My name is Runa Preeti Høgnesen, I am 37 years old and live in the Faroe Islands. I hold a bacheor degree in social science from the University of Faroe Islands (2009), and a full master in Culture, Communication and Globalisation from Aalborg University. From August 15 2015 and three years on, I will be jointly enrolled as a Phd student at the Department of Social Science and History at the Faroese University and the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University.
My Phd is about ‘Cross Border Marriage, Community and the Construction of Womanhood’, empirically on female migrant woment in the Faroe Islands. While young people – and in particular young women – are leaving the islands, often in pursuit of education, and frequently without returning, new population groups are entering the Faroe Islands.
Hence, the net out-migration of women from the Faroes Islands has implied a female deficit, and during the last 10 years the Faroe Islands have experienced an emergence and significant growth in female marriage migration from East Asian countries, mostly the Philippines and Thailand, but recently also from African countries.
While the deficit of women – particularly in the fertile age groups – may force single men from the Faroe Islands to look for brides outside the country, this does not explain why the brides to be decide to mary Faroese men and to choose the Faroe Islands as their future country of residence. In addition, and not least, we know almost nothing about how these woman are coping with their new reality as wives, mothers, daughters and sisters in law, colleagues, friends etc.
Taking the marriage as the spatial and social center of gravity as empirical point of departure, I want to find out about the migrant wives’ coping strategies in different arenas, like the marriage, the labour market, institutional contexts (kinder garden, shcool etc.), organizational contexts like congregations, clubs, parties, and social contexts (in-laws, friends – be it Faroese or non-Faroese, etc.).
The aim of my PhD is to analyse how the women in question construct – i.e. define and re-define – their womanhood during this personal proces of spatial and social transition. My analytical approach is epistemological-interpretative. As far as the empirical basis for my analyses is concerned, I will conduct interviews with the respondants as couples and as individuals, and topic focused group-interviews as well.
Privately I am married with three children, Dávid (15), Eva (14), and Rói (11).
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