In August, Abdalhadi Alijla (Sweden), co-lead of the GYA Global Migration and Human Rights working group participated in the Eleventh Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies in Helsinki, Finland. During the Conference on “Breaking and Creating Boundaries in the Middle East” Abdalhadi presented a paper on the importance of auto-ethnographies in borders and migration studies. The conference included around 50 panels and roundtables on physical boundaries, identity, religion, gender, immigration, minorities and many other phenomena.

The Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies (NSMES) is an independent and non-profit association for scholars in the Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland – working on the Middle East. It covers all subjects in the humanities and social sciences, from antiquity to the present day. The associational conference of NSMES takes place every third year in one of the Nordic countries.

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