Cultures, Migrations, Borders - MigBord2018

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES - Department of Social Anthropology and History
3 Jul 2018 to 12 Jul 2018


Catherine Besteman teaches Anthropology at Colby College. Her research focuses on racism, immigration/mobility, inequality, and social transformation, topics she has studied in South Africa, Somalia, and the US. A 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, she has also received recent fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies for her current research with Somali refugees in the US, which resulted in a book called Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine, published in 2016 by Duke University Press. Her next project is curatorial called Making Migration Visible that includes an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Maine and a statewide series of events about migration.

Author of 

(2017) “Versions of Humanity.” Association of Political and Legal Anthropologists and PoLAR Speaking Justice to Power series

(2016) Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine

(2014) “Refuge Fragments, Fragmentary Refuge.” Ethnography 15(4): 426-445 & 


Heath Cabot is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her M.A. (2005) and PhD (2010) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and she has since held postdoctoral positions at Princeton University and the University of Sussex. She is a legal and political anthropologist whose research interests lie in the areas of aid distribution, ethics and epistemology, and citizenship. Her first research project focused on the asylum procedure in Greece, humanitarian aid and human rights professionals, and the everyday effects of EU and Greek law and policy. She has recently begun a new project on social solidarity pharmacies and the (re)distribution of pharmaceuticals and care in the face of a healthcare crisis in Greece. Her work has been funded twice by the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, the WennerGren Foundation for Anthropological Research, The US National Science Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She is also the co-editor of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 

Author of 

(2016) "Refugee Voices:" Tragedy, Ghosts, and the Anthropology of Not Knowing. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 45 (6): 645-672;

(2014) On the Doorstep of Europe: Asylum and Citizenship in Greece. & 

(2013) The social aesthetics of eligibility: NGO aid and indeterminacy in the Greek asylum process. American Ethnologist 40 (3): 452-466



Jane Cowan holds a post as Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex, and is Director of the Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre. She is also a member of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research and the Centre for Gender Studies. She received an MA (1982) and PhD (1988) in Sociocultural Anthropology and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, Bloomington. From 2002-2005 she was Head of the Anthropology Department at the University of Sussex. Among her current commitments, she serves as a member of the University Council elected by the academic staff. Beyond Sussex, Jane is Associate Editor of the journal, Anthropological Theory. Funded by the Macarthur Foundation, Jane carried out archival research at the League of Nations Archives and has published a series of articles since 2003 focusing on claims for rights and for Macedonian nationhood made on behalf of the so-called ‘Bulgarian minorities’ in Yugoslavia and Greece. In 2010 Jane received funding from 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). Since 2008, she has been an active member of the international academic network, EastBordNet, convened by Professor Sarah Green.

Author of  (2014) The Universal Periodic Review as a public audit ritual: An anthropological perspective on emerging practices in the global governance of human rights.  &

(2006) Culture and Rights after Culture and Rights. 

Co-editor of (2001) Culture and Rights: Anthropological Perspectives. 


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 (EastBodNet) now involves 27 countries and over 280 researchers.

Co-author of (2013) Borderwork: A visual Journey through Peripheral Frontier Reginos.

Author of (2005) Notes from the Balkans: Locating Marginality and Ambiguity on the Greek-Albanian Border. 



Laurie Kain Hart is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles and former Edmund and Margiana Stinnes Professor of Global Studies and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Haverford College. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University. Her research interests include a) violence, civil war and "ethnic cleansing"; ethnicity, religion, pluralism, geopolitical borders b) space, architecture, art, material and visual culture c) medical and psychoanalytic anthropology, public health risk environment d) kinship and gender. She is the author of Time, Religion, and Social Experience in Rural Greece (1992), editor of Good People in Evil Times (Narratives of Bosnian War by Svetlana Broz) (2005), and co-editor of When Women have Differences: Oppositions and Conflicts among Women in Contemporary Greece, as well as author of articles on the long term effects of civil war, ethnic displacement, and violence. Her recent work focuses on Northern Greece (on former child political refugees of the Greek Civil War) and urban Philadelphia (collaborative research on urban segregation and social marginalisation, incarceration, and the medicalisation of poverty). 

