Doktorsnemi í mannfræði
Leiðbeinandi: Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir
Áhugasvið: Queer migrations, hybridity, sexuality, ethnicity, ‘race’, gender, class, outness, belonging, emotions, affect, intersectionality, transnationalism, feminism, ableism.
Dr. verkefni: Queer Migrations: Outness, Identity and Belonging in Iceland.
This research project seeks to examine queer migrants’ experiences of living in Iceland, and places them in a global and historical perspective. It inspects the ‘coming out’ process and analysis how issues relating to participants’ gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality and class overlap and shape their experiences, through the migration process and their daily life. Additionally, the research examines participants’ sense of belonging to various groups within Icelandic society.
The study applies the conceptual frameworks of transnationalism and intersectionality and is based on, for example, theories of critical whiteness and affective belonging, along with writings on queer migration and queer diaspora. Participants are individuals of various national origins who identify themselves as being LGBTPQ and are first generation immigrants living in Iceland. Data collection was carried out mainly through semi-structured interviews, and thematic along with textual analysis is applied. The study combines the fields of queer studies and migration studies, which is thus an attempt to queer migration studies within the Icelandic context.