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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Ann-Christin Wagner

Ann-Christin Wagner
Ann-Christin Wagner
International Development School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh/Mafraq (Jordan) United Kingdom EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Social Anthropology, Migration studies, Refugee studies, Anthropology of the Middle East, Urban Refugees, Urban anthropology, Border studies, Hospitality, Refugee youth and displacement

PhD Title

And yet they move! Mobility and rural livelihoods among Syrian refugees in Mafraq, Jordan


Gertel, J. & Wagner, A. (In press). ‘Mobility, Migration and Flight.“ In Torn between uncertainty and confidence. Youth in the Middle East and North Africa, ed. volume [German, English and Arabic], Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Berlin. 

Wagner, A. (In press). ‘Displacing displacement among Syrian refugees in Mafraq, Jordan.’ Mashriq & Mahjar. Winner of the 2017 Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies, Best Graduate Student Paper.

Wagner, A. (2017). ‘Giving Aid Inside The Home - Humanitarian House Visits and Hospitality’s Violence.’ Submitted for publication.

Wagner, A. (2017). ‘Frantic Waiting. NGO Anti-Politics and “Timepass” for Young Syrian Refugees in Jordan.’ Middle East – Topics and Arguments (META) 9: 107-121.

Wagner, A. (2016). 'Tiptoeing Across The Doorstep – Becoming The Daughter Of A Bedouin Family In The Jordanian Province', Abwab, CBRL British Institute in Amman, 7 Nov 2016.

Wagner, A. (2016). 'Bad guests? On the role of house visits in aid delivery in urban Jordan', LSE Middle East Centre Blog, 13 June 2016.  

Conference Presentations

2017, Syrian refugee youth and the [anti] politics of survival, Middle East Studies Association 51st Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 18-21 November.

2017, Have we become refugees in our own country (again)? An ethnography of the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on a mid-sized Jordanian town, GIGA IMES / LAU Research Platform Conference - The Politics of Reception: Syria’s Neighborhood as a Social Field, Lebanese-American University, Byblos, 1-3 November.

2017, Unexpected Mobilities – Rethinking the Role of Movement in the Study of Displacement, Migration Working Group Session – Navigating Asylum and Migration Systems, European University Institute, Florence, 24 October.

2017, Giving aid inside the home – Humanitarian house visits and violence, International doctoral workshop of the project “Mobilities and transnational Iceland”, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 27-29 September.

2017, "The only place we knew in the world": Trajectories of displacement and translocality in the Syrian refugee crisis, BRISMES Conference 2017: Movement and Migration in the Middle East: People and Ideas in Flux, University of Edinburgh, 5-7 July.

2017, “What’s hospitality got to do with it?” Revisiting the guest discourse in the anthropology of humanitarianism, Work-in-Progress Seminar Series, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 13 June.

2017, Guest or stranger? Reconsidering hospitality in the anthropology of humanitarianism​, Middle East and North African Migration Studies in a Time of Crisis Conference, Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, North Carolina State University​, Raleigh/NC, 21-22 April. 

2017, Will spring come again? Exploring precarious temporalities through the combined study of rural and transnational mobilities of Syrian refugees in Jordan, 13th SIEF Congress, Göttingen, 26-30 March.

2017, Unsteady frontiers, wild growth at the margins: cross-border and rural-urban displacement of Syrian refugees in the north of Jordan, Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies, RSC Conference 2017, University of Oxford, 16-17 March. Check out the podcast of my session at: 

2016, "Not your usual suspects" – Multiple displacements and waiting experiences of rural Syrian refugee youth in a Jordanian town, Talking ‘bout my Generation – Concepts of Youth and Generation in Research on the MENA region and beyond, International Workshop, Philipps Universität Marburg, 30 Nov – 2 Dec.

2016, "And yet they’re moving!" - Syrian refugees’ and aid workers’ mobility practices in Mafraq, Jordan, LAJEH Research Seminar, Institut francais du Proche-Orient, Amman, 23 October.

2016, "Still on the run" - How barriers to justice exacerbate displacement for Syrian refugees in urban Jordan, Conference “Access to Justice for Syrian Communities – Formal Challenges, Informal Opportunities”, Lebanese American University & UNESCO-CISH & International Alert, Byblos, 22-23 September.

2016, "Waiting in the queue, waiting for a future": an ethnography of the relationship between waiting and displacement among Syrian refugees in Mafraq, Jordan, Association of Social Anthropology (ASA) Conference 2016, Durham University, 4-7 July.

2016, 'Waiting' and displacement among a population of Syrian refugees in Mafraq - How young Syrian women reappropriate public and private space, SeSaMo XIII Annual Conference, University of Catania, Catania, 17-19 March.

2015, “Stuck in the city” – Waiting as a Core Dimension of Urban Displacement: Strategies of Survival and Resistance among young Syrian refugees in Jordanian citiesMiddle Eastern Studies Early Career Researchers Network (MESNET) Workshop, University of Exeter, Exeter, 31 October - 1 November. 


Tutor for:

 International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism (Fall term 2017)

Fundamentals: Ethnographic Theory (Fall term 2017)

Fundamentals: Anthropological Practice (Spring term 2017)

Guest lecturer for:

Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa  (Spring term 2017)

- Fundamentals: Anthropological Practice (Spring term 2017)

- Introduction to ethnographic methods, Yarmouk University/Jordan (Autumn   2016)


2012 MSc in Cognitive Science, Ecole normale supérieure/ Paris

2011 MA in Comparative Literature, University Paris-Diderot

Related Work in International Development

2013/4 Research Officer, International Organization for Migration, Geneva

Two years of working experience with GIZ and Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Germany, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan

Scholarships & Academic Awards

2017 Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies for "Displacing Displacement among Syrian Refugees in Mafraq, Jordan", Best Graduate Student Paper, Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, North Carolina State University​, Raleigh/NC. 

2017 BFWG Scholarship (Eila Campbell Prize, £2500), British Federation of Women Graduates 

2017 British Institute in Amman / Qasid Arabic Institute Scholarship – Summer Quarter 2017

Since 2015 Graduate School of Social and Political Science Scholarship, University of Edinburgh

2013 Carlo Schmid Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service

2009-2012 International Selection Scholarship, Ecole normale supérieure/ Paris

2007-2012 Scholarship, German National Academic Foundation


Prof Tobias Kelly and Dr Jamie Furniss

Research affiliations

Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, Trinity Term 2017 (April-June 2017)

Associated fellow, LAJEH project: Time of conflicts / time of migration: Reflections on the categories and genealogy of migration in the Middle East, Institut français du Proche-Orient, Amman.

Member of Citizens, Nations and Migration (CNaM) Network, University of Edinburgh

Member of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), University of Glasgow