Anna C. Korteweg (University of Toronto) will historicize the concept of immigrant integration in post-colonial and neoliberal social relations before turning to some empirical examples from research on policy approaches to practices associated with immigrants who are labelled Muslim.
|Date||18 May 2018|
|Time||15:00 - 17:00|
The concept of ‘immigrant integration’ performs two kinds of discursive work:
By discussing the regulation of wearing head- and face-coverings and of culturalized gendered violence, Professor Korteweg will show how the notion of immigrant integration produces gendered and racialized non-belonging. The conclusion turns to the concept of “complex inequalities” as a way to analyse how the problems that become attached to ‘immigrants’ actually cross-cut multiple groups in any given society.
Anna Korteweg is Professor & Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto (Mississauga Campus). Professor Korteweg’s research focuses on the political debates regarding the integration of Muslim immigrants in Western Europe and Canada. She analyzes the ways in which the problem of immigrant integration is constructed in the intersections of gender, religion, ethnicity and national origin focusing on debates surrounding the wearing of the headscarf, so-called “honour-based” violence, and Sharia law. Professor Korteweg is particularly interested in the symbolic and material consequences of the resulting narratives of belonging.
This lecture is co-organised by the ACCESS EUROPE - FMG Migration Network and the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES).