Nina Khamsy


PhD Researcher in Anthropology and Sociology
Spoken languages
French, English, Spanish, German, Persian
Areas of expertise
  • Digital Anthropology
  • Migration studies
  • Ethnography
  • Mobility
  • Persian Studies

PhD Thesis


Title: Scales of Mobility of Afghan Migrant Youth: An Ethnography of Digital Practices on the Move

PhD Supervisor & Co-Supervisor: Alessandro Monsutti and Till Mostowlansky

Expected completion date: 2024




Nina Khamsy is a PhD candidate at the Anthropology and Sociology department of the Graduate Institute 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.



Research Interests


  • Media and Technology
  • Humanitarian Action
  • Borders and Camps
  • The Balkans 
  • The Middle East
  • Digital Anthropology
  • Migration Studies
  • Iranian Studies


Relevant Publications and Works


Khamsy, Nina, (2021). ‘Masculinities in Banietemad’s ‘Tales’: Reshuffling Gender Dynamics under Socioeconomic Pressures’ in Maryam Ghorbankarimi (Ed.), The Films of Rakhshan Banietemad, ReFocus, Edinburgh University Press

Vosoughi, Fatemeh, and Khamsy, Nina. 2020. ‘Rabete moteghabel beyn ziarat zanan va tavanmand-razi anan dar shahrhaye mazhabi mota’eleh morude: Mashhad’ (in Persian. English translation: "The Mutual Relationship between Women’s Pilgrimage and Women’s Empowerment in Religious Cities Case Study: Mashhad"), Journal of Women Empowerment and Sustainable Society 1(1): 1-11.

Khamsy, Nina & Vossughi, Fatemeh. 2019. ‘Women’s Pilgrimage Tourism in the Religious City of Mashhad’ in Siamak Seyfi & Michael Hall (Eds.), Tourism in Iran: Challenges, Development and Issues, New York: Routledge: 84-98.

Khamsy, Nina, 2019. Review of Dreams made small: the education of Papuan Highlanders in Indonesia, by Jenny Munro, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books 2018, 206 pp., Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford Online, 11(1): 91-96.

Khamsy, Nina, 2018. Review of Alternative Art and Anthropology: Global Encounters, by Arnd Schneider (ed.) London: Bloomsbury Academic 2017, 239 pp., Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford Online, 10(1): 119-122.

Academic Work Experience


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant of the Yves Oltramare Chair ‘Religion and Politics in the Contemporary World’, the Graduate Institute 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.


Fellowships, Grants and Awards


SNF Doc.Mobility grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation, for her doctoral research entitled “Scales of Mobility of Afghan Migrant Youth in the Digital Era”