Faime Alpagu

PhD candidate in Sociology, University of Vienna, ÖAW DOC Fellowship

Junior Visiting Fellow
(July–September 2019)



Migration Narratives Juxtaposed: A Sociological Analysis of Photos, Letters and Biographies of ´Guest Workers´ from Turkey Living in Austria

This project deals with guest workers´ photographs and letters sent to family members in Turkey between 1960 and 1989. These materials are to be complemented by official documents and biographic-narrative interviews. The project follows a reconstructive approach by triangulating interpretative methods: biographical case reconstruction, visual segment analysis, and figurative hermeneutics. The aim is to reveal the complex interactions between different modes of expression (visual/verbal), time relations (now/then) and spatial relations (here/there).