Winners of the SNIS Award 2017
The SNIS Award 2017, prized at CHF 10’000, has been attributed ex aequo to Dr Julien Debonneville (University of Geneva) and Dr Roxana Radu (The Graduate Institute).
The jury members praised Dr Debonneville’s research as “particularly brilliant when it comes to the theoretical interpretation of the ethnographic data that he collected and the theoretical discussion of the various traditions in subaltern studies, gender studies, post-colonial studies and historical socioloy.
As to Dr Radu’s thesis, the jury noted: “The author masters an incredible amount of complexity and is able to come up with a readable text that conveys as sense of the complex matters”.
Global Rules for Emerging Issue Domains: Negotiating the Governance of the Internet
Dr Roxana Radu
PhD thesis defended at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, (December 2016), under the supervision of Professor Thomas J. Biersteker
Dr Radu’s thesis deals with the evolution of internet and its preservation of integrity as a single network, despite its fragmented nature and with authoritative decision-making from different sources. This thesis sets out a novel, comprehensive framework for theorising a nascent policy field and for analyzing its evolution empirically.
Roxana Radu is Programme Manager at the Geneva Internet Platform and Research Associate at the Graduate Institute’s Programme for the Study of International Governance. She currently serves as Chair of Internet Society – Switzerland. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the Graduate Institute and an MA in Political Science from the Central European University. Her research and publications explore global governance and internet policy-making.
Les écoles de la servitude aux Philippines : des carrières migratoires de travailleuses domestiques aux processus d’altérisation. Pour une approche socio-anthropologique des études postcoloniales
Dr Julien Debonneville
PhD thesis defended at the Geneva School of Social Sciences, University of Geneva (March 2016), under the supervision of Professor Delphine Gardey and Professor Elisabeth Prügl
Through an ethnographic study of the migratory mechanisms in the Philippines, Dr Debonneville’s thesis examines the production of alterization processes in the context of the globalized economy of care. It furthermore questions the social representation associated to the Philippine domestic worker, often called “Filipina”. More broadly, the thesis offers a reflection on the contribution of post-colonial studies in social sciences.
Sociologist by training, Dr. Julien Debonneville is senior researcher and teaching assistant at the Institute for Gender studies at the University of Geneva. Julien Debonneville holds a PhD in gender studies from the University of Geneva, and a Master degrees in social sciences from the University of Lausanne. He also held visiting positions at UC Berkeley (Department of Ethnic studies) and at the University of the Philippines – Diliman (Department of Women and Development Studies). His main research topics are : gender inequalities, migrations and mobility, care economy and reproductive labor, the coloniality of power, the social construction of otherness, and the intersectionality of power relations.