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Dr Dace Dzenovska

Fellow, Official Fellow

Associate Professor in Anthropology of Migration

School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

Dace is a social cultural anthropologist interested in the changing relationships between people, places, the state and capital in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. To that end, she has studied how residents of Latvia were summoned to change their understandings of self and community via European Union supported tolerance promotion projects. She has also studied what it means for the Latvian nation and state when most of its subjects migrate to live and work in other states—for example, in the United Kingdom. Currently, she is researching the emptying towns and villages in Eastern Europe and Russia in order to understand what it means to live in and govern emptying places, as well as what such places can tell us about how flows of capital and shifts in political authority are reconfiguring the world we live in.

She holds doctoral and master’s degrees in social cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an interdisciplinary master’s degree in humanities and social thought from New York University.

She is co-convening (with Nicolette Makovicky, OSGA) a work-in-progress forum for faculty and students working on themes related to socialism and post-socialism, broadly defined (please see here). This work-in-progress forum is “on sabbatical” for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Dace is on research leave for 2020-2023, but continues to work with doctoral students.