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Department of Culture and Global Studies

Contested identities


Identities are highly relevant in research on refugees, migrants, people who are stuck and/or involved in different forms of conflict as well as how states control its borders and intend to control its citizens. Researching identities as ongoing negotiations individually as well as collectively, constituted through different intersecting hierarchies (gender, race, ethnicity etc.) enables us to display the ways in which identities are contested. Depending on the particular setting, some identities privilege some groups over other groups creating injustices and inequalities. In other cases, identities are contested in civil war and ethnic conflicts as the case of Eastern Turkey/Kurdistan/West Armenia testifies to, where war, genocide, flight and continued marginalization have marked at least 100 years of struggle over the same territory.

 

Marlene Spanger - Associate Professor

Marlene Spanger works on how subject positions of migrants are established and negotiated through the intersection of gender, sexual and racial formations. Researching the links between sex, money and migration reveals different contested identities


Publications include:

► The Presence and Absence of sex workers' Mothering (2019)

► Surveillance of Dangerous Liasons through Notions of Sex and Money (2018)

► Speaking about sex for sale (2018)

► Gender Performances as Spatial Acts: (Fe)male Thai migrant workers in Denmark (2012)

► "You see how good-looking Lee Ann is!" Establishing Field Relations through Gendered and
     Racialised Bodily Practices (2012)

 

Vibeke Andersson - Associate Professor

Vibeke Andersson works with contested identities on a meta-level analyzing government strategies towards selected groups in society. She discusses and analyses the practice og popular participation in particular.


Publications Include:

► Shaping of belonging: Recreating Space, Reclaiming Place (2011)

► Good governance and Participation. An instrument in poverty alleviation? (2008)

 

Bjørn Møller - Associate Professor

Bjørn Møller's research on contested identities deals with how identities matter to people, regardless of whether they are national, ethnic, racial or religious. In countries such as Kenya with very diverse populations, both local and national politics tend to play on these identities, and the western “war on terror” has tended to vilify Islam as such, which is almost bound to create a backlash in the form of extremist and/or militant Islam.


Publications include:

Political Islam in Kenya (2006)

Contact GRS - Global Refugee Studies


Research Coordinator Steffen Jensen

Phone: +45 9940 8313

Email: sje@cgs.aau.dk

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