Our Anthropology and Sociology PhD students

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Sophie Mahakam Anggawi

Research interests: Art/Activism, Environmentalism/Climate Activism, Tourism Industry  
Regional expertise:
Bali, Indonesia

Sophie Anggawi's doctoral research is located at the intersection of visual anthropology, the anthropology of tourism, and social movement studies. In her work, she examines how local artists work together and in accordance with the (environmental) movement Tolak Reklamasi (Reject the Reclamation) which demonstrates against a mega tourism project on Bali, Indonesia. Besides her doctoral research, Sophie Anggawi is also part of the University of Hamburg's interdisciplinary RespectResearchGroup.

Country of origin: Germany/Indonesia
Spoken languages: German, English, Indonesian (fluent); French, Dutch (elementary proficiency)

Supervisor: Prof. Patricia Spyer
2nd reader: Prof. Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff
Expected completion date: 2021

Publications

  • Anggawi, Sophie M. (2021) "‘Punk food’: activism between climate and Covid crisis", Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale 0, p. 1-4 (https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12992)

Teaching information

  • From (Street) Art to Zines: Creative Forms of Resistance in Indonesia (University of Heidelberg, 2020-21).
  • TAed at IHEID: Civil Society and Social Movements (MINT085, 2017-18), Poverty and Inequality (DE133, 2017-18), Work Labor Practice (ANSO045, 2017), Marcel Mauss and International Relations (ANSO076, 2017), Archives of the everyday (ANSO070, 2016-17), Visual Anthropology (ANSO071, 2016-17)

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Izzedin Araj

Izzeddin Araj

Research interests: Anthropology of reproduction, Settler colonial studies, Social demography, Statistical violence

Regional expertise: Palestine/ Israel

My work centers on the politics of reproduction and statistical violence in Palestine/ Israel.  My Ph.D. project focuses on representation of the Palestinian body (sexuality, fertility, reproduction) in the Israeli statistical and demographic practices, and on the idea that statistics play a crucial role in settler colonialism, and are central in the colonial quest to make indigenous people more controlled, understandable, and eliminable.

Country of origin: Palestine
Spoken languages: English, Arabic, Hebrew

Supervisor: Prof. Isabel Pike
Co-supervisor: Prof. Ricardo Bocco
Expected completion date: 2025

Publications

  • Israeli Census and the making of Citizenship. Journal of Palestinian studies.111/2017, 68-81.
  • War, not peace: an alternative attempt at understanding Israel's economic relations after Oslo accords. Journal of Israeli Affairs. 64/2017, 30-41. 
  • Notes on Israeli Confession Literature. Journal of Israeli Affairs. 65/2018, 95-102..

Grants

  • The Swiss excellence scholarship

Shirin Barol

Research interests: Financial Regulation, Banking Regulation, global and local Governance, Knowledge, Law and Expertise, Financial Sanction

My PhD research is focused on sociology of finance, regulation and the interplay between transnational history and law. I adopt sociological perspective to understand how regulatory regimes of finance are transformed through the interaction of local, global and transnational scales. I am particularly interested in analyzing the production of zones of exclusion and the uneven tendencies inherent in regulatory regimes of financial system. I also work as a teaching assistant at the Graduate Insitute.

Supervisor: Prof. Gregoire Mallard
2nd reader: Prof. Graziella Moraes Silva
Expected completion date: 2023

Teaching information

  • I have been the teaching assistant for different courses in ANSO and MINT programs including Biofinance, Doctoral Seminar, Writing Workshop, Elites and Inequality and Digital Epistemologies.

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Othman Belkebir

Regional expertise: Morocco

Othman Belkebir is a PhD candidate in Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. His research interests include migration and mobility issues, and he previously wrote a masters thesis on the government of refugees in Morocco. His current research  lies at the intersection between political anthropology and the anthropology of migration, and focuses on the transformation of citizen and non-citizen mobility regimes in Morocco, which he explores through historical and anthropological lenses.

This allows him to shed a light on how human mobility is constituted  as a tool of public policy, as well as to explore the transnational politics of mobility and how they influence state practices and imaginaries.

Country of origin: Morocco
Spoken languages: Arabic, French, English, Italian

Supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Monsutti
Co-supervisor: Prof. Béatrice Hibou (Dir. of research, CNRS, CRI SciencesPo.)
Expected completion date: 2024

Grants

  • Sylff Fellow (20-21)

Hanna Berg

Hanna Berg

Research interests: Migration, Mobility, Refugees, Documents and Bureaucracy, Borders, Nationalism, Humanitarianism, Middle East
Regional expertise: Jordan, Middle East

My doctoral research explores the embodiment of spatiotemporal (im)mobility in a context of protracted displacement. By ethnographically engaging with Syrian refugees in Jordan, it seeks to understand the role of humanitarian arrangements in generating conditions in everyday life in both figurative and material ways. Through the notion of ‘ruination’ it explores in particular how the legal status of the refugee helps to produce conditions of temporal and spatial (im)mobility. By asking how people live with and in ruination, the project engages with ways the humanitarian situation mediates present sentiments as well as everyday engagements of various forms. Doing so, the project seeks to disentangle the ways conditions in and of displacement have become enmeshed with processes of naturalizing an identifiable, knowable refugee figure. 

Country of origin: Sweden
Spoken languages: Swedish, English, Arabic, French

Supervisor: Prof. Patricia Spyer
2nd reader: Prof. Alessandro Monsutti
Expected completion date: 2024

Teaching information

  • Education and Development: Tools and Techniques for International Cooperation (MINT072)
  • Internationalisation of Education and Development (MINT017)
  • Environmental Security, (critical) Geopolitics and the Anthropocene (MINT175)
  • Apocalypse Then and Now: Advanced Research Seminar in Understanding Systemic Collapse and Adaptation (MINT171)
  • Introduction to Global Health: Problems, Principles, Actors and Practices (MINT129)

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SarahBittel

Sarah Bittel

Regional expertise: Greece, Germany, Switzerland

Sarah is a third year PhD candidate at the department of Anthropology and Sociology. During the first three semesters, she was active as a teaching assistant, covering areas such as visual anthropology, migration, methodology and politics of culture and identity. In spring 2020, she received the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Fellowship to fund her doctoral research. Under the provisionary title “The migrant, key figure to contemporary politics: Claiming subjectivity through (self-)representation », her research seeks ‘to listen’ and ‘look at’ practices of representation by Afghans in Greece and Germany, with a special attention to how created visuals speak to their social aspirations, obligations, and pre- and changing conceptions of “Europe” with social media platforms as spaces of major significance for performance of the self. Sarah mainly discusses forms of (visual) communication and their use of media technologies in order to broaden perspectives on what image migrants convey of themselves and how visual (self-)representations mediate roles of migrants as political actors.

Country of origin: Switzerland
Spoken languages: German, English, French, Italian

    Supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Monsutti
    2nd reader: Prof. Patricia Spyer
    Expected completion date: 2023

    Publications

    • Sengupta, Sucharita (2012) “Population flux and xenophobia: A Case Study of the Chakmas” in Nilanjan Dutta (ed.). Forced Migration In North East India: A Media Reader, FrontPage: Kolkata.

    Grants

    Teaching information

    • Autumn 2018
      • ANSO 071 - Visual Anthropology, with Dr. Patricia Spyer
      • ANSO 108 - The Politics of Culture, Identities and Heritage, with Dr. Valerio Simoni
    • Spring 2019
      • ANSO 093 - Ethnographic Fieldwork, with Dr. Alessandro Monsutti and Dr. Françoise Grange Omokaro
    • Autumn 2019
      • ANSO 121 - Border Forensics: Documenting and Contesting the Violence of Borders at the EU's Maritime Frontier, with Dr. Charles Heller

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    Suchismita Chattopadhyay

    Regional expertise: Delhi, IndiaThe new economic reforms of 1991 signalled the beginning of a consumption driven economy, a booming service industry and new sensibilities of enterprise and aspiration in India. The opening of malls, gourmet restaurants and wellness centres have created a section of the population who desire to access these spaces and aspire to speak the language of urbanism and cosmopolitanism. My thesis, through an ethnographic study, examines grooming and finishing schools in Delhi that familiarize, teach and train the aspirational class to negotiate the new world that they actively want to be a part of. They include spoken English classes, personality development institutes, finishing schools and image consultants that promise a complete transformation of the individual. Aspirations are verbalized in the form of training modules like "Transaction Analyses", “attitudinal training”, "International Etiquette", "Image Management", etc. The thesis looks at how dispositions are created in grooming schools that teach the clientele the capacity to aspire and impart a sense of belonging for groups until now distant from such spaces.

