Waiting for uncertain futures: Time and migration
As the WAIT project at the Centre for Women's and Gender Research (SKOK) is in its final year, we marked the end of the project with a digital closing conference.
WAIT - Waiting for an uncertain future: the temporalities of irregular migration
The WAIT project has focused on the temporal aspects of migration and 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 adds a temporal perspective to dominant spatial approaches in migration studies, and advances theories of temporality in the humanities and social sciences. Waiting has been scrutinized ethnographically in four European migration-hubs: Oslo, Stockholm, Marseille, and Hamburg, and analytically through targeted theoretical tasks. Waiting as an analytical perspective offers new insights into the complex and shifting nature of processes of bordering, belonging, state power, exclusion and inclusion, and social relations in irregular migration.
At the closing conference 1 and 2 October, core researchers and network partners presented their research. Speakers included: Bridget Anderson, Nicholas De Genova, Kari Anne Klovholt Drangsland, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Christine Jacobsen, Helge Jordheim, Marry-Anne Karlsen, Shahram Khosravi, Odin Lysaker, Sandrine Musso, Jessica Schultz, Jo Vearey, Sarah Willen, Katerina Rozakou, Johannes Machinya and Frode Eick.
Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, the conference was held on Zoom.
Recording of the sessions can be found below each program post:
Thursday October 1
Welcome and presentation of the WAIT project by Christine M. Jacobsen
Presentations of project work by Marry-Anne Karlsen, Kari Anne Drangsland, Christine M. Jacobsen and Shahram Khosravi (text read by Christine M. Jacobsen)
WAIT conference plenary session - audio only
Short presentations of chapters in the WAIT book by Katerina Rozakou, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Johannes Machinya, Sandrine Musso, Jessica Schultz and Nicholas De Genova.
Presentation of chapters from the book "Waiting and the Temporalities of Irregular Migration."
16.00-16.30 CET: Break
Roundtable 1) Temporality and waiting as analytical prisms in migration studies
What does the analytics of waiting contribute to understanding the legal and socio-cultural underpinnings of irregular migration? How does taking time seriously change our understanding of migration and the way we study it? How does studying migration change our understanding of time and the way we study it?
Chair: Marry-Anne Karlsen
Participants: Helge Jordheim, Thomas Hylland-Eriksen, Bridget Anderson and Christine M. Jacobsen
WAIT conference day 1 - Roundtable 1
Friday October 2
Roundtable 2) The impact of prolonged waiting on health, well-being, and dignity
How is waiting produced through laws, regulations, and bureaucratic practices? What are the consequences for migrants' rights, health, well-being, and dignity?
Chair: Jessica Schultz
Participants: Sarah Willen, Odin Lysaker, Jo Veary and Frode Eick.
WAIT conference day 2 - Roundtable 2
16.00–16.30 CET: Break
Film screening: Waiting by Shahram Khosravi and Dagmawi Yimer
Waiting - Shahram Khosravi & Dagmawi Yimer
Roundtable 3) The aesthetics, ethics and politics of knowledge production and dissemination
How can we produce and disseminate knowledge on irregular migration in ways that do not cause harm or perpetuate violent and exclusionary structures? Which challenges have we met in the WAIT project?
Chair: Christine M. Jacobsen
Participants: Nicholas de Genova, Kari Anne Klovholt Drangsland and Dagmawi Yimer
WAIT conference day 2 - Roundtable 3
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.
Waiting for uncertain futures in pandemic times
Reflections from researchers at the WAIT project on the complexity of waiting in pandemic times.
How is the Covid-19 pandemic affecting migrants with precarious legal status?
In this blog post, four researchers connected to the WAIT project reflect on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting migrants with precarious legal status in Europe.
Kari Anne Drangsland published in the journal Time and Society
Ph.D candidate Kari Anne Drangsland has been published in acclaimed journal Time and Society.
WAIT researcher Kari Anne Drangsland
PhD candidate Kari Anne Drangsland has contributed to the WAIT project with ethnographic field research in Hamburg, Germany.
WAIT researcher Odin Lysaker
Professor Odin Lysaker is one of the core researchers in the WAIT group.
Guest researcher Knut Graw
Knut Graw (University of Leuven) has been a guest researcher at Centre for Women's and Gender Research this spring.
WAIT's midway conference
On February 6-9, 2019, the researchers on the WAIT project gathered in Athens.
Waiting around? On temporal irregularity and im/mobility among Afghans within Europe
Read the newest blog entry from PhD candidate Halvar A. Kjærre on his research amongst Afghans in Europe.
Migration researchers in the field
"Meeting the migrants have made a big impression on me, but as an anthropologist it is also through these meetings that I do my best thinking."
Places of silence at the edge of comfort
Read Kari Anne Drangsland's reflections on how silence is telling of the normative structures that shape irregular migrants' experience of waiting.
Tramspotting in Oslo
In the latest blog entry from the WAIT project, Marry-Anne Karlsen writes about how irregularized migrants' sense of waiting is produced.
Waiting in Sweden
Social anthropologist and WAIT researcher Shahram Khosravi is currently carrying out fieldwork among irregular migrants in Stockholm.
Waiting at the borders of Europe
Read the WAIT project's first dispatch from the field from social anthropologist and project leader of WAIT, Christine M. Jacobsen.
The criminalization of young men in Iran
Shahram Khosravi from Stockholm University has recently published his newest ethnographic book, Precarious Lives: Waiting and Hope in Iran.
Human geography perspectives on time
Doctoral candiate Kari Anne Drangsland is the last addition to the research stab at SKOK.
Kick-off seminar in Paris
WAIT researchers and network partners met for the first time to present, discuss and share ideas about the research that lies ahead and to kickoff the WAIT-project.
Research and critical thinking inspire students
"For this course you want to read the material and be prepared", exchange student Anna Tydén says.
WAIT project engages with architecture students
This spring, students from the Bergen School of Architecture can participate in a workshop linked to the multidisciplinary WAIT project.