11 October 2012

New research grant

Slippery Suffering - a new research project at the Department of Anthropology

Lotte Buch Segal has received 3,987,000.00 NOK for the Collaborative Research project "Slippery Suffering" from NORDCORP

The aim of this collaborative research project is an anthropological study of the encounter between Middle Eastern survivors of violence and the Scandinavian welfare states. Focus is placed on how stories of violence are narrated and received in the actual encounter between a survivor of violence and a representative of the Nordic welfare state. Our premise is that the expectations and affective responses to testimonies of suffering and violent pasts determine access and provisions of welfare for survivors of violence now residing in the Nordic countries. Secondly the project hopes to enhance our knowledge on similarities and differences across Scandinavia in terms of how potentially new citizens are included or excluded. Through comparative ethnographic fieldwork among Middle Eastern survivors of violence and representatives of the Nordic welfare states respectively, empirically based knowledge of the expectations and emotions that circulate between the Nordic states and its subpopulations will be provided