WAIT - Waiting for an uncertain future: the temporalities of irregular migration

The WAIT project uses theories of temporality and the concept of 'waitinghood' as tools for producing new and critical insights into the cultural conditions and implications of migration. 'Waitinghood' is about the condition of prolonged waiting, uncertainty and temporariness which is characteristic of irregular migration.

WAIT investigates how temporal structures related to irregular migration are shaped by legal regimes, cultural norms and power relationships, and how they shape subjective experiences and life projects. The project focuses on four European migration-hubs, notably Oslo (Norway), Stockholm (Sweden), Marseille (France) and Hamburg (Germany).

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New SKOK- research in International journal
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Ph.d. Kari Anne Drangsland published in the journal Time and Society

Ph.d. candidate Kari Anne Drangsland have published the article "Waiting as a redemptive state: The ‘Lampedusa in Hamburg’ and the offer from the Hamburg government" in acclaimed journal Time and Society.

New essay from Network partner Sarah S. Willen
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"On the Deliberate Traumatization of Migrants’ Children”

In Israel, as in the United States, children have become pawns in government efforts to expel migrants -- despite clear evidence that arresting, detaining, and deporting children violates their human rights and has long-term traumatic effects. Policies like these demand our swift, strong, and...

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The 'return turn' in asylum law and policy

WAIT has strengthened its research group with post doctor Jessica Schultz, a lawyer specialized in international refugee law and human rights law.

Migration research
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Nov 29

The politics and aesthetic of waiting in Palestinian refugee camps

Ruba Salih from Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS University of London, will give a talk about temporality in Palestinian refugee camps.

Meet the researcher
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WAIT researcher Kari Anne Drangsland

PhD candidate Kari Anne Drangsland has contributed to the WAIT project with ethnographic field research in Hamburg, Germany, and in this brief outline she answers a few questions on her engagement in WAIT.