About us

IMER – International Migration and Ethnic Relations – junior scholar network

We are a research network for junior scholars in Bergen, Norway, focusing on migration and ethnic relations. Institutionally we form part of IMER Research Unit Bergen, which is a multidisciplinary research unit at the University of Bergen, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and NORCE. Our aim is to be a network in which junior scholars can find a platform of support in the research process and in navigating the world of academia. As an interdisciplinary group, but with a common thematic interest, we create meeting points and spaces in which we can share knowledge and experiences accumulated across a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. As such, we aspire to learn from each other and draw on each other’s competences for improving our own projects.

Once a week we organize ShutUpAndWrite sessions (usually Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm), where we sit and write together in silence, and which also opens up for fruitful discussions during lunch-break. We also organize monthly seminars where we invite senior researchers to speak about topics of common and multidisciplinary interest. The seminars may also be used for writing workshops, reading seminars, or sessions in which we discuss topics related to professional development, etc.

Our ambition is to expand our activities, forming a network and a meeting point for all junior scholars in Norway who work with issues linked to migration and ethnic relations. In that regard, we wish to organize an annual conference in Bergen. The first conference will be held in the fall semester of 2019 and is financed by The University of Bergen priority area – Global Challenges. We believe that this will become an important space for cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional networking and cooperation among scholars who will constitute the future of migration and ethnic relation research in Norway. 

At one of our seminars


At one of our weekly ShutUpAndWrite

At one of our ShutUpAndWrite sessions