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Hanna Kara

  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 1A)




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Description of research and teaching

My research has been largely about everyday experiences and realities of transnational mobility. I have studied the everyday consequences of migration status and irregularity, transnational family relations, and emotions and meaning-making in transnational migration. In my PhD research (2016) I studied the transnational everyday lives of Latin American women in Barcelona and their subjectivities as migrants, and my previous research has been on the migration and detention of Latin American women in Mexico (2008; 2006). I haven also written on the working conditions and work well-being in social work (review on international research, see Meltti & Kara 2009).

Currently, I work as a postdoctoral researcher in the project Ordering the ’migrant family’: power asymmetry work and citizenisation in restructuring welfare professional bureaucracies (MigraFam), funded by the Academy of Finland, which draws on a collective ethnographic approach to examine institutional power and migrant citizenization in the Helsinki capital region and tackle the politicized social category of the ‘migrant family’.  

My conceptual interest areas have been time and temporality in migration, transnational family and daughterhood, intersectionality, (in)visibility and belonging. In my research I have drawn from postcolonial feminism and critical realism, and worked with collaborative and creative research methods and institutional ethnography. I have also explored multilingual research and ethical challenges in qualitative research. 

During 2019 I have worked as a university lecturer in social work teaching qualitative methods in social research and Master thesis seminars. My previous teaching has included topics such as irregular migration, transnational migration, intersectionality in social work, ethics in qualitative research.



Fields of Science

  • 5145 Social work
  • Transnational migration
  • Intersectionality
  • Belonging
  • Time and temporality
  • Creative research methods
  • Participative research methods
  • Multilingual research
  • Latin American Studies
  • Postcolonial Feminism

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Publications and projects within past five years.
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