Symposium Friendship, Partnership and Family – Views of Young Migrants


 

8th September 2021, from 10-12.30 CET, Zoom

Please register by sending a short request to freundschaft@dezim-institut.de  to obtain the Zoom-Link

This symposium brings together scientists with expertise in gender and masculinity studies and youth and migration research to discuss advances in their own fields. We also use the opportunity to share with the speakers and the audience the selected results from our project.

Programme

10:00 Katarzyna Wojnicka

Masculinity, femininity and gender equality ideas among young migrants in Berlin

10:30   Ester Gallo

A New Membership. Christian Religious Conversion and the Future Aspirations of Young Migrant Men and Women in Italy

11:15 Sofia Aboim

Masculinity and displacement: normative bricolage in postcolonial experiences of migration

11:45 Paula Pustułka

From hyper-mobility to immobility? Polish young women and international migration in the 21st century

12:15 Concluding remarks

Abstracts and participants

Katarzyna Wojnicka

Masculinity, femininity and gender equality ideas among young migrants in Berlin

This paper analyzes young migrant men’s and women’s perception of their own and other’s masculinities and femininities ideas, gender roles and gender equality. Based on qualitative research done n 2019 among young (16-29) 1st and 2nd generation migrants living in Berlin, it offers diverse understanding of the gender-related attitudes of these young men and women, and how these intersect with religion and family heritage.  

Katarzyna Wojnicka is Associate Professor of Sociology at CERGU – Centre for European Research and the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg, and former principal investigator of the “Friendship, Partnership and Family” project.

Ester Gallo

A New Membership. Christian Religious Conversion and the Future Aspirations of Young Migrant Men and Women in Italy

This talk discusses the relation between gender and religion from the perspective of young migrant men and women who enter the Christian movement known as the Neocathecumenal Way. It highlights how (intra-Christian) religious conversion reflects individual and family aspirations and how it drives changes in models/experiences of masculinity and femininity.

Ester Gallo is Associate Professor in Anthropology at the University of Trento specilising in migration and religion, gender, reproductive labour and class, colonial history, memory and kinship. Her recent books include The Fall of Gods: Kinship, Memory and Middle Classes in South India (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Migration, Masculinities and Reproductive Labour: Men of the Home (Palgrave, 2016 co-authored with Francesca Scrinzi). 

Sofia Aboim

Masculinity and displacement: normative bricolage in postcolonial experiences of migration

Drawing on in-depth interviews and ethnographic fieldwork with migrant young men living in Portugal, this presentation examines how experiences of migration are challenging and rebuilding masculinity. It highlights the different postcolonial masculinities and their intersections with models of hegemonic masculinity.

Sofia Aboim is sociologist and a tenured research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. She coordinated the project TRANSRIGHTS: Gender Citizenship and Sexual Rights in Europe (ERC Consolidator Grant, 2014-2019). Her latest publications include works on the legal recognition of gender minorities, men and masculinities, and intersections of gender and migration and race/ethnicity in Portugal, Europe and the postcolonial world.

Paula Pustułka

From hyper-mobility to immobility? Polish young women and international migration in the 21st century

This talk examines mobility trajectories of subsequent cohorts of Polish women born between 1983 and 2003. Using qualitative data collected between 2011 and 2021, I demonstrate the shift from high mobility desires (e.g., during the post-2004 mass-migration) to forced immobility (e.g., related to the Covid-19 pandemic). I highlight cohort, lineage and period effects as the aspects that frame the intersection of migration/mobility and young adulthood as the life-course stage.

Paula Pustułka is a sociologist specializing in gender/family and migration studies. She is the Director of the Youth Research Center at the SWPS University in Warsaw. In her newest project called ULTRAGEN, she investigates intergenerational experiences of transitions-to-adulthood in uncertain times.