Dr Karolina Follis FHEA

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

I am a political anthropologist interested in borders, citizenship and non-citizenship, human rights and new security technologies. I study the politics of borders in Europe, in particular the contestations over security, entitlements to public services and the rights of migrants and asylum seekers. My current project, the Wellcome Trust-funded Doctors within Borders is an international networking initative to bring together researchers, activists and healthcare professionals interested in the healtcare entitlements of migrants, asylum seekers and other patients who have unsettled legal or social status. My other recent projects include work on rejecting refugees in Poland and on border surveillance on the Mediterranean Sea. I developed my initial conceptualization of borders in my ethnography Building Fortress Europe. The Polish-Ukrainian Frontier published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2012. It was based 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 European Union. I remain interested in Eastern and Central European politics, particularly in the debates around liberal democracy, illiberalism, border and immigration politics, EU and the politics of memory.

Rejecting Refugees in Illiberal Poland: The response from civil society
Follis, K. 1/10/2019 In: Journal Of Civil Society. 15, 4, p. 307-325. 19 p.
Journal article

North Sentinel Island: uncontacted tribes’ ‘right to be left alone’ doesn’t gel with broader human rights
Follis, K. 6/12/2018
Other contribution

Border Management in Europe: Europeanisation and its Discontents
Follis, K. 9/07/2018 In: The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The West Has Made Mistakes: Knowing the Immigrant Threat in Kaczyński’s Poland
Follis, K. 26/04/2018
Web publication/site

Tracking and Targeting: Sociotechnologies of (In)security
Suchman, L.A., Follis, K., Weber, J. 1/11/2017 In: Science, Technology, and Human Values. 42, 6, p. 983-1002. 19 p.
Journal article

Vision and transterritory: the borders of Europe
Follis, K. 1/11/2017 In: Science, Technology, and Human Values. 42, 6, p. 1003-1030. 28 p.
Journal article

London’s Polish Borders. Transnationalizing Class and Ethnicity among Polish Migrants in London. By Michał Garapich, Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2016. 344pp. Bibliography. Paper.
Follis, K. 25/10/2017 In: Slavic Review. 76, 3, 2 p.
Book/Film/Article review

The shadow warriors: in the no man’s land between industrial control systems and enterprise IT systems
Zanutto, A., Shreeve, B.O., Follis, K., Busby, J.S., Rashid, A. 12/07/2017
Conference contribution/Paper

Reflections on post-humanitarianism in dark times
Follis, K. 21/04/2017
Web publication/site

Maritime migration, Brexit and the future of European borders: anthropological previews
Follis, K. 25/03/2017 In: Cesky Lid. 104, 1, p. 5-18. 14 p.
Journal article

On the role of latent design conditions in cyber-physical systems security
Frey, S., Rashid, A., Zanutto, A., Busby, J.S., Szmagalska-Follis, K. 14/05/2016
Conference contribution/Paper

It bends but would it break?: topological analysis of BGP infrastructures in Europe
Frey, S.A.F., El Khatib, Y., Rashid, A., Szmagalska-Follis, K., Vidler, J.E., Race, N.J.P., Edwards, C.J. 21/03/2016
Conference contribution/Paper

Study on the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings
Walby, S., Apitzsch, B., Armstrong, J.E., Balderston, S., Szmagalska-Follis, K., Francis, B.J., Kelly, L., May-Chahal, C.A., Rashid, A., Shire, K., Towers, J., Tunte, M. 16/03/2016
Other contribution

Ethnography up the stream: the UK ‘let them drown’ policy and the politics of bordering Europe
Follis, K. 11/02/2016 In: Externalizing migration management. London : Routledge ISBN: 9781138121591.

Early career anthropologists: vocation and occupation
Follis, K., Rogler, C. 1/12/2015 In: Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences. 8, 3, 8 p.

Risks of citizenship and fault lines of survival
Petryna, A., Follis, K. 10/2015 In: Annual Review of Anthropology. 44, p. 401-417. 17 p.
Journal article

Responsibility, emergency, blame: reporting on migrant deaths on the Mediterranean in the Council of Europe
Follis, K. 23/01/2015 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