      How does “personality development” constitute a skill unto itself, that needs training, demonstration and evaluation? At the same time, the thesis unpacks the category of aspiration synonymous with the youth and demonstrates a more fragmented understanding of the same.

      Country of origin: India
      Spoken languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam

      Supervisor: Prof. Patricia Spyer
      2nd reader: Dr. Filipe Calvao
      Expected completion date: 2021

      Publications

      • "Ruminating the Field and the Pedagogy of Writing Notes", Cafe Dissensus (ISSN 2372-177X),,Issue 50, Writing in Academia, 24 June 2019

      Teaching information

      • Courses TA-ed:
        • International Policy Analysis (MINT086)
        • Applied Research Seminar (MDEV)
        • Gender, Culture and Power (ANSO033)
        • Anthropological Issues in International Law (ANSO028)

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      Larissa da Silva Araujo

      Regional expertise: Andes, Ecuador

      In my PhD, developed in the department of Anthropology and Sociology, I propose a research of alternatives to capitalisms with an alternative approach. In this sense, I research how the concept of sumak kawsay (translated as Buen Vivir/Good Living) emerges as alternative of life for kayambi people in Cayambe, Ecuador. This ongoing research is based on a collaborative ethnography, in which encounters of subjects of the South allows the cultivation of an ecology of knowledges. Specifically, my encounter with agroecological women, other interlocutors from different indigenous communities and the leaders from the Confederation of Kayambi People potentially enables a resignification of sumak kawsay in their daily life. My previous research focused on the struggle of afrodescendant women against the coloniality of megaevents during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. I also have research experience with transitional justice, bioethics, gender and human rights.

      Country of origin: Brazil

      Supervisor: Dr. Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff
      Expected completion date: 2022

      Publications

      • Araujo, L. (2020). Um estudo de caso sobre baianas de acarajé contra a FIFA: o sistema colonial moderno global visto em perspectiva. In: Menezes, R. (org.). Geopolítica, desigualdade global e desconexão forçada: as periferias no início do século XXI. Editora UnB. ISBN 978-85-230-0900-7.
      • Araujo, L. (2020). Baianas de Acarajé against FIFA: Coloniality Nowadays. Alternautas. Vol.7 – Issue 1. ISSN - 2057-4924

      Teaching information

      • Courses TAed:
        • 2018
          • (ANSO096) - Screening the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: competing and complementary narratives through cinematic representation
          • (DE156) - Elites and inequalities
        • 2021
          • (MINT 007) - Economic Development of Resource-Rich countries
          • (MINT 125) - Agrarian Transformation and Mobilisation: Land, Labour and Technology
      • Courses Co-TAed:
        • 2018
          • (DE132) - History, Theory and Practice of Development
          • (DE139) - Gender and Development
        • 2019
          • (MINT160) - Social Inquiry and Qualitative Research for International Affairs and Develoment
        • 2020
          • (DE132) - History, Theory and Practice of Development

      Alice Daquin

      Alice Daquin

      Regional expertise: Marseille, France

      Alice Daquin is a PhD candidate at the Anthropology and Sociology department of the Graduate Institute of Geneva. She has been interested in youth, urban and political sociology and gender studies. After a master thesis on the problematised youth in the "quartiers populaires" and a professional experience in popular education, she has become a member of the ERC project: "Gangs, Gangsters and Ganglands: Towards a Global Comparative Ethnography". Her doctoral project examines the way women living in poor neighborhoods are linked with gang members and how they navigate the coexistence of drug trafic activities.

      Based on situational and network analysis, life stories and mapping exercices, her fieldwork takes the form of an ethnography in a poor neighborhood of Marseille, in the south of France. 

      Country of origin: France

      Supervisor: Prof. Dennis Rodgers
      2nd reader: Prof. Julie Billaud
      Expected completion date: 2024

      Information on research assistantship

      • Research assistant in the ERC project "Gangs, Gangsters and Ganglands: Towards a Global Comparative Ethnography". This project is directed by Dennis Rodgers and hosted by the CCDP (Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding) of the Graduate Institute.

      Marie de Lutz

      Research interests: Materiality, peace and conflict, gender, audiovisual methods, sensory anthropology, affect, social mobilization

      Regional expertise: Colombia

      Marie's doctoral research focusses on articulations of the body, territory, and global markets through material-discursive practices surrounding the emergence in Colombia of a small and seemingly trivial object, the menstrual cup. Grounded in audiovisual ethnographic methods, it asks what the logics inherent in the material-discursive practices surrounding the cup, tell us of the dynamics between capital and bodies in the contemporary. It is concerned one hand with the politico-economic dynamics that are made manifest by the circulation and use of the cup in the context of Colombia’s complex social and political landscape, and on the other with how sensory information and methods inform such questions.

      Country of origin: France, United  States

      Spoken languages: English, French, Spanish

      Supervisor: Prof. Patricia Spyer
      Co-supervisor: Prof. Aditya Bharadwaj
      Expected completion date: 2024

      Grants

      • SNF Doc.Mobility grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation, for a Fellowship at the University of Warwick

      Publications

      • de Lutz, Marie. 2018. Un train qui passe. Documentary (20min.). https://vimeo.com/344564358.
      • de Lutz, Marie, and Sarah Bittel. 2015. “Gauge Mag: Visual Perspectives on Contemporary Issues.” Blog. Gauge. 2015. www.gauge-mag.com.
      • de Lutz, Marie. 2015. “Stirring up Atrocity N°1-N°6.” In Paris Lit Up Magazine, edited by Zorro Maplestone, Emily Ruck Keene, Jason F. McGimsey, Helen Cusack O’Keeffe, and Lauren Purlee. Vol. 3. Paris: Paris Lit Up Press.
      • de Lutz, Marie, Frédérique Leresche, Elin Bannwart, and Elin Fredriksson. 2015. Et Voilà. Documentary (11min.).
      • Quero, Yann-Cédric, Mireille Widmer, Marie de Lutz, and Lindsey Peterson. 2011. “Safety and Security District Baseline Report: Galkayo.” Hargeisa, Somaliland: Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention (OCVP). https://www.researchgate.net/publication313854137_Safety_and_Security_ District _Baseline_Report_Galkayo
      • Quero, Yann-Cédric, Mireille Widmer, Marie de Lutz, Shamsia W. Ramadhan, and Lindsey Peterson. 2011. “Safety and Security District Baseline Report: Burao.” Hargeisa, Somaliland: Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention (OCVP). https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313854044_ Safety_and_Security_District_Baseline_Report_Burao

         

      Teaching information

      • Guest Lecture. Designed and led class module on visual methods in anthropology for Masters students.
        • ANSO 093, Ethnographic Fieldwork (Pr. Moraes Dias Da Silva, Pr. Grange Omokaro)
      • Teaching Assistant. Assisted/encouraged class discussion, provided guidance to students on coursework, materials, project design. Evaluation & logistics assistance.
        • ANSO 085, Anthropology of Populism (Pr. Sánchez)
        • ANSO 119, Riots, Insurgencies, Revolutions (Pr. Muehlehbach)
        • ANSO 096, Screening the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Pr. Bocco)

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      Stefano Di Gregorio

      Research interests: Medical Anthropology, humanitarianism and clinical ethnography
      Regional expertise: Italy/Switzerland

      The Coronavirus pandemic strikingly pictured the globe as an incredible compression of time and space and revealed dysfunctional state(s) of the world, of living beings and of advanced-liberal democracies where the space of the public and the private have been profoundly mediated and unsettled by fields of science and technology.                                                                 
      The aim of my project is to investigate the material and moral conditions of the epidemic where of science, technocracy and politics articulate news ways of understanding and governing life and death, public health and the body.  
      The project entails a multi-sited ethnographic study between Italy and Switzerland to follow biographical experiences of Covid-19 survivors and related to victims, scientific and political authorities, social life of material objects and to explore bio-social spaces to disentangle the networked connectivity between local and global governance, material and moral understandings. 

