Cultures, Migrations, Borders - MigBord2014

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES - Department of Social Anthropology and History
7 Jul 2014 to 19 Jul 2014




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.



Panagiota - Toulina Demeli studied law and is a lawyer. She completed her master studies: "Social Anthropology and History"  in the Department of Social Anthropology and History at the University of the Aegean and received her PhD from the same department. The title of her PhD thesis is "Mothers under confinement: Maternal Reflections in a Greek women's prison". She provided legal aid to the detainees  in Pagani's detention center, in Mytilene, working for the NGO Ecumenical Programme for Refugees and also in "Villa Azadi", the Reception Center for Unaccompanied Minors in Agiassos, in Mytilene. Since 2010 she has been working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - UNHCR.



(not participating at the 2014 Summer School)

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.



(not partcipating at the 2014 Summer School)

Sarah Green is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Helsinki. 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.



Laurie Kain Hart is Stinnes Professor of Global Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. Her research focuses on the circum-Mediterranean area and the urban U.S., and, topically, on religious practice; gender; ethnonationalism and border history; sectarian and urban violence; pluralism, spatial segregation and population displacement; architecture and housing; photography and visual anthropology. Her recent publications are grounded in field research in Northern Greece (on former political refugees of the Greek Civil War) and Philadelphia (on urban poverty, segregation, and risk).



Barak Kalir is Associate Professor 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). He is currently directing a 5-year ERC-funded research project on the Social Life of State Deportation Regimes in Spain, Greece, The Netherlands, Ireland, India, Israel and Ecuador. 



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.



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.



(not participating at the 2014 Summer School)

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.



(not partcipating at the 2014 Summer School)

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.



Ilias Pistikos took his MA in the Department of Geography at the University of the Aegean. His thesis was about alter-globalization movement and social fora. He is PH.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology in the University of the Aegean. His thesis concerns anti-racist movements in Greece. His research interests include sociology of collective action, social movements, collective identities and ideology. He worked as a social scientist for the NGO Ecumenical Programme for Refugees in Pagani's detention center, in Mytilene, in 2009.



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 Polychroni has studied Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Athens and has recently graduated from Aegean University (2013) where she had her Master on Gender Studies (“Women and Gender: Anthropological and Historical Approaches”). Since 2008, she has been dealing as an activist with populations coming in Greece from Middle East and Africa. For the past three years she has been working specifically with Afghan travelers (immigrants, refugees, undocumented migrants, unaccompanied child immigrants) and she speaks Farsi and Dari. Her fieldwork took place mostly at a refugees’ reception center and had to do with “The experience of the migration journey and the construction of gender identity”. For the moment, she works as an interpreter in the public asylum services.



Marica Rombou-Levidi studied Politics with Sociology at Birkbeck College (University of London) in the 1970s. She also studied, performed, and taught various forms of dance at the Royal Ballet School (London), The Place (London), and Athens. During the last twenty years she has engaged into long-term ethnographic research on the relationship between the cultural and the political in Northern Greece, focusing on the northern borderlands of the country. She received her Phd in Anthropology from the University of Sussex in 2009. Between 2009 and 2012 she lectured on anthropology of music and dance at the department of Popular and Folk Music of the Epirus TEI. She is currently involved in ethnographic research in Western Macedonia on “mixed marriages” between migrant women and local men and on the production of violence within the rural household. Her research interests lie within the anthropology of the political, the relation between culture and politics, borders, migration, gender, and violence. Since 2011, she has been a member of EastBordNet.




Katerina Rozakou's research interests lie within the anthropology of the political, the politics of humanitarian aid 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. She is currently a researcher of the University of Crete at a research project exploring associational life in Greece. Her article, "The biopolitics of hospitality: Humanitarianism and refugee management" appeared in American Ethnologist 39(3), in August 2012. In 2013 she co-editted with Eleni Gara the collective volume Greek Paradoxes: Civil society, patronage and violence. Athens: Alexandria (in Greek). She is currently writing an ethnography on voluntarism. 



Pinelopi Topali is Lecturer of Social Anthropology at the University of the Aegean. She has participated in the project “Pythagoras” (EPEAEK II) “Gender, Domestic Work and Ethic Identity: The Cross-Cultural Construction of Domestic Space in Greece” (Department of Social Anthropology and History, University of the Aegean) as a post-doctorate researcher and at a research program of the European Integration Fund For the Third Country Nationals “Research for the investigation of the profile of third country nationals legally living in Greece, working as domestic workers and a comparative study of models of institutional management in E.U. member- states”. Her research interests focus on anthropology of immigration, anthropology of religion and work, Philippine and Greek ethnography and racism. She has published several articles and book chapters on the subject of migration and two books on migration, women and domestic work:Worlds of Domestic Work: Gender, Immigration and Cultural Transformations in early 21st century Athens. Athens: Alexandria, 2009 (with with E. Papataxiarchis and A. Athanasopoulou)and Silent Relations, Inter-cultural Contacts: The Case of Filipina Domestic Workers in Greece. Athens: Alexandria, 2008.



(not participating at the 2014 Summer School)

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.