Joanna Menet

Post-doctoral researcher and lecturer

I am a social anthropologist, lecturer and post-doctoral researcher at the Laboratory for the Study of Social Processes at the University of Neuchâtel. I work at the intersections of migration/mobility, transnationalism, gender and the body. My empirical approach encompasses qualitative research methods, including multi-sited fieldwork, participant observation, semi-structured interviews as well as embodied research. I also have a strong interest in academic writing and creative tools in the teaching of writing.

I received my PhD 'summa cum laude' from the University of Neuchâtel in 2019. My doctoral thesis developed a theoretical framework to study ‘the salsa circuit’, taking into account the embodied doings of salsa dancers as well as ‘regimes of mobility’ and individuals’ different positions in a transnational field. Through the entry point of salsa dancing, the dissertation explored the circulation of people, imaginaries, dance movements, conventions and affects from a transnational perspective. In particular, it examined the negotiations of gender and ethnicity and analyzed the transnational careers of salsa dance professionals in Cuba and Europe.

Currently, I look at the production of market places as inclusive public spaces, as part of a European HERA project titled 'Moving Marketplaces: Following the everyday production of inclusive public spaces'. Starting from different markets in Switzerland, I follow traders in their navigation of different markets. The project aims at a better understanding of the place-making capacities of merchants as well as the institutional regulations leading to different mobility patterns.

I have also worked as a resarcher within the NCCR-on the move, in the project ‘Gender as a Boundary Marker in Migration, Citizenship and Belonging: Case Studies from Switzerland and beyond’. Before that, I was engaged as a teaching assistant and participated in the teaching activities for Master and Bachelor students. Prior to joining the University of Neuchâtel, I was a researcher at the Swiss Forum for Migration Studies (SFM), working on Swiss migration policy and federalism. I hold a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Zurich.




Menet, Joanna (2020). Entangled Mobilities in the Transnational Salsa Circuit. The Esperanto of the Body, Gender and Ethnicity. London: Routledge. Available Open Access.


Peer reviewed articles

Breines, Markus Roos, Joanna Menet, and Joris Schapendonk (2021). Disentangling Following. Implications and Practicalities of Mobile Methods. Mobilities, doi.org/10.1080/17450101.2021.1942172

Dahinden, Janine, Carolin Fischer, and Joanna Menet (2020) Knowledge production, reflexivity and the use of categories in migration studies: tackling challenges in the field. Ethnic and Racial Studies, doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2020.1752926 1-20.


Other publications

Von Arx, Martina, Stefan Egli, Philipp Lutz und Joanna Menet (2017). Die Migration und wir. In: Philipp Lutz (Hg.) Neuland. Schweizer Migrationspolitik im 21. Jahrhundert. Foraus, NZZ Libro.

Achermann, Alberto, Christin Achermann, Joanna Menet und David Mühlemann (2013). Das Zulassungssystem für religiöse Betreuungspersonen. Eine explorative Studie. Im Auftrag des Bundesamts für Migration.

Wichmann, Nicole, Michael Hermann, Gianni D’Amato, Denise Efionayi-Mäder, Rosita Fibbi, Joanna Menet und Didier Ruedin (2011). Gestaltungsspielräume im Föderalismus: Migrationspolitik in den Kantonen. Bern-Wabern: Eidgenössische Kommission für Migrationsfragen.


Blog articles

Menet, Joanna (2020). A day in a Marketplace in 2050, Blog NCCR-on the move.

Menet, Joanna (2019). "Woher kommst du wirklich?" Zugehörigkeit und Geschlecht in der Stadt Zürich, Blog NCCR-on the move.

Dahinden, Janine, Carolin Fischer, Joanna Menet, and Anne Kristol (2018). Gendernationalism as a new expression of political nationalism, Blog Gender Campus.


On academic writing

Menet, Joanna (2021) Ecrire à l'université: trucs et astuces (1/2), Blog UniNEtudiant-e.

Menet, Joanna (2021) Ecrire à l'université: trucs et astuces (2/2), Blog UniNEtudiant-e.


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