16.6. Cross-disciplinary seminar: Multiculturalism and migration in the North, Joensuu

At the Crossroads of Cultural Ecology, Human Geography, Law and Philosophy

Time: 16 June, 2016

Venue: University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Joensuu campus, Aurora building, room AU206, address: Yliopistokatu 2, entrance B


This is a continuity of the series of cross-disciplinary seminars on multiculturalism in the North, organised by the UEF Law School in 2014–2015.

The aim of this cross-disciplinary seminar is to shed light on the problems of multiculturalism, migration, ethnic and linguistic diversity, nationalism, and majoritarian cultures in the North, especially in the European North, in the context of ecology, geography, law, philosophy, culture, border and environmental studies, and education. However, the aim is to perceive multiculturalism or migration not only as a challenge (or as a problem), but also as an opportunity: the great opportunity for diversity, pluralism, and new ways of thinking or "forms of life" in both nation states and a global, borderless world.  

Questions to be explored include: How to live together in an European multicultural society despite different cultures we come from and represent? What rights and duties should be binding in a Western multicultural society? Do we really understand that multicultural society is not only about challenges, but it is also a real phenomenon and a farrago of institutions and artefacts, which may work well? How do we see relationships between majoritarian and minoritarian cultures? How do we conceive of discrimination of ethnic minorities? How do we perceive the best pattern of minority majority relations? How do we think about, for instance, indigenous rights in Northern Europe? What do we think of migration in the North?

The Keynote Speakers are: Professor Emeritus Patrick Dillon, the English cultural ecologist, University of Exeter, and Adjunct Professor Paul Fryer, the Canadian-Finnish human geographer, UEF.

The seminar is open. All scholars, doctoral students, and students are welcome.



10.00 Opening and introduction, Dr. Dawid Bunikowski, UEF Law School


10.05-11.05 Keynote I:

Professor Patrick Dillon, Professor Emeritus at the University of Exeter, UK; Visiting Professor at the Philosophical Faculty of the UEF:
The Cultural Ecological Foundations of Multiculturalism

11.05-12.05 Keynote II:

Adjunct Professor Dr. Paul Fryer (UEF, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies):
The Canadian Multi-cultural Landscape: challenged or renewed?


12.05-13.15 Lunch (on own cost)

13.15-13.45 Comments by UEF social scientist (TBC).

13.45-14.15 Questions to the keynotes

14.15-14.45 Speeches by UEF scholars

Dr. Dawid Bunikowski, Doctor of Law, UEF Law School/Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY), on
How to live together in liberal democracies based on human rights and equality before law?

Dr. Irmeli Mustalahti, Academy Research Fellow, UEF Department of Geographical and Historical Studies/
Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY), on
Soft Security and community actions in responsive natural resources governance


14.45-15.30 Open discussion

15.30 Concluding remarks. Closing.


For further information, please contact: Dawid Bunikowski, dawid.bunikowski(a)uef.fi