Professor Erik Olsson is the local coordinator of the CoHaB team in Stockholm and member of the supervisory board in CoHaB. He received his PhD in Communication Studies at Linköping University in 1995 (Department of Theme). Since then, he has been teaching and conducting research at Linköping University, Södertörn University College and Stockholm University. In 2001 he became Associate Professor at Linköping University and in 2011 Professor of International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Stockholm University. Olsson was 2008-2012 the Director of Centre for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (CEIFO) and is currently responsible for the programme Transnational Migration/CEIFO at the Department of Social Anthropology. He has served as the representative on several national and international boards, among them IMISCOE and Nordic Migration Research (NMR) and is on the editorial board of the Nordic Journal of Migration Research.
Erik Olsson’s research is mainly within Migration Studies. He has devoted his work mostly to trans- and interdisciplinary research in Linköping and at Stockholm University. Following fieldwork in Sweden, Chile, Spain and Ukraine his research has developed into the field of diaspora studies and transnational migration and he has acquired an expertise in diaspora and transnationalism. He has written a number of publications on, for instance, the Chilean diaspora in Sweden, return migration, educational careers and generational issues. Olsson has undertaken research within a large number of research-projects. Some of the recent projects are:

  • Between Home and Host Country: The Diasporisation of Chileans and Kurds in Western Europe, funded by the Research Council on Working Life and Social Science (2004-2009);
  • Transnational Educational Careers, funded by the Swedish Research Council (2008-2012;)
  • Welfare Practices in Transnational Spaces (lead by Annika Rabo) with a special focus on Scandinavians living in Spain (on-going).

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Professor Annika Rabo is professor in Social Anthropology at Stockholm University since 2008.She was earlier associate professor at Linköping University, researcher at the Swedish Research Council and researcher at the Centre for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations – CEIFO – at Stockholm University. Annika Rabo received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology in 1986 after completing a thesis on the political and social effects of a gigantic irrigation scheme along the Euphrates in northeast Syria. Analyses of categorisations and systems of classification, and analyses of the state, bureaucracies and policies as well as state-citizen relationships have been central in her work. After her Ph.D she has worked on different projects like “Perceptions of development in Jordan and Syrian” focusing on mass media and education (in the late 1980s). From the end of the 1990s she has worked on traders in the Aleppo bazaar and in 2010 she finished two projects on family law; one on debates about family law reform in Syria and one on transnational Syrians and family law. Between 2005 and 2009 Annika Rabo led the multidisciplinary project “Teacher education in ‘multicultural’ Sweden. Class, gender and ethnicity in a comparative perspective”. She was furthermore engaged in two large projects with EU-support. In one of them - “Islamic fashion in Europe”- researchers from The Netherlands, Denmark, England, Germany and Sweden searched for and analysed the presence of “Islamic fashion” in the streets of Europe. In the other – “Improving access to and quality of reproductive and child health care to marginal peoples: Bedouin in Lebanon and Jordan” – Annika Rabo was in charge of monitoring and evaluation.

Annika Rabo is the teamleader of the multidisciplinary project “Future citizens in pedagogic texts and educational policy. Examples from Norway, Sweden, Syria and Turkey” in which three other researchers are active. The project is supported by the Educational committee of the Swedish Research Council. Schools remain an important educational arena where the citizens of the future both emerge and are constructed. We focus on policy documents and on pedagogical texts in history, civics, religion and geography in the later years of compulsory school and we will study how the “right” citizen is presented and depicted and what values are highlighted at both national and global level. The examination and analysis of education policies and texts in a comparative international perspective can shed light on the varying national educational contexts as well as acting as an entry point for analyses of global processes of change of relevance to schools and education. Over and above textual analysis, interviews will also be conducted with educational bureaucrats and politicians and with authors of textbooks.

Together with Erik Olsson Annika Rabo also works in the project “Service and welfare in transnational space” which has received support from the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation. The aim of this project is to understand how social networks assume responsibility for social support in transnationally connected migrant populations. The focus is on social care and welfare related services among Assyrians/Syriac migrants residing in Sweden and among Swedish/Nordic migrants residing in Spain whose everyday lives are embedded in transnational spaces. There are significant differences between these categories and the social practices of these diasporas will materialise in different ways. The two categories also have different experiences of  publicly and privately organised and financed welfare and of formal and informal care in their ‘home-countries’. Data will be collected through an inventory of welfare actors, semi-structured interviews with these actors, participant observations in service and care institutions and in-depth interviews with welfare actors.

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Dr Fataneh Farahani
I completed my PhD in Ethnology from the Department of Ethnology, Comparative Religion and Gender Studies at Stockholm University. Trained in Ethnology at Stockholm University and Gender Studies (at Department of Women Studies at York University, Toronto), my doctoral thesis; Diasporic Narratives of Sexuality: Identity Formation among Iranian- Swedish women (2007), is an ethnographical account of sexuality among Iranian women living in Sweden. My thesis was awarded for 2007 best dissertation of faculty of humanity at Stockholm University. I was awarded a prestigious 2008 Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Federal Government and undertook a six months long visiting fellowship at the University of Western Sydney. I was a postdoctoral fellow during 2009 at Centre of Gender Excellence (Linköping University) and at Centre of Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (Stockholm University) 2009- 2011. Currently I have a research position at the Department of Ethnology, Comparative Religion and Gender Studies and am researcher within the CoHaB team at Stockholm University.
The topics of my research and teaching are primarily on postcolonial theories, transnational feminism and sexuality, diaspora, feminist and queer theory, whiteness studies, Islam and sexuality. My work builds on critical cultural theories and methodologies that seek to conceptualize the divergent and contingent intersections of the complex discourses through which femininities and masculinities are constructed in different diasporic contexts. By voicing the diverse and conflicting narratives of sexualities from Middle Eastern communities, I examine how femininities, masculinities and sexualities are multiply constructed in complex ways in various and differing Islamic discourses as well as various diasporic contexts. One of the objectives of my research is to address diaspora and transnational migration as a gendered process. By introducing gendered accounts of 'home' as well as migratory experiences, I offer a contextual understanding of r(e)presentation of male and female migrant subjects. I also show how people ‘do gender’ differently in various diasporic contexts. Building upon my doctoral thesis, my current research, Cultural and Racial Politics of Representation: A Study of Diasporic Masculinities among Iranian Men seeks to examine the under-researched area of (re)presentation of masculinity of Iranian men in Sydney, Stockholm, and London.

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Dr Shahram Khosravi, Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, has researched on Iranian diaspora which has resulted in a series of articles.  He has also studies irregular migration to Europe in the 2000s, presented mainly in a recent published book: The ‘Illegal’ Traveler: an auto-ethnography of borders (Palgrave, 2010). His current research focuses on student migration and social networks. 

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