MICS – a Nordic network for studies on Migration, Identity, Communication and Identity in Turkey and Eurasia

With funding from the Swedish foundation Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for a period of two years, 2014–2015, the MICS Network, which is administered by SIPCATS at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, has completed a series of workshops under the following headings:

(1) National Identity Versus Transnationalism: Turkey and Eurasia

(2) Labor Migration and the Identity – Security Nexus

(3) In the Aftermath of Gezi: From Social Movement to Social Change

(4) Adversaries, Neighbors, Kins?: Tensions and Security Potentials in Turkey and the Eurasian Region

The general point of departure for activities within the framework of MICS has been to form, consolidate and sustain a network for Nordic and Eurasian scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The immediate aim of the abovementioned series of scholarly meetings was to organize international workshops on one or more of the four key issues of the MICS program – Migration, Identity, Communication and Security. These closely intertwined processes denote fundamental societal challenges which researchers and practitioners alike will need to confront continuously within the foreseeable future.

The 3rd MICS workshop held at Malmö University in November, 2014.

The 2nd MICS workshop held at Malmö University in November, 2014.

The workshops were organized in a comprehensive manner as regards both topics and participants. The total number of contributions was 47 papers delivered by scholars and students from 12 different countries (Albania, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, India, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, and Uzbekistan) and 35 universities or research institutes. Besides senior and junior researchers there were participants representing other fields of sociopolitical and cultural work, such as journalists, photographers, artists et al.

Final reports in Swedish and English are available on




For further information about MICS, please, click on

One of the follow-ups of previous MICS activities will be a forum for discussions under the title of “The Central Eurasia Discourse” on this blog, to which the participants from the MICS workshops as well as others will be invited. Information about this will follow shortly.



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