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Jessie Jern

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

School of Global
Studies
Visiting address
Konstepidemins väg 2
41314 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Jessie Jern

In my current position as a Research Assistent, I look forward to prepare and participate in the writing of two scientific articles on the topic of migration law in a FORTE funded project together with Anja Frack and Joseph Anderson. The job includes to participate in the work of processing and analyzing consultation responses on the amended Swedish Aliens Act.

Most recently, I did an internship in the same project investigating how asylum seekers navigate the labor market in Sweden. The internship included conducting literature reviews, writing rapports, collecting data, as well as transcribe, observe and assist elite interviews with politicians in the Swedish Parliament. Although my function in the project is formally over, we have continued to work together and my work in the project became the basis for a book chapter we jointly wrote for an anthology edited and published by the Asylum Commission (Asylkommissionen). The paper explores the mixing of two previously separate domains: migration control and integration.

My master thesis in Global studies will be defended 2021, and examines gender mainstreaming at the Swedish Migration Agency. It is a mixed method study wherein interviews with Migration Agency officials are used as a complement to qualitative text analysis on the authority’s official documents.

I hold a bachelor degree in International Relations from 2018 which consists of a range of courses selected from four different faculties. My thesis acts as a critical reflection on the postcolonial concept of 'othering'. The project consisted of a single case study conducted using critical discourse analysis on qualitative interviews and quantitative social media comment threads. Drawing on theories within postcolonial and critical whiteness studies along with a psychological perspective, the project attempted to explore power in images of refugees and the 'need' to help them among (white) Swedes.

Additionally, I run a business providing swimming lessons and summer-school classes to children and adults. In a current initiative, I write a pedagogical illustrated book about safety at sea for children and people who needs or benefits from (both oral and) visual learning. Although essentially teaching about technique and safe performance in the water, boats and ice, the book is about representation to promote wider recognition and challenge stereotypes. Concepts such as North-South, environment, race, sexuality, body-positivity, ability and gender are incorporated in both text and illustrations.