Karolina Nikielska-Sekulas er doktorgradsstipendiat ved HSN og nærmer seg slutten på sin avhandling derav dette sluttseminaret.
About Nikielska-Sekulas research:
Nikielska-Sekulas' PhD thesis focuses on Norwegian Turks’ belonging, translational positionality and the ways this group makes use of the city.
"I conducted my research in Drammen, which has a significant population of people of Turkish descent. Fieldwork was comprised of ethnographic observation in Drammen and photo-documentation of the area, in-depth and semi-structured interviews, informal conversations with Drammen’s inhabitants and fieldwork in the respondents’ villages of origin in Turkey. While analysing collected data I paid attention to the influences of the respondents’ new homeland on the construction of identity, sense of belonging and practices. I problematized the ways respondents conceptualised home and showed how they felt at home in Norway, even if autochthonous ethno-nationalist discourses excluded them from belonging to the country. Based on my findings I strongly criticize the idea that immigrants and their children are ‘in-between’, and argue that human lives are spatially placed and people, using their past and present resources, create unique living spaces and practices within the localities they occupy. Feminist theories of intersectionality and positionality, in particular the works of Floya Anthias, Nira Yuval Davis and Doreen Massey, underpin the theoretical framework of my research".