Junior SNSF Researcher
Religions, migration, diasporas
Institut de sciences sociales des religions (ISSR)
Migration and Diaspora Studies
Barbara Dellwo is currently working as a PhD student and researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences of Religions (ISSR) within the framework of the Swiss National Fund project "(In)visible Islam in the City: (Im)material Expressions of Muslim Practices within Urban Settings". This project aims to explore the ways in which communities of Islamic culture express their presence in the urban centres of the Lake Geneva region. Her PhD thesis will especially focus on highly skilled migrants and the impact of social position in their modes of self-representation and the (in)visibilisation of religious belonging. Having obtained a Doc.Mobility scholarship from the SNSF, Barbara Dellwo will be on academic stay at Middlesex University London from October 2016 to March 2017
After having done a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnology, Religious Studies, and History from the Universities of Lausanne and Neuchâtel, Barbara Dellwo completed her Masters at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (FTSR) of the University of Lausanne, with a specialisation in Social sciences of migration (Analysis of Transnational and Translocal Social Spaces). Her master's dissertation focused on the construction and mobilisation of multiple belonging within the Lebanese Diaspora in the Lake Geneva region, with a particular interest for religious belonging and situational analysis.
She has previously worked as an assistant at the FTSR, where she collaborated with the Observatory of Religions in Switzerland (ORS) on researching the healing phenomena among Christian charismatic movements. She also helped organise the 2012 symposium of the DIHSR "L’événement en religion: ruptures historiques, constructions biographiques et mobilisations collectives" run by the Institute for Social Sciences of Contemporary Religions (ISSRC). Barbara Dellwo is member of the Département interfacultaire d’histoire et sciences des religions (DIHSR) and the Groupe de recherche sur l’Islam en Suisse (GRIS).