Migration and the (Inter-)National Order of Things, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 11 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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This Migration and the (Inter-)National Order of Things course from the University of Bergen introduces PhD candidates to key concepts, cross-cutting research and analysis in the fields of law, anthropology, human geography and political science.


This is one of six parallel PhD courses of the annual Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS). This interdisciplinary venue for exploring some of the greatest challenges of our time attract around one hundred PhD candidates, researchers and policy makers every year.

This interdisciplinary Migration and the (Inter-)National Order of Things course aims to deepen the understanding of the politics of protection and control of contemporary migration. It asks: How are migrants given different bureaucratic and legal identities (e.g. refugees, stateless persons, irregular migrants) and what are the consequences of such distinctions and labels? What protection does international law and humanitarian institutions offer to different categories of people? What are the spatial, temporal and gendered implications of the protection and control practices aimed at migrants? And, how are the legal and bureaucratic identities, and institutions of migration control, challenged by migrants themselves?

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 11 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    10 ECTS
    Participants are expected to write an essay (in a form of a publishable manuscript of 10-20 pages) to be submitted after the end of the summer school. This will give a total of 10 ECTS. 

    Deadline for submission will be decided your course leader.

    It is also possible to participate without producing an essay. This will give you 3 ECTS.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Introduction to International Refugee Law
  • Role Play: Refugee Status Determination Process
  • A case apart. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the Palestinian refugees
  • The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Non-Signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention
  • Normative Dimensions of Migration
  • Between “Victims” and “Criminals”: Trafficking, Smuggling, and Everyday Violence among Nigerian Women Migrants
  • Irregular migrants and political mobilization
  • Waiting for an uncertain future: Gender, time and irregular migration 
  • Local responses to the “refugee crisis”: the case of Norway
  • Camp, Ghetto, Zinco, Slum: Lebanon’s Transitional Zones of Emplacement


The courses are designed for PhD level and are open to:

  • Candidates currently enrolled in a PhD programme
  • Junior researchers — including those in their last stages of their master programme, with extensive working experience, and those who have recently completed their PhD or are enrolled in a post-doc programme.


  • Maja Janmyr, Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Law, UiB (course leader)
  • Marry-Anne Karlsen, Senior Researcher, Uni Research Rokkan Centre (course leader)
  • Jessica Schultz (CMI)
  • Are Knudsen (CMI)

  • Susanne Bygnes (UiB)

  • Christine Jacobsen (UiB)

  • Synnøve Bendixsen (UiB)

  • Sine Plambech (Diis)

  • Jesse Tomalty (UiB)

  • Kjersti G. Berg (UiB)

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Upload the following documents.

  • Copy of your identity document (e.g. passport/ identity card/ driving license)
  • Transcript/diploma of the highest achieved degree
  • A letter of recommendation written and signed by your supervisor (written on official stationary of your institution)
  • A letter verifying your qualifications and current position, signed by the head of your institution/department (written on official stationary of your institution)
In order to participate, you need to have a good command of the English language. Full participation in the course-specific modules, reading of the provided literature prior to the summer school, and participation in all plenary events and roundtables is required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 443 International
  • EUR 443 EU/EEA
The registration fee for attending the Bergen Summer Research School is NOK 4,000 


Read more information about funding opportunities on the university website. 

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