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Anna Katharina Skornia

Anna Skornia

Freie Universität Berlin


desiguALdades.net: Associated Researcher

Boltzmannstr. 1
14195 Berlin, Germany

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Academic Career

since 07/2010 Scholarship holder of desiguALdades.net
11/2008 – 12/2009 Consultant at the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC – Population Division, CELADE, United Nations, Santiago de Chile
05/2008 – 10/2008 Project Assistant at the Chilean Catholic Institute for Migration, INCAMI, Santiago de Chile
04/2006 – 02/2008 Master of Arts in Social Sciences “Global Studies Programme”

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany; University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; y Jawaharlal Nehru University, Nueva Delhi, India

Master thesis: “The Transnational Identities of Peruvian Migrants. A Comparative and Multi-Sited Approach to the Construction of Identity and Community among Peruvian Domestic Workers in Santiago de Chile and Milan, Italy”

09/2005 – 02/2006 Laurea Specialistica in International and Diplomatic Studies

University of Bologna, Faculty of Political Sciences, Forlì, Italy

09/2002 – 07/2005 Bachelor of Arts in European Studies

Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany

Bachelor Thesis: “National Identity and European Consciousness. Italian-German Relations in the Context of European Integration”

Transnational Families across the Atlantic: The Case of Peruvian Migrant Women in Italy and their Family Members in Peru

This research project raises questions about the interrelation between transnational migration and social inequalities, by looking at the changing nature of transnational family relations. It proposes to examine how transregional migration between Peru and Italy changes the constitution of social formations and how inequalities are reshaped in this process. Transnational families are a privileged field for studying these changes and their impacts on social inequalities from the level of everyday life. They are considered heterogeneous and socially constructed units that are shaped by unequal and changing relationships of power as well as cultural values and gender ideologies, which have an impact on, and are at the same time reshaped through processes of migration.

This research will draw on a multi-sited case study on the experiences of Peruvian migrant women in Milan, Italy, and their family members in Peru. It considers migrants to be simultaneously embedded in multi-sited transnational social fields, encompassing those who move and those who stay behind. Multi-sited ethnography is a suitable framework which allows to observe this reality beyond national borders. It adopts the technique of “following the people” to study and compare the experiences of migrants and those who have stayed in place and who are indirectly influenced by ideas, objects, and information flowing across borders. Based on this framework, the research seeks to contribute, through a critical reflection on the basic categories of sociological thought and their methodological implications, to the Cross-cutting Research Dimension: Theory and Methodology of desiguALdades.net.

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