You are invited to the following seminar which will be held on the 15th February 2017 at 12.30pm in Brooks room 2.28.
Title: Gendered lives post migration: challenging preconceptions about home and away
Migration from the new European Union (EU) Member States to the United Kingdom (UK) has been identified as one of the most significant social phenomena of recent times. The largest member of the Accession 8 (A8) countries is Poland and the UK has been the most common destination for Polish migrants post 2004. Arguably, there is limited migration literature that focuses solely on women. In fact, women as migrants were invisible until the 1970s, whilst today scholars argue that we observe a ‘feminisation of migration’. However, in relation to A8 migration, gender and gender roles are an under-researched area. The aim of this session is to provide more balance and offer some explanation on how living in the UK affects women migrants’ perceptions of Poland, and how Polish nationals resident in the UK perform their Polish and transnational identities.
Through the use of in-depth, semi-structured interviews with Polish migrant women in two locations – the UK (migrants) and Poland (return migrants), it is demonstrated how they negotiate their gendered responsibilities in regard to work (formal/informal) and care across time and space (i.e. post migration). Their perception of gender roles in the UK is compared with what they were taught in Poland. It is concluded that the migratory process may indeed influence their understanding of gendered responsibilities, and, in many cases, it seems to have a positive effect. This should be viewed as an encouraging finding as it can, in the long run, have a favourable impact on wider gender equality.
Dr Eva Duda-Mikulin works as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Positive and Sustainable Communities) within the Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing. Her background is in social policy, politics and sociology. Eva previously worked at the University of York and the University of Salford where in June 2015 she completed her PhD in Social Policy. Her doctoral research explored gendered migrations and the influence of the process of migrating on women’s gender roles. Eva previously researched economic migrants, asylum seekers/refugees, highly-skilled migrants and family joiners. More recently she researched welfare conditionality in the UK. Prior to starting her academic career, Eva worked at a private social research company. She is also well linked up with the voluntary community sector primarily to do with migrant organisations where she previously worked/volunteered (e.g. Boaz Trust, RAPAR, Europia, Rainbow Haven, MRN).