Karen Fog Olwig
Institut for Antropologi
Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 København K, CSS - Bygning 16, OPgang i, Room 16.1.02
Primary fields of research
Regional specialization: The Caribbean, Denmark, transnational networks.
Thematic specialization: Migration, family and kinship, narratives.
My research has primarily concerned continuity and change in cultural notions and practices of migration through time, within a Caribbean context. Key topics have been the interrelationship between family networks, mobility and belonging; migration for educational purposes; local and transnational care in dispersed families; chance encounters and rare destinations in migratory moves. In recent years I have also looked at immigration and integration issues in Denmark with particular focus on the role of marriage and family relations in the incorporation of immigrants in Danish society.
Theoretically I am inspired by recent anthropological work on place, kinship and social networks. Methodologically I have carried out fieldwork in North America, the UK, Denmark as well as the Caribbean, using mainly a narrative life story approach.