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Katherine Kappa

Katherine Kappa

PhD fellow

Current research

Primary areas of research

  • social interaction
  • social inequality
  • integration
  • grassroots organisations/NGOs
  • (organised) cultural encounters


Current research

Preliminary PhD dissertation title: Establishing a shared framework in a transient social configuration in development work

Project start date: September 2016

Supervisor: Janus Mortensen

Grant: The Danish Council for Independent Research, Humanities

Project affiliation: Transient Multilingual Communities


Collaborations among individuals who do not have the same sociocultural and linguistic backgrounds have become that much more common in this globalized world. The different resources and ideas about acceptable norms of behavior that people bring with them into different professional, but also informal, situations often pose interactional challenges as well as can prove pivotal for the success of a shared activity.

My PhD research is a linguistic ethnography of a 6-day collaboration between members from a Nordic solidarity organisation and members from a civil society organisation in Swaziland. My interest is in the interactional establishment of a shared body of knowledge between these participants who have no shared professional history. The project therefore touches upon studies of epistemics, development work, postcolonialism and power. 



  • English as a lingua franca
  • Academic writing in English


Fields of interest

Normativity, power, postcolonialism, social interaction, membership categorisation processes, organised cultural encounters, volunteerism, civil society organisations. 

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