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Durham University

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Ms Elena Miltiadis

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I am an ESRC-funded PhD candidate (thesis submitted in March 2020). Before my PhD I completed an MA in Social Anthropology (Research Methods) at Durham University and a BA in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths College. I am an Associate Fellow of the HEA.

My thesis investigates the affective implications of the politics of (non)belonging in the making of places. It asks the question of what a place feels like and it explores its multiple sensorialities. I investigate the ways in which my interlocutors get attuned to the city's multiplicity, its presences and absence, and its (im)materialities. Ethnographic data was collected through participant observation during eleven months of fieldwork (June 2015 - May 2016) in Latina (Italy). I am also interested in methodological questions exploring the implications of carrying out fieldwork in one's own family and the issues of expressing the affective realm through writing.

Research Interests

  • Role of affects and sensorialities in placemaking practices
  • Politics of (non)belonging
  • Italian anthropology and Italian localisms
  • Methodological questions concerning carrying out fieldwork within one's own family and writing about affects

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