Rebecca Bryant is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. Her work has focused on ethnic conflict and displacement, border practices, post-conflict reconciliation, and contested sovereignty on both sides of the Cyprus Green Line, as well as in Turkey. Her publications include The Past in Pieces: Belonging in the New Cyprus (2012) and most recently The Anthropology of the Future, (2019, co-authored with Daniel Knight). Her research over the past decade has concerned the ethnography of unrecognized states, and for that she has conducted extensive research in north Cyprus and comparative ethnographic research in Abkhazia. That work resulted in two forthcoming book publications: the co-authored Sovereignty, Suspended: Building the So-Called State (May 2020, with Mete Hatay) and the co-edited Sovereignty Beyond the State (forthcoming August 2020, with Madeleine Reeves), as well as an ethnography of unrecognized states and globalization that is currently under revision for publication, Faking the State: On Pirates, Puppets, and Other Unbecoming Subjects.
“‘In Exile in Our Own Country’: On Territory, Soil, and the Aporia of Belonging in a De Facto State”