Norms and Values in Institutions, Societies and Migration

This is a call for panels to the 2021 PhD Lead Workshop on Norms and Values, organized by the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), held online via Zoom on April 28th-29th.

Owing to societal transformations at an increasingly high pace, norms and values have taken centre stage in many contemporary political debates and social subjectivities. As society transforms, so does the diffusion, transmission, and education of norms and values. Many social science disciplines have explicitly and implicitly engaged in these debates and done profound work to inform our understanding of these transformations. However, definitions and usages of these salient analytical concepts vary across the social sciences and can become conflated or vague. Keeping analytical diversity in mind, the workshop aims to gather individuals from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to discuss the study of norms and values within their work.

Panel proposals

The current call for panels extends an invitation to PhD students across the globe who work with norms and/or values in their doctoral project. Our goal is to provide PhD students with an opportunity to discuss their work with an academic audience in order to share and develop understanding of the role of norms and values in the social sciences. Panels can be both empirical and/or theoretical in nature. Panel proposals relating to institutions, society and/or migration in the social sciences are welcome.

We particularly encourage panel proposals concerning the following topics:

  • Ethnic relations 
  • International migration and mobility
  • Integration
  • Nationalism
  • Citizenship
  • EU policy
  • Asymmetric partnership between states
  • Norms as a ‘weapon of the weak’ and everyday politics


If you are a PhD candidate and interested in organising and convening a panel, please submit a proposal by October 1, 2020. The proposal should present your idea in no more than 300 words, as well as your name, title, affiliation and topic of dissertation. All proposals will be considered by the organising committee, and selected panel organisers will be notified by November 1st, 2020. Abstract calls will come at the beginning of 2021. Each panel organiser will select the participants themselves, and will also decide on the format of the panel (discussants, full papers, etc.).

Please send applications to Caroline Adolfsson ( and Johan Ekstedt (

Key dates

  • Panel proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Notification sent to panel organizers: December 1, 2020
  • Abstracts submission deadline: February 1, 2021
  • Final submission of papers: April 1, 2021
  • Workshops held online via Zoom on April 28-29, 2021


This workshop is organised by the IMISCOE funded research initiative on norms and values in migration and integration (NOVAMI) in collaboration with the H2020 project NoVaMigra (Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis) as well as the research schools of Global Politics and International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) at Malmö University.

The organising committee consists of: Caroline Adolfsson and Johan Ekstedt. Advisory committee: Brigitte Suter, Ingrid Jerve Ramsøy, Michael Strange


If you have any questions regarding the workshop or potential panel topics, please contact the organisers Caroline Adolfsson ( or Johan Ekstedt (