Cultures, Migrations, Borders - MigBord2012

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES - Department of Social Anthropology and History
8 Jun 2012 to 10 Jul 2012

This year the Summer School will host 16 scholars from 7 European universities:



Alexandra Bakalaki teaches Social Anthropology at the Department of History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has written on a variety of subjects and most particularly on gender, space and the production of similarity and difference in contemporary Greek society. Her recent research focuses on transfers and transformation in a small island community.


Tryfon Bampilis holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Leiden. He studied Social Anthropology and Social Policy in Panteion University in Athens and he obtained a Master in Science in Social Anthropology at UCL. His monograph titled Greek Whisky: The Localization of a Global Commodity (In Press, Berghahn Publishers) examines imported beverages and their relationship to moderness, gender and scale making in contemporary Greece. His research interests include, ethnographic approaches to modernity, material culture, commodities, post-authoritarian Greece and Aegean/Greek ethnography. He has been publishing on the anthropology of consumption and material culture and he has presented his work in academic institutions in the U.S.A, in the Netherlands and in the U.K. He has been teaching anthropology at the University of Bayreuth in Germany and has served as scientific collaborator at the Netherlands Institute at Athens (NIA).


Christos Bellas is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean. His research interests concern economic welfare and development. He has been scientific coordinator of 19 research programs, investment consultant for ICAP and economic analyst on the Greek industry and trade. He has published the book ‘The Greek companies that survived: 40 years of life and development’ (ICAP, 2004, in Greek), co-authored ‘Greek Corporate Capital: 1963-2000, Paratiritis, 2003, in Greek) and has numerous other publications on the Greek economic competiveness and development.


Jane Cowan holds a post as Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex, the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, the Centre for Gender Studies, and the Justice and Violence Research Centre. She received an MA (1982) and PhD (1988) in Sociocultural Anthropology and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, Bloomington. She was Head of the Anthropology Department at the University of Sussex from 2002-2005. Among her current commitments, she co-convenes (with Imogen Taylor) the Sussex Women Professors Network, which they co-founded in 2008. Beyond Sussex, Jane is Associate Editor of the journal, Anthropological Theory, and serves as External Examiner for the University of Essex MA in Human Rights Theory and Practice. Jane is currently funded by the British Academy to undertake an anthropological and historical study of the Universal Periodic Review, a new (since 2006) human rights monitoring mechanism of the reformed Human Rights Council in Geneva. She has authored two books, Dance and the Body Politic in Northern Greece (Princeton, 1990) and Macedonia: The Politics of Identity and Difference (Pluto, 2000), and has co-edited (with M. Dembour and R.Wilson) Culture and Rights: Anthropological Perspectives (Cambridge, 2001). Her book-in-progress, Letters to the League of Nations, focuses on claims for rights and for Macedonian nationhood made on behalf of the so-called 'Bulgarian minorities' in Yugoslavia and Greece.


Rozita Dimova is Senior Research Fellow in the Department for South Slavic Languages and Cultural Studies (Institute for Slavistics) at Humboldt University – Berlin, working on her habilitation project on borders in southeastern Europe. After receiving her PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University in 2004, Dimova was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (2004-2006). Her fields of specialization include materiality, aesthetics, space, and consumption, migration and transnational regimes of humanitarianism. A guest co-editor of the forthcoming issue of History and Anthropology (Winter 2012, vol. 23) entitled Contested Nation-building within the International ‘Order of Things’: Performance, Festivals and Legitimization in South-Eastern Europe, Dimova is currently completing a book manuscript on aesthetics and politics in the Balkans.


Sarah Green is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She is a specialist on location, borders and spatial relations, though the subject matter of her research over the last 20 years has been diverse and has included among others the politics of gender and sexuality, conceptions of the environment, circulation of money in the Aegean, border relations on the Greek-Albanian border and, most recently, the shifting concept of border in the eastern peripheries of Europe. Her publications include Notes from the Balkans (2005; Princeton University Press) winner of the Douglass Prize for best contribution to Europeanist Anthropology; and Urban Amazons (1997), an ethnography on separatist feminists in London. In 2008, Professor Green launched an international research network, EastBordNet dedicated to developing new approaches towards the study of borders on the eastern peripheries of Europe, from the Baltics and environs down to the Balkans and environs. The network (see now involves 27 countries and over 280 researchers.


Barak Kalir teaches at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He is co-director of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) and program director of the two Masters Programmes. From 2006 to 2009 he was a post-doc researcher and programme coordinator of the WOTRO/NWO Integrated Programme: Illegal but Licit on transnational flows in Asia. He has published several articles and book chapters on the subject of migration, his latest being ‘Uncovering the Legal Cachet of Labor Migration to Israel’ in David and Koslowski (eds.) Global Human Smuggling Johns Hopkins University Press (2011). His book ‘Latino migrants in the Jewish state: Undocumented lives in Israel. Indiana University Press (2010)’ has been nominated for the Book Prize awarded by the Society for Economic Anthropology and has been awarded the highest recommendation at the influential American review Choice. Kalir has also co-edited with Malini Sur “Transnational Flows and Permissive Polities: Ethnographies of Human Mobilities in Asia” IIAS Publication Series, Amsterdam UP (2012).


