Photographer: Katerina Rozakou

dr. A. (Katerina Rozakou) Rozakou

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Moving Matters: People, Goods, Power and Ideas
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15509
    1001 NA  Amsterdam

Dr. Katerina Rozakou joined the AISSR as a postdoctoral researcher in 2014. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Aegean in Greece and she has spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University. She has done extensive fieldwork on voluntary associations assisting refugees, as well as on Afghan refugees in crisis-ridden Athens.

Her research interests involve political anthropology, civil society, NGOs and humanitarian aid, asylum, refugees and immigrants, charity, exchange theory and the gift. She has published in international and Greek academic journals and she has coedited a collective volume on civil society, patronage and violence. Her ethnographic monograph "Out of 'love' and 'solidarity': Voluntary work with refugees" will appear in 2017.

My current research is part of the ERC-funded project “The social life of state deportation regimes: A comparative study of the implementation interface”. The project is a comparative investigation of the treatment of irregular migrants and failed asylum-seekers in different countries worldwide. It seeks to explore and question the everyday realities of what scholars have depicted as the "deportation turn" in the 21st century. In particular, the project focuses on the meso level of deportation regimes: the interface of street-level state agents and civil-society actors in shaping practices of deportation.

My research takes place in Greece and seeks to bring to the fore the viewpoints of people actively involved in initatives and practices related to migrant detention and deportation. I conduct fieldwork with civil society actors and state agents engaged in deportation practices and record instances of confrontations, but also fields of collaboration and mutual understanding.

Immigration is the axis around which citizenships are reconfigured in Greece under crisis. It is in the relationships of citizens and their encounters with the state and its agents that conceptualizations of the political are being transformed and where political subjectivities are produced. My research seeks to map theses transformations and the cultural landscape in which they are embedded.

Κ. Ροζάκου και Ε. Γκαρά (επιμέλεια), 2012, Ελληνικά παράδοξα: Πατρωνία, κοινωνία πολιτών και βία. Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια [K. Rozakou and E. Gara (eds), 2012, Greek Paradoxes: Patronage, civil society and violence. Athens: Alexandria.


  • Rozakou, K. (2017). Nonrecording the “European refugee crisis” in Greece: Navigating through irregular bureaucracy. Focaal, 77, 36-49. DOI: 10.3167/fcl.2017.770104  [details] 


  • Rozakou, K. (2016). Crafting the Volunteer: Voluntary Associations and the Reformation of Sociality. Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 34(1), 79-102. DOI: 10.1353/mgs.2016.0014 
  • Rozakou, K. (2016). Socialities of solidarity: revisiting the gift taboo in times of crises. Social Anthropology, 24(2), 185-199. DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12305  [details] 


  • Rozakou, K. (2012). The biopolitics of hospitality in Greece: Humanitarianism and the management of refugees. American Ethnologist, 39(3), 562-577. DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1425.2012.01381.x 


  • Rozakou, K. (2008). Koinonikotita kai koinonia allileggiis stin periptosi enos ethelontikou somateiou (Sociality and solidarity society in the case of a voluntary association) (in Greek). Elliniki Epitheorisi Politikis Epistimis, 32, 95-120.


  • Kalir, B. (Author), & Rozakou, K. (Author). (2016). “Giving Form to Chaos”: The Futility of EU Border Management at Moria Hotspot in Lesvos. Web publication/site, Society+Space . [details] 


  • Rozakou, K., & Gara, E. (2013). Ellinika Paradoxa: Patronia, Koinonia Politon, Via (Greek Paradoxes: Patronage, Civil Society, Violence) (in Greek). Athens: Alexandria.


  • Kalir, B. (organiser) & Rozakou, A. (organiser) (2017). Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association (AAA), Washington DC, United States. Convenors of the Panel: The Social Life of State Deportation Regimes: Interrogating the Implementation Interface Session: (4-1160) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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