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20.11.21 Magnus Skytterholm Egan PhD Defence

We are happy to inform that on Wed 20th of November at 10:15, Auditorium 3, Teorifagbygget hus 6, Magnus Skytterholm Egan will be defending his dissertation fot the PhD degree titled:  Who Merits Admittance: The Fairness of Skills-Based Migration Criteria.

Public description

The last few decades have seen an increasing use of merit-based immigration, whereby migrants are treated differently based on their skills, education, and wealth. Faced with the contested political nature of immigration in many countries, and the vastly unequal treatment migrants receive, there is a need to discuss whether such policies are fair. While I find that there are good grounds for states to control their own borders, related to self-determination and the welfare of their citizens, I argue that states should also take global inequality of opportunity and structural injustice into account when deciding on their treatment of migrants. Amongst other things, I conclude that (1) there are good justice-based reasons to be wary of skills-based migration, (2) that particularly countries in the Global North ought to take migrants’ needs and opportunities into account when deciding on who to admit, and (3) that individuals have responsibilities towards alleviating migration injustice.

 


14th-16th December 2021, UiT Tromsø 

The official launch and workshop focusing on good integration and equality of opportunity (WP1), with confirmed keynote speakers: Grete Brochmann (University of Oslo) and Anne Phillips (London School of Economics).

To learn more and/or register your attendance at the reception, please click here

For more information, contact Andreas Føllesdal or Annamari Vitikainen.

 


 

05.11.21 The Minority Status in the Nordic Region - workshop in Copenhagen

Professor Annamari Vitikainen together with assistant professor Marion Godman (Group Rights project, Aarhus) and GOODINT project is organizing a workshop on ‘The Minority Status in the Nordic Region’. It will take place on 5th November 2021 at the Royal Library (Den Sorte Diamant) in Copenhagen.

Confirmed speakers include: Renaud-Philippe Garne (Aarhus), Marion Godman (Aarhus), Nils Holtug (Copenhagen), Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus), Mathias Luoma (Queens), Kerstin Reibold (Potsdam), and Annamari Vitikainen (UiT).  

For more information contact prof. Annamari Vitikainen.


  

20.08.2021 Refugees, Borders and Immigration Summit / World Pride Human Rights Forum

The Refugees, Borders and Immigration Summit will take place in the city of Malmö, Sweden. The theme of the Summit falls within the topic Borders, Decolonialization and Racism, one of the 10 topics of the Human Rights Forum.

Professor Annamari Vitikainen will be giving a talk on LGBTQ refugee prioritization in a breakout session on ‘How to improve asylum procedures, conditions, and the security along the way to integration’ on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 15.25-16.45.

Refugees, Borders and Immigration Summit is a hybrid event. The ticket for a digital participation can be purchased here.

To learn more about the event, visit their website: https://copenhagen2021.com/human-rights/refugees-borders-immigration-summit/


Good Integration (GOODINT) website

The new research project Good Integration (GOODINT): Goals and bottlenecks of successful integration and social cohesion is starting in August 2021. For more infomation, click here.


Kjersti Fjørtoft receives UiT’s Equality Award

Professor Kjersti Fjørtoft received the Gender Equality Award for research on structural injustice and for practical efforts to achieve gender balance in academia. For more information, click here.

Congratulation for your well deserved success  and wishing you all the best on your next project!


GoodInt Project Website

The new research project: Good Integration (GOODINT) will begin in August. For more information you can now visit the website: www.uit.no/project/goodint


Globalizing Minority Rights (RCN 2016-2021)

Thanks everyone for the last 4,5 years for interesting and inspiring discussions on minority rights in global context

Photo from the GMR concluding event 9th June 2021 

 10-11.06 Nordic Workshop on Populism and Democracy

 

Thursday 10 June

Join via Zoom: https://uit.zoom.us/j/63713903859?pwd=WkcvR0Ftem91S2doV0wwd0xncXNyUT09

Program:

13:45. Welcome and Introductions

14:00. Speaking for ‘the people’: left wing populism and deliberative democracy                                                              Jonas Jakobsen, Associate professor, UiT – Arctic University of Norway

15:15. Break

15:30. Left wing populism – a precondition for political robustness?                                                                                      Nils Aarsæther, prof. emer., UiT – The Arctic University of Norway

16:45. Break

17:00. How can the people rule? Majority rule and the rise of populism                                                                        Simone Chambers, professor, University of California Irvine

18:15. End of day 1

Friday 11 June.

