Ann Cathrin Corrales-Øverlid’s Dissertation Defense

And yet another member our IMER Junior Scholar Network will defend her dissertation this week.

On Friday (May 21st), we will keep our fingers crossed for Ann Cathrin Corrales-Øverlid who will defend her dissertation “A Culinary Quest: Peruvian Women Entrepreneurs in Southern California Negotiating Gender, Home, and Belonging.”

In her dissertation, Ann Cathrin explores Peruvian women’s experiences with starting their own food companies in South California. Through interviews with 35 business owners in and around Los Angeles, she examines how the women negotiate concepts such as gender, home and belonging through so-called culinary entrepreneurship. Based on her findings, Ann Cathrin develops a new theoretical framework: “a nested approach to immigrant and ethnic entrepreneurship.” By drawing on research concerning “home” as an analytical concept as a way of understanding immigrants’ encounter with the receiving society, Ann Cathrin shows how entrepreneurship forms a part in a larger life project, as well as in the immigrants’ search for home and belonging.

More information about the dissertation (in Norwegian) and the zoom links to her defense/trial lecture may be found here.

Trial lecture: 20.5.2021 – 17.00–18.00

Defense: 21.5.2021 – 17.00–20.00

Over the past couple of years, Ann Cathrin has been the coordinator of the IMER jr. scholar network and has been central in developing the network as a platform where young scholars can meet and exchange experiences and support across academic disciplines.

We all wish Ann Cathrin good luck!

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