BA, PhD (University of Amsterdam)
Reader in Social Anthropology
Postgraduate co-ordinator for Anthropology, Ethnomusicology and Irish Studies; Joint Pathway Co-ordinator - Social Anthropology and French/Spanish/Irish
Tel: + 44 (0) 28 9097 3879
Maruška Svašek studied painting and graphics at Art Academy Minerva in Groningen, and completed doctoral research in Anthropology in 1996 at the University of Amsterdam (an ethnography of art production and political change in Czechoslovakia, 1948-1992). Before coming to Queen’s, she held a research fellowship at the University of Utrecht, exploring political, emotional and material aspects of Czech-German relations in the Bohemian-Bavarian borderland.
Svašek’s main research interests include art, material mediation, migration and emotions. In her most recent work she seeks to bring these strands together, exploring mobility and agency of humans, objects and images in an era of intensifying globalization and transnational connectivity. Previous projects that feed into this work include AHRC-funded work on Migration, Diaspora and Emotions (2007-2009), a CAP-funded project on Transnational Families, Age Progression and Care (2009-2010), and EU Framework 7 funded Euroidentities Research on Transnational Workers, Identity Formation and Emotions (2009-2011).
From June 2010 to October 2012, Svašek led the HERA-funded Interdisciplinary Research Project Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement (CIM), a collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast; Manchester Metropolitan University; Open University; Amsterdam VU University; University of Utrecht; Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo; and Museum of Ethnology. In the context of CIM, she conducted fieldwork amongst Indians in Tamil Nadu and Northern Ireland, and established the Berghahn Book Series ‘Material Mediations: People and Things in a World of Movement’ (co-editor Birgit Meyer). Another major outcome of CIM is an Open University Resource that explores the social lives of specific artefacts (editor Amit Desai).
Recent major publications
Emotions and Human Mobility. Ethnographies of Movement (Routledge 2012)
Moving Subjects, Moving Objects: Transnationalism, Cultural Production and Emotions (Berghahn 2012)
Anthropology, Art and Cultural Production (Pluto 2007)
Postsocialism: Politics and Emotions in Central and Eastern Europe (Berghahn 2006)
(with Kay Milton) Mixed Emotions. Anthropological Studies of Feeling (Berg 2005).
Selection of book chapters and articles
Svašek, M. 2012 ‘Narrating (Migrant) Belonging: Emotions and Performative Practice’ in Being Human, Being Migrant. (ed. Anne Sigfrid Gronseth) Oxford: Berghahn.
Svašek, M. 2010 'Improvising a World in Movement: Transit, Transition and Transformation', in Cultural Expression: Creativity and Innovation (ed. H.K. Anheier and Y.R. Isar) London; Sage.
Svašek, M. 2009 'In the Field: Intersubjectivity, Empathy and the Workings of Internalised Presence' in Anthropological Fieldwork: A Relational Process(ed. D. Spencer and J. Davies) Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
Svašek, M. 2009 'Shared History? Polish Migrant Experiences and the Politics of Display in Northern Ireland' in Polish Migration to the UK in the 'New' European Union (ed. K. Burrell) Aldershot: Ashgate.
Svašek, M. 2009 'On the Move: Emotions and Human Mobility', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 36(6).
Svašek, M. 2008 (ed.) 2008 Special Issue ‘Transnational Families: Emotions and Belonging‘, Journal of Intercultural Studies 29(3).
Svašek, M. and Skrbiš, Z. 2007 (eds.) Special Issue: ‘Emotions and Globalisation’, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 14(4).
Svašek, M. 2007 'Moving Corpses: Emotions and Subject-Object Ambiguity', in: The Emotions: A Cultural Reader (ed Helena Wulff ), Oxford: Berg.
Svašek, M. (ed) 2006 ‘Postsocialism and the Politics of Emotions’. In: Postsocialism: Politics and Emotions in Central and Eastern Europe. Oxford: Berghahn.
Svašek, M. (ed) 2006 ‘Postsocialist Ownership. Emotions, Power and Morality in a Czech Village’. In: Postsocialism: Politics and Emotions in Central and Eastern Europe. Oxford: Berghahn.
Svašek, M 2005 ‘Emotions in Anthropology’ in Mixed Emotion Anthropological Studies of Feeling (eds. K. Milton and M. Svašek). Oxford: Berg.
Svašek, M 2005 ‘The Politics of Chosen Trauma: Expellee Memories, Emotions and Identities’ in Mixed Emotion Anthropological Studies of Feeling (eds. K. Milton and M. Svašek). Oxford: Berg.
A World on the Move, ANT1003
Culture and Society, ANT1001
Material Culture and Visual Media, ANT2009; ANT3029
Love, Hate and Beyond, ANT2010; ANT3010
MA Anthropological Methods, ANT7007
MA New Frontiers in Anthropology 7010
In 2007, Svašek co-established the Cultural Dynamics and Emotions Network (CDEN) with Dr. Kala Shreen (MOP Vaishnav College for woman, Madras, India). CDEN stimulates research on cultural dynamics and emotional processes, and functions as a teaching tool to facilitate communication between lectures and students interested in the study of emotions.
Relevant Web Connections
Material Mediations Series: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/series.php?pg=mate_medi
CDEN website: Cultural Dynamics and Emotions Network
Euroidentities Research: http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/Euroidentities/Workpackages/Trans-nationalworkers/
AHRC Diasporas Research: www.diasporas.ac.uk
Centre for International Borders Research www.qub.ac.uk/cibr/
Current PhD students
Naoko Maehara - The Emotional Dynamics of Cross-border Married Life: Japanese Migrant Wives and Mothers in Ireland
Shawn Reming Jr - Viewing Conflict: Museum Visitors, Affective Experience, and exhibitions of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland
Wang Sha - Chinese Diaspora and Language Learning in Northern Ireland
Recently completed PhD students
Bree Hocking The Great Reimagining: Public art, urban space and the symbolic landscapes of a ‘new’ Northern Ireland
Paul McCreary Emotions and perceptual experiences of hunters in Alaska