Relics of the Future

The sociotechnical functions of secondhand trams in Romanian cities. This post is the first in a three-part series on Romanian Mobilities: Vehicles of Migration in New Europe. The tram on line 39 in Galați, Romania rumbles past a block of communist-era apartment buildings, festooned with an advertisement for mineral water. While the advertisement is a […]

Roma and Romanian Migrants in France

This post is the third in a three-part series on Romanian Mobilities: Vehicles of Migration in New Europe In the summer of 2016, during my fieldwork with Romanian migrants in France, I received a public Facebook invitation to visit an organization aiding homeless persons in the Paris region. Before I could reply, an acquaintance of […]

Transnational Motorways

The secondhand car trade in a country of emigration. This post is the second in a three-part series on Romanian Mobilities: Vehicles of Migration in New Europe. Cluj-Napoca, the second-largest city in Romania and the unofficial capital of Transylvania, is well known for its vibrant arts scene, including edgy galleries and hip music and film […]

Making Sense of Post-Election US Realities through Post-Soviet Studies

On the morning after the US presidential elections, I met with students in the political anthropology course I am teaching this semester at a small liberal arts college in rural Vermont. It had been the first election for all of us: my students’ because of their recently reached voting age; mine because of my recently […]

Tactical Kinship

Boots, Gloves, and the Intimacy of War Oksana describes the discomfort of the large heavy boots as if the feet that went into them were her own. Her care for her father, a man three decades her senior, is daughterly, and motherly, and yet also gruesome. Eighteen-year-old Oksana and her father are displaced people from […]

25th Annual SOYUZ Symposium: Migration, Nation, Postsocialist Left and Right

University of Chicago, March 11-13, 2016 Crisis inspires the re-examination of existing knowledge. For postsocialist studies, the influx of migrants and refugees into Europe, and its reverberations in sociopolitical spheres, has pushed researchers to take fresh looks at old questions: how are identities manifested and negotiated? What is ‘otherness,’ and how is it embedded, nested, and […]