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I am a political anthropologist researching conflict and peace, displacement, migration and diasporas, with a particular emphasis on nationalism and anti-nationalism, intra-communal violence, the politics of memory and loss, the social construction of silence(s) and ‘unofficial histories’, post-colonialism and transnationalism.
I have conducted ethnographic research in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and the UK, including multi-sited, transnational and trans-border research between Cyprus and the UK.
I joined Queen’s as Lecturer in Anthropology in 2013 after receiving my DPhil in 2012 from the University of Sussex. I also hold an MSc in Forced Migration (Oxford) and a BA in Social Anthropology (Sussex). I have previously taught Anthropology at Birkbeck (University of London), and the University of Sussex. I have served as features editor in the journal Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism and as Secretary of the Anthropological Association of Ireland.
My research has been funded by the British Academy, the British Council/Newton Fund, the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy (DfE)/ Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
I have contributed written pieces for and made appearances on various media platforms, including openDemocracy, Allegra, BBC Radio Ulster, Greek National Television.
ANT1001: Being Human: Evolution, Culture and Society
ANT2030: Skills in the Field: Ethnographic Methods (convenor)
ANT2032/3145: Conflict and Peace in Comparative Perspective (convenor)
ANT2035/3148: Migration, Displacement and Diasporas (convenor)
ANT7007: Advanced Anthropological Methods
For information on some recent innovations in the Anthropology BA programme at QUB, see this 'Reflections' article entitled 'Teaching Anthropology in the Anthropocene: revising the curriculum as a response to Global Challenges' (pp.26-27).
Current PhD projects:
- Chiara Magliacane: Youth Conflict-Related Trauma through Generations. An Ethnography on the Relationship between Health and Society in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland/NINE ESRC-funded (Primary Supervisor)
- Amanda Lubit: Refugees Welcome?: Refugee resettlement within the context of Brexit, sectarian identity and territoriality in Northern Ireland (Primary Supervisor)
- Savannahah Dodd: Conflict, Photography and Ethics in Northern Ireland (Primary Supervisor)
- Jamie McCollum: An anthropological analysis of the Kurdish diaspora & democratic confederalism: Beyond nationalism and the nation-state?/ DfE-funded (Primary Supervisor)
- Augusto Soares: Tracking Online Political Sociality in Northern Ireland: Social media engagement in a context of persistent antagonism and increasing diversity (Primary Supervisor)
- Rachael Barbour: Conflict transformation through space transformation: mapping peace-building in Jerusalem and Nicosia/ DfE-funded (2nd Supervisor)
- Sinéad Lynch: Music, Peacebuilding and UNSCR 1325 (2nd Supervisor)
Previously supervised PhD Projects:
- Jonathan Evershed: Lest We Forget: The politics of commemoration, loyalty and peacebuilding at the centenary of the Somme/ AHRC-funded (2nd Supervisor) -completed in 2017
- Nancy Anderson: Re-Imaging Belfast: Art and Policy in Post- Conflict Northern Ireland (2nd Supervisor) -completed in 2016
Other Advisory Roles:
- Savannah Dodd (Visiting Research Associate/HAPP): The Impact of Conflict Tourism on Local Communities in Belfast (Project Advisor) -completed in 2017
Willingness to take PhD students
Anthropology of Conflict and Peace-building
Migration, Displacement, Diasporas
Ethnicity, Nationalism, Anti-Nationalism
Politics of Memory and Trauma
Political Violence and Justice
- Early online date
Youth in (times of) Crisis: Migration, precarity, and shifting identities in the Southern borders of Europe
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Other contribution
Counting our Losses: Reflections from a Newton Fund/British Council Workshop on Loss and Displacement
Research output: Other contribution
Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.19 SJR 0.116 SNIP 0.201
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1920-7336
Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.78 SJR 0.241 SNIP 0.825
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Publication peer-review
Prize: Election to learned society
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities