Performing kinship with illegalised migrants. Comparing hospitality practices in Brussels and Rome

PhD student: Julija Kekstaite
Summary: While the so-called European migration crisis has been echoed with increasingly hostile EU border policies and anti-migrant rhetoric, it has also prompted many citizens' solidarity initiatives towards migrants across the continent. In this context, hosting migrants at home emerged as a new puzzling and exciting phenomenon. Drawing on ethnographic research methods, this project aims to be one of the first to conduct a systematic analysis of hospitality practices - providing shelter at one's home - and the strong, affective, family-like relations (fictive kinship practices) emerging between migrants illegalised by the State and their urban resident-hosts in Brussels and Rome.
PhD in Sociology
Promoter(s): Robin Vandevoordt, Lesley Hustinx (Sociology/Centre For Social Theory, Ghent University)
Periode of time: November 2021 - November 2025