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I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on issues of borders, politics of asylum, race, coloniality and feminist theory/practice. I completed my PhD at the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London in 2018 and have held teaching and research postdocs at Space and Political Agency Group at Tampere University, University of Northampton and University of East London. 

 

My research interests are oriented around four main areas: 1) affective bordering/ emotional politics of borders and their entanglements with coloniality; 2) temporalities: non-linear and decolonial temporalities, political possibilities opening up in the present moment, 3) refusals and fugitivity;  4) exploring political engagements/disengagements beyond citizenship through relational practice/imaginaries

Research interests

At the moment I am working on four different projects:

 

Everyday Politics of Survival and Hope at European Borderscapes 

This three year ECR Leverhulme project seeks to explore migrants’ agencies and experiences of survival and hope through four case studies of European borderscapes: (1) seasonal workers in Germany, (2) internationally recruited nurses in the UK, (3) people facing deportations in Finland and (4) migrants living on Greek islands (the camp borderscape). One key objective of this project is to rethink the concept of survival by exploring everyday practices and adaptive strategies of migrants. Rather than depoliticising survival as ‘bare life’, this project puts the argument forward that survival - its practices, affects, narratives as well as socialities - offers us something important and interesting to think with: it opens the way to new possibilities for the political, and hence for addressing and negotiating forms of border violence and inequality as well as hope for revising state border regimes themselves. 

 

Affective Bordering: Spatial, Relational and Temporal Politics of Affective Coloniality

This is a book project based on my PhD that grew out of long-term ethnographic work and activist involvement in different forms of border struggles in Berlin and London between 2015 and 2018. The book shows how bordering processes weave together arenas of historical, political and affective configurations, which cannot be understood within the boundaries of more traditional sub-disciplines such as migration or borders studies. It examines affective bordering and debordering in the context of asylum as spatial, relational and temporal practices and attends to it within wider frameworks of affective forms of coloniality working across registers of politics, knowledge, body, psyche and being. Drawing on writers such as Frantz Fanon, Hortense J. Spillers, Audre Lorde, Sylvia Wynter and Christina Sharpe, the book examines de/bordering through engagements with the figure of the human, body, death, hope and trauma. 

 

Practices of Refusals as Relating Otherwise

This joint project with Dr. Aila Spathopoulou reflects on the politics of refusal in the context of border struggles; that is, how differently situated subjects enact refusal through their struggles against a transnational regime that tries to impose borders through our everyday lives. As researchers and activists, we have witnessed an engagement in a politics of refusal to negotiate racial and colonial dominance articulated in research and solidarity encounters, as well as with the state, humanitarian agencies and transnational corporations in the context of the so-called “refugee crisis” and hotspot management at EU borders. We recently published a special issue as part of this project: "Practising refusal as relating otherwise: engagements with knowledge production, ‘activist’ praxis, and borders"

 

Politics of Belonging and Approaches to Environment and Ecological Crisis: A Situated Intersectional Approach

This 2-year Leverhulme Emeritus project led by Prof Nira Yuval-Davis aims to explore the relationships between political projects of belonging and approaches to environmental and climate ecological crises via comparing discourses in media, policy and general public. Focusing on selected national and international case studies on these issues at the centre of public debate during the last two decades, the paper explores and compares relational, spatial and temporal dimensions of discourses.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Re-Locating Asylum Activism: Asylum Seekers´ Negotiations of Political Possibilities, Affective Borders and the Everyday

1 Sept 20154 Feb 2019

Award Date: 4 Feb 2019

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