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Dr Frances Pine BA, MPhil Phd

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Department of Anthropology
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW

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On leave Spring Term 2015

Dr Frances Pine has been conducting research in eastern Europe for the past 3 decades. Her field work has been located in the Polish Tatra Mountains, the countryside of eastern and central Poland, and the cities of Lublin and Lodz. She has worked on kinship and gender, place, history and memory, work, markets, informal economy, unemployment and restructuring, and migration and emerging inequalities.


Dr Frances Pine convenes the MA in Social Anthropology.

She teaches the following courses:

Areas of supervision

Dr Frances Pine currently supervises PhD students working on mining in Estonia, economy, environment and history in Cornwall, Chechyn asylum seekers in Poland, memory and objects in Romania, poverty in Romania, sacred sites in Bosnia, the new right in the Czech Republic, pilgrimage and marian cults in Poland, and history and memory in Berlin. She is interested in supervising research on post socialism, eastern and central Europe, gender and generation, memory, work, and migration.

Current MPhil/PhD students supervised:

Completed PhD students:

  • Nandera Mhando, Meaning, Gender and Kinship Among the Kuria of Tanzania: Male and Female Agency
  • Eeva Keskula, Mining in transition?
  • Tim Martindale, Time and transmission in West Cornwall: Fishing, innovation and representations of loss

Research interests

Frances Pine is currently attached to the MEDEA project. Prior to that her most recent research project was a Volkswagen Foundation funded project at the Max Planck Institute on kinship, exclusion and inclusion in eastern Poland. Her original fieldwork was in the Tatry mountains of southern Poland, and she has continued to conduct research there as well as in other regions, both rural and urban, of Poland. Her research interests include kinship and gender, history, memory and life stories, movement and migration and work (including informal economy). She has taught at several British universities and most recently has held senior research positions at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle, Germany), and the Centre for Gender and Women's Research (University of Bergen, Norway). She is also involved in teaching in and promoting academic and research cooperation with the former socialist countries of eastern and central Europe.

Marie Curie SocAnth

Selected publications

2007/8 On the Margins of Religion (edited volume, co-editor Pina-Cabral), Berghahn, in press. ISBN 978-1-84545-409-8

2005 Social security, vulnerability and people at risk: gender and generation in the former socialist countries of Europe and central Asia , (co editor Haldis Haukanes), University of Bergen, Centre for Women’s and Gender Research Series, Volume 17 ISBN 82 91878 11 0

2004 Politics, Religion and Memory: the present meets the past in contemporary Europe, (co-editors H. Haukanes and D. Kaneff), Halle studies in the anthropology of Eurasia No.4. Münster: Lit Verlang ISBN 3 8258 8051 6

1998 Surviving Post-socialism: local strategies and regional responses in post-socialist Europe and the Former Soviet Union, Routledge (co-editor Sue Bridger)ISBN 0 415 15850 8

Selected Journal articles

2007 “Dangerous modernities: innovative technologies and the unsettling of agriculture in rural Poland”, Critique of Anthropology, 27/2: 183-202

1997 “Pilfering culture: Gorale identity in post-socialist Poland”, Paragraph 20/1:59-74

1996 “Naming the house and naming the land: kinship and social groups in the Polish highlands” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2: 443-459

Recent Chapters

2007 “Memories of movement and the stillness of place: kinship and migration in the Polish mountains”, Ghosts of memory, ed. J. Carsten, Blackwells

2004 “Reproducing the house: kinship, inheritance and property relations in highland Poland”, Grandits and Heady eds. Distinct inheritances: property, family and community in a changing Europe. Halle studies in the anthropology ofEurasia No.2. Münster: Lit Verlang

2002 “The city and the country”, Kaneff and Leonard eds Post-socialist Peasants? rural and urban constructions of identity in eastern Europe, east Asia and the former Soviet Union Palgrove

2002 “Retreat to the household? Gendered domains in post-socialist Poland”Hann ed Post Socialism: ideals, ideologies and practices in Eurasia, Routledge

2002 “Dealing with money: zlotys, dollars and other currencies in the Polish highlands”, Mandel and Humphrey eds. Markets and Moralities Routledge

Recent Conference Panels, Plenaries, Keynotes

2003 Conference co-organiser, On the Margins of Religion, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/S.

2003 Keynote Speaker, ESRC research seminar “Transnational Issues, local Concerns: Insights from Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and the UK”University of Birmingham

2004 Conference co-organiser, Social security, vulnerability people at risk: gender and generation in the former socialist countries of Europe and central Asia, Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, Bergen

2005 Workshop co-organiser, Gendering the State, Gendering the Body, Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, Bergen

2005 Panel co-organiser, Gender issues in the former socialist states, Fifth Nordic Conference on Postsocialism, Oslo

2006 Conference corganiser (with Deema Kaneff) Global Connections and Emerging Inequalities in Europe’, Max Planck Insititue for Social Anthropology, Halle/S, July 6-9

2006 Co Organiser (with S. Narotsky, V. Goddard and D. Kaneff) Panel ‘Transitions; movements in Space and Time’, European Association of Anthropologists Annual Meetings, Bristol, Sept. 18th-23

2007 Peter Forster Memorial Lecture “Lost generations: Work, Migration and Disruption in the Life Course in Eastern Poland”, University of Hull Research Seminar Series Department of Criminology and Sociological Studies

2007 Workshop Discussant. International Workshop, Encountering Europeanisation in Everyday life, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Comenius university, Bratislavia, May 31-June 2

2007 Workshop Discussant, International Workshop Toward an Anthropology of Hope in former Yugoslavia? University of Manchester November 9-11

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