      Country of origin: Italy
      Spoken languages: Italian, English, French, Portoguese, Spanish

      Supervisor: Prof. Vinh-Kim Nguyen
      Co-supervisor: Prof. Aditya Bharadwaj
      Expected completion date: 2024

      Teaching information

      • Teaching assistant Fall Semester 2020/2021
        • ANSO104 Social theory I,  Prof. Denis Rodgers
        • ANSO081: Research Methods in Anthropology and Sociology, Dr. Françoise Grange Omokaro and Dr. Graziella Moraes Dias Da Silva

      Basil Farraj

      Basil Farraj

      Research interests: Palestine; carcerality; torture; carceral violence; prison-litearture; confinnement.  
      Regional expertise: Palestine

      My PhD research project centers around the Israeli carceral regime, and ways in which torture and violence practiced by the Israeli occupation have changed over the years, and the intended effect of imprisonment and torutre. The research explores the Palestinain political imprisonment experience; how violence and torture has been practiced over the years; and ways in which prisons came to reflect the broader reality under which Palestinains continue to live, and the political effects of the occupation.

      Country of origin: Palestine

      Supervisor: Prof. Riccardo Bocco
      2nd reader: Prof. Rafael Sánchez
      Expected completion date: 2022

      Grants

      • SNSF Doc.Mobility Grant

      Chiara Feliciani

      Regional expertise: South Africa

      Chiara is part of the ERC project 'Gangs, Gangsters and Ganglands: Towards a Global Comparative Ethnography', her research will be taking place in Cape Town and will focus on youth governmentality in neoliberal contexts by looking at youth initiatives active in contexts of urban violence. Her interest is in masculinity and aspirations and she would like to develop alternative methodologies for collaborative ethnography research, to bring together her experiences in the audiovisual. Her MA fieldwork, for KU Leuven, focused on urban marginality and masculinity in the context of illegal horse races in Sicily.

        Country of origin: Italy
        Spoken languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, Dutch

        Supervisor: Prof. Dennis Rodgers
        2nd reader: Dr. Graziella Moraes Silva
        Expected completion date: 2024

        Publications

        • Sengupta, Sucharita. (2015) “On the Edge: Women- Life and Confinement”, Policies and Practices, Calcutta Research Group, No. 68, pp 17-36, http://www.mcrg.ac.in/PP68.pdf

        Camille Giraut

        Camille Giraut

        Regional expertise: Brazil and France

        My PhD project focuses on the rhetoric, expectations and experiences of students beneficiaries of affirmative action policies in France and Brazil. I’m interested in analyzing how Brazilian students who benefit from quotas in Brazilian public universities and French students who benefit from Sciences Po Paris' program (Convention Education Prioritaire) mobilize the language of ethno-cultural or racial difference to make sense of affirmative action policies in their country.  Relatedly, I look at the dilemmas these two models of affirmative action policies- characterized on the one side by the salience of race and the other by the refusal of the language of race- create for students, when they position themselves to it.  
        In the case of Brazil, I observe how the recent controversies on racial fraud in Brazil may influence student’s understanding of the policy, and their feeling of legitimacy to benefit from it.

        Country of origin: France
        Spoken languages: French, English, Portuguese

        Supervisor: Prof. Graziella Moraes Silva
        Co-supervisor: Prof. Veronica Toste Daflon (UFF- Brazil)
        Expected completion date: 2023

        Publications

        • Forthcoming in June of 2021:  Giraut, Camille, Book review of Lépinard, Éléonore. Feminist Trouble: Intersectional Politics in Post-Secular Times. Oxford University Press, USA, 2020" in TSANTSA 26/2021 Dis/connection Matters: Natural, Synthetic, Digital, June 2021.             
        • Giraut, Camille, « Subjectivation et (afro)féminisme dans le funk carioca », Sociétés politiques comparées, 49, septembre/décembre 2019, http://www.fasopo.org/sites/default/files/varia1_n49.pdf

           

        Grants

        Teaching information

        • 2018-2019 Teaching Assistant
          • Fall 2018
            • Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice: Comparative Perspectives of the Professor Riccardo Bocco (ANSO086)
            • Comprendre l'Afrique de l'Est aujourd'hui : histoire et anthropologie/East Africa between History and Anthropology by Professor Yvan Droz and Aidan Russel (ANSO080)
          • Spring 2019 T
            • Yves Oltramare Chair ‘Religion and Politics in the Contemporary World’, IHEID, Geneva, Chair holder: Professor Jean-François Bayart. Course "Religion et politique en Afrique" (ANSO053);  Pedagogical responsiblities to deliver weekly seminars to support students not fluent in French.
        • 2020 Teaching assistant for the online class « raça e política », led by prof Flávia Rios and organized by Unicamp
        • Fall 2018, fall 2019 and fall 2020:  2 hour intervention at Fribourg university on gender and intersectionality in the course «Introduction à l’anthropologie sociale» led Prof. David Bozzini

        Information on research assistantship

        • In 2018: Research assistant for the project Global Race with professor Graziella Moraes da Silva

        Elise Hjalmarson

        Elise Hjalmarson

        Research interests: Migration, labour, affect and emotion, belonging, gender, race and ethnicity, borders, nationalism, qualitative methodologies
        Regional expertise: Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada

        My doctoral research explores gendered subjectivities and the everyday negotiation of competing desires, aspirations, and values among Cuban women living in Spain. In my role as Research Assistant for the ERC-funded project 'Returning to a Better Place: The (Re)assessment of the "Good Life" in Times of Crisis' led by Dr. Valerio Simoni, I also consider the geographic mooring of aspirations and ask what, exactly, those who move pursue in their journeys toward a 'better' life. Prior to undertaking my PhD, I co-founded migrant justice group Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (RAMA Okanagan) and taught Latin American Studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua. Both my scholarship and activism are situated at the intersection of gender, migration, and Latin American studies.

        Country of origin: Canada
        Spoken languages: English, Spanish

        Supervisor: Dr. Valerio Simoni
        Expected completion date: 2023

        Publications

        Grants

        • 2018-2022. Research Assistantship, ERC and the Graduate Insitute.
        • 2014. University Graduate Fellowship, The University of British Columbia.
        • 2013. University Graduate Fellowship, The University of British Columbia.
        • 2013. Canadian Federation of University Women Scholarship—Kelowna Chapter. 
        • 2013-2016. Numerous grants won for migrant justice group RAMA.

         

        Teaching information

        • 2018. Lecturer, 'Multicultural Pedagogy', Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN) and Kulturstudier, León, Nicaragua.
        • 2017-2018. Lecturer, 'Latin American Studies I', Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN) and Kulturstudier, León, Nicaragua.
        • 2016-2018. Seminar Leader, 'Estudios Latinoamericános II', Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN) and Kulturstudier, León, Nicaragua.
        • 2013-2015. Teaching Assistant, 'Global Politics', 'International Politics', and 'Currents of Political Thought', The University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada.
        • 2013. Course Co-Instructor, 'Cultural Images of Latin America', The University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada.

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        Nina Khamsy

        Nina Khamsy

        Nina Khamsy is a PhD candidate at the Anthropology and Sociology department of the Graduate Institute of Geneva (2019-23). Her research interests include digital anthropology, migration studies and Iranian studies. Her doctoral project, entitled "Scales of mobility of Afghan migrant youth: an ethnography of digital practices on the move", examines how social media and the smartphone change social links and the parameters of mobility. Based on a multisited and multimodal approach, her fieldwork takes place between Greece, Serbia and Switzerland and combines in-person ethnography as well as digital ethnography in Persian, French and English.

