And the winner of the ‘Best-Author Prize’ goes to…!

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Our book Chapter in the newly launched Fjord Antology has been selected winner at the Fjordkonferansen2018 in Ålesund today. The editors unanimously selected ours out of twenty other competitive chapters for its relevance and excellence.

This recognition underscores the importance of discourses surrounding Technology and society and particularly research on the role of Technologies in helping us understand and solve today’s pertinent societal challenges – in this case immigration and integration.

Our chapter does justice to the antology’s theme on the synergy between the regional and the international through its interdisciplinary and intersectional focus on ethnicity, gaming, gender, religion in GLOCAL contexts. Needless to say the researchers represent diversity in gender (women researching Technology  – a male dominanted field) but also the fact that they represent different cultural backgrounds.

Also as a coincidence, a popular version of the Research Project has today been published in

Many thanks to Medietilsynet and Lotteritilsynet who financially supported the Project!

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NEW BOOK CHAPTER: Gaming and identity construction among immigrant youth in Norway: Convergent glocal contexts

Chapter 11:

Abstrakt (Norsk)
Av Carol Azungi Dralega og Hilde G. Corneliussen

Studien utforsker hvordan ikke-vestlig ungdom i Norge navigerer mellom lokale og globale kontekster gjennom dataspill, og hvordan dette former deres identitet. Studien tar utgangspunkt i teorier om transnasjonalisme, kjønn og teknologi. Ved bruk av kvalitative metoder avdekker studien komplekse identitetsmanifestasjoner som er globalt forbundet, men lokalt forankret. I stedet for en ofte brukt dualistisk referanseramme, foreslår forfatterne å forstå dette i lys av en mangfoldig referanseramme.

Nøkkelord: Innvandrere, ikke-vestlig, ungdom, identitet, dataspill, diaspora, interseksjonalitet

This study explores how immigrant youth in Norway navigate video games between local and global contexts and how this shapes their identities. Drawing from theories of transnationalism, gender and technology, the study employs qualitative methodologies that unravel complex identity manifestations that are globally connected but locally anchored. Rather than an often-used dual frame of reference, the authors suggest interpreting this through a multiple frame of reference.

We want to thank the The Norwegian Media Authority for funding this research Project and the youth who shared their stories with us.

Open Access

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What has gender got to do with it: negotiating agency and resistance from within


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These amazing tiny sculptures are scattered arround the FOSSBYGGET at the Western Norway University of Applied Social Sciences located in Sogndal. If you are not attentive, you will miss them 🙂 I thought they capture well the essence of this blog!

As results are beginning to trickle in from ongoing research on women’s tec-driven career trajectories in peripheral regions, so are interesting insights into the driving forces and impediments that women face on their professional life journeys.
A thread from the data has to do with agency and self-inflicted resistance, which I find quite interesting. Agency in the sense that: yes, although other factors (especially socio-cultural factors) may influence one’s decision-making, to a large extent, one indeed has some autonomy to make life-changing decisions for oneself. Continue reading

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Team-building – the often forgotten key to unlocking optimal productivity

moomiIT has been a year since we started our 5-year Nordforsk funded project – The Nordic Center of Excellence – Beyond the Gender Paradox in Nordic countries. We have had multiple virtual meetings along the way but just a couple of F2F workshops. Since our F2F workshops occur atleast twice a year in rotation between the three primary partner countries (Norway, Finland and Sweden), they are usually highly anticipated, engaging and empowering. We get to meet each other, discuss very interesting research progress, eat good food, strategize for wayforward – all in a limited space of time.

This year, something extra happened. To spice up the year’s first F2F workshop, the hosts from University of Tampere organised the most secretive, highly anticipated team-building activity. In preparation for the trip, we were told to ‘bring comfortable walking shoes and a jacket that tolerates a light breeze or rain’ 🙂 Anticipation was rife among members and our repeated inquiries for details were met with adamant and ever-so-gentle rebuffs.

So, on D-day, day 2, after taking care of the day’s business – the 2-hour team building activities begun. We were split in 3 groups, each consisting of members from the different countries, the hosts were our guides. These are highlights from the activities: Continue reading

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The symbolism and functionality of networks for/on women in academia and research, in peripherial regions!


Be a rebel. Be a role model.

It was a short, cozy and massively inspirational HVL organized, women’s network meeting today.

The Challenge: the leaking pipeline (i.e. fewer women are to be found especially in the higher echelons of academia and research). (The reasons for this are as multiple as they are complex – for another blog post).

The Goal: to mobilize, inform, inspire and challenge female academics and researchers in the region through shared experiences. So, today, 4 fantastically accomplished academics in the region spoke to a room full of us. The message was simple, functional but also symbolic. Here is a summary of what i got from it. Continue reading

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Gendering Research: In teams, perspectives and impact

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  Gender-balanced teams (as our team at WNRI shows) are mandated in Research Council and EU Directives on gender equality in research and innovation. Picture credit: Anna Maria Urbaniak-Brekke Today, I lead a seminar on: ‘Gendering Research: Teams, Processes, Perspectives … Continue reading

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#CENS18: Women’s tech-driven careers in rural areas – results trickling in!

This year’s Conference theme was: Narratives of uniformity and diversity (#CENS2018). The backdrop for the conference lies in the fact that Nordic countries have a recognized place on the global scene. Continuously at the top in rankings in quality of life and a whole range of other surveys and a steady reputation as stable and prosperous societies form a main content in the perception of the Nordic. There is a global demand for knowledge about the Nordic societies. Whether it concerns the economics of the tripartite model or the politics of gender equality, welfare technologies, penal and other kinds of humanitarianism and Nordic cooperation, or the cultural innovations of New Nordic design, researchers and policymakers from across the globe see the Nordic region as a dynamic research object with ideas worth probing.
Carol Azungi Dralega presented the papers in the session on: “Women in the Nordic Labour Market” (presented on Women’s day) sharing some findings beginning to trickle in from the Nordic Centre of Excellence project ‘Beyond the gender paradox – women’s tech-driven careers in and outside academe’ funded by Nordforsk. The presentations offer insights into women’s tech-driven career trajectories and histories within the fields of research, innovation and the media. The focus is rural and sparsely populated region of Sogn og Fjordane.




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