AEMI Conference Riga 2014

Association of European Migration Institutions (AEMI) together with its local partner organization „Latvians Abroad – museum and research centre” and the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute (ASPRI) of the University of Latvia cordially invites you to attend the 12th annual AEMI conference titled “Migrants and refugees - then and now”, which will be held in Riga (Latvia) from September 25 to 27, 2014.




Riga, Latvia

Wednesday (September 24, 2014)

Informal gathering (Location – 19:00 LAIMA clock (Brivibas blv&Aspazijas blv corner, popular meeting place for Rigans, near Freedom monument), in case of rain – Hotel Roma hall)


Thursday (September 25, 2014)

Location: Mazā Aula, University of Latvia, Raiņa blvd. 19, Rīga


9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

9:15 – 9:45 Keynote Speaker – Pēteris Kārlis Elferts, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Ambassador-at-Large for the Diaspora


10:00 - 11:30 SESSION ONE:  Refugees I

Chair: Maija Hinkle, Latvians Abroad – Museum and Research Centre

  • Dietmar Osses, Director of the LWL Industrial Museum Hannover Colliery in Bochum, Germany: “Longing for Home: Polish Displaced Persons in Germany
  • Maija Krūmiņa, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia, Latvia: “The New „ Home”: Latvian Refugee’s First Steps in Their Host Countries”
  • Jacek Barski, Porta Polonica - Documentation Centre for the Culture and History of Poles in Germany, Bochum, Germany: “Remembrance Places on Polish Slave Laborer, Displaced Persons and the Polish Enclave on the New Internet Site Porta Polonica”
  • Maria Beatriz Rocha-Trindade, Universidade Aberta, Portugal: “Portugal: Foreseeing the Refuge: Movements and Personalities”


11:30 - 11:45 Coffee Break


11:45 - 13:15 SESSION TWO:  Refugees II

Chair: Baiba Bela, University of Latvia

  • Susana Sabin Fernandez, University of Southampton, UK: “UK and US Haven to Little Basque Refugees”
  • Drago Župarić-Iljić, Simona Kuti, Snježana Gregurović, Margareta Gregurović, Dubravka Mlinarić, Mario Bara, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb: “Old Wounds, New Displacements? The Last 25 Years of Forced Migrations in Croatia”
  • Ieva Garda-Rozenberga, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia: “Latvians in Sweden: crossing the real, imagined and storied borders”


13:15 - 14:15 Lunch


14:15 - 15:45 SESSION THREE: Scandinavian Migration

Chair: Mathias Nilsson, The Swedish Migration Center

  • Knut Djupedal, Museum of Migration, Norway: “Some Thoughts on Norwegian Emigration for Religious Reasons in the 16th Century”
  • Jarlsdotter Enckell, Åland Islands Emigrant Institute, Finland: “1798-1867: Russian America and Its Latvians”
  • Ann-Kristin Högman, Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies, Karlstad University: “Old and Alone? The Impact of the Great Emigration on Social Networks of the Elderly”


15:45 - 16:00 Coffee Break


16:00 – 17:00 SESSION FOUR:  Child and Return Migrations - Rewards and Challenges

Chair: Maddalena Tirabassi, Altreitalie Center on Italian Migration

  • Paul Pauseback, Noordfriisk Instituut: Germany: “Dreams, Ex-emigrants and Millions of Dollars – What We Get Back from Overseas”
  • Nonja Peters, Curtin University, Australia:  “Migrants, Refugees and a Sustainable Europe – Then and Now”
  • Jeroen Doomernik, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands: “Migration for Adoption: A Specific Kind of Trafficking?”


17:00 - 17:30 - Maddalena Tirabassi, AEMI vicepresident: AEMI Projects Session



Dinner (Location –TBD, for registered participants)


Friday (September 26, 2014)

Location: Mazā Aula, University of Latvia

Raiņa blvd. 19, Rīga


9:00 – 9:30 Keynote speaker: Prof. Dr. Vita Zelče, ASPRI and Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia, “Major Flows of Migration Early 19th Century to 1991: Latvian Case”


9:45 - 11:15 SESSION FIVE: Media + Migration

Chair: Hans Storhaug, Norwegian Migration Center

  • Patrick Fitzgerald, Mellon Centre of Migration Studies, N. Ireland, "Refugees in Irish Migration History"
  • Mārtiņš Kaprāns & Inta Mieriņa, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia, Latvia: “Latvian Emigrant Communities: Media, Identity and Belonging”
  • Andris Straumanis, University of Wisconsin - River Falls, USA: “The View from Hell: Latvian Press Reports of Emigration to Brazil, 1890-1915”
  • Sahra-Josephine Hjorth, Aalborg University & The Danish Immigration Museum, Denmark: “Combining Museum Practices, Social Media and Traditional Research: Alternative Dissemination of the Danish Immigration Policy from 1950 until Today”

11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break


11:30 – 13:00 SESSION SIX: Archives and Museums

Chair: Knut Djupedal, Museum of Migration, Norway

  • Maira Bundža, Western Michigan University, USA: “Preservation of Baltic Migrant Culture in Libraries and Archives”
  • Emilia García López, Council for Galician Culture, Spain: “Letters Galician Exile on the Web: Epistles Project”
  • Marie-Charlotte Le Bailly and Nadia Babazia, Red Star Line Museum, Belgium: “The Valorisation of Migration Stories as European Biographical Heritage & Their Use as a Museum Tool to Connect Past and Present – The Case of the Red Star Line Museum”
  • Maija Hinkle, Latvians Abroad - Museum and Research Centre, USA: “Latvians Abroad - an Interim Assessment”


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 17:00 Visit to exhibits at “Stūra māja” (former KGB building) by Latvians Abroad – Museum and Research Centre, Occupation Museum, etc.



Dinner (Location – TBD, for registered participants)


Saturday (September 27, 2014)

8:30 – 10:00 Travel by bus to Cēsis (for registered participants)

10:30 – 12:30 AEMI Annual General Meeting (AEMI members)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 16:00 Cēsis History Museum and Latvian Diaspora Art Center

16:00 – 17:30 Return to Riga



19:00 – Banquet (Location – TBD, for registered participants). Special guest – Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

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