Winners of the Irmgard Coninx Research Grant

Dylan Craig is a professorial lecturer in the International Politics division of American University's School of International Service. His current research project is a comparative study of “sovereign interstices”: the geopolitically complex spaces and places within which states both modern and historical have responded to strategic and tactical constraints by intermediarizing (e.g. through proxies) or technologizing (e.g. through drones) their foreign and domestic security practices. His work on the sovereign interstice received the 2010 ISA Best Security Studies Paper award. Dr Craig's other research interests include pre- and post-colonial African politics, research methodology in international studies, and  military history. Dr. Craig will be spending his time at the Irmgard Coninx Stiftung preparing a book manuscript on his theory of the “sovereign interstice.”

Julie M. Klinger is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. She researches the global rare earths trade, focusing on the intersection of transnational and local processes in key sites of extraction in China and Brazil. She is particularly interested in resource-driven frontier urbanization, labor migration, and land use change. She is fluent in Mandarin and Portuguese. During her stay at the WZB, Ms. Klinger looks forward to engaging with like-minded scholars, policy-makers, and trade unionists in Berlin. She also plans to analyze her findings following several months of fieldwork in China, and to conclude an article on resource governance regimes in the China-Mongolia borderlands. After her fellowship, she will depart for Brazil to continue her research.


Dominic A. Martin is a Ph.D. research student at the department of social anthropology, University of Cambridge, from which he has received B.A. and M.Phil. degrees. Sponsored by the Economic and Social Science Research Council UK, he conducted 15 months of fieldwork in Russia and lived within a community of Orthodox Old Believers, who inhabit the bounds of a “closed” town in the Pacific region of the Russian Far East. His doctoral dissertation describes how this community has provided a refuge and a route to ethical selfhood for individuals on the margins of society, including veterans of the Zone, the notorious Russian penal system, and those without status in the emerging landscape of post-socialism. His visit to the WZB in 2013 will allow him to complete my dissertation, produce a publication on this research, and to discuss his postdoctoral project with fellow researchers in Berlin, and further afield in Germany and Central Europe.


Special Publication Grant

The jury of the 15th Berlin Roundtables awarded a special publication grant to two conference participants who will publish a small selection of conference papers under the title "Infringing the Border: Smuggling, Illegality and Political Authority under Changing Mobility Regimes."

JosĂ© Carlos G. Aguiar (Ph.D. University of Amsterdam, 2007) is an urban anthropologist specialized in cultures of illegality, digital piracy, borders, security policies and minority issues. He holds a position as assistant professor in the Department of Latin American Studies, Leiden University. Aguiar has conducted extensive fieldwork in Latin America, particularly in Mexico and the IguazĂş Triangle – the international urban conglomerate across Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. He has been distinguished as National Researcher, Consejo Nacional para la Ciencia y TecnologĂ­a (CONACYT), Mexico. He is councillor for the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, section of the American Anthropological Association, and visiting fellow at the Free University of Berlin (2012). 

Mélissa Gauthier is a visiting assistant professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University (SUNY). She specializes in economic anthropology and the anthropology of international borders with an emphasis on Mexico and North America. Dr. Gauthier received her Ph.D. from Concordia University, Montreal in 2009 and she is at work on a book that explores the impact of neoliberal reforms and border security policies on smuggling and small-scale trading along the U.S.-Mexico border. Her current research builds and expands on these themes through the study of two other international borders: the Mexico-Belize border and the U.S.-Canada border. Dr. Gauthier’s other research and teaching interests include migration, transnationalism, illicit/informal economies, globalization, material culture and consumption.