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Julia Dahlvik (external fellow)

E: julia.dahlvik@univie.ac.at
T: +43 1 4277-23201


"Dealing with Asylum Applications: Interactions in the Claim of Rights. A Focus on Human Rights and Gender"

In my thesis I argue that the asylum procedure as a structured process is embedded in an interplay of economic-bureaucratic principles, human rights and other legal parameters as well as ethical issues. The main interest lies in analysing officials’ institutional(ised) practices within this conflictual structural context of an asylum administration. I will examine how first instance officials balance and negotiate existing tensions from incongruous norms and logics in interactions with a multitude of actors: in ‘processing’ and deciding upon asylum claims, in applying administrative and human rights laws, in being confronted with having to legitimise decisions. Which kinds of strategies do officials develop in order to balance existing structural tensions? Furthermore, I will explore the relevance of social construction as a useful means of complexity reduction in processing asylum claims. Which role does social construction (including gender) play in the interactions between officials and asylum claimants? In order to counteract the reproduction of insecurity and vulnerability with asylum claimants and to create more sensitivity in this field a series of possible solutions is suggested, such as a capacity building approach developing decision making officials’ ethical competence.


Mag.a Julia Dahlvik, M.A.
studied sociology and translation/interpreting studies at the University of Vienna, study semester at Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis. As a university assistant she coordinates the Platform for Migration an Integration Research, University of Vienna; she participates in an international research project (Vulnerability in Context), and has working experience in the private and public sector (teaching German as a foreign language; internships at the Austrian Federal Asylum Office; Austrian Economic Chamber in Barcelona ). She has co-organized academic events such as the 'Young Sociological Researchers' Week' (Department of Sociology) and the first Annual Conference on Migration and Integration Research in Austria.

Research Interests
Sociology of migration, gender, and work, urban sociology; communication, languages.

• Julia Dahlvik, Heinz Fassmann, Wiebke Sievers (eds.) (2012): Migration und Integration – wissenschaftliche Perspektiven aus Österreich. Jahrbuch 2011. Göttingen: V&R unipress.

• Fassmann, Heinz; Julia Dahlvik (eds.) (2011): Migrations- und Integrationsforschung – multidisziplinäre Perspektiven. Göttingen: V&R unipress.

• Dahlvik, Julia (2010): Asylanhörungen. Handlungsspielräume in Dolmetsch-Interaktionen. [Asylum hearings. Rooms for manoeuvre in interpreting-interactions.] In: Rienzner, Martina; Slezak, Gabriele (eds.): Sprache und Translation in der Rechtspraxis. Stichproben. Wiener Zeitschrift für Kritische Afrikastudien, Nr. 19/2010, 10. Jg., 63-82. Vienna.

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