        Country of origin: Switzerland, Iran
        Spoken languages: French, English, Spanish, German, Persian

        Supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Monsutti
        Co-supervisor: Dr. Till Mostowlansky
        Expected completion date: 2024

        Publications

        Grants

        Teaching information

        • Teaching Assistant of the Yves Oltramare Chair ‘Religion and Politics in the Contemporary World’, IHEID, Geneva, Chair holder: Professor Jean-François Bayart.
        • Courses:
          • "Religion, politique et sexualité" (ANSO122)
          • "Religion et politique en Afrique" (ANSO053)
          • "Sociologie Historique et Comparée du Politique" (MINT133) Pedagogical responisiblities to deliver weekly seminars to support students not fluent in French.

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        Nina Kiderlin

        Research interests: Financial Regulation, Banking Regulation, Fin Tech, Governance (local, international), Knowledge, Law, and expertise, Armed Groups, International Law

        My PhD research focuses on the sociology of finance, banking regulation, and the interplay of transnational processes, history and law. I am particularly interested in legal and financial knowledge construction of public and private actors around global financial networks of armed groups. Next to my doctoral research I also work as a research assistant on the ERC funded project "PATHS of International Law".

        Supervisor: Prof. Gregoire Mallard
        Co-supervisor: Prof. John Hagan
        2nd reader: Prof. Julie Billaud
        Expected completion date: 2024

          Publications

          Grants

          • 2018-2021. Research Assistanship, ERC and the Graduate Insitute.

          Information on research assistantship

          • I am a Research Assistant on the ERC funded project "PATHS of International Law". The project seeks to understand when and how international law changes, how this change is registered among participants in legal discourses, and how pathways of change differ across issue areas and sites of international legal practice.

          Jonas Koeppel

          Jonas Köppel

          Regional expertise: Bolivia

          In my PhD research I explore the chemical element lithium through an ethnographic approach. In particular, I address its entanglements between clean energy technologies in Europe and mineral extraction in Bolivia, asking how the relations between these places are reconfigured in times of climate crisis and energy transition. I do so by focusing on the role of science and technology along the lithium supply chain.

          Country of origin: Switzerland

            Supervisor: Prof. Graziella Moraes Silva
            Co-supervisor: Prof. Marc Hufty
            Expected completion date: 2022

            Publications

            Information on research assistantship

            • Research Assistant in Marc Hufty's project on The Global Political Ecology of Lithium (LITHIUM). Comparative research on lithium extraction in Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile.

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            Tobias Marschall

            Regional expertise: Wakhan District, Afghanistan

            My PhD thesis considers the image of remoteness along Afghan Kyrgyz migration routes in north-eastern Afghanistan. It engages with works that conceive remoteness in terms of the relation it conditions and of imaginary constitution, arguing towards a non-linear conception of migration. Between 2015 and 2019, I grounded a visual ethnography in walking the Afghan Pamirs for about eleven months in separate journeys, in attending besides migrants’ Central Asian nodes and in participating to their online extension.  

            Country of origin: Switzerland
            Spoken languages: French, German, English, Kyrgyz (fluent); Dari (elementary proficiency)

            Supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Monsutti
            Co-supervisor: Dr. Till Mostowlansky
            Expected completion date: 2022

            Publications

            • Marschall, Tobias. (Accepted, Under Production). “Endangerment Reframed: Portrait of a Contested Migration.” TSANTSA-Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association.
            • Marschall, Tobias and Till Mostowlansky. 2019. “Affective Labor: Afghanistan’s Road to China.” RoadSides 02: 73-87.

            Teaching information

            • ANSO051: Anthropology of Tourism, Dr. Valerio Simoni
            • ANSO081: Research Methods in Anthropology and Sociology, Dr. Françoise Grange Omokaro and Dr. Graziella Moraes Dias Da Silva
            • Yves Oltramare Chair Religion and Politics in the Contemporary World, Prof. Jean-François Bayart:
              • MINT133: Sociologie historique et comparée du politique - Spring Semester 2018
              • ANSO057: Les pratiques matérielles et corporelles de la foi
              • MINT 060: Religion et politique : perspectives comparatives

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            Purbasha

            Purbasha Mazumdar

            Regional expertise: India

            My doctoral research, ethnographically and historically, explores the making of the crisis of Antimicrobial Resistance. By tacking across, and dissecting the coming together, of scales ranging from the geopolitical and the microbial/ the environment and the individual/the global and the local, the project attempts to understand how this crisis plays out in India and is articulated across sites ranging from hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and the animal farming industry. The project sutures the imaginaries of peril to those of promise by also bringing within its ethnographic focus the novel bio-technological solutions that are being offered to stave off what is described as a “slow tsunami”— attempting to, thus, analytically engage with how visions of biotechnological control are reflected in and refracted through (microbial) “life”.

            Country of origin: India
            Spoken languages: English, Hindi, Bengali

            Supervisor: Prof. Aditya Bharadwaj
            Expected completion date: 2024

            Teaching information

            • Courses TA-ed:
              • Archive, Memory, History (ANSO117)
              • Medical Anthropology II (ANSO111)
              • Anthropology of Populism (ANSO085)
              • Illicit Economies (ANSO112)

            Meenakshi

            Meenakshi Nair Ambujam

            Research interests: Adivasi Land Rights, Documents and Bureaucracy, Everyday State, Infrastructure, Institutional Ethnography, Land Policy, Political Ecology, Political Economy
            Regional expertise:  India

            My doctoral project examines experiences of post-restitution landlessness among adivasis or tribal populations of Telangana, a federal state in India. I explore how title-deeds to land and other documentary artefacts, which are outcomes of successful practices of restitution, perversely enable the persistence and even deepening of conditions of landlessness and dispossession among adivasis. I investigate how these documentary artefacts, while conferring ownership rights, also strangely render the possession of land elusive. I suggest that the processes of restitution, through the production and circulation of these artefacts— particularly title-deeds, land records and registries— perpetuate and sustain conditions of landlessness that they otherwise seek to remedy. Drawing on 13 months of archival and ethnographic research I conducted in Telangana (India), and two stages of preliminary fieldwork conducted between 2016 and 2017, my project refines and advances theoretical conceptualisations of dispossession and landlessness. My research interests lie at the intersection of political ecology, state-making, and the anthropology of documents. My doctoral project has benefitted from the support of two grants: the Wenner-Gren Foundation's Dissertation Fieldwork grant (2019), and the Doc.Mobility Fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2020-21), which is currently supporting my research stay in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University as a Visiting Assistant in Research. I have also had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant at the Graduate Institute for the academic years 2017-18 and 2019-20.

              Country of origin: India
              Spoken languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu (fluent); French (elementary proficiency); Gondi (Advanced Oral Comprehension)

              Supervisor: Dr. Shaila Seshia Galvin
              2nd reader: Dr. Shalini Randeria
              Expected completion date: 2022

              Publications

              • (Accepted, Under Production) Nair Ambujam, Meenakshi. "Navigating the Field: Exploring Gendered Dimensions of Fieldwork".TSANTSA-Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association.

              Grants

              • Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation (Period of Funding: 1 January-30 September 2019)
              • Doc.Mobility, Swiss National Science Foundation (Period of Funding: 1 September 2020- 30 June 2021)

              Teaching information

              • Anthropology in/of Institutions (ANSO088; Spring 2020)
              • Doctoral Research Seminar (ANSO107; Fall 2019)
              • India:Culture, Politics and Society (ANSO090; Spring 2018)
              • History, Theory and Practice of Development (DE132; Fall 2017)

              Meenakshi's personal page

              Danishwara

              Danishwara Nathaniel

              Regional expertise: South East Asia, IndonesiaDanishwara Nathaniel is a PhD student at the ANSO department, where he also did his Masters as a Hans Wilsdorf scholar. He has joined the SNSF-funded research project Images, (In)visibilities, and Work on Appearance, 2020-24 led by Prof. Patricia Spyer as a PhD researcher. Danishwara is interested in generating and investigating new ways of seeing the world that can lead to socio-cultural and political transformation, working at the intersection between art and anthropology combining theory and practice.

              His current interests include combining ethnography that engages with social worlds and relations with visual media practices that intervenes dominant archives, and how image-making/circulation with respect to modes of participatory politics and processes of exclusion/inclusion in representational strategies, can be used for reimagining and rebuilding a sustainable future.