Flip Lindo took his BA in Sociology and his MA in Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam (1981). He holds a PhD Social Sciences from Utrecht University (1996). He has worked at the universities of Leiden and Utrecht, but predominantly at the University of Amsterdam, where he is (since 1998) Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He has done fieldwork in Northern Greece and the Netherlands. His research interests include immigrant youth, interethnic relations, contact theory and conflict theory (of which he is rather critical), and processes/discourses of inclusion and exclusion. A recent publication of his is ‘A Streetcar Named Desire. Lifestyle and Identity of Street Kids In Multi-Ethnic Rotterdam.’ In: Charles Westin et al. (Eds.) Identity Processes and Dynamics in Multi-Ethnic Europe. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2010, pp. 73-97.


Lenio Myrivili lectures on cultural theory and interface design at the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication at the University of the Aegean. Her research interests include theory of representation, borders representation and ontology , virtuality and performance, digital media and games. She has participated in research projects on museums and the digital representation of heritage. Since 2007 she is a member of EastBordNet.


Vasiliki Galani-Moutafi is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology and History, Academic Director of the Postgraduate Program “Women and Genders: Anthropological and Historical Approaches” and Dean of the School of Social Sciences of the University of the Aegean. Her research interests include: social transformation processes in Aegean island communities (Chios and Samos), cultural change and the renegotiation of local identity, work and consumption with emphasis on gender, anthropology of tourism, tourism discourse and tourist representations, alternative forms of tourism (eco- and cultural tourism), conceptualizations of cultural heritage in relation to indigenous and locally distinct products (Chios mastiha and Samos wine) and new forms of entrepreneurship in rural areas and cooperative organizations.


Evthymios Papataxiarchis is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of the Aegean where he directs the Postgraduate Program on “Social and Historical Anthropology” and the Laboratory of Ethnography. He has taught as a visiting professor in the Universities of Athens and Crete, in the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and in Bogadici University (Istanbul). His publications include Lilies of the Field: Marginal People Who Live for the Moment, (ed. with S. Day and M. Stewart, Westview Press, 1999), Adventures of Alterity: The Production of Cultural Difference in Contemporary Greece, (ed., Alexandria Publications, 2006, in Greek), Worlds of Domestic Labour: Immigration, Gender and Cultural Transformations in early 21th century Athens, (with Penelope Topali and Aggeliki Athanassopoulou, Alexandria Publications, 2008, in Greek). He has also edited special issues of Ethnologie Française (v. 35, 2005) and Synchrona Themata (v. 98, 2007 and v.107, 2009) on cultural differentiation and the challenge of migration in contemporary Greek society.


Electra Petracou is Assistant Professor in Political Geography and has a long teaching experience on the subjects that concern migration and asylum, national and European migration and border policies. She is co-director at the Laboratory of Human Movements in the Department of Geography at the University of the Aegean. She has published on migration theories and policies, migration and asylum issues in the EU and Greece, and borders and territorial strategies and practices. She is member of the MIRIADE-Irregular Migration in European Islands network and has links to NGOs, such as the Greek Council for Refugees, the Hellenic Red Cross, Antigone, etc.


Elia Petridou lectures on social anthropology and material culture at the Department of Social Anthropology and History at the University of the Aegean. She received her Ph.D. from University College London (2001). She has done field research on food and commodity chains and has published on the flow of food, migration and politics of (ethnic) identity (e.g. 'The taste of home' in D. Miller (ed.)Home Possessions, Berg 2001). Her research interests cover a wide range of topics within material culture, such as food , clothes and fashion, museum representation and cultural heritage.


Effie Plexousaki received her University Degree in Law from the Law School of the University of Athens in 1984 and her Ph.D. in Ethnology and Social Anthropology from the “École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales”, (Paris, France) in 1991. She has taught at the University of Crete, Panteion Panepistimion (Athens) and University of Athens. From 2000 she teaches at the University of the Aegean (Department of Social Anthropology and History). Her research interests concern the anthropology of the Mediterrannean, issues on anthropology and education and on nationalism and minority populations.


Katerina Rozakou’s research interests lie within the anthropology of the political, the politics of humanitarian aid, asylum and immigration, citizenship, voluntary associations and civil society. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the cultural production and the political meanings of sociality and was based on extensive fieldwork in voluntary associations that support refugees in Athens. In 2009-2010 she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Program in Hellenic Studies of Princeton University. Since September 2010, she has been working on a research project on encounters between Afghan refugees and different groups of Greek citizens and the production of citizenship in contemporary Greece in regard to migration. Her latest article, “The biopolitics of hospitality in Greece: Humanitarianism and the management of refugees” will appear in American Ethnologist, vol. 39, No 3, August 2012.


Sevasti Trubeta is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of the Aegean on the subject of international relations, global society and migration. She has taught and/or worked as a researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena and the Albert‑Ludwigs University in Freiburg. She is member of the EastBordNet network and the International Working Group on the History of Racial Sciences and Biomedicine in Central and Southeast Europe. She has authored the book Constructing identities for the Muslims of Thrace (Kritiki 2001) and Die Konstitution von Minderheiten und die Ethnisierung sozialer und politischer Konflikte. Eine Untersuchung am Beispiel der im griechischen Thrakien ansässigen ‘Moslemischen Minderheit’ (Peter Lang 1999). She has also published and co-edited books and articles on migration and minorities (e.g. with C. Voß ‘Minorities in Greece-Historical Issues and new Perspectives. Special Edition in History and Culture of South Eastern Europe. Jahrbücher für Geschichte und Kultur Südosteuropas, Munich 5, 2003/2004: 219.