Join via Zoom: https://uit.zoom.us/j/65591422725?pwd=ZytZUVF3TjlZT1c1c3NWK0lyam9hQT09

Program:

10:00. For enden er nær: Apokalypse og klimapopulisme                                                                                                Andreas H. Hvidsteen. Postdoctoral research fellow, Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society

11:15. Break

11:30. Fake politics                                                                                                                                                            Theresa Scavenius, PhD, associate Professor, Aalborg University Copenhagen

12:45. Lunch

14:00. Populism and worries about the political role of experts                                                                                    Cathrine Holst, professor, University of Oslo

15:15. Break

15.30 Recognition through procedures, outputs, or identification                                                                                Christian F. Rostbøll, professor, University of Copenhagen

16:45. End of Day 2

The workshop is jointly arranged by the research groups Pluralism, Democracy and Justice (UiT) and The Environmental Philosophy Research Group (UiT).

Contact: jonas.jakobsen@uit.no / jennifer.c.heyward@uit.no


09.06 Globalizing Minority Rights Project Final Event

We are happy to inform that the GMR final event  will take place on June 9th (We) from 14:00 to 18.00 on zoom:

https://zoom.us/j/98093782774?pwd=SHdKY2ZVQytWamtkWDNhYmFLKzJyQT09

See the program below.

If you have any question, please contact Joanna Kreft.                                                                            

Program:

14:00 Annamari Vitikainen: Welcome 

14:10 Nadim Khoury: "Memory and forgetting at the negotiating table: the case of Palestine/Israel" 

15:00 Patti Lenard: "The ethics of resettling and integrating LGBTQ+ refugees" 

15:50 Alan Patten & Shuk Ying Chan: "What's wrong with neo-colonialism? The case of culture" 

16:40 Andreas Føllesdal: "Stability and trust in federations with ethnic territories and a secession clause - challenges and opportunities for Ethiopia"  

17:20 Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen: What did we achieve? Informal conversation with a glass of e-wine and a round where each member/participant will have the opportunity to speak to this question. 

18:00 End 


 

We are currently offering two PhD positions and one Post Doctoral position

Two PhD positions and one Postdoctoral position are available at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanties, Social Sciences and Education with the research group "Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice (PDJ)" and the project "Good Integration (GOODINT): Goals and bottlenecks of successful integration and social cohesion". 

Applicants are required to submit a research proposal related to one of more of the following themes:

1.What does successful integration of migrants in European countries amount to? (The definitional question)

2.What, conceptually and empirically speaking, are the main obstacles to successful integration? (The realization question)

3.What is the moral significance of achieving it? (The normative question)

For more information, click here


 

12.05 PDJ Workshop

We are happy to inform that the PDJ internal workshop will take place on May 12th (We) from 8:00 to 16.10 at Innsikten, as well as on zoom: 

https://zoom.us/j/94756803647?pwd=OHNUVWhOZ0d6SXdqOUFqMU1hTzNwdz09

See the program below.

If you have any question, please contact Joanna Kreft.                                                                            

Program:

8.00 - 8.40: Conceptualizing Indigenous Citizenship: The Norwegian Core Curriculum and Citizenship as Shared Fate, Annamari Vitikainen

8.50 -  9.30:  Education for Equal Citizenship in the Case of Indigenous Citizenship:  Equality of Opportunities or Democratic  Equality, Kjersti Fjørtoft

9.40 - 10.20:  Reconciliation, Trust, and Indigenous Land Rights, Kerstin Reibold

10:30 - 11.10: A Critical Phenomenology of Immigrant Rightlessness, Kaja Jenssen Rathe