Author of Culture, Civilization, and Demarcation at the Northwest Borders of Greece (1999) &

Good People in an Evil Time: Portraits of Complicity and Resistance in the Bosnian War. (2005) 

Recent Publications:

2017 (In Press) “The Material Life of War at the Greek Border” Social Anthropology, Special Issue, “Post-Ottoman Topologies.” Ed. Nicolas Argenti, University College, London.

2014 (co-author) 2014 "The Moral Economy of Violence in the US Inner City." Current Anthropology. 55(1): 1–22. "Reply: Situating Moral Economies." Current Anthropology 55(1): 18–22.



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, like ‘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 (The Social Life of State Deportation Regimes: A Comparative Study of the Implementation Interface) in Spain, Greece, The Netherlands, Ireland, India, Israel and Ecuador. 

Author of The deportation continuum: convergences between state agents and NGO workers in the Dutch deportation field (2015) &

The Jewish State of Anxiety: Between Moral Obligation and Fearism in the treatment of African Asylum Seekers in Israel. (2015) 

Co-editor of Transnational Flows and Permissive Polities: Ethnographies of Human Mobilities in Asia. (2012) (see also)



Flip Lindo took his BA in Sociology and his MA in Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam (1981). He holds a PhD in the Social Sciences from Utrecht University (1996). He worked as a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam, until his retirement in 2013. He has done fieldwork in Northern Greece and the Netherlands. His research topics included immigrant youth, interethnic relations, and processes/discourses of inclusion and exclusion. Nowadays he does not research anymore, but volunteers for the Dutch Council of Refugees (VluchtelingenWerk), helping refugee families who have settled in his home municipality. He remains actively interested in how people make sense of experiences from their successive face-to-face interactions pertaining to their decision to flee their home, to the preparation of their journey, to the journey itself, to their reception in the Netherlands, to their processing into "licensees" ('vergunninghouders'), to the trials and tribulations of the requirement of 'civic integration' ('inburgering') and to their settling in locally while trying to remain reconciled with their loved ones who are far away. 


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 holds a Bachelors and a PhD degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics. Professor Papataxiarchis has taught as a visiting professor in the Universities of Athens and Crete, in the École des HautesÉtudesen 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.

Author of  Being 'There' (2016) & La Grèce face à l’altérité (2005)  

Editor of GRÈCE.ΕΛΛΑΔΑ. Figures de l’altérité (Ethnologie française, 2005) &

Adventures of Alterity: The Production of Cultural Difference in Contemporary Greece (2015) (Second edition, in Greek)



Lorenzo Pezzani is a Lecturer in Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2011, he has been working on Forensic Oceanography, a project that critically investigate the militarized border regime in the Mediterranean Sea, and has co-founded the WatchTheMed platform. Together with several NGOs, scientists, journalists, and activist groups, he has produced maps, videos, installations and human right reports that attempt to document and challenge the ongoing death of migrants at sea. His work has been used as evidence in courts of law, published across different media and academic outlets, as well as exhibited and screened internationally.


Effie Plexousaki is Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology and History at the University of the Aegean. She has studied Law (BA, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and holds a Master and a PhD degree in Ethnology and Social Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales at Paris. She has taught at the University of Crete, Panteion Panepistimion (Athens) and at University of Athens. She has participated as a basic researcher at a long-term educational intervention titled “Education for the Muslim Minority Children in Thrace”, funded by the European Social Fund and the Greek Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs (EPEAEK I and EPEAEK II). From 2002 to 2013 was member of the Scientific and Coordination Comittee of the above project. Her research interests focus on anthropology and ethnography of the Mediterranean, on minorities and education and on inter-ethnic relations and sociality. She is the author of the book “Culture and school” (2004) conceived as training material for teachers who work with minority children in Thrace (The “Keys and Master-Keys” Booklet Series, Web-site, and has edited the book “Metamorphoses of nationalism: Performances of the collective identity in modern Greece” (2014).


