Dr Susanne Wessendorf

Marie Curie Research Fellow

Applied Social Studies

Susanne Wessendorf

Contact details

School of Social Policy (IRiS)
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

About

Susanne Wessendorf is a Social Anthropologist and has been doing research on migration, transnationalism and diversity for more than 10 years. She is currently a research fellow at IRiS, and will start a Marie Curie Fellowship in 2015.

Qualifications

  • DPhil Social Anthropology, University of Oxford
  • MA Social Anthropology, University of Basle, Switzerland

Biography

Susanne Wessendorf is a Social Anthropologist and has been doing research on migration, transnationalism and diversity for more than ten years. She is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), and will start a Marie Curie Fellowship in 2015. Previously based at Oxford University and at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, her work has investigated the interrelationship of transnationalism and integration among the second generation, and more recently, social relations in a superdiverse urban context. Susanne has conducted pioneering research in the emergent field of superdiversity. She has undertaken in-depth ethnographic fieldwork over long periods in complex urban settings, accumulating a range of experiences in working with people of different age groups, ethnic, national and class backgrounds. She has been granted funding from a variety of funding bodies, ranging from research councils, to charitable trusts and the European Commission.

Susanne is co-editor (with Steven Vertovec) of ‘The Multiculturalim Backlash’ (Routledge 2010), and author of ‘Second-Generation Transnationalism and Roots Migration (Ashgate 2012) and ‘Commonplace Diversity. Social Relations in a Super-diverse context’ (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2014).

Research

  • Pathways of settlement among recent migrants in superdiverse contexts (2014-2017) 
  • Social relations in a superdiverse London neighbourhood (2008-2014)
  • 2003-2008: Second-generation transnationalism and roots-migration (2003-2008) http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409440154
  • Ethnicity in the diaspora and back home among Mauritian returnees (funded by the Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale) (2003
  • African shops as facilitators of integration for African migrants in Basle, Switzerland (2000) 

Other activities

2013 - Advisory Board Member, ‘Living Multiculture’ Project, Open University
2004-2010 - Cluster-coordinator, EU-funded European Network of Excellence on International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE), Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford
2008-2009 - Voluntary Work, Hackney Migrant Centre
2009 - Advisory Work for Hackney Council for the Hackney Cohesion Review
2003-2006 - Oxford University Anthropological Society
2000 - Advisory role as researcher for the City of Basle’s (Switzerland) ‘Strategy for the Integration of Migrants’ (Integrationsleitbild)

Publications

Books

Wessendorf S. (2014) [forthcoming] Commonplace Diversity. Social Relations in a Super-diverse Context. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wessendorf S. (2013) Second-Generation Transnationalism and Roots Migration: Cross-Border Lives. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Edited Volumes

Vertovec S. and Wessendorf S. (eds.) (2010) The Multiculturalism Backlash. European Discourses, Policies and Practices. London, New York: Routledge.  

Articles in Refereed Journals

Wessendorf S. 2014 [forthcoming]. 'Being open, but sometimes closed'. Conviviality in a super-diverse London neighbourhood. European Journal of Cultural Studies.  

Wessendorf S. 2013. Commonplace Diversity and the ‘Ethos of mixing’: perceptions of Difference in a London Neighbourhood. Identities. Global Studies in Culture and Power 20:407-22.

Wessendorf, S. (2010) ‘Local Attachments and Transnational Everyday Lives: Second-generation Italians in Switzerland’. Global Networks 10:365-82.

Wessendorf, S. (2008) ‘Culturalist discourses on inclusion and exclusion: the Swiss citizenship debate’. Social Anthropology/ Anthropologie Sociale 16(2): 187-202. 

Wessendorf, S. (2007) ‘Roots-Migrants: Transnationalism and “Return” among Second-generation Italians in Switzerland’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 33(7):1083-1102.

Wessendorf, S. (2007) ‘Sushi-eating secondos and Casual Latins. Political movements and the emergence of a Latino counter-culture among second-generation Italians in Switzerland’. Journal of Intercultural Studies 28(3):345-360.

Wessendorf, S. (2004) ‘Conference Report. Future Fields: European Conference on Fieldwork for Graduate Students and Junior Researchers’. Anthropology Today Vol. 20 No. 4:27.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Wessendorf, S. (2011) ‘Dimmi con chi vai..... Associazioni fra gruppi di pari e affermazione culturale fra gli immigrati italiani di seconda generazione in Svizzera’. In: Marzio Barbagli, Camille Schmoll (eds.): Stranieri in Italia. La seconda generazione. Bologna: Ed. Il Mulino, 75-102. 

Vertovec, S. and Wessendorf, S. (2010) ‘Introduction: assessing the backlash against multiculturalism in Europe’. In: Steven Vertovec and Susanne Wessendorf (eds.): The Multiculturalism Backlash. European Discourses, Policies and Practices. London, New York: Routledge, 1-31. 

Wessendorf, S. (2010) ‘State-imposed translocalism and the dream of returning: Italian migrants in Switzerland.’ In: Loretta Baldassar and Donna R. Gabaccia (eds.): Transnational Intimacies: The Public, the Private, and the National in Italy’s Diasporas. New York: Fordham University Press, 157-69. 

Wessendorf, S. (2009) Review of: ‘Super-diversity and its implications’ by Steven Vertovec. In: Sandra Wallmann and Susanne Küchler: Diversities. Multi-Disciplinary Annotated Bibliography. Sussex Academic Press.

Wessendorf, S. (2008) ‘Italian Families in Switzerland: Sites of Belonging or Golden Cages? Perceptions and discourses inside and outside the migrant family’. In: Ralph Grillo (ed.): The Family in Question. Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Families in Multicultural Europe. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 205-224.

Wessendorf, S. (2007) ‘Whom do you hang out with? Patterns of peer group association, cultural assertion and detachment among second-generation Italians in Switzerland’. In: Thomas Geisen and Christine Riegel (eds.): Jugend, Migration und Zugehörigkeit.Subjekt-positionierungen im Kontext von Jugendkultur, Ethnizitäts- und Geschlechterkonstruktionen. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 111-127. 

Vertovec, S. and Wessendorf, S. (2006) ‘Migration and Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Diversity in Europe: An overview of issues and trends’. In: Rinus Penninx, Maria Berger and Karen Kraal (eds.): The Dynamics of International migration and Settlement in Europe. A State of the Art. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 171-200.

Working Papers

Wessendorf, S. (2011) Commonplace diversity and the ‘ethos of mixing’: Perceptions of difference in a London neighbourhood. Working Paper of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, Oxford University.

Wessendorf, S. (2010) ‘Commonplace Diversity: Social Interactions in a Superdiverse Context´, Max Planck Working Paper WP 10-11.

Wessendorf, S. (2009) ‘Local Attachments and Transnational Everyday Lives: Second-generation Italians in Switzerland and Italy’ Max Planck Working Paper WP 09-07.

Wessendorf, S. (2008) ‘Local Attachments and Transnational Everyday Lives: Second-Generation Italians in Switzerland. Working Paper of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, Oxford University.

Wessendorf, S. (2008)‘Negotiating Italianità: Ethnicity and Peer-Group Formation among Transnational Second-Generation Italians in Switzerland. Working Paper of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex..

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