              Country of origin: Indonesia
              Spoken languages: Indonesian, English

              Supervisor: Prof. Patricia Spyer
              Expected completion date: 2025

              Grants

              • SNF Division I, PhD Researcher

              Riddhi

              Riddhi Pandey

              Regional expertise: India

              Riddhi Pandey is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology (2020-24). Her research interests broadly include everyday life in prisons, visual and material cultures, and ethnographic writing.

              Her PhD research will engage with prison narratives from India to ethnographically document the everyday life of Indian prisoners, as well as to explore their narrative forms. Her MA thesis was an anthropological enquiry into contemporary prison writings from India.

              Country of origin: India
              Spoken languages: English, Hindi

              Supervisor: Prof. Patricia Spyer
              Expected completion date: 2025

              Theo

              Théo Pilowsky

              Regional expertise: SwitzerlandThéo Pilowsky is a first year PhD student at the ANSO department of the Graduate Institute, Geneva. His research will focus on the interactions between time, capitalism and globalization in Switzerland and elsewhere. The thesis will attempt at unveiling the different and multiple time regimes that are entangled in this historical and social formation and its dialectic with “global” processes. His research will also attempt at identifying the possible articulations between temporality, different entanglements of scales and identity formations.

              Through the study of temporal regimes and material culture considered as vectors of various modes of subjectivations that are linked with contemporary capitalisms and its interactions with the nation-state, globalization and regional identity-formations, he hopes to be able to contribute to the understanding of social temporalities as important vectors of individuation and subjectivation in the contemporary world (following recent sociological and anthropological enquires on the importance of time in contemporary social processes, for example, Hartmut Rosa, Laura Bear).

              Country of origin: Switzerland, Chile
              Spoken languages: French, English, Spanish, German

              Supervisor: Prof. Jean-François Bayart
              Expected completion date: 2025

              Constanza

              Costanza Ragazzi

              Regional expertise: Colombia

              Costanza is a second year PhD student in the department of Anthropology and Sociology. Her research interests include migration, labor, solidarity and affect. Her project aims to analyze how precarity, understood as the intertwining of unstable labor and fragile conditions of life, is experienced by migrant and citizen “informal” workers in Colombia. In this context she seeks to explore under what conditions do precarious lives forge relations of solidarity and under what conditions do they divide. Costanza has a BA in Social Anthropology and Development Studies and an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies from SOAS, University of London.

              Country of origin: Italy
              Spoken languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish

                Supervisor: Dr. Graziella Moraes Silva
                2nd reader: Dr. Rafael Sanchez and Dr. Filipe Calvao
                Expected completion date: 2024

                Publications

                • Sengupta, Sucharita and Madhura Chakraborty (2015) “Rohingyader Proti Day Achhe Amadero” (We too have moral responsibility towards the Rohingyas), Anadabazar Patrika, 2 June, 2015, http://www .anandabazar.com/editorial/we-have-to-responsible-for-rohingyas-1.153753# , retrieved http://archive.is/LjKns

                Teaching information

                • Autumn 2020-2021
                  • ANSO135 - Concrete Politics 
                • Spring 2021
                  • Social Theory II: Critical Epistemologies;
                  • Sociology of Gender; Conference Assistant

                Facundo

                Facundo Rivarola Ghiglione

                Research interests: Environmental/Social Justice - Social and Ecological conflicts, human-water relations, urban political ecology, more-than-human anthropology, post-colonial and decolonial studies.
                Regional expertise: South America, Paraguay

                Facundo Rivarola Ghiglione is a third year PhD candidate in Anthropology and Sociology. He worked as a Teaching Assistant both in the ANSO department and for the Interdisciplinary Masters Programs, giving him a broad view on different fields, from medical anthropology, to visual anthropology, and anthropology of natural resources. In the spring 2020, Facundo was granted the Swiss National Science Foundation Doctoral Fellowship to fund his doctoral research for the remaining years. His research is titled “River’s Rights - People’s Rights? Urban Socio-Ecological Conflicts in Asunción, Paraguay,” and looks at social, environmental and political conflicts between marginalized riverfront communities, the private sector, NGOs and the Paraguayan State over access to urban spaces. New urban redevelopment projects in Asunción, capital of Paraguay, deem that floodplains areas of the city “rightfully” belong to the river and that marginalized communities living there should move elsewhere.

                  However, these areas, known as Bañados, were never empty floodplains. Indigenous, mestizos and rural migrant communities have lived there since colonial times, forming a historically rooted socio-ecology with the neighboring river. In this way, his goal is to contribute to the understandings about novel forms of governing people and the “environment” in an era marked both by climate change as well as greater social and political inequalities.

                  Country of origin: Paraguay
                  Spoken languages: Spanish, French, English

                  Supervisor: Prof. Shaila Seshia Galvin
                  2nd reader: Prof. Graziella Moraes Silva
                  Expected completion date: 2023

                  Publications

                  • Sengupta, Sucharita. (2015). “Bordered Lives: Women from Bangladesh behind bars in India”, La Frontera 35 (2) , http://absborderlands.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/La-frontera- 352_l.pdf

                    Grants

                    Anthony Rizk

                    Research interests: History and Anthropology of Science, Medical Anthropology, Political Economy, Lebanon, Middle East
                    Regional expertise: Lebanon, Middle East

                    Anthony is a third year PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of Geneva (IHEID). In his doctoral research, Anthony uses archives, oral history and ethnography to study how salvage practices are embedded in everyday life as people in Lebanon live in anticipation of collapse. Anthony is conducting multi-sited fieldwork among scientists repurposing pathogens in laboratories, physicians using salvage therapies in clinics, and political activists constantly building and re-building social movements to study salvage as an everyday practice that cuts across microbial, human and political life. Prior to his doctoral research, Anthony studied a MSc in Medical Anthropology at Durham University (UK) and worked at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) where he has published on antimicrobial resistance, research capacity building, ageing studies, and the sexual and bodily politics. Anthony also co-coordinates the EASA Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS) Network (2019-2021).

                    Country of origin: Lebanon
                    Spoken languages: Arabic, English, French

                    Supervisor: Prof. Vinh-Kim Nguyen
                    Expected completion date: 2023

