Contact person:
Maja Povrzanovic Frykman
  • Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)
Responsible at MaU:
Maja Povrzanovic Frykman
Project members at MaU:
  • Project advisors: Regina Römhild (Institute for European Ethnology: Humboldt University – Berlin)
  • Moritz Schramm (Institute for the Study of Culture: University of Southern Denmark – Odense)
Collaborators :
  • Eleonora Narvselius (Lund University – research team member)
  • Cristine Sarrimo (Lund University – research team member)
  • Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (Lund University – research team member)
Time frame:
01 July 2021 - 31 December 2024

About the project

The migrants’ and their descendants’ presence in leading positions in Europe is full of tensions and does not develop at the same pace in all professional fields. This project explores such processes of establishment in present-day Sweden, in academia and cultural production as the two fields in which migrants have the highest representation in leading positions in public institutions.

This project contributes to the emerging cross-European debate and research on the ‘postmigrant’ condition that acknowledges antagonistic positions towards migration, and struggles about participation and representation, but also highlights new alliances that are not reduced to origin or heritage.

Our empirical interest is directed at the paths to recognition and professional influence of people who self-identify as migrants or migrant descendants and work as university teachers and researchers on the one hand and as authors, cultural journalists and professionals in performing arts on the other.

Spanning ethnology, migration and literary studies, the project explores different constellations of alliances between migrants, their descendants and ‘natives’, with a particular interest in the role of friendship. It addresses issues of professional influence and public visibility and asks how they differ in the two fields. It also brings insights into the under-explored Arabic language-based cultural field in Sweden.

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