Programme – Keynote Abstracts – Facebook Event

The concept of superdiversity was initially used to address the complexity and diversity within the patterns of global migration. The concept originated from a context of migration research in the UK, but has been applied widely across contexts and disciplines. As a result, the meanings of superdiversity have evolved and the applicability of the term to different settings has been critically explored from a variety of perspectives.

In order to continue these explorations, this Argumenta seminar invites academics, activists, policy makers, and experts who work in the third sector to discuss questions such as (but not limited to): How can superdiversity as a concept help us analyze and deal with challenges related to migration and integration? What are the challenges and opportunities superdiversity as a phenomenon entails? What do we know about superdiversity in the Finnish context and elsewhere? And ultimately, how do we make space for a diversity of identities, senses of belonging, and ways of participating in societies?

In the presentations and panel, the seminar will offer time and space to address these questions particularly with a focus on healthcare and (trans)gender equity work. Thus, the seminar stimulates critical reflection and discussion on superdiversity within but also outside of migratory contexts that highlight how superdiversity as a phenomenon and as a concept can (not) contribute to increased social equity and justice.

Keynote speakers are professor Jenny Phillimore (University of Birmingham, director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity) and Dr. Jenny-Louise van der Aa (post-doctoral researcher, Tilburg University)

The seminar is held at the SKS House (Hallituskatu 1) in Helsinki on Tuesday, November 13 and organized by The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU).


The Argumenta seminar is a part of the project Century of Migrations (2017–2018), funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and coordinated by the Migration Institute of Finland. The partner organizations are the Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation (TRANSIT) at the University of Tampere, the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku, and ETMU.



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