Dr Nayana Bibile

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The University of Sydney


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Dr Nayana Bibile, Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney, Australia

Nayana is an urban anthropologist researching existential realities of migrant and refugee lives. Her doctoral thesis Cartographies of Resettlement: The Performativity of Containment and the Ontological Uncertainties of Certainty elaborates on ethical imagination, subjectivity and intersubjectivity to theorise ethnography, which highlights processes that engender what she terms as ‘compassionate condescension’ enacted in routine interactions of humanitarian regimes of care. Having conducted ethnographic research in fieldsites in Germany, Nepal and Australia, her current research focusses materialist and Foucauldian lenses on power relations in cities vis-à-vis the role of non-state agencies in changing social relations and refugees in resettlement, as well as the affective remit of ethical imagination in renegotiating freedom. Nayana holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from University College London (UCL).

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