11.20 - 12.00: The Moral and the Efficacy Cases: Are Promotion Programs Seeking to Increase Gender Balance in Top          Academic Positions Justifiable?, Melina Duarte

12.00 - 13.00: lunch break

13.00 - 13.40: Method and Philosophy of Migration, Magnus Skytterholm Egan

13.50 - 14.30: The foreign virus? COVID and (open) borders: The (sad) case of Norway, Attila Tanyi

14.40 - 15.20: Public Reason and The Central Human Capabilities, Anna-Karin Andersson

15.30- 16.10: Feelings of Misrecognition as a Source of Knowledge about Injustice, Vegard Stensen

 


 

New PhD Student

We would like to welcome our new PhD student Kaja Jenssen Rathe. The position is affiliated with the Feminist Philosophy Research Group (FEMPHIL) and the Pluralism, Democracy and Justice research group (PDJ) in political philosophy. Kaja Jenssen Rathe will be working on a project on "A Critical Phenomenology of Immigrant Rightlessness," which is situated at the intersection of phenomenology, political philosophy, and feminist philosophy. Her aim is to investigate the philosophical meaning of lived experiences of immigrant rightlessness, understood as a structural condition of precariousness and comparable to other oppressive structures like racism, classism, and sexism. 

Welcome to The Philosophy Department, as well as to PDJ research group! 

 


Lectures from workshop 'Enduring Injustices and Truth and Reconciliation Commissions for Indigenous Peoples' now available

You can find the full workshop program here and watch some of the presentations and discussions under the links below. The workshop was sponsored by the Globalizing Minority Rights (GMR) project at UiT and the Society for Applied Philosophy (SAP).

 


 

New PDJ-hosted project Good integration (GOODINT) receives NFR funding

GOODINT starts in August 2021 and is led by Annamari Vitikainen and Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen. The project aims to provide a context sensitive theory of Good Integration through a comparative study of the integration goals and policies of three European countries: Norway, UK, and Hungary. These three countries have, both historically and at present, adopted different views on the central normative goals of integration and the means via which such goals are to be achieved. GOODINT's comparative approach thereby provides a unique perspective for a normative analysis of different aspects of migration, diversity, equality of opportunity, and social cohesion.  GOODINT focuses on three specific subquestions:

1. What does successful integration of non-Western migrants in European countries – Hungary, Norway and UK in particular – amount to? (The definitional question)
2. What, conceptually and empirically speaking, are the main obstacles to successful integration? (The realization question)
3. What is the moral significance of achieving it? (The normative question)

 


 

Michael Morreau key researcher in new project Grappling with Uncertainty in Environments Signaling Spurious Experiential Decisions (GUESSED)

Michael Morreau is a key researcher of the UiT-based research project Grappling with Uncertainty in Environments Signaling Spurious Experiential Decisions (GUESSED). Starting in January 2021, this four-year project, led by led by psychologist Audun Hetland, is funded by NORDFORSK. It addresses the question how decision-making under uncertainty and in rapidly changing environments can be optimized. Using avalanche territory as a case study, it draws on cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, geosciences, medical science and philosophy to develop theories and tools that can help diverse groups to make well-informed decisions under time constraints and with limited information.

 


 

PhD Defense Kerstin Reibold 7.12.2020

PhD Candidate Kerstin Reibold will defend her thesis Indigenous rights, supersession, and moral status equality, 7th of December 2020. Prof David Miller (Oxford University) and Dr Cara Nine (University College Cork) will be the 1st and 2nd opponent of the thesis. A trial lecture, entitled "Can historic injustice ever be fully repaired?" will take place 9.15 (CET) at the same date. More information about the defence can be found here. Follow the defence online here.

