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Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson
Address IRTG Diversity
University of Trier
DM 249
Phone +49 651 201 3320
E-Mail jungli@uni-trier.de


On the Move: Migratory Practices, Intergenerational Narratives and Aspirations of Return in the Mobile Life Pathways of Jamaican Women in Montréal

(Supervisor: Michael Schönhuth, Trier)

By looking at mobility after initial migration, my study aims to understand patterns of migratory movement based on the life experiences of women. Through participant observation, multi-sited ethnography, an analysis that takes socio-economical, historical, cultural, and globalizing factors into account my focus lies on finding an anthropological elaboration for the phenomenon of Jamaican women’s´ aspirations of return.
While historically Jamaican immigrants mainly populated Anglophone metropolitan areas in Canada, Montréal/Québec was since the 1960s a migration hub for Caribbean nurses and domestic workers. However, in scientific literature Jamaicans in Montréal, especially women, play a marginalized role on the research agenda. Here, migration motives, practices and perspectives beyond the analysis of methodological nationalism have to be highlighted. Research issues that arise are e.g.:
• “How does travelling and being mobile after initial migration affect Jamaican female perspectives and practices about place? Are there certain recurring stories, fantasies about places, language and history? Where are conflicting narratives, interests, representation mechanisms?”
The analysis of life stories narrated by women offers an inside view into interpersonal networks including socio-cultural practices in relation to space, belonging, identity and yearning for home. Women shape and maintain hereby actively connections across cultural, geographical and political borders, influenced by dynamic socio-cultural, economic as well as political processes in which migration or re-migration takes place. Female migratory movements evolve into practical, indefinite and reversible tools and a strategy of betterment.


Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Bayreuth
Bachelor of Science in Social and Political Science, University of Trier
Certificate in Organizational Anthropology

Work Experience

Since 2014
Freelance Author and Photographer for RIDDIM Magazine
Since 2013
Freelancer in the area of Artist Support and Road Management
Since 2011
Freelancer in the area of Marketing for MKS International Research & Consultancy SARL


Die kulturelle Aneignung des jamaikanischen Reggae von deutschen Reggae-Interpreten (WiKu-Verlag für Wissenschaft und Kultur, Fachbuchreihe Medien und Kultur, Band 19).

Conference Presentations

En Route to Jamaica: Mobile Praktiken jamaikanischer Frauen in Montreal
Interdisziplinäre Vortragsreihe im Wintersemester 2019/2020. Kooperationsveranstaltung zwischen Ethnologie und Sozialpädagogik I, Flucht, Migration und Im/Mobilitäten. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven, Universität Trier, 11/12/2019

Beyond Transnationalism: Mobility after Migration - An Example of Jamaican Women´s trajectories from Montreal
Internationale Konferenz “Transculturality in Eastern and Western Contexts", Universität Trier, Hotel Deutscher Hof, 12-14/11/2019

Frictions in Paradise: Jamaican Women´s Trajectories
American Studies Graduate Forum Conference 2019: “Liquid Trajectroies: Flight, Mobility and Migration”, Universität des Saarlandes, 29-30/11/2019

Mobility and return in the migratory life pathways of retired Jamaican women in Montreal
DGSKA Tagung, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, “Das Ende der Aushandlungen?”, Universität Konstanz, 29/9-2/10/2019
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