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Gender relationships in Europe at the turn of the millennium: Women as subjects in migration and marriage (GRINE)

This study will consider how women are becoming subjects of their lives in two crucial fields of action and relationship, i.e. East-West migration and marriage, therefore including the study of women-men relationships.
The research aims at understanding recent and undergoing changes in women's life strategies, their worldviews and their imaginaries (subjectivity) as well as in relationships between women (intersubjectivity) in a European context. The approach combines theoretical, historical and juridical disciplinary competences in gender studies.
Great relevance will be given to oral testimonies as a way of evidencing present and developing forms of subjectivity, and as a way to explore the elaboration of individual and collective strategies. The partners are chosen in such a way as to represent the North, South, East and West of Europe. The work will include the study of theoretical problems, the analysis of legal problems and the interviewing of some 80 women in various parts of Europe. The first stages will include the elaboration of the model of a sample of interviewees and of a questionnaire: these tasks will be performed in close connection with the two other disciplinary approaches, paying particular attention to the theoretical and juridical implications of the concrete problems posed to and by women in the fields of migration and marriage.
Qualitative methods will be used for the collection of oral sources (open or life story approach) and for their interpretation (textual analysis, comparison between oral and other sources, analysis of recurrent themes). The interviews will be conducted, transcribed, indexed and translated into English. Archival research will include the classification and indexing of archive documents, and their interpretation according to philological criteria and on the basis of comparative analysis. The procedures of cultural history will be largely present in this work. The theoretical, legal and cultural aspects will be intertwined as much as possible. Other stages of this work will include the elaboration and interpretation of data emerging from the research, and, importantly, the form of transmission of these results.

Involved in the project are: Rosi Braidotti and Esther Vonk, The Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands; Miglena Nikolchina, Centre for Gender Studies, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Hanne Petersen & Annette Kronborg, The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Andrea Peto, Ethnic and Minority Studies (ELTE), Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary.

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