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Synnøve Kristine Nepstad Bendixsen

Førsteamanuensis, Project: Denaturalizing difference: Challenging the production of global social inequality
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My anthropological work relates to migration issues, more specifically to Islam and Muslims in Europe, with a particular focus on Germany, and irregular migrants in Norway.

 

In my current postdoctoral fellowship that forms part of the Department's ISP prosject: “Denaturalizing difference: Challenging the production of global social inequality” I will pursue theoretical exploration of the denaturalizing of difference and the study of social inequality drawing on my ethnographic material on religiously devoted Muslim youth in Germany and irregular migrants in Norway. I see the position as a unique opportunity to draw further upon and make relevant the thick empirical data material I already have from long-term fieldwork. Since my research interests lie generally in contributing to social anthropological perspectives and theoretical development of how we understand difference and marginalization, inclusion/exclusion, over the long run I hope to use this study as a framework to further investigate processes of social inequality also with methodological implications.

 

My research interests include focus on the refiguration of the subject-citizen, migration dynamics, political mobilisation, marginalization, border processes and technologies of control. My PhD thesis in Social Anthropology (at École des hautes études en sciences sosiales/ Humboldt University, completed in 2010) examines Muslim youth’s religious identity formation and their engagement with Islam in everyday life in Germany. Through long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Muslim religious organization and their participants I examine the collective content of religious identity formation and processes of differentiation. Engaging with anthropological approaches to Islam as a discursive tradition, I look at how religious identification among these Muslim youth in Berlin is continuously crafted within social spaces and structures. In particular, I discuss how desires of women (as of men) are socio-historically constructed, arguing against the universalised perspectives of liberal-humanist interpretation of ‘freedom’ and ‘agency’. I further look at their understanding of what it meant to be a Muslim was informed in various ways by the public representation of Islam and Muslims in Germany. In my thesis and in several published book chapters, I particularly analyze how local configurations and expressions of religiosity among the women were shaped in relation to processes on various scales. In the book publication of the thesis, I also discuss the changing role of religion in an urban European setting, how religious authority is restructured and the formation of gender identity in relation to religious, societal, and family ideals, ideas and sets of values.

 

 My latest fieldwork on irregular migrants in Norway was part of the RCN (NFR) funded project ‘Provision of welfare to irregular migrants’. This project investigates the provision of welfare to irregular migrants in Norway through examining the relationship between law, institutional practices and irregular migrants’ experiences. My own work examines how regulations and policies of the nation-state and at the EU level, as well as local institutional practices, have real and complex effects on the subjective experiences of irregular migrants. Informed by poststructuralist theoretical perspectives, I also focus on the construction of ‘irregularity’ by state power and everyday discourses and migrants experiences of the ‘illegality’ status, which is intricately linked to how ‘illegality’ is constructed. Furthermore, I study not only the politics of exclusion and processes of marginalization, but also discuss the agency of irregular migrants and their political mobilization. 

I am a board member of the interdisciplinary network IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations), UiB. IMER has been an interdisciplinary unit at UiB for almost 20 years, consisting of experts from many different disciplines, including law and the humanities, but with a predominance of social scientists. As part of IMER, I have contributed to creating an important and inspiring environment for scholars and students with an interest in IMER research at UiB. Through IMER, we have generated several large research projects with funding from RCN and the EU.

 

[1] http://imer.b.uib.no/

 

 

 

 

SANT 105: Maktens uttrykk og tilsløringer (høst 2014, 2015, 2016)

