Artistic encounters
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Katarzyna Grabska

Research Professor
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Katarzyna (Kasia) Grabska, is a feminist anthropologist, a research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo and a visiting professor at the Ethnology Institute at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

Kasia’s research focuses on gender, generation, youth, displacement, refugees, return, identities, and access to rights for refugees in urban settings. She has researched displacement and forced migration issues in Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Sudan, South Sudan, and Vietnam. Kasia works with visual media, art-based research, feminist methodologies, and participatory methodologies. Since 2002, she has been carrying out a longitudinal study of gender relation transformations among the South Sudanese Nuer living in exile in Egypt, Kenya and Sudan. She often collaborates with artists in her research and engages with art-based research to understand issues of belonging, displacement, mobilities and identities.

Kasia is also a film-maker. In 2016, in collaboration with a team of researchers and filmmakers, she produced a film based on her research project Time to look at girls: migrants in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The long version of the film, 2 Girls, has been awarded ten first prizes at international film festivals. She is also the writer, producer and co-director of the film Barbara Harrell-Bond: A life not ordinary (2018). Kasia is the author of Gender, Identity and Home: Nuer Repatriation to South Sudan (2014), which received the Armory Talbot Prize in 2015, co-editor of Forced Migration: Why Rights Matter? (2008), and a co-writer of Adolescent Girls’ Migration in the Global South: Transitions into Adulthood (2019).