Ignacy Jóźwiak, PhD Candidate at the Graduate School for Social Research, Warsaw, Poland.
My research interests cover the issues borders, borderlands, migration and ethnicity in Central-East Europe. As an undergraduate student at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Warsaw I conducted ethnographical fieldworks in Moldova and Ukraine. The former was devoted to a diverse understanding of the Moldovan nation and the latter on national/ethnic identity of Hungarians in the region of Transcarpathia. As a PhD Candidate at the Graduate School for Social Research (Warsaw) I conducted the fieldwork in an urban-type-settlement of Solotvyno in Ukraine at the border with Romania. The aim of my dissertation is to use the case study of a borderland area to explore how local inhabitants practice their territory in the wider context of state borders and politics as applied to them. I place it in the wider context of issues related to Ukraine, the Ukrainian-Romanian borderland, the neighbourhood in Central-East Europe as well as past and current processes and political transitions. The state border with its diverse aspects (political, economic, symbolic, historical, aesthetical, and practical) is of crucial importance for my study.
Apart from my doctoral research I have also worked as a researcher and analyst in migration-related issues for The Institute of Public Affairs (Warsaw, Poland), Centre for Migration Studies (Poznan, Poland) and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Gottingen, Germany).
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