Dr Karolina Follis

Faculty Fellow - Security Lancaster

Research Overview

I am a political anthropologist interested in borders, citizenship and non-citizenship, human rights and new security technologies. I study the European Union, in particular its governance of justice and home affairs, including immigration and asylum. I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Poland and Ukraine to understand the human consequences of the transformation of the border between those two countries into an external border of the EU. The outcome of this project is my book Building Fortress Europe. The Polish-Ukrainian Frontier published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2012. My current research follows up on these interests, encompassing projects which concern maritime migration across the Mediterranean, accounting for human rights breaches in Europe, and digital rebordering and cybersecurity.

Ethnography up the stream: the UK ‘let them drown’ policy and the politics of bordering Europe
Follis, K. expected in 2016 In: Externalizing migration management. London : Routledge ISBN: 9781138121591.

Risks of citizenship and fault lines of survival
Petryna, A., Follis, K. 10/2015 In: Annual Review of Anthropology. 44
Journal article

Early career anthropologists: vocation and occupation
Follis, K., Rogler, C. 2015 In: Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences. 8, 3

Responsibility, emergency, blame: reporting on migrant deaths on the Mediterranean in the Council of Europe
Follis, K. 2015 In: Journal of Human Rights. 14, 1, p. 41-62. 22 p.
Journal article

On bitter satisfaction: the European Court of Human Rights ruling on Polish-CIA collaboration
Follis, K. 30/07/2014
Other contribution

The doors are open to us: on parliamentary inquiries and the plight of Europe’s migrants
Follis, K. 26/05/2014
Web publication/site

The politics of life at sea: a note on sources
Follis, K. 3/03/2014
Other contribution

Human rights as pedagogy and indignation: accounting for migrants’ deaths at sea in the Council of Europe
Follis, K. 2013
Conference paper

Post-territory and surveillance: new technologies of vision in European migration management
Follis, K. 2013
Conference paper

Socio-Legal Integration: Polish Post-2004 EU Enlargement Migrants in the United Kingdom by Agnieszka Kubal
Follis, K. 2013 In: Slavic Review. 72, 3, 2 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Building fortress Europe: the Polish-Ukrainian frontier
Follis, K. 2012 Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press. 284 p. ISBN: 9780812244281.

For a critical anthropology of restoration: ethical currents
Follis, K. 10/2011 Anthropology News, 52, p. 20-21. 2 p.

The awkward divide: paradoxes on transnationality on the Polish-Ukrainian border
Follis, K. 2011 In: Transnational Europe. Basingstoke : Palgrave p. 239-256. 18 p. ISBN: 9780230241688.

What is an economic migrant?: Europe’s new borders and the politics of classification
Follis, K. 2011 In: Citizenship, borders and human needs. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press p. 115-131. 17 p. ISBN: 9780812242836 .

Are the European Union’s new borders like the Iron Curtain?: 1989, borders and freedom of movement in Poland and Ukraine
Follis, K. 09/2009 In: International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. 22, 3, p. 385-400. 16 p.
Journal article

Repossession: Notes on Restoration and Redemption in Ukrainian-Polish Borderlands
Follis, K. 12/05/2008 In: Cultural Anthropology. 23, 2, p. 329-360. 32 p.
Journal article