Representing Foreignness: Encounters in the Sino-Russian Borderlands.

Nov. 8, 2022

On November 7th, Karolina Koziol defended her fascinating dissertation “Representing Foreignness: Encounters in the Sino-Russian Borderlands.”

Koziol’s research examines concepts of foreignness as they are lived, experienced, and reproduced in the contact zone in the borderlands of two empires. It is based on 14 months of ethnographic fieldwork with Russian migrants and local residents in Northern China between 2017 and 2019, as well as three months in Siberia and the Russian Far East in 2016.

Koziol’s dissertation committee included her co-advisors, John Borneman (Princeton Emeritus) and Serguei Oushakine, as well as her two examiners, Jerry Zee and Caroline Humphrey (University of Cambridge, UK).