Ett forskningsprojekt om migranters berättelser i asylprocessen

Current activities


Workshop: Text and talk in interaction in the asylum process

Next autumn, 10–11 October 2019, we are organizing an international research workshop at Södertörn University. This workshop, titled Text and talk in interaction in the asylum process, will bring together a dozen of researchers from the field of who have a special interest in questions of migration and more specifically in the role of texts and talk in interaction in the asylum process. Three confirmed speakers are Pär Anders Granhag (Göteborgs universitet), Björghild Kjelsvik (NLA Høgskolen) and Katrijn Maryns (Ghent University).

The aim of the workshop is (a) to draw attention to research that is currently being conducted in the field, and (b) to discuss what questions have not been answered, what more we need to know and where we need to go from now on as researchers with a strong interest in the role of communication in the asylum process. Examples of themes that will be taken up in the workshop are: language and identity construction, construction of narratives, communicative affordances, possibilities and restrictions with the interpreter-mediated asylum interview.

The workshop will be structured as a platform for presenting results of completed or ongoing studies and as a forum for discussions about how we approach material, what questions we ask and what we can learn in relation to communication in the asylum process.


On 29 May 2019 Cecilia and Hanna Sofia held a presentation at RFSL Newcomers, Stockholm. The presentation focused on our research project in general and interpreter-mediated interaction in particular.


On 27 May 2019 we presented our research project at The Swedish Red Cross University College (SRCUC) in Stockholm. Hanna Sofia and Zoe held a presentation with the title ‘Negotiating access with public authorities: Methodological challenges in research on the asylum process’. The seminar will focus on questions of research ethics and access in doing research in the field of migration and asylum.


We participated at the conference Svenskans Beskrivning 37(The Description of Swedish) in Åbo, Finland, on 8–10 May 2019. The theme of the conference was the language and the social, with a specific focus on the role of language in social inclusion and exclusion.  ’En intervjustudie om språkliga hinder och möjligheter i asylintervjuer’ (An interview study on linguistic restrictions and resources in asylum interviews). The title of our paper, presented by Zoe, was ’When research ethics become a barrier: Linguistic ethnography and methodological dilemmas in the context of asylum investigations’.


On 9 April 2019 we participated in the research workshop Asylum Determinations in times of Suspicion, Credibility, Evidence, Procedure, hosted by InRights – Challenges to democratic rights and inclusion, Department of Political science, in collaboration with the Stockholm Centre for the Rights of the Child and the Children, Migration, Integration (CMI), Stockholm University. Cecilia and Hanna Sofia held an oral presentation titled ’Migrant´s Narratives in the Asylum Process – Presentation of a project and tentative analyses’.


In November 2018 as well as in March 2019 Hanna Sofia participated in meetings with the Uppsala University-based research node Kunskap, makt, organisation (Knowledge, power, organization), a network of researchers interested in analysing the so called knowledge society or information society. The main subject discussed under these meetings was: ’Who are the powerholders over information in today’s society?


We participated at the 6th EELC conference in Edinburgh, UK, on 20–21 September 2018. The acronym EELC stands for Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication. The theme of the conference was ‘Linguistic Ethnography in a changing world’ – asking how linguistic ethnography might contribute to public and scholarly debate. The title of our paper, presented by Hanna Sofia and Cecilia, was ’When research ethics become a barrier: Linguistic ethnography and methodological dilemmas in the context of asylum investigations. As a result of this presentation we have written an article focusing on access and research ethics when conducting research in the context of public authorities.  More information about how to access this article will be ann