Dr Anna Tsalapatanis is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, working with Dr Nicole Stremlau on the impact of social media on migration from Africa. 

Anna received her PhD in Sociology from the Australian National University and a Masters’ Degree in South Eastern European Studies from the University of Athens. Her research interests include migration studies, citizenship as status, bureaucracy and identity. Anna has a strong background in Cultural Studies, Diaspora, Migration and European Studies and has taught in the fields of Anthropology, Sociology, Migration and Globalisation Studies 

She is a co-editor of a book in the BSA Sociological Futures Book Series entitled Social Beings, Future Belongings: Reimagining the Social, along with several other publications. 


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  • D Bissell, M Bruce, A Tsalapatanis and H Keane, 'Belonging Unbound' in A Tsalapatanis, M Bruce, D Bissell & H Keane (ed), Social Beings; Future Belongings: Reimagining the Social (Routledge 2019)
    ISBN: 978-1-138-70978-2
  • A Tsalapatanis, 'Citizenship' in C. Inglis, B. Khadria & W. Li (ed), The SAGE Handbook of International Migration (SAGE Publications 2019)
    Citizenship plays a considerable role in the lives of individuals, and especially migrants. Conceptions of citizenship are also incredibly diverse having been the subject of considerable policy, scholarly, and vernacular engagement, as well as having undergone significant transformations, emerging differently in different locations and at different times. From abstract level theorisations, to studies that consider its impact in everyday life, this chapter provides a critical review of the development and changing conceptions of citizenship. In order to engage with the topic’s diversity, it will highlight the works of several key theorists, considering core issues and debates, such as those around the definition of the term, analyses of policy trends, and the complex issues around rights. This chapter gives a diverse overview of these developments, while at the same time highlighting the various strengths and limitations of certain approaches, as well as the considerable unevenness that exists between and within citizenship statuses.
    ISBN: 978-1-412-96175-2
  • A Tsalapatanis, 'Naming Belonging: When National Vocabularies Fail' in A Tsalapatanis, M Bruce, D Bissell & H Keane (ed), Social Beings; Future Belongings: Reimagining the Social (Routledge 2019)
    Belonging is both abstract and fluid, properties that create difficulties when we attempt to articulate particular belongings, and as a result we often fall back on the flawed and static vocabularies of identity to describe these abstract feelings of relation. The use of problematic essentialist vocabularies to designate one’s own belonging or the belonging of others – as illustrated here using the example of ‘national’ identity – can have significant repercussions, including the creation of feelings of exclusion and isolation. This chapter interrogates the intersection between belonging and the vocabularies of identity, drawing upon empirical work from a research project with multiple citizenship status holders in both Australia and Greece.
    ISBN: 978-1-138-70978-2
  • A Tsalapatanis, M Bruce, D Bissell and H Keane (eds), Social Beings; Future Belongings: Reimagining the Social (Routledge 2019)
    Social Beings, Future Belongings is a collection of sociological essays that address an increasingly relevant matter: what does belonging look like in the twenty-first century? The book critically explores the concept of belonging and how it can respond to contemporary problems in not only the traditional domains of citizenship and migration, but also in detention practices, queer and feminist politics, Australian literature and fashion, technology, housing and rituals. Drawing on examples from Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States, each topic is examined as a different kind of problem for the future – as a toil, an intensity or a promise. Ultimately, the collection argues that creating new ways to belong in contemporary times means reimagining the traditional terms on which belonging can happen, as well as the social itself. Read on their own, each chapter presents a compelling case study and develops a set of critical tools for encountering the empirical, epistemological and ontological challenges we face today. Read together, they present a diverse imagination that is capable of answering the question of belonging in, to and with the future. Social Beings, Future Belongings shows how belonging is not a static and universal state, but a contingent, emergent and ongoing future-oriented set of practices. Balancing empirical and theoretical work, this book will appeal to researchers, students and practitioners alike.
    ISBN: 978-1-138-70978-2

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