Marica Rombou-Levidi studied Politics with Sociology at the Polytechnic of Central London (PCL) and Birkbeck College (University of London) in the 1970s. She received her Phd in Anthropology from the University of Sussex in 2009. She also studied, performed, and taught various forms of dance at the Royal Ballet School (London), The Place (London), and in Athens. She has worked for many years in primary education in the field of cultural programs for young children. During the last twenty five 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 has lectured on anthropology of music and dance at the department of Popular and Folk Music of the Epirus TEI and on the anthropology of nationalism and ethnicity at the Anthropology Department of Panteion University, Athens. 

She is the author of two ethnographies:

Life under surveillance. Music, dance and the formulation of subjectivity in Macedonia. (2016) (in Greek), which focuses on the relation between cultural practices and the processes of identification in Eastern and Central Macedonia – Greece and

"Here kaputt": Border violence. Migration, national sentiment and gender in the Greco-Albanian borderland (2018) (in Greek), which deals with "mixed marriages" between Albanian women migrants and Greek men in the Greco-Albanian borderland (Western Macedonia – Greece). 

Co-author of Audiovisual Media and Identity Issues in Southeastern Europe. (2011)

Co-author of several other books in Greek.



Katerina Rozakou's research interests lie within the anthropology of the political, the politics of humanitarian aid and immigration, citizenship, volunteerism, solidarity, charity and civil society. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Aegean and she has spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University. Since 2014 she is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam in  the ERC-funded project “The social life of state deportation regimes: A comparative study of the implementation interface”. The project is a comparative investigation of the treatment of irregular migrants and failed asylum-seekers in different countries worldwide. She has published in international and Greek academic journals and she has coedited a collective volume on civil society, patronage and violence (in Greek). Her ethnographic monograph, "Out of 'love' and 'solidarity': Voluntary work with refugees in early 21st century Athens", was recently published (in Greek, English version in preparation). Since 2016 she has been teaching the courses "Anthropology in/of the Mediterranean" and "Doing good? Anthropological perspectives on humanitarianism" at the University of Amsterdam.

Author of 

(2018), Out of 'love' and 'solidarity': Voluntary work with refugees in early 21st century Athens. (in Greek)

(2017), “Non-recording the “European refugee crisis” in Greece: Navigating through irregular bureaucracy". Focaal 77: 36-49;

(2016a), “Crafting the volunteer: Voluntary association and the reformation of sociality”Journal of Modern Greek Studies 34 (1): 78–101;

(2016b), “Socialities of solidarity: Revisiting the gift taboo in times of crises”Social Anthropology 24(2): 185-199;

(2013) Greek Paradoxes: Patronage, Civil society and Violence. (in Greek)

(2012) "The biopolitics of hospitality in Greece: Humanitarianism and the management of refugees", Journal of the American Ethnological Society 39 (3): 526–577  &

(2011) The Pitfalls of Volunteerism.The Production of the New, European Citizen in Greece. 



Miriam Ticktin is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. She received her PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University and from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France (as a co-tutelle), and an MA in English Literature from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her research has focused in the broadest sense on what it means to make political claims in the name of a universal humanity. She is the author of Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France (University of California Press, 2011) and In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care (co-editor with Ilana Feldman, Duke University Press, 2010), along with numerous other articles and book chapters. She is a founding editor of the journal Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development.  Ticktin is currently at work on two related book projects: 1) a short book on innocence as a political concept, and how it produces an unending search for purity; 2) a book on practices of containment at the border, from border walls to spaces of quarantine.

Author of

“A World Without Innocence” American Ethnologist, 44 (4) Nov 2017: 577-590

“Invasive Others: Toward a Contaminated World” Social Research: An International Quarterly, special issue on “The Invasive Other” 84 (1): xxi-xxxiv, Spring 2017

“Thinking Beyond Humanitarian Borders” Social Research: An International Quarterly, special issue on “Borders and The Politics of Mourning,” eds Alexandra Delano and Benjamin Nienass, 83 (2), Fall 2016