Bøker
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Bringslid, Mary Bente; Vike, Halvard. 2017. Egalitarianism in Scandinavia. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. 357 sider. ISBN: 978-3-319-59790-4.
  • Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge; Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2016. Critical Anthropological Engagements in Human Alterity and Difference. Palgrave Macmillan. 320 sider. ISBN: 978-3-319-40474-5.
  • Bringa, Tone; Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2016. Engaged Anthropology: Views from Scandinavia. Palgrave Macmillan. 196 sider. ISBN: 978-3-319-40484-4.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Jacobsen, Christine M.; Søvig, Karl Harald. 2015. Eksepsjonell velferd? Irregulære migranter i det norske velferdssamfunnet. Gyldendal Juridisk. 280 sider. ISBN: 978-82-05-48425-2.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2013. The Religious Identity of Young Muslim Women in Berlin. Brill Academic Publishers. 328 sider. ISBN: 9789004221161.
Tidsskriftartikler
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2019. The Care/Security Nexus of the Humanitarian Border: Assisted Return in Norway. International migration (Geneva. Print). doi: 10.1111/imig.12630
  • Danielsen, Hilde; Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2019. Dealing with diversity, hoping for inclusion. Parents’ involvement in urban schools in Norway. Ethnicities. doi: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1468796818822542
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2018. Transnationalism, the Nation-State and Irregular Migrants. Nordic Journal of Migration Research. 8.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2018. Irregular migrants enacting the border: deportability, humanitarian exceptionalism and healthcare in Norway. Social Anthropology. doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12594
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2018. The politicised biology of irregular migrants : micropractices of control, tactics of everyday life and access to healthcare. Nordic Journal of Migration Research. 8: 167-174. doi: 10.2478/njmr-2018-0020
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2018. Differentiation of rights in the Norwegian welfare state: Hierarchies of belonging and humanitarian exceptionalism. Social Inclusion. 6: 162-171. doi: 10.17645/si.v6i3.1520
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Danielsen, Hilde. 2018. Other people’s children: inclusive parenting in a diverse neighborhood in Norway. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 1-19. doi: 10.1080/01419870.2018.1478111
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2017. The production of irregular migrants: The case of Norway [Ustvarjanje nedokumentiranih migrantov: Primer Norveske]. Dve Domovini. 45: 29-44.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2017. The Production of Irregular Migrants: The Case of Norway. Dve Domovini. 42: 29-43.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Eidsvik, Erlend; Haarstad, Håvard; Wiig, Arne. 2017. Valgkampen er for snever. Bergens Tidende. Publisert 2017-08-21.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2016. Iraqi women in Denmark. Ritual performance and belonging in everyday life. by Marianne Pedersen (book review). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 22: 233-234.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2016. The refugee crisis: destabilizing and restabilizing European borders. History and Anthropology. 27: 536-554. doi: 10.1080/02757206.2016.1221407
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2016. Anthropology of Citizenship by Sian Lazar. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology. 1.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2015. Globografi. En kort innføring i flerlokalitetsforskning by Hans Erik Næss (book review). Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 2: 198-200.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2015. «Give me the damn papers!» Å vente på oppholdspapirer. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 3-4: 285-303.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Kjærre, Halvar Andreassen. 2015. Penger følger deg ikke i døden. Bergens Tidende. 44-44. Publisert 2015-06-03.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2014. En denaturaliseing av “norsk” antropologis teoriutvikling. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 25: 263-268.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2014. En denaturalisering av “norsk” antropologis teoriutvikling. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 3-4: 263-268.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2013. Book review of Asylsøker: I velferdsstatens venterom. Tidsskrift for velferdsforskning. 16: 122-124.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2012. Book review of Islam og muslimer i Danmark. Religion, identitet og sikkerhed efter 11. september 2001, Pedersen og Rytter (eds). Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 2: 202-204.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2009. Young females negotiating, resisting, and (re constructing ‘Othering’. Kritika i Humanizm. 30: 103-123.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2005. Being Young, Muslim and Female. Creating Space of Belonging in Berlin. Berliner Blätter. 37: 88-98.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; de Guchteneire, Paul. 2003. Best Practices in Immigration Service Planning. Journal of policy analysis and management. 22: 677-682.
Rapporter/avhandlinger
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Strand, Arne; Lidén, Hilde; Paasche, Erlend; Aalen, Lovise. 2016. Programmes for assisted return to Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Ethiopia and Kosovo: A comparative evaluation of effectiveness and outcomes, Report, 2016: 2. Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen. 225 sider.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Kjærre, Halvar Andreassen; Ytre-Arne, Brita. 2014. OUT-reach: Informasjon om frivillig retur til irregulære migranter utenfor mottak. Uni Research Rokkansenteret, Bergen. 178 sider.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Øyen, Cecilie. 2012. Å bli eller dra? Motiver og beslutningsprosess når avviste asylsøkere velger frivillig retur. Fafo, Oslo. 98 sider.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2011. Between two societies: Review of the Information, Return and Reintegration of Iraqi Nationals to Iraq (IRRINI) programme. CMI, Bergen. 125 sider.
