I arrived in Bucharest in July with the purpose of researching the large-scale migration from Romania to Western Europe from a small-scale perspective. I was particularly interested in the more personal and emotional impacts that this migration has on those who have stayed behind in Romania. People for whom short visits and long-distance communication is a usual part of daily family life. And so, I began approaching the loved ones of those who migrated for work to core European countries in order to interview them about their experiences.
Last week, fresh back from ECREA 2016 in Prague, the team and I presented our preliminary work at a seminar for PhDs, Postdocs, and guest fellows affiliated with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON). The ICON is the interdisciplinary research institute of the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University, and the seminar brings together a range of young researchers around themes of gender, media, culture, history, and literature.
On March 8th, originally known as International Working Women’s Day (and still known as International Women’s Day) I started my new job as Postodc researcher at Utrecht University. Pretty fitting! For the coming 4 years I’ll be working on the ERC funded project, ‘Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging,’ (aka the Connecting Europe project).