Elya Maria Durisin

Affiliated Fellow
Period of Stay: 
October 2019 - December 2020
Discipline: 
Political Science
Project Title: 
“Sex Trafficking” Discourses and Contemporary Expressions of Sexualized Nationalism in Europe
Project Abstract: 

“Sex Trafficking” Discourses and Contemporary Expressions of Sexualized Nationalism in Europe is a 3-month, exploratory research project aiming to identify connections between discourses on sex trafficking and expressions of nation and nationalism in the European context. This project builds on my doctoral research which identified a form of Canadian sexualized nationalism, where ideas of respectable sexuality became intertwined with ideologies of the Canadian nation in discourses on sex trafficking in Canada. Using critical discourse analysis and media analysis, I will analyze key documents (reports, position papers, etc.) from the European Commission, European Women’s Lobby, and French and English language media sources focusing on trafficking for sex work from France, Sweden, Italy, and Hungary. The analysis will aim to identify themes, genres, and narrative structures. This project contributes to addressing a theoretical lacuna in critical feminist scholarship on trafficking surrounding sexuality, race, and nation.