St John's College
Thesis: From Margins to Centres: Cultural and Public Adaptations of Border Zones in Cyprus.
Research Interests: Political Anthropology, Borders, Public Space, Art & Culture, Mediterranean; Cyprus.
Conducting ethnographic research in Cyprus half a decade after its internal conflict and division, I explore the social and cultural activities within its border zones. The border zones in Cyprus currently serve as centers for culture, which include football practice, peace-building events, and dark touristic tours. Hence, the border zones in Cyprus diverge from the traditional theorems of borders as territorial margins. In pursuit of advancing anthropological frameworks regarding what people do with borders other than creating territories and divisions, this project will investigate how margins could be adapted into cultural centers.