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Seeing the city anew, Sudanese perspectives of Athens, Greece

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  • 1. SEEING THE CITY ANEW: SUDANESE PERSPECTIVES OF ATHENS, GREECE SANDER VAN LANEN & VICTORIA ELAHI 2013
  • 2. “…UNHCR was created to keep refugees OUT of Europe…”
  • 3. Presentation Outline• Research Strategy• Hypothesis• Methodological Reflections• Emerging Themes• Directions for Future Research (Central Athens, Greece)
  • 4. Research Strategy• Everyday Experiences of Migrants• Views of Migrant Communities• Relationships with the city, with home,with others• Ethnographic Perspective
  • 5. Questions / Hypothesis Social networks Community solidarity Barriers towards integration
  • 6. Methodological Reflections Time & Limited Sample Practical Issues Access & Trust Preconceived Ideas Visual Opportunities
  • 7. Emerging Themes-‘Unmarking’ oneself as a stranger and adoptionof a new, workable identity (Stigma ofrefugee/migrant label);-Networks (intra-nationality, local, national,transnational);-Possibility vs. Desirability of Return
  • 8. Directions for Future ResearchEmbedded ethnography ofSudanese community in AthensComparative study of differentcommunities and/or differentcitiesOccupation of Urban SpaceVisual EthnographyWomen (Poster at tea shop, Omonia)
  • 9. ‘We can never be Greek; we are African’
  • 10. Thank You!