• Notes From The Border: Refugee Lives and Necropolitics In The Aegean, August-November 2015

    Author(s):
    HOWE-HARALAMBOUS CHLOE, STEFATOS KATERINA, DIMITRIS PAPADOPOULOS (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    Ethnography, Modern Greek culture
    Item Type:
    Online publication
    Tag(s):
    Aegean, Border studies, Greece, migration, Refugee camps
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6WZ4C
    Abstract:
    In August 2015 Katerina Stefatos and Dimitris Papadopoulos spent a few weeks (August 4-20) on the Greek island of Lesvos in what was initially planned as a trip to visit family and friends. Their trip quickly morphed into an impromptu ethnographic fieldwork at the three main refugee camps in Mytilini, the island’s major town. This paper is based on some first ethnographic notes from the field drawing on interviews and discussions with refugees, locals, and volunteers at these camps in an attempt to unfold the refugees’ tumultuous and often deadly journey to an imagined Europe but also to explore the political tensions and contestations within the local community against the background of a parallel Greek financial and socio-political crisis. Chloe Howe Haralambous spent her summer (June to August) on Lesvos, primarily in the north-east part of the island (at Kleió, Tsónia, Sykaminiá, Mólyvos), working closely with refugees, volunteers, NGOs, and helping organizing makeshift dwellings for the refugees or coordinating their transfer to medical centers and to the port of Mytilini. The text has been updated based on recent developments on the island and our ongoing personal communication with some of the refugees, volunteers and locals.
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