- 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
And yet they move! Politics of mobility and transnational livelihoods among rural Syrian refugees in Mafraq, Jordan
Wagner, A. (Forthc.). "Giving Aid Inside the Home – Humanitarian House Visits, Performative Refugeehood and Social Control for Syrians in Jordan." Migration and Society 1.
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.
Gertel, J. & Wagner, A. (2018). "Mobilität, Migration und Flucht.“ In Zwischen Ungewissheit und Zuversicht: Jugend im Nahen Osten und in Nordafrika, Jörg Gertel and Ralf Hexel (eds.) , Verlag J. H. W. Dietz, Bonn, 237-262. English and Arabic editions will be out in summer 2018.
Wagner, A. (2018). "In praise of the scaffolding." Allegra Lab, 12 July. http://allegralaboratory.net/in-praise-of-the-scaffolding/
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. https://bi-abwab.org/blog-1/2016/11/7
Wagner, A. (2016). "Bad guests? On the role of house visits in aid delivery in urban Jordan." LSE Middle East Centre Blog, 13 June. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2016/06/13/bad-guests-on-the-role-of-house-visits-in-aid-delivery-in-urban-jordan/
2018, At the holy margins – How a Jordanian Evangelical church juggles the ‘global’ and the ‘local’ in the Syrian refugee response, BRISMES, King’s College, 26 June.
2018, From migrant workers to refugees - Reconfiguration of transnational livelihoods through displacement among Syrians in Mafraq, Jordan, Institut francais du Proche-Orient, 30 April.
2018, Transnational Rural Livelihoods in Times of War and Peace: An Ethnographic Study of Syrian Refugees in Mafraq, Jordan, Cambridge Migration Society, University of Cambridge, 25 April.
2018, Precarious mobilities - Labour migration, displacement and rural livelihoods among Syrian refugees in Mafraq, Jordan, Symposium “Navigating Displacement and Humanitarian Responses”, University of Amsterdam, 14-16 March.
2017, Making the edges: How labour migration and displacement produce urban space in remote areas of the Levant, Workshop “Cities, networks, migrations: international mobility in urban constructions”, LAJEH & LabEX DynamiTe, Paris Diderot University, 6 December.
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: https://soundcloud.com/refugeestudiescentre/rsc-conference-2017-session-iv-oreilly-theatre-borders-and-forced-displacemen?in=refugeestudiescentre/sets/rsc-conference-2017-beyond-crisis
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 cities, Middle Eastern Studies Early Career Researchers Network (MESNET) Workshop, University of Exeter, Exeter, 31 October - 1 November.
- 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)
Nominated for the Best Student Who Tutors Award (one of the 2017-18 Edinburgh University Students’ Association Teaching Awards)
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
2018 Nominated for the Best Student Who Tutors Award and the Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience Award (Edinburgh University Students' Association)
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
Visiting Fellow at the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI), Sciences Po, Paris (January-March 2018)
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