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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 339786
    Partners: UvA
  • Funder: EC Project Code: 618452
    Partners: UvA
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    Funder: EC Project Code: 799493
    Overall Budget: 177,599 EURFunder Contribution: 177,599 EUR
    Partners: UvA

    Migration is often associated with lower well-being among minorities and with lower social cohesion in the host-society. The current project proposes that emotional similarity or fit between minority and majority members may buffer these negative effects, because fit stands for shared attributions of events and shared intentions to act, and has been linked to reduced stress and higher belonging among members of monocultural dyads and groups. However, since there are profound cultural differences in the typical emotional patterns associated with particular situations, there is often emotional misfit in intercultural interactions. My recent studies demonstrated, however, that minorities’ social contact with majority members increases their emotional fit with majority emotional patterns; yet, we don't know which processes account for this increase. The current project consists of two studies that investigate either mimicry or emotional grounding as a potential micro-process underlying emotional fit (objective1). They also assess the effect of emotional fit on the quality of intercultural interactions (objective2). The Research Fellow (RF) proposes a 2-year stay at the University of Amsterdam under the supervision of Prof. Fischer (mimicry-expert), including a 3-month secondment with Prof. Kashima at the University of Melbourne (expert in grounding and micro-processes of culture) to not only obtain theoretical training on mimicry and grounding, but also technical training on how to study these processes. In addition to conducting the studies, the deliverables of this project include two theoretical and two empirical articles, a behavioral coding scheme for grounding, presentations at 6 conferences and the RF’s training of transferable skills like organization, communication and leadership. This project will provide the RF with a unique skill-set, increase her visibility as an independent scholar and, therefore, importantly increase her future career possibilities.

  • Funder: EC Project Code: 252470
    Partners: UvA
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    Funder: EC Project Code: 891091
    Overall Budget: 187,572 EURFunder Contribution: 187,572 EUR
    Partners: UvA

    If people go missing, their families are left with big questions about someone’s status as being dead or alive. While families of missing persons are dependent on forensic experts and expertise to have their kin identified after mass fatality incidents (MFIs) like war or political violence, forensic experts cannot do their job without support of families. However, due to technical, political or financial constraints, forensic experts and their services often are unavailable in the wake of MFIs. In such circumstances, civil society organizations like family associations become advocates for forensic interventions or initiate forensic activities themselves. While local experience and knowledge are highly relevant for the global problem of missing persons, those experiences hardly flow from the local to elsewhere, including the global. In the proposed project MissingFamilies, I ethnographically attend to the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in The Hague by studying ICMP’s civil society initiatives at its Hague headquarters and in Mexico, Colombia and Iraq. Attending to civil society programs and stakeholders in the three mentioned countries, I focus on the “circulation” of local experiences, knowledges and solidarity to elsewhere, including the global. Seeking inspiration from Science and Technology Studies, and actor-network theory in particular, MissingFamilies contributes to empirical understanding of the global problem of missing persons and their surviving families; it adds new theoretical and conceptual vocabulary to the materialities of absence and presence; it furthers the notions of circulation and solidarity in the wake of MFIs; and provides opportunities to improve future MFI operations.