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Department of Anthropology

Research Student List

Ms Julian Kotzé

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Julian holds an Honours degree in Clinical Remedial Teaching. She obtained a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health after a few years of teaching in South Africa. Moving to the UK resulted in being employed by Student Services at Queen’s Campus where she continued her studies. After completing a PGCert (Higher Education) she continued with a MA in Social Cultural Anthropology at Durham University in 2006. She is currently doing a (Part-time) PhD in anthropology with a research focus on migration/refugees from Sub-Saharan Africa into Europe with a specific focus on the North East. She has vast array of teaching experiences including Study Skills and Research Methodology at Durham University since 2003. She joined the Foundation Centre in 2007.

PhD Research

Kakuma Refugee Camp (Kenya)

The expectation is that the title of “Location, Movement and Memory: an Ethnographic study of journeys of Asylum Seekers from Sub-Saharan Africa into Europe and North East England” will ensure integrity to the thesis. After completing the fieldwork in Teesside and refugee camps in East Africa, the thesis constructed on the ethnographic data collection will have the following research and theoretical foci:

  • The refugee migrating, therefore focussing on the distinctiveness of the refugee uniqueness and identity, as he or she is fleeing, traveling and moving into a new social environment;
  • The assimilation into the new community and communication; these are likely to be the main concepts used to interpret the ethnographical evidence.
  • Memory; and the narration of the refugee’s life-story, and
  • The impact of power and violence on the outcome of all the above.

Hopefully the thesis will draw together more than a decade of observation of assimilation in the North east by the sub-Saharan refugee community. The content will cover, in a socio-cultural framework; the journey of an individual from arrival to being a British citizen, the trajectory from the refugee camps in East Africa, and the crossing of social boundaries that were experienced by the refugees during the plight, the integration in a local community with cultural matters, including burials and the birth of children, as social reference points.

Research Groups