminars that are held in English:

Business and sustainability at 9 a.m. 

Community based initiatives at 1.15 p.m. 

Romani studies at 3 p.m. 

A few talks in otherwise Icelandic seminars will be held in English – see programme in Icelandic on the Þjóðarspegill website

The keynote speaker, Hein de Haas will give his talk International Migration: Myths and Facts at 9.30 a.m. in the University’s Main Building. He will talk about popular views on international migration are based on myths rather than facts, which results in a huge gap between narratives and realities of migration. Hein de Haas highlights the need to go beyond polarized debates between ‘pro-’ and ‘anti-’ migration voices by rethinking migration as an integral and inevitable part of development processes. His lecture highlights that perceived or real migration policy failure is generally explained by an inability or unwillingness to understand how social, economic, and political transformations affect migration in mostly indirect, but powerful ways, which lie largely beyond the reach of migration policies.

The panel discussion after the talk will be in Icelandic, however, there will be written interpretation projected on the screen. This event is organized in collaboration with Mobilities & transnational Iceland.

A poster exhibit is held from 28 October to 1 November in the University Centre 1st floor (Háskólatorg) in association with the Conference where numerous scholars, graduate students´ and doctoral students present their research.