Gender Studies Methodologies: Activist research in a context of migration control – dilemmas and difficulties
Gender Studies Seminar Series in Methodologies is a series of webinars hosted by the Department of Gender Studies during the autumn of 2021. This is the first seminar this semester, where we welcome Emma Söderman from the School of Social Work at Lund University.
Please note that you must register to participate in this seminar.
Introduction to this seminar:
This presentation begins in my thesis (Söderman 2019), which discusses ambivalences in activism and research in a context of restrictive control of migration. The thesis is about a community theatre trying to act and imagine other possible worlds in the midst of deportability, bordering practices and unpredictable asylum processes. It explores a musical, the No Border Musical, which was initiated in the Swedish city of Malmö and staged by non-professional actors with and without residence permits.
Setting out from a participatory ethnographic fieldwork of the two-year working process of creating and performing the No Border Musical, I conclude that activism through community theatre cannot be a solution to deep inequalities, but it can provide a space for challenging these.
I participated in the No Border Musical an actor, activist as well as researcher. In this seminar, I will discuss dilemmas and difficulties, but also argue for the necessity of activist research, not least considering the latest years shift towards an increasingly restrictive control of migration. In regards to the restrictive shift in Swedish migration policies, I will set out from my involvement with the Asylum commission, a collaboration between researchers, activists and people with personal experiences of the Swedish asylum process, aiming to critically scrutinise the consequences of the Swedish migration policies.
External participants must register to receive a link to the seminar. Go to the registration form.
Visit Emma Söderman's page on Lund University Research Portal.