Father in New Fatherland, Mother in New Mother soil. Depictions of Migranthood and Parenthood in Swedish Fiction 2004–2014

Maria M. Berglund, Swedish Migration Center, Karlstad, SE

My paper will give a presentation of a project titled ”Father in New Fatherland, Mother in New Mothersoil“, which is currently being plannedat the Swedish Migration Center in Karlstad, Sweden. Thisis a project within the field of Comparative Literature thataimsto study portrayals of familyin contemporary Swedish fictionwhere one or both of the parental figures have migrated to Sweden. The material consists of fifteen Swedish novels publishedin the last ten years2004–2014. To portrayparents with immigrant backgrounds –fathersespecially –isthus somewhat of aliterary trendat the moment.

The projectwill analyze theimages of migranthood and parenthood conveyed in the novelsand answer questions such as:How is being a parent in a different country from where you havegrown up described? Whatparental roles are representedand how are the relationships between parents and children depicted?Some of the specific themes that will be discussed in the project are, for example, the questionof mother tongue,that is to say what happens when parent and child do not share the same primary language and when the child has to take on the role of translatorfor the parent. Another theme is the question of homeland, that is to say the individual’sfeelingof national belonging and what happens when parent and child do not share the same feelingin regard to this.

Parallel to the research part of the project, there are plans to also produce educational materials for schools and an exhibition based onliterary quotes and excerpts accompanied by photographic interpretations. My hope with this paper is both to receive and to give some ideas about ways to use literature and fiction in migration research and in communicating about migration with a broader community.

Expulsion of European Union citizens from their host member state

Maslowski Solange, Charles University in Prague, CZ 

Drivers of highly-skilled emigration from Southern Europe in time of crisis

Laura, Bartolini, Anna Triandafyllidou, Ruby Gropas, European University Institute, Florence, IT

The migration of professionals within the EU: any barriers left? Migration, institutions and business cycle: evidence from the internal EU mobility

Stella Capuano, Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, DE
Silvia Migali, University of Aarhus, DK

New mobilities of migration in Galicia (2010-2014)

Emilia García López, Head of Foreign Affairs of the Council for Galician Culture, Santiago de Compostela, ES

The emigration of Italian citizens in the 2000s: a special focus on the United Kingdom

Domenico Gabrielli, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, National Institute of Statistics, Rome, IT

Beyond the numbers: socio-cultural backgrounds and expectations of the new Sardinian (e)migrants in the time of the crisis


Silvia Aru, Francesca Mazzuzi, Dipartimento di Storia, Beni Culturali e Territorio, Università degli studi di Cagliari, IT

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Federica Moretti, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE

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Carlo Stiaccini (CISEI), Andrea Torre (Centro Studi MEDI’), CISEI, Genova, IT

Bonding the Portuguese Diaspora: Secular, Religious and Leisure Catalysts Politics and Practices

Maria Beatriz Rocha-Trindade, Centro de Estudos das Migrações e das Relações Interculturais/ CEMRI, Universidade Aberta/ UAb, Lisboa, PT

Gunnar Nergaard and the Mummies of Chui-Chui

Knut Djupedal, Director of the Norwegian Emigrant Museum, Ottestad, NO

Crossing Boundaries: Negotiating transnational heritage and belonging in the German Waldensian diaspora

Elisa Gosso, University of Turin PhD Candidate, Social Anthropology, Department of Cultures, Politics and Society

The Irish National Diaspora Centre

Brian Lambkin, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, UK

Filling the gaps in the archival sector: Current gender migration in an oral history case study

Triantafillia Kourtoumi, General State Archives of Greece, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, GR

Transnational Italian Networks and Transnational Italian Studies

Margaret Hills de Zárate, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK, Loredana Polezzi, University of Warwick, UK, Marco Santello, University of Warwick, UK

European Citizenship through European migration history

Sarah Clément, Génériques, Paris, FR

Food traditions amongst italian migrants in Luxembourg, between the need to be faithful to the past and new future challenges

Maria Luisa Caldognetto, Centre de Documentation sur les Migrations Humaine, Dudelange, LU 

Developing a Sustainable Model in Mutual Cultural Digital Heritage

Nonja Peters, Curtin University & University of Western Sydney, AU

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