Here is an overview of the project's newsletter.
The spring semester of 2020 has been unique due to Covid-19. The pandemic has refigured academic life in many ways; shifting activities and interactions online. WAIT researchers localized in Bergen organised a low-key reflection seminar in light of the pandemic; resulting in two blogposts on time and irregular migration in the pandemic content. Being in its last year, with researchers already having finished their fieldworks, the progress of the WAIT project has been less affected than many other studies, and the main focus has been on dissemination. We have also submitted the manuscript for an edited volume on waiting and the temporalities of irregular migration, and the closing conference has been planned to go ahead in online form on 1 and 2 October 2020.
This semester, researchers in WAIT have reflected on our positionality as migration and gender researchers. The research we do is challenged from different positions. WAIT researchers are also exploring how art and aesthetic registers can be mobilized to produce and disseminate knowledge about waiting and irregular migration.
It has been an exciting and busy semester for the WAIT researchers. They signed a contract with Routledge Books for the first WAIT-anthology, which is due out in 2020, and held their mid-way conference in Athens in February.
This fall, the WAIT project has had representatives in several workshops and conferences such as the European Association of Social Anthropologists and Nordic Migration Research Conference. The work of communicating the project's preliminary findings from the researchers' different fieldworks has started.
New entries from the field has been published, and Professor in philosophy, Odin Lysaker, shares some of his insight to irregular migration, and the ethics of time.
This semester, the researchers started to conduct ethnographic field research in four different European cities: Marseille, Oslo, Hamburg and Stockholm. According to project leader professor Christine M. Jacobsen, "[t]his has been helpful in order to start thinking about the importance of waiting and temporality in our material. It has also allowed us to process and communicate some of the hardship our interlocutors live through, and to problematize some of the functions of current European regimes of migration control".
The official start of project WAIT. This semester the researchers at University of Bergen held a 15 credit course for students interested in the topics of temporality and gender in migration, also communicating the aims and goals of WAIT.