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VR Funding to CERGU Researcher

News: Jan 09, 2019

In November 2018 Katarzyna Wojnicka, together with P.I. Ulf Mellström and co-applicants Andreas Henriksson and Andrea Priori, was granted 4,27 million SEK by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). Their project is entitled "Transnational bachelorhood. An ethnography of singledom among migrant men in the European Union". The three-year project will be administered by CERGU in Gothenburg. A summary of the project is below. Big congratulations!

Transnational bachelorhood denotes the situation of single men that have migrated and become part of transnational networks of family, kin and friends. Although often represented as ‘dangerous foreign masculinities’, and although characterising a significant portion of migrants, this bachelorhood is an under-researched aspect of transnational migration. The project will investigate four groups of transnational bachelors using a multi-sited ethnographic approach: Bangladeshis and Romanians in Italy and Syrians and Poles in Sweden. The aim is to investigate and analyse the situation of these men, particularly as it pertains to belonging, transnational families, mobility and masculinity. The project is informed by an intersectional approach to space and masculinity and by a transnational perspective on family relations.The groups we investigate vary in regards to factors identified as significant for transnational bachelorhood; for example, they come from both within and without the European Union and have arrived in countries with different attitudes to migration. A comparison of these groups will allow for a more general and complex picture of transnational bachelorhood. 



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