Ana Ivasiuc



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Dr. Ana Ivasiuc is a social anthropologist with expertise in the anthropology of mobility, security, policing, development, social movements (including the far-right), and urban ethnography. Her focus in her doctoral research project (2011-2014, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania, under the supervision of Prof. Vintilă Mihăilescu) was the notion of empowering the Roma, with a focus on Roma autonomous projects of social mobility in the context of a World Bank funded development and ‘empowerment’ project in Romania.
Between 2014 and 2017, Dr. Ivasiuc was a member of the Collaborative Research Centre “Dynamics of Security: Forms of Securitization in Historical Perspective” (SFB/TRR 138) funded by the German Research Foundation at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. Her postdoctoral research project entailed an ethnography of formal and informal policing of the Roma in the peripheries of Rome. Dr. Ivasiuc is the recipient of a research grant from the Gerda Henkel Foundation’s special programme Security, Society, State, for a project on civilian defense groups / neighbourhood patrols in Germany and The Netherlands. Her project analyzed the connection between transformations of the urban space, the rise of far-right civilian defense groups, and their effects on imaginaries and security practices of the state. She has published extensively on her research; among her publications are: Roma Activism: Reimagining Power and Knowledge (co-edited with Sam Beck, 2018/2020, Berghahn Books) and The Securitization of the Roma in Europe (co-edited with Huub van Baar and Regina Kreide, 2019, Palgrave Macmillan).
Prior to rejoining the academic world, Dr. Ivasiuc has coordinated the research department of an influential Roma NGO in Romania. In this quality, she has coordinated / carried out over twenty research and policy analysis reports in the field of Roma social inclusion in Europe, interethnic conflict, racism and discrimination, and migration. Dr. Ivasiuc is a co-convenor of the Anthropology of Security Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, an editorial board member of Conflict and Society, of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, and of the CEU Press series Conflict and Security in Central and Eastern Europe.
She is currently serving as President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 Ana Ivasiuc (2022) '“The State Cannot Protect Us”: How Vigilance (Un)Makes the State in Western Europe'. Conflict and Society: Advances in Research, 8 :106-124. [DOI]
2022 Ivasiuc, Ana, Eveline Dürr, and Catherine Whittaker (2022) 'Introduction: The Power and Productivity of Vigilance Regimes'. Conflict and Society: Advances in Research, 8 :57-72. [DOI]
2020 Ana Ivasiuc (2020) 'Race Matters: The Materiality of Domopolitics in the Peripheries of Rome'. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 45 (6):1047-1055. [Link] [DOI]
2020 Ana Ivasiuc (2020) '`We'll Help Ourselves, but What's in It for Us?' Conflict, Development and Social Mobility among Roma in Romania'. 68 (4):365-378. [Link] [DOI]
2020 Ana Ivasiuc (2020) 'Threatening the Social Order'. 4 (1):227-249. [Link] [DOI]
2019 Andreea Racles and Ana Ivasiuc (2019) 'Emplacing Smells: Spatialities and Materialities of ‘Gypsiness’'. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 28 (1):25-44. [DOI]
2018 Ana Nichita Ivasiuc (2018) 'Social Mobility and the Ambiguous Autonomy of Roma Migration'. 4 (2). [Link] [DOI]
2015 Ana Ivasiuc (2015) 'Watching over the Neighbourhood: Vigilante Discourses and Practices in the Suburbs of Rome'. .

Edited Book

Year Publication
2019 Huub van Baar, Ana Ivasiuc, and Regina Kreide (Ed.). (2019) The Securitization of the Roma in Europe. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, [DOI]
2018 Sam Beck and Ana Ivasiuc (Ed.). (2018) Roma Activism: Reimagining Power and Knowledge. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books,

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2022 Ana Ivasiuc (2022) 'Spatial Mobility as a Threat to Social Mobility: Roma in the Peripheries of Rome and the NIMBY Politics of campi nomadi' In: The Mobility-Security Nexus and the Making of Order. An Interdisciplinary and Historicizing Intervention. London : Routledge. [DOI]
2022 Ana Ivasiuc (2022) 'Desires and Fears in the Eternal Invisible City: An Ethnography of All Urban Ethnographies' In: Invisible Cities and the Urban Imagination. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan. [Link]
2021 Ana Ivasiuc (2021) 'From Folk Devils to Modern State Devils: The Securitization and Racial Policing of the Roma in Italy' In: Modern Folk Devils: The Construction of Evil in Contemporary Europe. Helsinki : Helsinki University Press.
2019 Ana Ivasiuc (2019) 'Reassembling Insecurity: The Power of Materiality' In: Conceptualizing Power in Dynamics of Securitization. Baden Baden : Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH \& Co. KG.
2019 Ana Ivasiuc (2019) 'Sharing the Insecure Sensible: The Circulation of Images of Roma on Social Media' In: The Securitization of the Roma in Europe. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan.
2019 Huub van Baar, Ana Ivasiuc and Regina Kreide (2019) 'The European Roma and Their Securitization: Contexts, Junctures, Challenges' In: The Securitization of the Roma in Europe. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan.
2018 Ana Ivasiuc (2018) 'Introduction: Renewing Research and Roma Activism' In: Roma Activism: Reimagining Power and Knowledge. Oxford and New York : Berghahn Books.
2018 Ana Ivasiuc (2018) 'Alter-Narratives: Seeing Ordinary Agency' In: Roma Activism: Reimagining Power and Knowledge. Oxford and New York : Berghahn Books.

Other Journal

Year Publication
2020 Ana Ivasiuc (2020) 'The Gypsy Police: The Social Division of Police Labor in Rome' Society for the Anthropology of Work, . [Link] [DOI]
2020 Ana Ivasiuc (2020) '‘This is Not the Bronx’: The Ambivalent Contestation of Urban Imaginaries of Fear' LoSquaderno, (57) .
2018 Ana Ivasiuc (2018) 'The Order of Things and People: Vertical Non-State Surveillance' On_Culture, (6) . [Link]
2017 Ana Ivasiuc (2017) 'Securitizations of Identities and Racial Eastern-Europeanization' EuropeNow, (13) . [Link]

Published Report

Year Publication
2014 Cace, Sorin, Neagu, Gabriela Raț, Cristina and Ivasiuc, Ana (2014) Politici de incluziune a romilor in statele membre ale Uniunii Europene. European Institute of Romania, .

Book Review

Year Publication
2021 Ana Ivasiuc (2021) William C. Olsen and Thomas Csordas (eds.). 2019. Engaging Evil: A Moral Anthropology. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 322 pages. Hb. US$ 135. ISBN 978-1-78920-213-7. BREV
2020 Ana Ivasiuc (2020) Rice, Stephen K. & Michael D. Maltz, eds. 2018. Doing Ethnography in Criminology: Discovery through Fieldwork, Cham: Springer. BREV [Link] [DOI]
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