Indigenous rights, supersession, and moral status equality

The adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was a landmark decision for indigenous rights. UNDRIP promises indigenous peoples the restitution of their land, resource, and political self-determination rights to the greatest extent possible. It aims to ensure that indigenous peoples are treated equal to other peoples. It also means to rectify the past unjust dispossession and forced political incorporation that indigenous peoples have experienced during colonialism. Yet, today, other peoples or states often occupy and use traditional lands of indigenous peoples. If indigenous peoples regain their traditional lands and sovereignty over them, the current occupants stand to lose their current rights. Thus, the challenge that indigenous rights pose is how to reconcile these conflicting rights or, if reconciliation is not possible, how to decide whose rights should prevail. This question is the topic of this thesis. The thesis argues for two things. First, it holds that when deciding which rights should be restituted to indigenous peoples we need to look at all the different interests that land and self-determination rights protect. For example, people can have economic or cultural interests in land. In some cases, these interests are incompatible but in other cases, rights can be shared in such a manner that the main interests of each party can be protected. Second, the thesis argues that indigenous peoples have a special interest in being recognized as moral equals by their former colonizers. During colonialism, the alleged inferiority of indigenous peoples justified the denial of indigenous land and self-determination rights. Therefore, the recognition of these rights nowadays serves as an affirmation of the moral status equality of indigenous peoples. This special interest of indigenous peoples must be taken into account when deciding rights conflicts between indigenous peoples and settler states.

 


 

Online workshop on Good Integration. 19.-20.10.2020

The workshop on Monday, 19.10.20, and Tuesday, 20.10.20, focuses on questions around the value and meaning of intergration as well as on strategies and problems associated with integration efforts. See the program in the sidebar and contact kerstin.reibold[at]uit.no for more info.

 


 

CEPDISC new collaboration partner of PDJ

The Centre for the Experimental-Philosophical Study of Discrimination - CEPDISC - is a centre of excellence devoted the experimental-philosophical study of discrimination. The centre is headed by Professor of Political Science Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen. The centre aims to:

  •  establishing a measurable definition of the concept
  •  explore the question of why people find discrimination morally objectionable
  •  find ways to prevent discrimination.

 

Jonas Jakobsen wins Cappelen Damm Akademisk's Newcomer Book Price for Populismens politiske teori (The political theory of populism)

Jakobsen's book project gives an up-to-date overview of the central definitions, debates, and positions on populism in political theory.

For more info, see here.


 

Keynote on Evaluative Voting Methods by Michael Morreau

Michael Morreau will be giving a keynote talk on Evaluative Voting Methods at the closing meeting of the ColAForm research project of the University of Bayreuth on October 7th to 10th, 2020. The project studies the relation between opinion aggregation and public deliberation. You can find the program here:
https://www.colaform.uni-bayreuth.de/en/dates/Closing-Workshop/index.html

Due to the restrictions in place because of COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be held online and via Zoom. Participation is free and open but we ask you to register by sending an email to soroush.r.rad@gmail.com. Please indicate in the email the user name that you will use as your zoom login name. The link to the online meeting will be posted on the website a few days in advance of the meeting.


 

Michael Morreau to be guest researcher at The Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies

Michael Morreau will spend the academic year 2020-2021 at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies in Lund. He will work with the project 'Political Polarization on the Internet: towards an integrated perspective on its causes and effects'
(coordinators: Anamaria Dutceac Segesten and Erik J Olsson). For more information see https://www.pi.lu.se/en/

 


 

PhD Fellow in Feminist philosophy / Political philosophy, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø

Application deadline: 30 September 2020

Apply here: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/186895/phd-fellow-in-feminist-philosophy-political-philosophy

UiT - Developing the High North

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

About the position

A PhD position is available at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. The position is affiliated with the Feminist Philosophy Research Group (FEMPHIL) and the Pluralism, Democracy and Justice research group (PDJ) in political philosophy.

The central research areas for FEMPHIL are normative analyzes of conditions for gender justice, equality and diversity, as well as critical studies of the development of philosophical theories and concepts. The PDJ research group focuses on contemporary political philosophy, especially questions relating to the challenges of pluralism, democratic theory, global justice, and migration and integration. PDJ is a well-established research group with high publication rate and a solid international network available for the PhD candidate. FEMPHIL is a relatively new group, established with the view of strengthening philosophical research on gender and sexuality. The now hired PhD candidate is expected to participate in both groups. The main working language of FEMPHIL and PDJ is English.

