Project Meeting in Gothenburg

EUMARGINS research team members recently met for a 2-days project meeting (July 15-16, 2010) in Gothenburg, Sweden. All the research sites were represented, thus participants from Estonia, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, the UK and Sweden contributed in the discussions. The main topic of the meeting was analyses of the data collected, which will result into the second book of the project. The meeting took place at the Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg, and most of the participants were accommodated at the Villa Fridolin in the city centre. The XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology was taking place in Gothenburg at the same time, thus many of the EUMARGINS researchers could also partake in this event. In addition, three EUMARGINS papers were presented during the Congress.

The Gothenburg-meeting participants toasting for EUMARGINS's first book 'Inclusion and Exclusion of Young Adult Migrants in Europe - Barriers and Bridges'.

A main topic of the meeting was the second EUMARGINS project book. The publication will be a follow up of EUMARGINS' first book entitled 'Inclusion and Exclusion of Young Adult Migrants in Europe - Barriers and Bridges', which was published by Ashgate in June 2010. While the first book gives detailed descriptions of seven different national contexts in Europe that all are hosting large numbers of young adults with immigrant background, the second EUMARGINS book will more specifically portray the different situations of inclusion and exclusion that are experienced and told by the young adults themselves. The book is based upon the rich pool of qualitative interviews that the EUMARGINS researchers have collected among young adults of immigrant background in the seven countries. The book project corresponds to Work Package 5 of the EUMARGINS project description. It is a challenge to secure that all the seven very different contexts with their large variety of people with immigrant backgrounds are represented, thus selection of topics and approaches were important themes of discussion.

Naturally, in addition to this main topic of the meeting, other matters of importance for the progress of the project were brought to the fore, and important deliverables and deadlines were highlighted. The researchers will meet again in the end of November 2010, by which the first draft book chapters will have been written. After the project meeting, EUMARGINS was present at the XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology (11-17 July, 2010). Three EUMARGINS papers were presented under the theme - Changing Biographies in a Changing World II: Migration and Mobility (RC34 – Sociology of Youth).

Tags: Gothenburg, ISA, World Congress of Sociology, meeting, papers By K. Fossan
Published Sep. 22, 2010 2:01 PM - Last modified Sep. 24, 2010 1:23 PM