                    Publications

                    • 2021. Wehbe S., Fahme S.A., Rizk A., et al. COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa region: an urgent call for reliable, disaggregated and openly shared data. BMJ Global Health 2021;6:e005175.
                    • 2021. Sibai, A. M., Arawi, T., Al Faisal, W., Makhoul, J., Hussain, H. Y., Haddad, S., & Rizk, A. (2021). Ethics reporting practices in aging research from the Arab Region. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 40(1), 105-109.
                    • 2020. Rizk, A., Bezruki, A., Burci, G. L., Moon, S., Fallah, M., Sieka, J., ... & Paiva, E. (2020). “Everybody knows this needs to be done, but nobody really wants to do it”: Governing Pathogen- and Benefit-Sharing. Global Health Centre Working Papers Series. Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Global Health Centre. Available at https://iheid.tind.io/record/298843.
                    • 2020. Bezruki, A., Rizk, A., Burci, G. L., & Moon, S. (2020). Governing pathogen-and benefit-sharing. Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. https://www.graduateinstitute.ch/library/publications-institute/governing-pathogen-and-benefit-sharing-pandemic-influenza-other
                    • 2020. El Achi, N., Honein-Abouhaidar, G., Rizk, A., Kobeissi, E., Papamichail, A., Meagher, K., ... & Patel, P. (2020). Assessing the capacity for conflict and health research in Lebanon: a qualitative study. Conflict and health, 14(1), 1-18.
                    • 2019. El Achi, N., Papamichail, A., Rizk, A., Lindsay, H., Menassa, M., Abdul-Khalek, R. A., ... & Patel, P. (2019). A conceptual framework for capacity strengthening of health research in conflict: the case of the Middle East and North Africa region. Globalization and health, 15(1), 1-15.
                    • 2019. Sibai, A. M., Rizk, A., Coutts, A. P., Monzer, G., Daoud, A., Sullivan, R., ... & DeJong, J. (2019). North–South inequities in research collaboration in humanitarian and conflict contexts. The Lancet, 394(10209), 1597-1600.
                    • 2019. Phillimore, P., Sibai, A. M., Rizk, A., Maziak, W., Unal, B., Abu Rmeileh, N., ... & Zaman, S. (2019). Context-led capacity building in time of crisis: fostering non-communicable diseases (NCD) research skills in the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa. Global health Action, 12(1), 1569838.
                    • 2017. Dewachi, O., Rizk, A., & Singh, N. V. (2017). (Dis) connectivities in wartime: The therapeutic geographies of Iraqi healthcare–seeking in Lebanon. Global Public Health, 1-10.
                    • 2017. Sibai, A. M., Rizk, A., Costanian, C., & Beard, J. R. (2017). Landscape of research on older adults’ health in the Arab region: Is it demography-driven or development-dependent?. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 72(4), 680-687.
                    • 2017. Sibai, A. M., Semaan, A., Tabbara, J., & Rizk, A. (2017). Ageing and health in the Arab region: Challenges, opportunities and the way forward. Population Horizons, 14(2), 73-84.
                    • 2015. Rizk A, Makarem G. (2015). “Masculinity-under-threat”: Sexual Rights Organizations and the Masculinist State in Lebanon. Civil Society Review 1:97-108.
                    • 2015. Rizk A, Zanhour N, Makarem G. (2015). Sexuality and Socialism in Lebanon. Al-Thawra Al-Daema Journal, Issue 6. (In Arabic)
                    • 2015. Rizk A, Kronfol NM, Moffatt S, Zaman S, Fares S, Sibai AM. (2015). A survey of knowledge-to-action pathways of aging policies and programs in the Arab region: the role of institutional arrangements. Implementation Science 10(1): 170. doi:10.1186/s13012-015-0360-8

                    Teaching information

                    • Spring 2018. Teaching Assistant in Global Health and Social Medicine (Instructor: Dr. Omar Dewachi), Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut

                    Information on research assistantship

                    • During his PhD studies, Anthony has been involved as a doctoral researcher in two research projects.
                      • Between October 2018 and January 2021, Anthony worked with Dr. Suerie Moon and Dr. Gian Luca Burci at the Global Health Center, Graduate Institute of Geneva, on a Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) funded research project studying the global governance of pathogen sharing and what constitutes fair and equitable benefit-sharing in everyday scientific practice.
                      • Since January 2021, Anthony works with Dr. Louis-Patrick Haraoui (University of Sherbrooke, Canada) and Dr. Hannah Landecker (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) on a New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF, Canada) funded project on the bio-history of antimicrobial resistance in Lebanon.

                     

                    Sonja

                    Sonja Ruud

                    Regional expertise: Luxembourg

                    My doctoral research explores the past, present, and future of public transportation in Luxembourg, with particular attention to the transition to fare-free transit in March 2020. I’m especially interested in questions of value, work, publicness, and mobilities. During the course of my field research, I share some of my experiences and reflections in my blog.

                      Country of origin: United States
                      Spoken languages: English, French, Spanish, Luxembourgish

                      Supervisor: Dr. Filipe Calvão
                      Expected completion date: 2023

                      Publications

                      Urpi Saco Chung

                      Research interests: Indigenous peoples, United Nations, Human Rights, Institutional ethnography, Legal pluralism, Anthropology of Law
                      Regional expertise: Peru, International UN settings (Geneva, Switzerland; New York, United States of America)

                      I am a PhD candidate in Anthropology and Sociology and a Teaching Assistant at the Graduate Institute Geneva. My dissertation project investigates the Latin-American indigenous peoples’ participation within some the United Nations mechanisms in Geneva, New York and Peru. I focus on the Peruvian indigenous peoples’ participation. Before starting my PhD, I worked in the Peruvian Ministry of Culture in Cusco, and as a researcher in the field of legal pluralism. Furthermore, I was a lecturer (2014-2016) in Anthropology at the Universidad San Antonio Abad del Cusco, in Cusco, Peru. I hold a BA (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) and a MA (Université de Fribourg, Switzerland, Swiss Excellency Scholarship), both in Anthropology.

                      Country of origin: Peru
                      Spoken languages: Spanish, French, English, Portuguese; Quechua (elementary proficiency)

                      Supervisor: Prof. Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff
                      Expected completion date: 2022

                      Publications

                      • Saco Chung, Urpi (2020). ‘Occupying and expanding (un)expected categories: ways of being and becoming indigenous within the United Nations system’. Alternautas. Vol.7 – Issue 1. ISSN - 2057-4924. http://www.alternautas.net/blog/2020/8/5/occupying-and-expanding-unexpected-categories-ways-of-being-and-becoming-indigenous-within-the-united-nations-system

                      Grants

                      • SNF Doc.Mobility Grant

                      Teaching information

                      • Lecturer (2014-2016) in Anthropology at the Universidad San Antonio Abad del Cusco, in Cusco, Peru.
                      • Courses TA-ed - Department of Anthropology and Sociology - Graduate Institute: 2016- 2021
                        • Fall 2016: Sept 2016 - Feb 2017
                          • ANSO066: Anthropologie francophone: De Durkheim à Bourdieu en passant par Foucault
                          • ANSO005: Inégalités de genre, développement et théories féministes postcoloniales
                          • ANSO067: Race and Ethnic Relations in Comparative Perspective
                        • Spring 2017: Feb 2017 - Aug 2017
                          • ANSO077: Social Stratification: Views from Latin America
                          • ANSO074: Les structures anthropologiques du religieux: religions, sorcelleries et conversions
                        • Fall 2017: Sept 2017 - Feb 2018
                          • ANSO084: Des femmes, des biens et des terres: parenté et transmission
                          • ANSO095: Inégalités de genre, développement et théories féministes décoloniales
                        • Spring 2018: Feb 2018 - Sept 2018 -  Department of Interdisciplinary Masters
                          • DE139: Gender and Development: From Theory to Practice
                        • Fall 2018: Sept 2018 - Feb 2019 - Department of Anthropology and Sociology
                          • ANSO037: Research Design and Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences
                          • ANSO106: Gender and Terrorism
                        • Fall 2019: Sept 2019 - Feb 2020 - Department of Interdisciplinary Masters
                          • DE139: Gender and Development: From Theory to Practice
                        • Spring 2020: Feb 2020 - August 2020
                          • MINT059: Image and Violence
                          • MINT126: Anthropology of Development Projects
                        • Fall 2020: Sept 2020 - Feb 2021
                          • DE139: Gender and Development: From Theory to Practice

                       

                      Raphael

                      Raphael Schapira

                      Regional expertise: Brazil/Latin America

                      Raphael Schapira is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and Fellow at KU Leuven. His current research investigates how the martial art Brazilian jiu-jitsu gains meaning as a life-changing activity in Rio de Janeiro. Focusing on a group of Brazilian jiu-jitsu coaches in Rio de Janeiro’s periphery, his research seeks to make intelligible the local understanding of this martial art regarding the embodiment of morality in a highly conflictive urban environment. Combining classical ethnographic methods with embodied sports methods, he uses a multi-modal approach to study embodiment as an object and a method of scientific inquiry.
                      Mr. Schapira was awarded a Master in anthropology from the Free University Berlin in 2011, with a thesis on how street vendors in Mexico City conceptualize urban space. Following his first university degree, he worked as a project manager, facilitating educational project between NGOs from Germany, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Bringing together his passion for research and sports, Raphael Schapira has also realized sport for peace and development projects directed at socially disadvantaged children and teenagers in Rio de Janeiro’s periphery. He has a keen interest in bringing together the (self-)critical and transformative potential of anthropology with local communities’ social engagement.

