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The 31st AEMI Conference will analyze Diasporas and their relationship with their homelands this week in Donostia


The 31st AEMI conference will take place at the Miramar Palace in Donostia-San Sebastian
The 31st AEMI conference will take place at the Miramar Palace in Donostia-San Sebastian


Donostia-San Sebastián. The Palacio Miramar in San Sebastian will be the site of the 2021 AEMI (Association of European Migration Institutions) meeting and conference this Thursday and Friday, September 30 and October 1st.  The Basque Government through its Directorate for the Basque Community Abroad organized the event as a member of the association since 2007 when it joined at the meeting that took place in Turku, Finland. It was also the conference organizer in 2010, when the annual event took place in Bilbao.

The theme for the 31st Conference and Assembly is “Relationships between Diasporas and their Homelands: New Migration, Movement and return and Historic Contexts (Roots).”  All sessions will be in English and the full program is as follows:



9:00 Opening
Cathrine Kyo Hermansen, AEMI Chairperson
Marian Elorza, General Secretary of Foreign Affairs (Basque Government)

9:20 Kingsley Aikins, The Networking Institute, Ireland Connecting diasporas

10:00 Panel 1: Migration flows, connections of diaspora and home
Chaired by Dietmar Osses, AEMI Secretary

Dorota Praszalowicz,
Institute of American Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
Pacific Northwest and the European immigration flows: Toward the comparative history of ethnic groups: Poles, Croatians and Jews

Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek,
Institute of American Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
Polish veterans of WWII in Canada and their peculiar relations with communist Poland

Montserrat Golías, Laura Oso,
University of A Coruña, Spain
New and old chains. Analysis of migratory flows between Spain and Argentina

Marina Hansen,
University of the Basque Country
Italian immigration and state education in Argentina (1870-1930). A multilingual Buenos Aires

11:30 Coffee-break

12:00 Panel 2: Workshop
Chaired by Belén Fernández Suárez, Antía Pérez-Caramés,
University of A Coruña, Spain:
The Spanish diaspora in Europe: emigration and return of a disenchanted generation

Antía Pérez Caramés
University of A Coruña, Spain
Belén Fernández Suárez
University of A Coruña, Spain
Alberto Capote Lama
University of Granada, Spain
The new wave of Spanish emigration to France. A comparative analysis of the strategies and trajectories of intra-European migrants

Jordi Giner Monfort
University of Valencia, Spain
Belén Fernández Suárez
University of A Coruña, Spain
Sandra López Pereiro
University of A Coruña, Spain
Rubén Pérez Roel
University of A Coruña, Spain
The return of new Spanish emigration after the 2008 crisis: motivations for putting an end to the European dream

Antonio Alejo
University of A Coruña, Spain
Luca Chao Pérez
University of A Coruña, Spain
María José Fernández Vicente
Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France
Anna Giulia Ingellis
University of Valencia, Spain
Ana Irene Rovetta Cortés
CONICET-University of Jujuy, Argentina
Integration and return policies for the Spanish diaspora: An exploratory overview

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Panel 3: Return migration and identity
Chaired by Emma Barnhøj, The Danish Immigration Museum

Uxío-Breogán Diéguez, Montserrat Golías
University of A Coruña, Spain
The construction of Galicia through emigration: the configuration of a dual and transnational community

Heidi Rodrigues Martins
Centre de Documentation sur les Migrations Humaines, Luxembourg
The Quartier Italien, grounded through return and other mobilities

Dietmar Osses
Industriemuseum Zeche Hannover in Bochum, Germany
Polish, German, European? Experiences of second generation re-migrants in Germany

Anders Osvald Thorkilsen
The Danish Immigration Museum, Denmark
Dead and buried in the diaspora

16:00 Coffee-break

16:30 Panel 4: Home and Diaspora
Chaired by Bram Belaart, Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp

Iker Arranz
California State University, Bakersfield, USA
The Vanishing ofHhome. Reflections on the Diaspora Relations with Borders and Identity

Argitxu Camus
Iker Research Center, Bayonne
Letters sent by a Basque immigrant woman in the US to her hometown (1921-1967)

Susana Sabín-Fernández
United Kingdom

Joseba Etxarri

Tana Garrido
Basque Country
La tierra llama, a documentary about women in Cuba


09:00 Panel 5: Migration and Diaspora in the 21st Century: Pandemic as challenge
Chaired by Anders Osvald Thorkilsen, The Danish Immigration Museum

Gorka Alvarez Aramburu
Director for the Basque Community Abroad, Basque Government
Public administrations in the face of the new migration of the 21st century

Igor Calzada
University of Cardiff, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Hyper-Connected Diasporas amidst Pandemic Citizenship: The End of the Global Citizen?

10:30 Coffee-break

11:00 Panel 6: Basque Diaspora: Communities and identities
Chaired by Emilia García, Consello da Cultura Galega, AEMI Board

Oscar Alvarez
University of the Basque Country
Diaspora and Basque national symbolism in the making

Maialen Goirizelaia
University of the Basque Country
One diaspora, different communities

Imanol Galdos
Donostia-Kultura, Basque Country
Why are they leaving and not returning? Disconnection with the homeland. Is there a risk of Argentineation of the Basque society?

Iván Jiménez
Bizkaia Talent, Basque Country
Professional emigrants: Be Basque as an Integrative Strategy to deal with the challenges of the internationalization and lack of talent

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Panel 7: Workshop
Chaired by Mirjam Milharčič Hladnik, Slovenian Migration Institute:
Statediaspora relations in the context of shifting borders and changing political regimes: identities and transfers of knowledge

Miha Zobec
Diasporas and their many “homelands”: the emigrants of Julian March and Prekmurje and the interwar Yugoslavia

Aleksej Kalc
Triestines in Australia: From identifying locally to welcoming the Italian “giuliani nel mondo”

Klara Kožar Rosulnik
Challenges and opportunities for knowledge transfer from Slovene diaspora

15:00 Coffee-break

15:30 Panel 8: Workshop
Chaired by Benan Oregi
Officer for the Basque Community Abroad, Basque Government

Peter Loge
George Washington University
Ander Caballero
International consultant, USA
The rhetoric of diaspora engagement

Ziortza Gandarias, John Bieter, Nere Lete, John M. Ysursa, Meggan Laxalt
Boise State University, USA Boise, Idaho
Connecting Academic Boise and other diaspora communities, and the Basque Country

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