Mary Seeger O'Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2009-2010
Katerina Rozakou studied anthropology at the University College London, Queen's University, Belfast, and the University of the Aegean, where she received her Ph.D. in 2007. Her research interests lie in the anthropology of the political, citizenship, voluntary associations and civil society, the politics of humanitarian aid, asylum and immigration. Her dissertation on the cultural production and the political meanings of sociality is based on extensive fieldwork conducted in voluntary associations which support refugees in Athens.
My research project entitled “The Politics of Love and Solidarity: Sociality, Civil Society and the State in Contemporary Greece” involved the re-writing of my PhD dissertation into academic articles and a monograph. The project is a study of organized forms of sociality –voluntary associations– and civil society in Greece. In addition, my work expands to the cultural meanings of different refugee management schemata. My academic interests lie within the wider framework of anthropology of politics and exchange, the construction of “civil society” and “citizenship” and the politics of humanitarian aid. During the year I have been working on a manuscript of the book [in Greek], which will be based on an extensive revision of my PhD dissertation. By the end of the fellowship, I expect to have completed the first three chapters.