Dorina Damsa

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Postal address Postboks 6706 St. Olavs plass 0130 OSLO

Academic interests

Dorina has a broader interest in governance/governmentality, social control, and punishment, precarity, embodiment, and subjectivity, particularly related to i/mobility. 


Dorina holds a Master’s degree in The Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the Center for Human Rights at the University of Oslo. She has worked as a research assistant in various projects at the University of Oslo, University of Yunnan, and University of St Andrews.

Project description

Dorina’s research explores migrant trajectories in an in/hospitable Scandinavian context. She focuses on the migrant perspective in relation to the criminalization of mobility, more specifically precarity, migrant life strategies and tactics, the embodied consequences of othering, notions of identity, equality, justice and rights among migrants, and infrastructures of mobility. She follows migrants as they seek to advance their prospects through a terrain of in/hospitable governance measures. The research seeks to challenge the static ‘guest/host’ binary and the portrayal of migrants as passive actors, lacking agency or capacity to circumvent, subvert, or affect governance. As such, it bears relevance to theories of mobility, sovereignty, governmentality, and non-political resistance, while specifically contributing to ongoing debates on Nordicity, by examining in/hospitable governance in the Nordic welfare state.


Dorina teaches seminars in KRIM1300

Research grants

Dorina has received a grant from the Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology to explore foreign nationals’ subjective experience of punishment in Scandinavian prisons.


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  • Damsa, Dorina & Ugelvik, Thomas (2017). A Difference that Makes a Difference – Researcher Effects in an All-Foreign Prison. Europris newsletter.
  • Ugelvik, Thomas & Damsa, Dorina (2017). A difference that makes a difference? Reflexivity and researcher effects in an all-foreign prison.
  • Ugelvik, Thomas & Damsa, Dorina (2017). Pains of imprisonment revisited: Perspectives from a Norwegian crimmigration prison.

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Published June 7, 2017 11:08 AM - Last modified June 13, 2017 10:39 AM