About me

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the program “Migration, Urbanisation and Societal Change” (MUSA) at Malmö University. My current research focuses on borders, border crossings and their affective potential, which is examined through the patterns of emplacement, displacement, mobility and immobility of African undocumented migrants in Greece. My research draws on several years of multisited ethnographic research in the neighbourhood of Kypseli, in Athens and the island of Lesvos in Greece.

My past research, at the nexus of urban studies and migration explored the practice of culture brokering by migrant children and their agency throughout the process of  “acculturation from below”. This study explored how children created transcultural ethnic identities and transnational social spaces from which they accumulated and, subsequently, disseminated differential amounts of social and cultural capital.

My MSc Thesis described how children of immigrants “broker” language, culture, and information for their parents when they are the primary “native language” speakers in the household and as they come into first hand contact with the local culture. I’ve researched how these brokering practices affect family integration, mutual acculturation and young people’s development in two contrasted neighbourhoods of Athens: Vouliagmeni and Sepolia.

My academic advancement to date was shaped by the incentives and demands posed by my studies and the ongoing evolution of my research interests. I find that this process has been a dynamic one: what I have so far achieved has been directly influenced by my personality and the ways I perceive and interact with the world around me; while my understanding of my social and physical environs has been acutely sharpened by my studies.

I would like to present you with a reflexive account of a selected range of projects and activities which are included in the following pages. They fall under various categories: some conventional, yet others more idiosyncratic. However, they reflect the stance that I uphold in my involvement with the world.

You can find out more about my MSc Thesis “Acculturation from Below: Immigrant Children Brokering Culture in Two Neighbourhoods of Athens” by reading the summary, or the full text.

Check out the Publications tab for downloadable versions of some of my articles.

 

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Ioanna