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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Video interview with WAIT researcher

Shahram Khosravi on the pandemic and borders

In April, WAIT researcher Shahram Khosravi was interviewed about the pandemic and borders as part of a series of conversations called Four Rooms.

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Waiting for uncertain futures in pandemic times

Reflections from researchers at the WAIT project on the complexity of waiting in pandemic times.

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How is the Covid-19 pandemic affecting migrants with precarious legal status?

In this blog we reflect on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting migrants with precarious legal status in Europe, with a particular focus on Norway, Germany and France - countries in which we have been doing long term ethnographic fieldwork in the WAIT-project.

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 has 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...