Category Europe

Calais: Eighteen Months On

by Elisa Sandri Calais has frequently made the headlines in the last two decades. The history of this border as a focal point for migration dates back to the 1990s, when hundreds of refugees from Kosovo, Kurdistan and Afghanistan camped here, waiting to cross the Channel. In 2015, the town witnessed fast-growing numbers in the […]

‘Volunteer Humanitarianism’ in the Jungle of Calais

by Elisa Sandri This article is dedicated to the memory of Giulio Regeni, PhD researcher, and to his family, whom I never met but I hope they’ll find peace and justice. Calais, a quiet town in the North West of France overlooking the Strait of Dover, caught international public attention last year for the fast […]

Border on a Beach

by Sasha Flatau ‘Y aquí, otra frontera’ I’d been walking along a beach called Las Redes in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain with my boyfriend. It was a beautifully warm, sunny January afternoon and we’d got onto the conversation of borders. If you take away the political context, borders between different countries are such […]

Bride or Child First?

by Fern Adams In the UK we recognise that people officially become adults when they turn 18. We tend to view that anyone under this age should be cared for, looked after and protected. This idea, on the whole, is recognised across Europe. Childhood is seen as a right that should be safeguarded. This in […]

When a Space becomes a Place…

According to Oxford online dictionary… Space: A continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied Place: An area used for a specified purpose or activity Sasha Flatau, University of Sussex The street it was on, as with all the streets in that part of Seville, was narrow. Large doors, like the entrance of […]

The Anthropologist’s Brexit

Anthropologists have responded to the result of the UK’s referendum to leave the European Union with a mixture of condemnation, despair, and reflection on the conditions that created ‘Brexit’ and the implications of the vote in the near and long term. We at the Culture and Capitalism blog have compiled some of those voices to illustrate how […]

On the UK Referendum

by Jane K. Cowan For me, the UK referendum story began a year ago with another referendum: that of Greece. Elected in January 2015 on a promise to end austerity, throughout the spring the SYRIZA government was pressured by the Troika (the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF) to accept ever harsher and ill-targeted […]