The Migration and Diaspora Research group (MIDI) at the Swedish School of Social Science is actively supporting the upcoming Midterm Conference “The Challenge of a Global Sociological Imagination” of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network 15.

The conference is organized by ESA Research Network 15, which focuses on Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology, and will take place at the University of Helsinki on April 19th and 20th.

The conference theme, “The Challenge of a Global Sociological Imagination”, is closely tied to the activities of MIDI group leader Östen Wahlbeck’s Academy of Finland funded research project “Transna­tion­al­ism as a So­cial Re­source among Di­a­spora Com­munit­ies”. Wahlbeck is a University Lecturer in sociology at the Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki.

The Academy funded project research group is organizing a popular workshop session titled “Social Capital in Transnational and Diaspora Communities”. This workshop is being led by Sanna Saksela-Bergholm. This workshop provides the project researchers with an excellent opportunity to discuss their ongoing research others in the field in a stimulating international environment.

Moreover, several members of the MIDI research group are actively involved in the planning of the conference. Peter Holley and Sanna Saksela-Bergholm have worked hard to make this conference a reality as part of a small Local Organising Committee, and they along with Saara Koikkalainen, Mari Toivanen and Östen Wahlbeck, will chair workshop sessions during the conference.

The MIDI research group are looking forward to welcoming some 75 international guests to the University of Helsinki for this event.