                      Country of origin: Germany
                      Spoken languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

                      Supervisor: Prof. Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff
                      2nd reader: Prof. Graziella Moraes Silva
                      Expected completion date: 2021

                        Publications

                        • Sengupta, Sucharita. (2016) “Stateless, Infiltrators, Trafficked victims, Bangladeshis: Who are the Rohingyas”, Hardnews, 7 January, 2015, Delhi. Accessed on 3 March, 2016 http://www .hardnewsmedia.com/2016/01/%E2%80%98stateless%E2%80%99- %E2%80%99infiltrators%E2%80%99-%E2%80%99trafficked-victims%E2%80%99- %E2%80%99bangladeshis%E2%80%99-who-are-rohingyas#sthash.XFZ4KRM2.dpuf

                        Grants

                        • 09/2019 – 10/2020 Doc.Mobility Fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
                        • 09/2019 – 03/2021 Doctoral Fellow at the Cultural Mobilities Research (CuMoRe) cluster of the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre (IMMRC) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, at the KU Leuven.
                        • 05/2019 – 08/2019 Winner of the award “Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis.”    
                        • 09/2018 – 08/2019 Sylff Fellowship awarded by The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research.
                        • 09/2017 – 06/2018 Visiting scholar Ph.D. student at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in the research group “Direito, Reconhecimento e Desigualdade – GEDRED” under the supervision of prof. M. Sarah da Silva Telles and prof. Angela Randolpho Paiva.

                        Teaching information

                        • 09/2015 – 08/2017 Teaching Assistant at the Graduate Institute Geneva, Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development (ANSO)
                          • “Gender and Development” with Prof. Christine Verschuur
                          • “Anthropology and Development” with Prof. Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff
                          • “State Building and War Makind in the Developing World” with Prof. Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
                          • “The Stakes of Humanitarianism: A Socio-Anthropological Perspective” with Prof. Alessandro Monsutti
                          • “Topics in Globalization and Postcolonialism” with Prof. Alessandro Monsutti
                          • “Qualitative Field Methods in the Social Science” with Prof. Françoise Grange Omokaro and Prof. Alessandro Monsutti

                        Elisabeth Schubiger

                        Elisabeth Schubiger

                        Research interests: Anthropology of Development
                        Regional expertise: Turkana, Kenya

                        Elisabeth Schubiger’s research focusses on the pastoralist Turkana in Kenya to examine the ambiguous imaginations of a prosperous future prompted by local crude oil extraction. Within the framework of the SNF-funded project ‘Self-Accomplishment and Local Moralities in East Africa’ (SALMEA) led by Dr Yvan Droz, she studies the negotiation of the ‘rightful share’, which is vital for the understanding of subsequent development in the region. 

                        Country of origin: Switzerland
                        Spoken languages: German, French, English

                        Supervisor: Dr. Yvan Droz
                        2nd reader: Dr. Aidan Russel
                        Expected completion date: 2024
                         

                        Publications

                        • Elisabeth Schubiger & Anna von Sury 2016: Rice Project Falls Short of Development Potential. In: Kerstin Nolte, Wytske Chamberlain, Markus Giger (ed): International Land Deals for Agriculture. Fresh insights from the Land Matrix: Analytical Report II.
                        • Haller, Tobias, Timothy Adams, Desirée Gmür, Fabian Käser, Kristina Lanz, Franziska Marfurt, Sarah Ryser, Elisabeth Schubiger, Anna von Sury, and Jean-David Gerber 2019: Large-Scale Land Acquisition as Commons Grabbing: A Comparative Analysis of Six African Case Studies. In (L. Lozny and T. Haller ed.) Global Perspectives on Long Term Community Resource Management, Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 125–64.
                        • Rey, Jean, Matthieu Bolay, & Elisabeth Schubiger 2019: Généalogie de l’élève cosmopolite et marchandisation de l’international dans des établissements privés en Suisse. In A. Sieber Egger, G. Unterweger, M. Jäger, M. Kuhn, & J. Hangartner (Eds.). Kindheit(en) in formalen, nonformalen und informellen Bildungskontexten. Ethnografische Beiträge aus der Schweiz. Wiesbaden : Springer.
                        • Schubiger, Elisabeth, Jean Rey & Matthieu  Bolay 2019: Fostering the next generation of «responsible world leaders» : the learning of corporate social responsibility in swiss international schools. Tsantsa. Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association, 24.

                        Genevieve

                        Genevieve Sekumbo

                        Regional expertise: Mtwara, Tanzania

                        My doctoral research explores the everyday lives of youth within the contexts of precarious and changing socio-economic realities wrought by the expansion of the extractive frontier, more specifically the growth of the natural gas industry in Mtwara Tanzania. Through the ethnographic engagement of youth in different locales in Mtwara town, it seeks to understand and explore youthhood and young people’s trajectories to attaining (new and old) socio-cultural markers associated with adulthood.

                        In analysing and mapping of youth strategies, their imagined futures and selected paths to self-accomplishment, the study aims to explore what it means for youth to secure livelihood options, a key marker associated with adulthood, in the context of economic transformation and, more recently, political instability.

                        Country of origin: Tanzania
                        Spoken languages: English, Kiswahili

                        Supervisor: Dr. Filipe Calvão
                        Co-supervisor: Dr. Graziella Moraes Silva
                        2nd reader: Dr. Isabel Pike
                        Expected completion date: 2023

                        Sucharita

                        Sucharita Sengupta

                        Regional expertise: Refugee camps at Cox's Bazar District in Bangladesh

                        Sucharita Sengupta is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology in the Graduate Institute of Geneva. She is working on the quest to belong and resistance against exclusion, shaped by the lack of citizenship status or ‘statelessness'  through the case study of Rohingya refugees in camps of Bangladesh. The work intends to explore existing categories within refugee studies that in turn triggers debate on the anthropology of state and how modern governance is conceived in light of that. The study will attempt to analyse how through the production of new and changing social relations the Rohingya refugees are able to challenge the classical understanding of citizenship. In this kind of a survival, precarity is the new normal, when everyday hardship is marked by waiting and hopes to gain access to new forms of citizenship rights in order to evade socio-economic vulnerabilities and political stamping out.

                        Country of origin: India
                        Spoken languages: English, Bengali, Hindi

                        Supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Monsutti
                        2nd reader: Prof. Shalini Randeria
                        Expected completion date: 2022

                        Publications

                        • Sengupta, Sucharita (2020) “Being Stateless and Surviving: The Rohingya in Camps of Bangladesh” in Nasreen Chowdhory and Biswajit Mohanti (eds.) Citizenship, Nationalism and Refugeehood of Rohingyas in Southern Asia, Springer: Singapore.  
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita (2020) “Towards Emancipation or Bondage? Rohingya Women’s Narratives from Bangladesh Refugee Camps and Indian Jails” in Migration, Trafficking and Gender Construction: Women in Transition,, edited by Roli Misra, jointly published by Sage-Stree, ISBN 978-93-81345-47-4
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita (2019) “Rape, Malnutrition, Depression: Life in Bangladesh Rohingya Camps”, The Quint, 15 July 2019, Delhi,  “Rape, Malnutrition, Depression: Life in Bangladesh Rohingya Camps"
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita and Samir Purkayastha (2019) “Politics of (im)migration and Look East Policy: reflections from Assam and the North East in Ranabir Samaddar and Anita Sengupta (eds.) Global Governance and India’s North East : Logistics, Infrastructure and Society, Routledge: New York
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita and Paula Banerjee (2019) “Governing the North-East: Conflict and Social Governance in Nagaland” in Ranabir Samaddar and Anita Sengupta (eds.) Global Governance and India’s North East : Logistics, Infrastructure and Society, Routledge: New York.
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita (2018) “Stateless, Floating People: The Rohingya at Sea” in Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury and Ranabir Samaddar (eds.) The Rohingya In South Asia: People Without a State, Routledge: India
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita and Paula Banerjee (2018) “The Refugee Movement as a Founding Moment of Popular Movements in Post-Independent West Bengal” in Ranabir Samaddar (ed.) From Popular Movements to Rebellion, Social Science Press: India.
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita (2017) “Traculent Times: New Frontiers and Refugee Movement of the 50s in West Bengal” in Socialist Perspective, 43 (3-4), (ISSN 0970-8863).
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita (2017) “India’s Silence on Rohingya Crisis”, Hardnews, 22 February 2017, Delhi.
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita (2016) “Ak Bhashoman Janogosthi Rohingyara”, Special Article in Bengali, (Floating People: The Rohingyas), Kalantar (Special Volume), October, Kolkata.
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita. (2016) “Stateless, Infiltrators, Trafficked victims, Bangladeshis: Who are the Rohingyas”, Hardnews, 7 January, 2015, Delhi. Accessed on 3 March, 2016, Delhi
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita (2015) “Anuprobeshkari Takma Dharira Phirbe Ki Jibaner Chonde?” (Can incarcerated “illegal immigrants” ever return to normal life?), Kalantar, October 2015.
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita and Madhura Chakraborty (2015) “Rohingyader Proti Day Achhe Amadero” (We too have moral responsibility towards the Rohingyas), Anadabazar Patrika, 2 June, 2015, retrieved http://archive.is/LjKns
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita. (2015) “On the Edge: Women- Life and Confinement”, Policies and Practices, Calcutta Research Group, No. 68, pp 17-36.
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita. (2015). “Bordered Lives: Women from Bangladesh behind bars in India”, La Frontera 35 (2) , http://absborderlands.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/La-frontera- 352_l.pdf
                        • Sengupta, Sucharita (2012) “Population flux and xenophobia: A Case Study of the Chakmas” in Nilanjan Dutta (ed.). Forced Migration In North East India: A Media Reader, FrontPage: Kolkata.

