Julie Bune - New PhD at the Department of Anthropology

Julie Bune joins CAS as PhD from 1 September with the project: ’Young Afghans in Denmark facing uncertain futures, Negotiating and performing narratives of belonging and future-making through Forum Theatre’.

30.08.2017 | Camilla Dimke

I completed my master in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen three years ago. I did my fieldwork in Rome, Italy, among homeless Afghan refugees, exploring how they struggled to create a future for themselves within the margins of society.

During the last three years I have worked within the NGO sector in Copenhagen with refugees and victims of violence. My focus has been on facilitating and teaching with the use of participatory methods as well as fundraising, working with volunteers and developing new projects.

 My PhD project is a part of the research project ’ Articulating life (ARTlife): Afghans in Denmark negotiating pasts / forming futures.  My project is titled ’Young Afghans in Denmark facing uncertain futures, Negotiating and performing narratives of belonging and future-making through Forum Theatre’.

 Many young Afghans face a future in Denmark characterised by temporality and uncertainty due to changing political climate and temporary residence permits. At the same time many come with traumatic experiences and have lost family members during the war in Afghanistan. Amidst this existential insecurity I am interested in how young Afghans in Denmark try to form a sense of belonging and create a future. I will investigate how notions of belonging and future-making are articulated, negotiated and even performed within Afghan networks with the collaborative research method of Forum Theatre.

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