Centre for Women's and Gender Research
New book

Waiting as analytical perspective provides new insight

Researchers from UiB’s WAIT project have published a new book about waiting as both a social phenomenon in migration and as an analytical perspective on migration processes.

Bokframside Waiting and the Temporalities of Irregular Migration
The book was published by Routledge in October and is openly available for download on their website.

Main content

WAIT – Waiting for an uncertain future: the temporalities of irregular migration is a research project at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK) that lasted from 2016 to 2020. The project used theories of temporalities and waiting as tools for producing new and critical insights into the cultural conditions for and implications of migration. The new book is a result of the work on this project.

A need for new critical perspectives

In the book, Waiting and the Temporalities of Irregular Migration, the authors claim that waiting as an analytical perspective provides new insight into the complex and shifting nature of processes of bordering, belonging, state power, exclusion and inclusion, and social relations in irregular migration. The chapters in the book address legal, bureaucratic, ethical, gendered, and affective dimensions of time and migration.

– New critical perspectives are needed in order to challenge the disastrous consequences of the ways in which migration is currently governed in Europe and beyond, says Christine M. Jacobsen, WAIT’s project leader and one of the editors and authors of the book.

– The focus on temporality and waiting opens up a space for such critical engagement, providing fresh insights into the workings of power.

Relevant in the context of the global pandemic

The book includes ethnographic and other empirically based material, as well as theorizing that cross-cut disciplinary boundaries, and it is relevant for scholars from anthropology and sociology, and others interested in temporalities, migration, borders, and power.

– I hope the book, and the way it develops ‘waiting’ as an analytical perspective, will inspire thinking about the temporal dimension of power and inequality beyond the study of irregular migration, says Jacobsen.

– It is hugely relevant, among other things, to think about waiting and uncertain futures in the context of the current global pandemic.

A taste of the book during WAIT's closing conference

During WAIT’s closing conference 1 and 2 October, Waiting for uncertain futures: Time and migration, several of the authors introduced their book chapters in a video that was shown to all of the conference attendees. See the video here:

Presentation of chapters from the book "Waiting and the Temporalities of Irregular Migration."

Researchers from Greece, Norway, South Africa, France and the US present their chapters in this video.

Anders Rubing