Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Dr Gunvor Jonsson
BA and BA Hons (University of Pretoria); MA (University of Copenhagen); PhD (SOAS, University of London)
- African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World
- African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World
- Anthropology of Development
- Perspectives On Development
PhD Students supervised
- Hannelore Van Bavel, The production and travel of discourses on female genital surgeries: a nodal ethnography of the global anti-FGM/C domain
`I work primarily on development, migration and (im)mobilities in Africa with a focus on
francophone/Islamic West Africa. My collaborative and independent research has tackled key
aspects of mobility in Africa through pioneering projects which have privileged the perspectives of
African scholars and migrants themselves. I have conducted anthropological fieldwork in Mali,
Senegal, and South Africa, and collaborative inter-disciplinary research with partners in Ghana,
Nigeria, Morocco, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
I am currently completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled, Terminus. The Ends of Malian
Women´s Railway Commerce in Neoliberal Dakar. The book is an exploration of “endings”, revolving
around the demolition of the Malian market at the terminus station of the Dakar-Niger railway line,
in the heart of the Senegalese capital. Neo-liberal policies implemented by former President Wade
led to the privatisation of the railway line in Senegal and the subsequent bulldozing of the Malian
market at the Dakar terminus in 2009. I explored the consequences, which were felt especially by
women traders who had travelled the line since its inauguration, making the terminus station in
Dakar the centre of a thriving network of settled Malian migrants and mobile traders and visitors.
The main interlocutors of the book are childless, divorced, and widowed women, who have been
increasingly drawn into trade and travel during the recent decades of economic and political
liberalisation in Senegal and Mali. The book is based on my doctoral thesis, which was awarded the
2015 RAI/Sutasoma Award by the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Prior to joining SOAS I was a Departmental Lecturer in Migration and Development at the Oxford
Department of International Development (ODID, University of Oxford). From 2008 onwards I was a
key member of the research team at the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of
Oxford, where I worked on the African Migrations Programme and on projects including African
Perspectives on Human Mobility; Mobility in the African Great Lakes; and Theorizing the Evolution of
European Migration Systems (THEMIS). I am a founding member of the virtual IMI network, IMIn
(www.imi-n.org), and Review Editor of Migration & Society (Berghahn Journals). I hold a PhD from SOAS; an MA from Copenhagen (Denmark); and undergraduate degrees from the University of Pretoria (South Africa).
Jonsson, Gunvor (2019) 'The Need to Travel: Malian Women Shuttle Traders, Autonomy and (Mis)trust in Neoliberal Dakar'. Africa: Journal of the International Africa Institute, (89) 4, pp 739-758.
Jonsson, Gunvor (2012) 'Imagination and Connectedness: Consumption of Global Forms in a Malian Village'. Mande Studies, (12), pp 105-120.
Bakewell, Oliver and Jonsson, Gunvor, (eds.), (2013) The Contribution of African Research to Migration Theory. Journal of Intercultural Studies: Taylor & Francis.
Cohen, Robin and Jonsson, Gunvor, (eds.), (2011) Migration and Culture. Edward Elgar. (The International Library of Studies on Migration series).
Jonsson, Gunvor (2015) 'Malian Traders in the Senegalese Capital'. In: Sigona, N. and Gamlen, A. and Liberatore, G. and Neveu Kringelbach, H., (eds.), Diasporas Reimagined: Spaces, practices and belonging. Oxford: Oxford Diasporas Programme, pp 92-95.
Jonsson, Gunvor (2014) 'Non-migrant, Sedentary, Immobile, or “Left Behind”? Reflections on the Absence of Migration'. In: Abdalla, E. B. M. and Dias Barros, D. and Berthet, M., (eds.), Spaces in Movement. New Perspectives on Migration in African Settings. Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, pp 145-164.
Jonsson, Gunvor (2012) 'Migration, identity and immobility in a Malian Soninke Village'. In: Graw, Knut and Schielke, Samuli, (eds.), The Global Horizon: Migratory Expectations in Africa and the Middle East. Belgium: Leuven University Press.
Jonsson, Gunvor (2010) The environmental factor in migration dynamics: A review of African case studies. .
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