Dr Frances Pine BA, MPhil Phd

Staff details

Position Emeritus Reader
Department Anthropology
Email f.pine (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7378
Dr Frances Pine BA, MPhil Phd

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 teaches the following courses:

  • Anthropology and Gender Theory
  • Ethnography of Post Socialism

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.

Currently supervising

  • Aimee Joyce
  • Alena Oaka
  • Michal Sipos
  • Iliana Tsankova
  • Alexandra Urdea
  • William Wheeler
  • Maria Del Carmen Suarez
  • Souad Osseiran
  • Safet HadžiMuhamedović
  • Elena Liber

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

Publications and research outputs

Edited Book

Pine, Frances T. and de Pina-Cabral, Joao, eds. 2008. On the Margins of Religion. NY & Oxford: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1845454098

Pine, Frances T. and Haukanes, Haldis, eds. 2005. Social security, vulnerability and people at risk: gender and generation in the former socialist countries of Europe and central Asia. ISBN not found

Pine, Frances T.; Kaneff, Deema and Haukanes, Idis, eds. 2004. Memory, Politics and Religion: The Past Meets the Present in Europe (Halle Studies in the Anthropology of Eurasia). LIT Verlag. ISBN 978-3825880514

Pine, Frances T. and Bridger, Sue, eds. 1998. Surviving Post-socialism: local strategies and regional responses in post-socialist Europe and the Former Soviet Union,. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415158503

Book Section

Pine, Frances T.. 2018. Household. In: Hilary Callan, ed. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. John Wiley and Sons Ltd. ISBN 9781118924396

Pine, Frances T.. 2018. Inside and Outside the Language of Kinship: Public and Private Conceptions of Sociality. In: Tatjana Thelen and Erdmute Alber, eds. Reconnecting State and Kinship. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 87-107. ISBN 978-0-8122-4951-4

Pine, Frances T.. 2017. Lost Generations? Unemployment, Migration and New Knowledge Regimes in Post EU Poland. In: Susana Narotzky and Victoria Goddard, eds. Work and Livelihoods: history, Ethnography and Models in Times of Crisis. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 31-45. ISBN 978-1-138-81398-4

Pine, Frances T.. 2015. Living in the Grey Zones: When Ambiguity and Uncertainty are the Ordinary. In: Ida Harboe Knudsen and Martin Demand Frederiksen, eds. Ethnographies of Grey Zones in Eastern Europe: Relations, Borders and Invisibilities. London and New York: Anthem Press, pp. 25-40. ISBN 9781783084135

Pine, Frances T.. 2007. Memories of Movement and the Stillness of Place:Kinship and Memory in the Polish Highlands. In: J. Carsten, ed. Ghosts of Memory: Essays on Remembrance and Relatedness. Blackwell Publishing, pp. 104-125. ISBN 9781405154222

Pine, Frances T.. 2004. Reproducing the house: kinship, inheritance and property relations in southern Poland. In: Grandits and P. Heady, eds. Distinct inheritances: property, family and community in changing Europe. Lit Verland, pp. 279-295. ISBN 382586961X

Pine, Frances T.. 2002. Retreat to the Household? Gendered Domains in Postsocialist Poland. In: C. Hann, ed. Postsocialism: ideals, ideologies and practices in Eurasia. Routledge, pp. 95-113. ISBN 0415262577

Pine, Frances T.. 2002. Dealing with money: zlotys, dollars and other currencies in the Polish highlands. In: R. Mandel and C. Humprey, eds. Markets and Moralities: Ethnographies of Postsocialism. Berg, pp. 77-97. ISBN 9781859735770

Pine, Frances T.. 2001. “The city and the country”. In: Deema Kaneff and Pamela Leonard, eds. Post-socialist Peasants? rural and urban constructions of identity in eastern Europe, east Asia and the former Soviet Union. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0333793398


Pine, Frances T.. 2016. Reflections on longterm fieldwork in Poland. LUD(100), pp. 69-82.

Pine, Frances T.. 2014. Migration as Hope: Space, Time and Imagining the Future. Current Anthropology, 55(S9), S95-S104. ISSN 0011-3204

Pine, Frances T.. 2014. Migration as Hope. Current Anthropology, 55(S9), S95-S104. ISSN 0011-3204

Pine, Frances T.. 2007. Dangerous modernities: innovative technologies and the unsettling of agriculture in rural Poland. Critique of Anthropology, 27(2), pp. 183-201. ISSN 0308-275X

Pine, Frances T.. 1997. “Pilfering culture: Gorale identity in post-socialist Poland”. Paragraph, 20(1), pp. 59-74. ISSN 0264-8334

Pine, Frances T.. 1996. “Naming the house and naming the land: kinship and social groups in the Polish highlands”. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 2(3), pp. 443-459. ISSN 13590987

Conference or Workshop Item

Pine, Frances T.. 2007. 'Toward an Anthropology of Hope in former Yugoslavia?'. In: International Workshop Toward an Anthropology of Hope in former Yugoslavia?. University of Manchester, United Kingdom 9-11th November 2007.

Pine, Frances T.. 2007. 'Encountering Europeanisation in Everyday life'. In: Workshop Discussant. International Workshop, Encountering Europeanisation in Everyday life. Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia 31 May - 2nd June 2007.

Pine, Frances T.. 2007. '“Lost generations: Work, Migration and Disruption in the Life Course in Eastern Poland”'. In: Peter Forster Memorial Lecture. University of Hull Research Seminar Series Department of Criminology and Sociological Studies, United Kingdom.

Pine, Frances T.. 2003. 'seminar “Transnational Issues, local Concerns: Insights from Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and the UK”'. In: ESRC research seminar. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.