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Personal profile


I hold a Masters’ degree from Aarhus University, where I have a major in Arabic and Islamic Studies and a minor in Psychology. I am a Ph.D.-fellow at the Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University (IKH). I am a board member of Ph.D. Association of Roskilde University (PARU), and RU’s Research Committee (FoU).

I am enrolled in Cultural Encounters, and my PhD.-project is about why Somali-diaspora from the Western countries increasingly chooses to migrate and resettle to Turkey. To explore these complex mobility patterns that challenges sedentarism and state-centered vision of social inequality, I will empirically and theoretically draw on a Bordieuan lens of understanding power and culture, postcolonial feminist theory and a transnational lens.

As a Somali woman of Somali descent living with and sharing” the others” local repertoire of cultural markers and identity, the autoethnography is my methodology for operationalizing the research. I will therefore base my research on anthropological fieldwork, qualitative interviews, participant observation and autoethnographic methodology. From February to June 2021, I have been conducting my first empirical data in Istanbul & Ankara.  

I teach and publish in the areas of diasporic cultures, ethnicity and minority studies, the welfare state, transnational ties, migration and mobility, post-migration movements, gender, globalization, decolonial studies, racialization, and postcolonialism.

External positions

External Consultant, Cphfacilitation

10 Sept 2019 → …


  • Gender studies, Ethnicity, Equal rights
  • Minorities
  • Minority studies
  • Ethnicity and minorities
  • Ethnicity, integration
  • Ethnicity, gender and generation
  • Somali East Africa
  • Intersectionality
  • Feminism
  • Welfare state, Welfare society
  • Welfare institutions and social work
  • Welfare State
  • Citizenship and belonging
  • Citizenship, participation and beloging
  • Race
  • Cultural encounters, Multi-culturalism
  • Cultural analysis
  • cultural citizenship
  • cultural movements
  • migration and integration
  • Migration
  • Geography, Geology, Topography
  • Migration
  • Transnational identities
  • Turkey
  • Transnational social spaces
  • Mobility

Publication network

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