Narrative Battles and Bridges: Discourses on Conflict, Religion and Identity in a Syrian Refugee Context.
august 2015–august 2019
Tomas Sundnes Drønen, VID
About the project
The war in Syria has evolved towards ever more complex and multifaceted dividing lines, where tribal, religious and ethnic identities have surfaced to the frontline of the conflict. In this qualitative research I set out to look at the intersection between migration, religion and identity discourses in a conflict-induced Syrian refugee context. The purpose of the study will be to understand, interpret and compare in which ways religious identifications are shaped by conflict and negotiated within forced migratory experiences.
The unit of analysis will be a select number of Syrian Christian and Muslim refugees residing in Norway. The study will be theoretically and empirically grounded, of which the latter will apply a narrative and focus group methodology. The aim is to conduct a comparative research where individual life stories and collective discourses are analyzed based upon a cross-religious fieldwork and within an inter-disciplinary theoretical framework.
Master in religious and cultural studies from the University of Oslo