Bokkapitler
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Eriksen, Thomas Hylland. 2018. Timeless time among irregular migrants: The slowness of waiting in an accelerated world. Chapter 2. I:
    • Janeja, Manpreet; Bandak, Andrea. 2018. Ethnographies of Waiting: Doubt, Hope & Uncertainty. Bloomsbury Academic. 208 sider. ISBN: 978-1474280280.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2017. Being a Young Muslim in Germany. chapter, sider 37-59. I:
    • Günther, Hans. 2017. Ethnic and Religious Cohabitation and Conflict. Verlag Traugott Bautz. 195 sider. ISBN: 978-3-95948-223-3.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2017. Multiculturalism, veiling fashion and mosques. A religious topography of Islam in Berlin. Chapter 8, sider 130-147. I:
    • Hegner, Viktoria; Margry, Peter Jan. 2017. Spiritualizing the City. Agency and Resilience of the Urban and Urbanesque habitat. Routledge. 216 sider. ISBN: 9781138930728.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2017. Voice Matters: Calling for Victimhood, Shared Humanity and Citizenry of Irregular Migrants in Norway. Chapter 8, sider 185-207. I:
    • Gonzales, Roberto G.; Sigona, Nando. 2017. Within and Beyond Citizenship. Borders, Membership and Belonging. Routledge. 200 sider. ISBN: 9781138285521.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2017. Muslim Youth Practicing Veiling in Berlin: 'Universal Islam’, Modernity, Aesthetics and Morality. Chapter 14, sider 174-183. I:
    • Almila, Anna-Mari; Inglis, David. 2017. The Routledge International Handbook of Veils and Veiling Practices. Routledge. 338 sider. ISBN: 9781472455369.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Bringslid, Mary Bente; Vike, Halvard. 2017. Introduction: Egalitarianism in a Scandinavian Context. 1, sider 1-44. I:
    • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Bringslid, Mary Bente; Vike, Halvard. 2017. Egalitarianism in Scandinavia. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. 357 sider. ISBN: 978-3-319-59790-4.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Lidén, Hilde. 2017. Return to wellbeing? Irregular migrants and assisted return in Norway. Chapter 2, sider 21-38. I:
    • Vathi, Zanna; King, Russel. 2017. Return migration and psychosocial wellbeing : discourses, policy-making and outcomes for migrants and their families. Routledge. 280 sider. ISBN: 9781138677500.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2016. Can the irregular migrant woman speak? Chapter 10, sider 237-259. I:
    • Danielsen, Hilde; Jegerstedt, Kari; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Ytre-Arne, Brita. 2016. Gendered Citizenship and the Politics of Representation. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9781137517647.
  • Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge; Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2016. Recalibrating Alterity, Difference, Ontology: Anthropological Engagements with Human and Non-Human Worlds. Kapittel, sider 1-40. I:
    • Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge; Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2016. Critical Anthropological Engagements in Human Alterity and Difference. Palgrave Macmillan. 320 sider. ISBN: 978-3-319-40474-5.
  • Bringa, Tone; Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2016. Introduction. Engaged Anthropology, sider 1-22. I:
    • Bringa, Tone; Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2016. Engaged Anthropology: Views from Scandinavia. Palgrave Macmillan. 196 sider. ISBN: 978-3-319-40484-4.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2015. Vilkårlige rettigheter? Irregulære migranters tillit, sosiale kapital og kreative taktikker. Kapittel 9, sider 184-202. I:
    • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Jacobsen, Christine M.; Søvig, Karl Harald. 2015. Eksepsjonell velferd? Irregulære migranter i det norske velferdssamfunnet. Gyldendal Juridisk. 280 sider. ISBN: 978-82-05-48425-2.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2014. Being and becoming a German Muslim Youth: Muslimische Jugend in Deutschland. kapittel, sider 104-108. I:
    • Peter, Frank; Ortega, Rafael. 2014. Islamic Movements of Europe. I.B. Tauris. 416 sider. ISBN: 9781848858459.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2013. Processes of Localised and Globalised Islam among Young Muslims in Berlin. kapittel 13, sider 211-229. I:
    • Hefner, Robert W; Hutchinson, John; Mels, Sara; Timmerman, Christiane. 2013. Religions in Movement. The Local and the Global in Contemporary Faith Traditions. Routledge. 320 sider. ISBN: 9780415818759.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2013. Connecting the Local, National and Transnational Powers of a Religious Youth Organisation in Berlin. kapittel 5, sider 99-111. I:
    • Burchardt, Marian; Becci, Irene; Casanova, Jose. 2013. Topographies of Faith. Brill Academic Publishers. 235 sider. ISBN: 9789004248878.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2013. 'I Love My Prophet': Religious Taste, Consumption and Distinction in Berlin. chapter 16, sider 272-290. I:
    • Tarlo, Emma; Moors, Annelies. 2013. Islamic Fashion and Anti-Fashion. New perspectives from Europe and North America. Bloomsbury Academic. 294 sider. ISBN: 978-0-85785-335-6.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2013. Becoming Members in the Community of Value: Ethiopian Irregular Migrants Enacting Citizenship in Norway. chapter 1, sider 3-22. I:
    • Dugan, Mahni; Edelstein, Arnon. 2013. Migration Matters. Inter-Disciplinary Press. 207 sider. ISBN: 978-1-84888-183-9.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2012. Islam as a New Urban Identity? Young Female Muslims Creating a Religious Youth Culture in Berlin. Kapittel 28, sider . I:
    • Wilcox, Melissa M. 2012. Religion in Today's World: Global Issues, Sociological Perspectives (Contemporary Sociological Perspectives). Routledge. 608 sider. ISBN: 0415503876.
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad. 2011. Islam as a New Urban Identity? Constructing a Religious Youth Culture in Berlin. kapittel, sider 473-495. I:
    • Eade, John; Eckard, Frank. 2011. The Ethically diverse city. Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag GmbH. 623 sider. ISBN: 978-3-8305-1641-5.

