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 […]