Seeing the city anew, Sudanese perspectives of Athens, Greece

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Seeing the city anew, Sudanese perspectives of Athens, Greece

  1. 1. SEEING THE CITY ANEW: SUDANESE PERSPECTIVES OF ATHENS, GREECE SANDER VAN LANEN & VICTORIA ELAHI 2013
  2. 2. “…UNHCR was created to keep refugees OUT of Europe…”
  3. 3. Presentation Outline• Research Strategy• Hypothesis• Methodological Reflections• Emerging Themes• Directions for Future Research (Central Athens, Greece)
  4. 4. Research Strategy• Everyday Experiences of Migrants• Views of Migrant Communities• Relationships with the city, with home,with others• Ethnographic Perspective
  5. 5. Questions / Hypothesis Social networks Community solidarity Barriers towards integration
  6. 6. Methodological Reflections Time & Limited Sample Practical Issues Access & Trust Preconceived Ideas Visual Opportunities
  7. 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. 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. 9. ‘We can never be Greek; we are African’
  10. 10. Thank You!

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