Institutionalised Hospitality: Receiving Newcomers in Norway
María Hernández Carretero (UiO)
During and after the summer and fall of 2015 an unprecedented number of asylum seekers arrived to Europe. In response locals across the continent mobilised to “welcome” them into their communities. In this seminar, María Hernández Carretero discusses several forms of citizen mobilisation that developed in the Oslo Region, in Norway.
This mobilisation aimed to facilitate meetings between locals and newcomers, including recently settled refugees and other immigrants, as well as the latter’s inclusion, or integration, into Norwegian society.
In this webinar María Hernández Carretero will discusses her Postdoc reserach.
Using the conceptual lens of “hospitality,” she explores what the nature of these activities tell about what conceptualisations of hospitality and expectations of socialisation both underlie and result from them.
What ideas of the “other” (who is expected to settle and stay) and what kinds of understandings and expectations of hosts/guests, community and incorporation underlie and are a result from these engagements?
The discussion is based on data collected through ethnographic fieldwork carried out in 2018-2019.