The Russian market for EU passports in Cyprus - with Theodoros Rakopoulos, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo.
Part of Autumn Term seminar series.
This paper focuses on the peopled makings of CIPs (Citizenship by Investment Programmes), schemes that allow investors to effectively buy the citizenship of the countries that offer a CIP naturalisation corridor. I argue that this formation of a jus pecuniae (right of money) unsettles our conventional understandings of citizenship as associated to descent and territory, and begs for an analysis of citizenship’s commodification. Importantly, the ethnography supporting this claim came to life in the sites where The Republic of Cyprus is produced, reproduced and expanded. With this in mind, I also make a methodological argument: While much location work in anthropology currently reflects on identifying the bounded field, research in the project presented here, does not take place ‘in Cyprus’ as such. It is rather premised on an emplacement of history in statehood, as well as on witnessing a global transformation in a specific stately location. This type of location work suggests an anthropology attentive to the historical specifics (from attention to the bicommunal state collapse in Cyprus to observing everyday Cypriot statehood), but also the currents of global political economy (from Russian capital mobility to deterritorialised citizenship).
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