[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Workshop: April 2, 2013

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Tue Mar 26 15:10:01 PDT 2013


Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies


The Citizen, the Suspect and the Civil Servant:
British Colonial Legacies of Emergency in Cyprus

Yael Berda

How did British colonial administration affect political membership in postcolonial Cyprus? Did colonial practices of classification, identification and surveillance of the population contribute to the conflict?  In this presentation I explore the administrative practices and routines of British rule in Cyprus, focusing on the employment of emergency laws. Population was classified on two axes: one based on demographic traits the other on suspicion - the threat one posed to the colonial government. I argue that the ways that British administration classified population and categorized civil servants shaped the boundaries of citizenship and exclusion in postcolonial Cyprus in its first decade.  I compare findings on Cyprus to my research on administrative legacies in Israel and India, states that share a juridical framework and consequences of partition.  Despite the similarities, I show that the legacy of emergency in Cyprus is distinctly different than those in India and Israel.

Yael Berda is an Israeli lawyer and Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Princeton University. She holds an LLB, Hebrew University and M.A. in Sociology, Tel Aviv University. Her dissertation examines the persistence of bureaucratic legacies following independence in former colonies, focusing on population management practices and the construction of political membership in post colonies afflicted by partition plans: Israel, Cyprus and India. Her first book is The Bureaucracy of the Occupation in the West Bank: The Permit Regime 2000-2006 (in Hebrew, 2012).
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
6:00 p.m.
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

The HELLENIC STUDIES WORKSHOP provides an opportunity for post-doctoral fellows, visiting fellows, and graduate students to present their work-in-progress or recently published research. The aim is to encourage exchange of ideas across disciplines among Classical scholars, Byzantinists, and Modern Greek Studies specialists.

DATES:  Most Fridays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., during the term. Dates, speakers and titles will be announced in advance via e-mail.

PLACE:  Room 103, Scheide Caldwell House, Princeton University

For further information about current events in Hellenic Studies, please refer to the calendar posted on our website: http://www.princeton.edu/~hellenic/

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