MIRNet Summer School in Tallinn, August 10-12, 2022

MIRNet, the EC-funded Horizon 2020  project will host a Summer School at Tallinn University, Estonia from August 10th-12th 2022. The topics discussed cover the research areas of migration, diaspora, transnationalism and integration.


Leading academics, as well as early-career and doctoral researchers will come together for a three-day event.
The event is hosted by Tallinn University.


Summer School August 10-11

Tallinn University, Mare building
Address: Uus-Sadama 5, Tallinn (map)
Room: M-649 (use the elevator)

Lunch breaks August 10-11
Restaurant Villa Thai, J. Vilmsi 6 (200m from TLU, map)

Paide Opinion Festival August 12

The bus will be pick us up at the TLU Mare building (Uus-Sadama 5 map), and will leave at 9:45 AM.
The ride to Paide takes about 80 minutes.
Our stage at the festival is #14 Rändeala (view the area map below)
The bus will take us back at 20:00 (arrival in Tallinn approx. 21:20), leaving from the same spot it will be parked in Paide.


All times are UTC +3 (EEST)

August 10: Publishing Workshop

9:00  – 10:00 Should I Write a Book?
Russell King and Farid Miah, University of Sussex

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
3rd floor, Mare building

10:30 – 11:30 Refereeing for academic journals
Laura Morosanu & Russell King, University of Sussex

11:30 – 12:30 Dos and don’ts in academic English
Jenny Money, University of Sussex

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
Villa Thai restaurant, J. Vilmsi 6 (200m from TLU, view the map here)

14:00 – 15:30 Paper presentations, 1st session
30 mins for each paper consisting of 15mins presentation + 5min feedback from a senior academic+ 5min feedback form another presenter + 5 min for comments/questions from the audience

Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Prejudices as Political Remittances of Transnational Burmese Bamar Refugee Returnees
Jae Hyun Park, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Female Javanese domestic workers’ home-(un)making and belonging as part of the transnational migration process between Indonesia and Taiwan
Chu Chun Yu, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex

Return migration from a children’s rights perspective: what agency do children have in return migration scenarios?
Daina Grosa, University of Sussex

15:30-16:00 Afternoon Coffee Break
3rd floor, Mare building

16:00-17:30 Paper presentations, 2nd session

Active Citizenship in space: Shaping Lasnamäe as a site & scale for citizenship practices
Nawal Shaharyar, Tallinn University

Forever migrants? How Russian language media in Estonia reconstitutes our understanding of citizenship
Ivan Polynin, Tallinn University

Reconceptualizing legitimation in theory and policy design
Gerly Elbrecht, Tallinn University

August 11: State of the Art & Beyond (Research Seminar & Guest Lectures)

10:00- 11:30 MIRNet Research Seminar #5

Multi-scalar ethnography: mobility & world making
Biao Xiang, Professor of Social Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break
3rd floor, Mare building

12:00-13:30 Summer School Seminar 1

Towards an intersectional approach to populism: comparative perspectives from Finland and India
Élise Féron, Senior Research Fellow, Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University

13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
Villa Thai restaurant, J. Vilmsi 6 (200m from TLU, view the map here)

14:30- 15:30 Summer School Seminar 2

No longer on the periphery? Understanding contemporary highly-skilled immigration flows to the Baltic region
Nilay Kilinç, Postdoctoral Researcher, Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Helsinki
Watch the recording on Youtube

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
3rd floor, Mare building

16:00-17:00 Summer School Seminar 3

The role of FBOs in supporting migrants during Covid-19
Roberta Riccucci, Associate Professor, Sociology of Islam & Sociology of Interethnic relations, University of Turin

August 12: Opinion Festival at Paide, Estonia

The MIRNet team will host the Migration Stage with four panel talks on the current issues of migration and integration

  • 12:00-13:30 Panel on migration turn (in Estonian). Moderator: Prof. Leif Kalev, Tallinn University
  • 14:00-15:30 Panel about citizenship (in Estonian). Moderator: Prof. Leif Kalev, Tallinn University
  • 16:00-17:30 Are migration crises the new normal in Europe? (in English)
    Are migration crises becoming a permanent feature in Europe? What have we learned from the Syrian crisis, the crisis on the EU-Belarusian border, and how have we coped with the Ukrainian refugee crisis? What kind of migration crises await us in the future and how are we preparing for them?
    Panel: Uku Särekanno (Deputy Executive Director at Frontex, Eero Janson (CEO at NGO Pagulasabi), Prof. Garbi Schmidt (Roskilde University)
    Moderator: Ass. Prof.  Mari-Liis Jakobson, Tallinn University
  • 18:00-19:30 Panel on finno-ugric identity in the context of the current geopolitical situation in cooperation with NGO Fenno-Ugria (in Estonian). Moderator: Ass.Prof. Barbi Pilvre

Facebook event
Opinion Festival website

Our stage at the festival is #14 Rändeala