                        Teaching information

                        • TA 2019, Fall Semester
                          • Medical Anthropology I: Health and Illness in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Anso 103) Prof Vinh-Kim Nguyen
                          • The Anthropology of Human Rights (Anso 118) Prof Julie Billaud
                          • Anthropological Approaches to Diaspora and Mobility (Anso 123) Prof Ruth Mandel
                        • TA 2020, Fall Semester
                          • Anso Seminars/Conference TA and Research Design and Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences (Anso 037) - Prof Filipe Calvao.

                         

                        Livio

                        Livio Silva-Muller

                        Regional expertise: Brazilian Amazon

                        Livio Silva-Muller is a PhD candidate at the anthropology and sociology department of the Graduate Institute of Geneva. His research interests are transnational climate change policies, sociology knowledge, and mixed methodologies.His dissertation is a multi-methods study of the (transnational) relationships between natural sciences & scientists and climate change politics & policies, with an empirical focus on the case of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Livio holds a bachelor’s in international Affairs from the University of St. Gallen and master’s in development studies from the Graduate Institute. As a practitioner, he has gained experience working as an intern at the UN in Mozambique, a project manager at NGOs in Geneva, as well as an associate at the Environment Programme of Oak Foundation.

                        Country of origin: Brazil
                        Spoken languages: Portuguese, English, German, French

                        Supervisor: Prof. Grégoire Mallard
                        Co-supervisor: Prof. Graziella Moraes Silva
                        Expected completion date: 2024

                        Grants

                        • Davis Peace Project Grant (2018)

                        Information on research assistantship

                        • Livio is a Research Assistant at the Elites & Inequality project, led by Prof. Graziella Moraes Silva. This project will contribute to the debate about elites and inequality by shifting the focus from how elites benefit from inequality to how elites may support redistribution.The project will collect and analyse data in two of the most unequal democracies in the world, Brazil and South Africa, where redistribution has been a key issue of political debate. The research will rely on a multi-method design, combining (1) estimation of the average effects of perception on elite support for redistribution and (2) identification of the cultural processes that enable this support.

                        Lene

                        Lene Swetzer

                        Research interests: Mobility; Gender & Sexuality; Urban Anthropology
                        Regional expertise: Europe, Latin America & Caribbean

                        Lene Swetzer is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute’s Anthropology and Sociology (ANSO) Department and a research assistant at the CCDP. Her research focuses on the relations between mobility, space and the production of security in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain. Lene has a background in Cultural Anthropology and holds a BSc and a MA from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

                        Country of origin: Canada
                        Spoken languages: German, French, English, Dutch, Spanish

                        Expected completion date: 2024

                        Christin Tonne

                        Christin Tonne is a PhD candidate in Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva. Her research focuses on far-right political parties in the European Parliament. Using an ethnographic approach, she investigates the interactions between far-right political parties and the European Parliament as a system.

                        Before starting the PhD she was herself employed as a parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament in Brussels. Next to her doctoral research, she worked as a teaching assistant from 2016-2019 in the ANSO and MINT departments at the Graduate Institute.

                        Expected completion date: 2022

                        Andri

                        Andri Tschudi

                        Regional expertise: India

                        My research focuses on the relationship between medicine, charity and business in healthcare delivery. For my PhD dissertation, I conducted twelve months of ethnographic research in the facilities of a private hospital group in South India. The dissertation explores how administrators, doctors and patients navigate the uncertainties and contradictions of for-profit hospital care in a context of high out-of-pocket expenditures and patchy health insurance provisions. The project is funded by a Doc.CH grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. I worked as a teaching assistant at the Graduate Institute and was a social media intern with the open-access journal Medicine, Anthropology, Theory (MAT).

                        Country of origin: Switzerland
                        Spoken languages: German, English, Swedish, French, Italian

                        Supervisor: Prof. Aditya Bharadwaj
                        2nd reader: Prof. Shalini Randeria
                        Expected completion date: 2021

                        Grants

                        • SNSF Doc.CH grant

                        Teaching information

                        • Anthropology, Biomedicine and Global Health (TA, Autumn 2017)
                        • Doctoral Research Seminar (TA, Autumn 2017)
                        • Visual Anthropology (TA, Autumn 2017)

                         

                        Dalia

                        Dalia Zein

                        Regional expertise: Lebanon

                        Dalia is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute. Her dissertation focuses on the everyday lives of migrant domestic workers in Beirut, and particularly on the impact of the sponsorship system on their embodied experiences of the city. Crossing between the subdisciplines of anthropology of space and place, urban anthropology, feminist geography and gender theory, this ethnographic project brings forth an intersectional analysis of the questions of the private/public dichotomy, embodied placemaking, as well as questions of safety, mobility, and the inclusion/exclusion of the body in political space. During her master studies, she investigated the notion of gender-sensitive urban planning and design with a focus on the city of Vienna as a case study. With a background in landscape design and social sciences, Dalia has worked in the urban development sector with the UN-Habitat, Beirut and the Community Projects and Development Unit at the American University of Beirut.  she was also formerly a blog writer for Land 8: the Landscape Architects Network.

                          Country of origin: Lebanon
                          Spoken languages: Levantine Arabic, Standard Modern Arabic, English, French

                          Supervisor: Dr. Fenneke Reysoo
                          2nd reader: Dr. Rafael Sanchez
                          Expected completion date: 2022

                          Publications

                          • Zein, Dalia (2020) "Embodied Placemaking: Filipina Migrant Domestic Workers’ Neighborhood in Beirut", Mashriq&Mahjar: Journal of Middle Eastern and North African Migration Studies 7(2) 69-99.
                          • Balazs, R. & Zein, D. (2019) “Social Cohesion vis-a-vis Spatial Division: the Contradictions of Participatory Design” in: Aelbrecht, P. & Stevens, Q. (eds.) Public Space Design and Social Cohesion: An International Comparison. London: Routledge
                          • Zein, D. (2017) “Engaging Migration in Gender-Sensitive Urban Planning and Design in the City of Vienna” in: Militello, P. & Nucifora, M. (eds.) Frontiers, Migrations, Anchorages Seminars and Theses from the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Course in Catania “TEMA - Territoires Européens Master”

                          Teaching information

                          • Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology and Sociology: 09/2018 - Present
                            • ANSO 105 - The State: Post-Colonial Perspectives, with Dr. Shalini Randeria
                            • ANSO 087 - Violence and the City, with Dr. Dennis Rodgers
                            • ANSO 069 - Crowds and Publics, with Dr. Rafael Sanchez
                            • ANSO 096 - Screening the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, with Dr. Riccardo Bocco
                            • ANSO 097 - Writing Workshop (MA Thesis), with Dr. Fenneke Reysoo
                            • ANSO 045 - Work, Labour, Practice, with Dr. Filipe Calvao