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M.A. Mediterranean Studies




Politics and social change in the Mediterranean

The last decade has witnessed a dramatic political and economic upheaval in the Mediterranean in both the European and the Maghrebi/Mashreqi sides of the Mediterranean. Scholars in this area examine the effects and causes of such transformations. Whether it is in the displacement of human populations and movement of people across the Mediterranean, the transformations resulting from the economic crises affecting Southern European countries or the political transformations that have been changing the political structure of several countries in the region. Scholars in this area examine the literary, cultural social and political dimensions of such changes and seek to provide an inter-disciplinary approach to the contemporary challenges that are rapidly coming to define the region in the contemporary world. 


Research Area Coordinator:

Prof. Paul M. Clough

Department of Anthropological Sciences, University of Malta


Prof. Paul Clough has his BA and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University.  In 1996, his D.Phil. was runner-up (second place) for the Audrey Richards Prize, awarded every two years for the best doctoral thesis in any branch of African Studies, by the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (ASA-UK).  He has conducted anthropological fieldwork for over thirty years among the Hausa people of West Africa.  His most recent publications on the Hausa are: ‘The Impact of Changing Political Economy on Gender Relations in Islamising Rural Hausaland, Nigeria’, in the journal Africa Vol. 79 No. 4 November 2009; ‘”Knowledge in Passing”: Reflexive Anthropology and Religious Awareness’, in the journal Anthropological Quarterly Vol. 79 No. 2 Spring 2006; and ‘Polygamy and the Rural Accumulation of Capital: Testing a Model Based on Continuing Research in Northern Nigeria’ in the Dutch journal Etnofoor  Vol. 16 No. 1, 2003.  Prof. Clough has always been especially interested in Economic Anthropology  and Political Economy.  And so, he has also focused on the connections between religion and economy.  Together with Dr. Jon Mitchell of Sussex University, he edited the volume Powers of Good and Evil: Moralities, Commodities, and Popular Belief (2001, Berghahn: Oxford and New York).  

 Most recently he has developed a new interest – in the field of Ethics as an essential part of culture.  This led him to publish ‘Between anthropology and philosophy: the relevance of kinship to moral reasoning in Culture and in the Philosophy of Ethics’, in the journal Social Analysis Vol. 51, No. 1, Spring 2007.  Prof. Clough is chief editor of the international Journal of Mediterranean Studies published twice yearly by the Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta.  His book, Morality and Economic Growth in West Africa – Indigenous Accumulation in Hausaland will be published in March by Berghahn Books.



Research Associates


Dr Anna Khakee

Department of International Relations, University of Malta 

Anna Khakee obtained her first degree from the University of Lund, Sweden where she majored in Political Science. She went on to study for a M.A. (Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures, D.E.S.) and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Her research interests include democratization/democracy promotion and development issues. Her previous work experience has also focused extensively on human security. Dr. Khakee has published widely, including in international journals such as Journal of North African Studies, Mediterranean Politics, Mediterranean Quarterly, and East European Politics and Societies


Research Affiliates

Dr Daniela DeBono

Malmӧ University, Sweden

My primary research interests lie in the migration-human rights nexus. My PhD research sought to identify the cultural and socio-political aspects of Maltese culture which hinder the adoption of human rights within the irregular migration field. Subsequently I worked on deportation practices in Sweden, with a focus on migrants’ experiences of deportation.

Currently I am working on a three-year multi-sited ethnographic project on the ‘first’ reception of irregularly-arriving maritime migrants, and how this is contextualized in the daily life of the EU border areas where first reception centres are located. In particularly I am interested in the well-known difficulties of establishing a human rights culture during this process.


Dr Stavroula Pipyrou

University of St Andrews, U.K.

Dr Pipyrou has conducted ethnographic research on minorities in Italy since 2006. In her first monograph The Grecanici of Southern Italy: Governance, Violence, and Minority Politics (Unversity of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) she presents a theory of “Fearless Governance” – overlapping and sometimes contradictory systems of power, authority, and relational networks that enable the minority to achieve political representation at the intersection of local, national, and global encounters. 

Stavroula continues to conduct research on political representation and socio-economic development in Southern Italy, publishing on themes including the rise of second-hand clothes markets in times of financial austerity (American Ethnologist, 2014), gift-exchange (Anthropological Forum, 2014), language commensurability (Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 2012), and theories of silence (forthcoming).

List of publications 



Dr Daniel M. Knight

University of St Andrews, U.K. 

Since 2003 Daniel has conducted research in Thessaly, central Greece, in the fields of economic and historical anthropology. His book "History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece” (Palgrave, 2015) was the first anthropological monograph on the everyday effects of chronic fiscal austerity in Europe. His interest in understanding the impact of life in times of austerity has led to writing collaborations on the temporality of crisis (with Charles Stewart) and alternatives to austerity (with Laura Bear). Daniel has published widely on crisis, time, temporality, historicity, neoliberalism and neo-colonialism, focusing on how moments of the past are embodied during eras of social and economic upheaval.

List of publications 



Dr Jutta Lauth Bacas

Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (London)


Jutta Lauth Bacas is Fellow at the Royal Anthropological Institute, London. She holds a doctorate in Social Anthropology from the University of Zurich and has more than twenty years' experience in research and academic teaching at universities in Switzerland and Germany and as researcher at the Academy of Athens, Greece. Co-founder and coordinator of MedNet, the Mediterraneanist Network of EASA, she has published widely in English, German and Greek and acted as editor of special issues of Ethnologia Balkanica and the Journal of Mediterranean Studies. Her present research interests include migration studies (labour migration, irregular migration, forced migration) in the Mediterranean and changing political culture (practices of resistance, clientelism and party patronage) with a special focus on Modern Greece. In 2011 and 2013 I acted as guest editor of two special issues of the Journal of Mediterranean Studies (Vol. 20, No. 1 and Vol. 22, No. 2).

List of Publication 





Seminar by Dr Bashir Abu-Manneh
This seminar entitled 'Palestinian Trajectories: Novel and Politics since 1948' is going to be held on Wednesday 31st October at 18.00 hrs at the Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun, University of Malta. 
The Journal of Mediterranean Studies available online
The Journal of Mediterranean Studies (ISSN: 1016-3476) published by the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta is now available online through the prestigious Project Muse platform.
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