The daily workplace will be at UiT, campus Tromsø. A 6-12 months stay at a university abroad is encouraged.

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distrubuted as 25 % each year, and may consist of teaching and other duties for the Faculty.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. More information can be found here.

The position's field of research

The applicants must hand in a project proposal of 5-10 pages along with their application.

The project is in feminist philosophy and political philosophy and should be at the intersection of these fields. The research proposal should relate to one or more of the research areas of FEMPHIL and PDJ: democratic theory, migration and integration, and structural injustice. Relevant research questions may include:

- Normative philosophical analyses of how issues of epistemic injustice relate to democratic theory and/or how they relate to equality of opportunity. Relevant research topics include questions relating to the gendered nature of the definitions of reasonableness and the public/private division, the ways in which they affect access to and effective participation in public discourse and decision-making processes, and how structural injustices embedded in epistemic and social practices affect women and/or sexual minorities’ participation in the wider society.

- Normative philosophical analyses related to the gendered elements of migration and integration, including questions relating to social cohesion and aims and values of successful integration. Topics of interest include gendered vulnerabilities, e.g. in the context of refugee camps, human trafficking and intersectionally vulnerable minorities (e.g. LGBTQ refugees), as well as the social constructions of gender and sexuality as they apply, for example, to immigration and integration policies.

 

Contact information

For further information about the position, please contact:

Head of Department Tor Ivar Hanstad, tor.ivar.hanstad@uit.no

Professor Kjersti Fjørtoft, kjersti.fjortoft@uit.no

Associate Professor Annamari Vitikainen, annamari.vitikainen@uit.no

We offer

A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues 

Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement 

Pension scheme through the state pension fund
 

Qualifications

The position requires a Master`s degree in Philosophy or equivalent. The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of Political Philosophy/Theory and Feminist Philosophy/Theory.

The position requires admission to the Faculty's PhD programme. Information about requirements is available here ("Fakultet for humaniora..." -> "PhD..." -> "Supplementary regulations...").

Documented knowledge of English as stated here is required.

Emphasis will be put on the candidates potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position. 

Application

The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no and shall include:

Cover letter Project proposal of 5-10 pages. Please see template for the project description here ("Fakultet for humaniora"  -> "Opptak" -> "Krav til opptakssøknaden" -> "Mal for prosjektbeskrivelse - english".

CV Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees)

Documentation on English proficiency.

Name and contact information of 2-3 references

Master thesis

Any other works that the applicants wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment


All documentation must be certified and translated into English or a Scandinavian language in order to be assessed. 

Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted within the deadline. 

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.

 

PDJ recognized as Top Research Group

PDJ has been awarded the status of top research group (niveau 2) by the faculty of humanities and social sciences (HSL) at UiT. PDJ has competed with 73 other research groups at the faculty and is one of eleven research groups that have been awarded this status of excellence. PDJ is the first research group in the philosophy department that has reached this status.

We thank all members for contributing to make PDJ an outstanding research group and look forward to continued research and cooperation!

New leader of PDJ 01.01.2020

Associate Professor Annamari Vitikainen will be leading the Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice (PDJ) research group from 01.01.2020. Vitikainen has been an active member of PDJ since 2013 (first as a post doc and since as an associate professor). She is also the vice-leader of the Globalizing Minority Rights project (2016-2020), hosted by PDJ. As a leader of PDJ, Vitikainen hopes to solidify PDJ’s status as one of the leading research groups in political philosophy in Norway, and to increase the group’s exposure and impact internationally. Vitikainen’s own research interests fall broadly within several of the PDJ research areas, including questions relating to multiculturalism, migration, minority rights, and sexuality and gender. To learn more about Vitikainen, click here.

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New PDJ Members 2019

PhD Student Thea Isaksen

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New PDJ Members 2018

Professor Jennifer Clare Heyward

PhD Student Vegard Stensen

 

 

 

Attachments:
Program PDJ-GOODINT Oct 2020 (002)