RUNOMI annual congress 2024: Migrant inclusion in theory and practice

Thursday 20 June 2024, 9 am - 5 pm

Migrant inclusion in theory and practice – debunking myths and redrawing maps in the field of migration

The theme of this year’s edition reflects the two keynote speeches that will be delivered by professors Hein de Haas (University of Amsterdam) and Henk van Houtum (Radboud University) related to their recent publications. De Haas will talk about his widely acclaimed book How Migration Really Works? A factful Guide to the Most Divisive Issues in Politics (Penguin, 2023) in which he debunks no less than 22 long-standing myths related to migration, followed by a reflection by Tesseltje de Lange (professor of European Migration Law, Radboud University). In Free the Map, published at the beginning of this year (NAI010), Van Houtum tells a new cartographic story representing an alternative version of borders and migration, which will be followed by a reaction by Tineke Strik (Professor of Citizenship and Migration Law, Radboud University, and MEP for the Greens/EFA) . 

The conference will furthermore highlight research related to migrant inclusion which is conducted by RUNOMI researchers from different disciplines spread across the faculties that are connected to RUNOMI, among whom Noemi Mena Montes (Faculty of Arts), Cesar Eduardo Merlin-Escorza (Nijmegen School of Management) and Katrin Müller (Faculty of Social Sciences). As RUNOMI strives for its research to have impact not only in theory but also in practice, societal partners such as Muslim Rights Watch and the Dutch Council for Refugees will reflect on the academic contributions. 

Of course, ample possibilities for networking will be provided during the breaks and the closing drinks! 


9.30-9.55 registration

9.55-10.00: word of welcome Ricky van Oers (assistant professor, Centre for Migration Law)

10.00-10.40 keynote Hein de Haas (Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam) How Migration really Works 

10.40-10.50: reflection by Tesseltje de Lange (Professor of European Migration law, Radboud University)

10.50-11.00: Q&A

11.00-11.20: Nesli Soylu (PhD candidate, Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University) Beyond Borders: Exploring the Interplay between Class and Migration Status, and its impact on Long-term Integration for Turkish Nationals in the Netherlands and Germany

11.20-11.30: reflection by Roswitha Weiler (Dutch Council for Refugees) 

11.30-11.50: coffee and tea break (grand café De Iris)

11.50-11.55: column Amal Karam (teacher, columnist and poet, city poet of Nijmegen 2017-2019)

11.55-12.15: Feia Hemke (PhD researcher, RadboudUMC and Pharos), Stress sensitivity in primary care for migrants

12.15-12.25: José Muller-Dugic (assistant professor, Geography, Radboud University), The global forum for migration and health 

12.25-12.40: Q&A with audience

12.40-13.20: lunch break (Grotius building (law faculty), Maria Montessorilaan 10))

13.20-13.40: Cesar Eduardo Merlín-Escorza (PhD candidate, Human Geography and Cultural Anthropology departments, Radboud University), Research. Why, how and for whom? Access and Transformation in Migration-Related Research

13.40-13.50: reflection by Charlotte van Tuyl, coordinator Stichting GAST

13.50-14.10: Katrin Müller (PhD researcher, Radboud Social Cultural Research), Majority  Members’ perceptions of the prevalence of Discrimination against Ethnic Minorities

14.10-14.20: reflection by Kai Yin Or, co-founder In Your Shoes

14.20-14.40:  Noemi Mena Montes (assistant professor, Centre for Language Studies), Bursting Bubbles and Building Bridges: Empowering Refugee Women through Inclusive Education and Participatory Research

14.40-14.50: reflection by Lia Kleuskens (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion coordinator at Radboud University, coordinator Radboud Welcomes Newcomers)

14.50-15.10: Q&A

15.10-15.30: coffee and tea break, with poster presentation "Project Impact: Foodie, Refugee, Entrepreneur" by Honours Students Milou Visser and Famke Reidinga (grand café De Iris)

15.30-15.50: Martijn de Koning (associate professor, Islam, Politics and Society, faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religion Studies), Traveling while Muslim – Activism, Borders and Citizenship

15.50-16.00: reflection by Muslim rights watch

16.00-16.10: Q&A

16.10-16.50: Keynote Henk van Houtum (Professor of Political Geography and Geopolitics, Radboud University) Free the map. From Atlas to Hermes: a new Cartography of Borders and Migration

16.50-17.00: reflection by Tineke Strik (professor of Citizenship and Migration Law, Radboud University, and MEP for the Greens/EFA)

17.00-17.10: Q&A

17.10-17.15: closing remarks

17.15: closing reception with drinks and snacks (grand café De Iris)

Thursday 20 June 2024, 9 am - 5 pm
, Maria Montessori building (Thomas van Aquinostraat 4, Nijmegen), room MM00.035

Registration is no longer possible as the congress is fully booked. If you want to attend, please send a message to Ricky van Oers (ricky.vanoers [at] (ricky[dot]vanoers[at]ru[dot]nl)) in order to be placed on the waiting list.