Changing dynamics of urban diversity
indigenous urbanisation


The session is organised by members of the Diversity Studies Centre Oslo (DISCO)’s working group on urban space and diversity, Oslo Metropolitan University:

  • Mikkel Berg-Nordlie, NIBR, Oslo Metropolitan University (contact person):
  • Marianne Millstein, NIBR, Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Erika Gubrium, Department of Social Work, Child Welfare and Social Policy, Oslo Metropolitan University

We plan hybrid panels to accommodate international participants unable to travel to Oslo

Call for abstracts

Questions of diversity, difference and divides are central to urban studies. Cities are celebrated as places and spaces where diversity – cultural, social, political – can flourish.

At the same time, cities are sites where diversities and differences are sources of contestation and tension, where urban encounters may (re)construct and destabilise boundaries of inclusion and exclusion (Ye 2019).


Inspired by Ye’s (2019) question about how we ‘live with difference in shared spaces’, we aim to discuss multiple dynamics of urban diversity and explore the productive encounters and frictions that shape inclusion and exclusion in multiple spaces and places of the city.

As part of a series of sessions about urban diversity, this session will focus on indigeneous urbanisation.

Indigenous urbanization is a global event wherein urban indigenous populations are increasing, both through (a) migration and (b) revival.

  • In the case of (a): many indigenous peoples are predominantly rural or have earlier been ruralized through processes of colonization, but the global process of urbanization has led to a large-scale rural-to-urban redistribution also of indigenous populations.
  • In the case of (b): urban descendants of assimilated indigenous individuals are re-identifying as indigenous, as part of indigenous revival movements.

Together, these two processes radically change the demographic character of many Indigenous peoples, from the Sámi of the Nordic states and Russia to the Mãori of Aotearoa/New Zeeland.

The field of study of indigenous urbanization contains several different subfields, including for example:

  • the demography of indigenous urbanization,
  • urban indigenous politics and policy,
  • the governance of urban indigenous affairs,
  • and indigenous identity and culture in a time of rural-to-urban population redistribution.

Submit an abstract

We ask that abstracts limited to 200-300 words be sent directly to the organizers of the different sessions. Please see the session pages for details.

Please share this call with your colleagues or other interested parties. We hope to see you in Oslo come October!

On language

The conference primary language is Norwegian and Nordic languages, but many of our sessions will be conducted in English. All sessions welcome contributions in English, unless explicitly stated otherwise.