Main research and teaching areas:
- Anthropology of Migration
- Political Anthropology
- Ethnographic Methods
My research is mainly found within the anthropology of migration and I am especially interested in refugees and diasporic practices. I am also interested in social memory, gender and home in relation to violent political conflict and flight. My most recent research focused on urban gardening and its attempts to create social cohesion locally.
I hold a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Gothenburg. My doctoral thesis from 2009 builds on a one-year ethnographic fieldwork in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank. In short, the thesis dealt with the many ways that the camp inhabitants tried to maintain continuity, morality and a normal order despite repeated emergencies during the second intifada. I have also done research about Danes and Swedes with a Palestinian background and their diasporic practices, while being a post doc at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen. In addition, I have carried out fieldwork in UN-run schools for Palestinian refugee children, focusing on processes of gendered identity formations. I have also studied the encounters between newly arrived Palestinian refugees and staff at the Swedish Public Employment Service. I was particularly interested in how the refugees’ experiences of violence were dealt with in these meetings and the moral issues and bureaucratic strategies that emerged. I have also worked as a researcher and teacher at the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University.
I have experience of teaching, supervising and examining undergraduate as well as graduate students of Social Anthropology and of interdisciplinary courses such as Global Studies, Human Rights and Middle Eastern Studies.
Displaying of publications. Sorted by year, then title.
- Family, Migration and Welfare (FAMIV)
- Anthropology and Mobility Network (ANTHROMOB), European Association of Social Anthropologists
Areas of expertise for press/media
- Palestinian occupied territories
- Refugees in Sweden