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Bendixsen, S.  2013. ‘I love my Prophet’. Religious Taste as Social Boundary Marking in Berlin, in Moors, Annelies and Tarlo, Emma (eds.), Islamic Fashion and Anti-fashion. New Perspectives from Europe and America, Berg Publishers: London.

 

 

 

- 2013. The Religious Identity of Young Muslim Women in Berlin. An Ethnographic Study, Brill: Leiden

 

 

 

- 2013. Becoming Members in the Community of Value: Ethiopian Irregular Migrants Enacting Citizenship in Norway, in Migration Matters, A. Edelstein and M. Dugan (eds.), Inter-Disciplinary Press: Oxfordshire, pp. 3-22

 

 

 

- 2013. Processes of Localised and Globalised Islam among Young Muslims in Berlin, in Religions in Movement. The Local and the Global in Contemporary Faith Traditions, R. Hefner, Hutchinson, J., Mels, S. and Timmerman, C. (eds.), Routledge: London, pp. 211-229

 

 

 

- 2013. Connecting the Local, National, and Transnational Powers of a Religious Youth Organisation in Berlin, in Topographies of Faith. Religion in Urban Spaces, Casanova, J. I. Becci, Burchardt, M. (eds.), Brill: Leiden, pp. 99-112

 

 

 

- 2013. Being Muslim or being ‘German’? Islam as a New Urban Identity (Reprint), in Wilcox, Melissa M. (ed.), Religion in Today’s World. Global Issues, Sociological Perspectives, Routledge: London, pp. 449-461

 

 

 

Øien, Cecilie og Synnøve Bendixsen 2012. Å bli eller dra? Motiver og beslutningsprosess når avviste asylsøkere velger frivillig retur. Fafo: Oslo

 

 

 

Bendixsen, S. 2012. Book review of Islam og muslimer i Danmark. Religion, identitet og sikkerhed efter 11. september 2001, Pedersen og Rytter (eds), in Norsk Antropolologisk Tidsskrift, 2: 23: 202-204. 

 

 

 

Strand, Bendixsen, Paasche and Schultz 2011. Between two societies: Review of the Information, Return and Reintegration of Iraqi Nationals to Iraq (IRRINI) programme, CMI report, 2011:4.

 

 

 

Bendixsen 2011. Islam as a New Urban Identity? Constructing a Religious Youth Culture in Berlin, in Eckardt, F. and Eade, J. (eds.), The Ethically diverse city, Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, pp. 473 – 495.

 

 

 

- 2010. ‘It’s like doing SMS to Allah’. Young Female Muslims Crafting a Religious Self in Berlin, PhD Thesis, Paris: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales & Humboldt Universität.

 

 

 

- 2009. Being Muslim or being ‘German’? Islam as a New Urban Identity, in Tibe Bonifacio, G. and Angeles, Vivienne SM (eds.), Gender, Religion and Migration: Pathways of Integration, Lexington Books: Lanham, pp. 95-115. 

 

 

 

- 2009. Young females negotiating, resisting, and (re)constructing ‘Othering’, in Critique and Humanism Journal, Human and Social Studies Foundation, Sofia, 30/3, pp. 103-123.

 

 

 

- 2009. Îslam û çanda ciwanên li bajaran (Mind the Gap. Young Female Muslims Crafting a Religious Self in Berlin), in Le Monde diplomatique Kurdi, available online: http://kurmanci.lemondediplo-kurdi.com/2009/12/islam-u-canda-ciwanen-li-bajaran

 

 

 

- 2008. Der Islam als neuer Identifikationsfaktor? Junge Musliminnen in Berlin, available online: www.muslimische-stimmen.de, 02.07.08 (Portal for migration and issues on Muslims in Germany)

 

 

 

- 2007. Making Sense of the City: Religious Spaces of Young Muslim Females in Berlin, in Informationen zur modernen Stadtgeschichte 2/2007, pp. 51-65.

 

 

 

- 2006. Religiöse Räume organisieren: Eine neue Generation von Muslimen, in Islamisches Gemeindeleben in Berlin, der Beaftragte des Senats für Integration und Migration, pp. 59-63.

 

 

 

- 2005. Being Young, Muslim and Female. Creating Space of Belonging in Berlin, in Berliner Blätter, Gesellschaft für Ethnographie (GfE), Berlin, pp. 88-98.

 

 

 

Bendixsen, S. & de Guchteneire, P. 2003. Best Practices in Immigration Service Planning, in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Volume 22, Issue 4 (Autumn). Wiley. Berkeley, pp. 677-682. Available online: http://www.unesco.org/most/migration/article_bpimm.htm