Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 676692
Sist endret: 9. november 2020, 13:20

Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 676692
Sist endret: 9. november 2020, 13:20

Narrative Battles and Bridges: Religion, Identity and Conflict in Syrian Refugee Trajectories [PhD project]


Ingrid Løland
ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole

prosjekteier / koordinerende forskningsansvarlig enhet

  • Senter for misjon og globale studier ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole



Samfunnsvitenskap • Kulturvitenskap • Teologi og religionsvitenskap


Flyktninger • Religion and Identity • Syria • Narrativ forskning • Krig/konflikt • Religion og migrasjon



  • Doktorgradsprosjekt


Ingrid Løland


Start: 1. august 2015 Slutt: 1. november 2020

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Narrative Battles and Bridges: Religion, Identity and Conflict in Syrian Refugee Trajectories [PhD project]

Vitenskapelig sammendrag

This thesis is a qualitative study based on three articles, of which two have been published (per September, 2020). The general purpose of this study is to raise awareness of the Syrian conflict and its resulting refugee crisis through the nuanced voices and experiences of a heterogeneous Syrian refugee population. The study seeks to fill a research gap concerning the nexus between religion, identity and conflict as a lived phenomena in stories narrated by Syrian refugee. As such, the research deploys an exploratory research design and a dynamic theoretical framework in order to encounter the empirical material with scholarly vigour and ethical sensitivity. The main research question posed in the thesis concerns how a sample of Syrian refugees residing in Norway encounter, memorise, narrate and discursively negotiate experiences of conflict, religion and identification processes in their forced displacement trajectories. In response to this question, the thesis addresses three chronological themes that each represents a separate article: 1) Experiences of life in Syria prior to the war (Article 1); 2) Experiences during revolution and war in Syria (Article 2); 3) Experiences of escape from Syria and during forced displacement (Article 3). The study has applied a spatio-temporal frame of trajectories as a transformative lens through which Syrian refugee stories can be contextualised and more meaningfully analysed. By approaching trajectories as a storied landscape and a discursive field, the research has been able to show the various ways in which memories, metaphors, and life-rupturing events are subject to shared and contested meaning-making. In so doing, the three articles have seen narratives not merely as a fascinating gateway into the world of Syrian refugees, but also as essential vehicles for understanding the narrative battles and bridges of religion and conflict-induced identity discourses.


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Ingrid Løland

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Resultater Resultater

Det syriske vårofferet.

Løland, Ingrid. 2019, Avisa Vårt land. VIDKronikk

Between Utopia and Dystopia: Bridging a violent past with future hopes in Syrian refugee narratives.

Løland, Ingrid. 2019, Memories of the Future. VIDVitenskapelig foredrag

Syria - Det tapte Paradis. Flyktningfortellinger om Krig og Fred.

Løland, Ingrid. 2018, VID 175 års jubileum. VIDPopulærvitenskapelig foredrag
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