Fields of activities:
|» Religion Studies |
» Ethnic studies
|» Gender and sexuality studies |
Brief description of your activity focus
Migration and mobility, Transnationality, applications of social network analysis, culture theories, ethnicity, religion, gender studies, qualitative
Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Since 2007 I am holding a chair in Transnational Studies at the Center for the Understanding of Social
Processes (www.unine.ch/maps-chaire) at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
My research approach represents a contemporary social anthropology that places the understanding of processes of mobility, transnationalism and social and symbolic boundary making in the realm of ethnicity, religion and gender. I have conducted empirical research in Kosovo, Albania and Switzerland using qualitative methodologies, social network analysis and quantitative comparative surveys. From 2005-2006 I was member of the board of directors of the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population studies. I have taught at different Universities and published in German, English and French mainly on topics regarding mobility, migration, transnationality, ethnicity, social networks and culture.
International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Causes and forms of forced marriages in Switzerland: Prevention and support for victims. In cooperation with Dr. Anna Neubauer, Dr. Eric Crettaz (2011-2012)
Transnationalization of Religion. European Science Foundation, International Exploratory Workshop. In cooperation with Prof. Tania Zittoun (University of Neuchâtel). (program and aims of the workshop)
baloti.ch - An Internet Voting Platform for Swiss Migrants. In collaboration with Dr. Uwe Serdült, c2d, Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau.
Uncovering Gender Projet Transversal Genre et Religion. National Research Program PNR 58 on Religion and State in Switzerland (in cooperation with Dr. Anne Lavanchy and Dr. des Anna-Katharina Höpflinger, MAPS). http://www.uncovering-gender.ch/ (2008-2011)
Bridging Places across Borders. Constitution, Maintenance and Meaning of Transnational Social Spaces. Swiss National Science Foundation (in cooperation with Prof. Michael Nollert, Dr. Marina Richter (University of Fribourg) and PD Dr. Yvonne Riano (University of Neuchâtel). (2009-2012)