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

The WAIT project used 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 investigated 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 focused on four European migration-hubs, notably Oslo (Norway), Stockholm (Sweden), Marseille (France) and Hamburg (Germany).


The WAIT project is now completed. On 1 and 2 October 2020, we had our closing conference Waiting for uncertain futures: Time and migration. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we made it digital, and over the two days, the WAIT researchers presented their work and participated in roundtable discussions for an audience of over 90 people from all over the world.

Recordings of the conference sessions are now available on the event page.

In our final newsletter which will be sent out towards the end of 2020, you can read about the conference and the recently published book Waiting and the Temporalities of Irregular Migration. Sign up for our newsletter here!

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