GRITIM-UPF / IMISCOE Research Seminar 2012

Democratic Representation and Diversity in Migration Societies

Academic Coordination: Ricard Zapata-Barrero (GRITIM-UPF) and Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute)
Technical Coordination: Sarah Cooke O'Dowd (GRITIM-UPF)

imiscoe meeting 012After decades of immigration and the gradual naturalization of population, the diversity that characterizes European  societies is a reality that should be neither ignored nor by-passed when attempting to conceptualize European democracy. Within this recognition framework, the GRITIM-UPF/IMISCOE Research Seminar set out to explore theories of diverse representation as they apply to immigration-induced diversity.

The Seminar was held in the Albert Calsamiglia Hall, Ciutadella Campus of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and was made up of three thematic sessions. The first dealt with political representation and participation; the second with the extent to which representative political bodies reflect the multicultural character of societies, taking into account aspects of religious and ethnic representation; and the third leant on conceptual and theoretical approaches tested through various case studies chosen to outline the various strategies used to in order to increase the political representation of immigrants.  With over 30 participants, mainly from academia, the Seminar gave rise to some interesting debates on democratic representation and diversity in migration societies. 


Session 1: Political Representation and Participation with the participation of:
Ruth Vollmer (Bonn International Center for Conversion, Germany)
Karen Schönwälder (Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen University, Germany)
Maritta Soininen (University of Stockholm, Sweden)

Session 2: Dealing with Diversity - Religious and Ethnic Representation with the participation of:
Camil Ungureanu (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Chris Gilligan (University of the West of Scotland)
Katia Pilati (University of Trento, Italy)

Session 3: Theorising Practices with the participation of:
Marianne Takle (Group for Migration and Transnationality, NOVA - Norwegian Social Research)
Roxana Barbulescu (European University Institute, Italy)
Marta Pérez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

Download: Summary, including Programme, Abstracts, Bios and Call for Papers

This seminar is part of a joint-initiative by GRITIM-UPF - Interdisciplinary Research Group in Immigration of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the MIGCITPOL (Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation) Standing Group of the IMISCOE network (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion).
It is also a joint-action with the EU 7th Framework, 15-country ACCEPT PLURALISM project: Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion: Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century in Europe (2010-2013 | SSH-2009 - 3.3.1 Tolerance and Cultural Diversity); in the framework of WP4: Political Challenges coordinated by GRITIM-UPF.