Centre for Women's and Gender Research
Final seminar

Kari Anne Drangsland's final seminar

Kari-Anne Drangsland will have her final seminar related to her forthcoming PhD thesis.

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Kari Anne Drangsland did field work in Hamburg during the autumn of 2017. Here, she followed irregular immigrants who had their lives put on hold.
Kari Anne Drangsland

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The working title of Drangsland's thesis is: The temporalities of irregular migration in Hamburg. Her PhD is part of the WAIT project, which 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).

In an interview, Drangsland says the following about her work (translated from Norwegian):

The opportunity to work more precisely and directly with time, temporality and waiting from a feminist perspective has been very interesting. I have worked with migration and borders both as a consultant and lecturer for some years, and I'm very happy to be able to work with the same themes in an academic project over time.

Recently, Drangsland published an article related to the project in the renowned journal Time and Society. The article, "Waiting as a redemptive state: The ‘Lampedusa in Hamburg’ and the offer from the Hamburg government," examines the relationship between present harms and future redeeming, and how these relationships are discussed and related in immigration politics and humanitarian work in Hamburg. Can the final goal of a residence permit make up for the pain and trauma of waiting, and of waiting for so long?

Drangsland's supervisors are Christine Jacobsen (Professor in Anthropology, leader at Center for Women’s and Gender Research, University of Bergen), Helge Jordheim (Professor Cultural history and Museology, University of Oslo) and Håvard Haarstad (professor in Geography, University of Bergen).

The seminar is for invitees only.