The Gaze of the Others? When seen from the South

NORDHOST is marking the end of the project period with a closing conference about hospitality in the affluent Nordics.

Image shows a boat used by refugees in the Mediterranean from an exhibition.

Boat used by refugees in the Mediterranean from an exhibition at MAXXIm, the national museum of contemporary arts and architecture in Rome, Italy. Foto: T. Wyller

What do migration and mobility look like – when seen from the South?

Conceptions of Nordic hospitality

The research project Nordhost – Nordic Hospitality in a Context of Migration – opens for conversations and critical dialogue about, and from the location of the gaze of others. For those willing to extend their concern beyond the bounds of politics concerned only with our obligations to those nearest, there are important values at stake. What are these values and who has the right to formulate them?

These are central themes when international migration researchers meet to challenge conceptions of Nordic hospitality. When is it reliable, when is it paternalistic, and when does it merely create ripples in Nordic affluence?

We are excited to publish the program and to invite friends and colleagues and other interested parties. Welcome to a challenging and inspiring day!


10:00: Welcome

Vice-chancellor, Gro Bjørnerud Moe, UiO
NORDHOST chair, Trygve Wyller, UiO

10:15: Hospitality vs. Populism – Lived resistance

Discussion: Imam Basim Ghozlan and TBA

10:45: Lived Resistance – from the field

Helena Schmidt: «Eating no-bodies: Reflections on hospitality and citizenship from the perspective of the meal."

Dorina Damsa: «Between belonging and exclusion: Migrants’ resilience in a Norwegian Welfare prison.»

María Hernández Carretero: «Citizen mobilization to welcome newcomers in Norway: political or apolitical engagement.»

Panel dialogue, respons by:

Dr. Daisy Machado, (Union Theological Seminary, NY).


13:00: Postcolonial Resistance, Nordic Edition

Vice President Saami Council Christina Henriksen and Bishop Tor B. Jørgensen

13:30 pm: Postcolonial Resistance – from the field to the page

Cecilia Nahnfeldt and Kaia Rønsdal: «Christian-Cultural Values in Migration Encounters: Troubled Identities in the Nordic Region.»

Panel dialogue, response by:

Dr. Federico Settler (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Dr. Daisy Machado (Union Theological Seminary, NY.

Dr. Tendayi Bloom (University of Birmingham, UK)

15:00 pm: General discussion

15:30 pm: End of seminar

For planning reasons, please let us know if you are planning to come, please fill in your name and e-mail address.

Published Jan. 20, 2020 2:36 PM - Last modified Jan. 31, 2020 12:31 PM