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Bog om afrikanske migranters forhåbninger

Lancering af bogen "Hope and Uncertainty in Contemporary African Migration" om leveforhold, barrierer og forhåbninger for især afrikanske udvandrere og vandrearbejdere til Europa


Fredag, 10. marts 2017 -
14:00 til 16:15


DIIS ∙ Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier, auditoriet, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51 A (nær Nordhavn S-station) Østerbro, København

The seminar will be conducted in English and live streamed on diis.dk


Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Thursday 9 March 2017 at 12.00 noon.

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Access to safe and legal migration has become one of the key axes of inequality today.

While images of the good life are circulated globally in the media and through social networks, the vast majority of people in Africa are excluded from legal long-distance migration, due to restrictive migration policies and border control.

The new book Hope and Uncertainty in Contemporary African Migration explores what this means in situations where migration constitutes an established livelihood and is perceived as a pathway to a better life.

Through a theoretical introduction and nine case studies, set within and outside the African continent, the volume explores migration aspirations prior to actual journeys, life in new or established destinations, and migrants stuck in transit zones and after deportation.




Hope and Uncertainty in Contemporary African Migration thereby adds a new perspective on the role of social imaginaries in African migration in a time characterized by inequality, protracted crisis and delimited access to legal migration.

At the book launch, we will present the main conceptual insights and four case studies from the book, set in respectively Cape Verde, China, Argentina and Niger. The seminar will be followed by a wine reception.




Jørgen Carling, Research Professor, PRIO

Heike Drotbohm, Professor, Heisenberg Chair of Anthropology, African Diaspora and Transnationalism, Department of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Mainz

Heidi Østbø Haugen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

Nauja Kleist, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Hans Lucht, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Ida Vammen, PhD Candidate, department of anthropology, University of Copenhagen and DIIS






Welcome and introduction to the book


Nauja Kleist




How to extract hope from papers? Classificatory performances and social networks in Cape Verdean visa applications


Heike Drotbohm




Sticking to God: brokers of hope in Senegalese migration to Argentina


Ida Vammen




Prospective moments, eternal salvation: the production of hope in Nigerian Pentecostal churches in China


Heidi Østbø Haugen




Death of a gin salesman: hope and despair among Ghanaian migrants and deportees stranded in Niger


Hans Lucht




Coffe break






Discussant: Jørgen Carling


Chair: Nauja Kleist




Wine reception