Mikel Venhovens - New PhD at the Department of Anthropology

Mikel Venhovens will be working on a project investigating borderization processes in the contemporary Republic of Abkhazia

07.03.2016 | Camilla Dimke

My name is Mikel Venhovens and since the first of February I have been working as a PhD Student at the Department of Anthropology at the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University. I have a background in Conflict Analysis and currently hold a MA degree in Conflict Studies & Human Rights from Utrecht University. Before arriving in Aarhus, I have been working in Brussels for NGOs who are active in setting up projects in conflict affected areas.

My project here at Aarhus University focuses on borderization processes in the contemporary Republic of Abkhazia, a disputed territory and partially recognized state situated north-west of the Republic of Georgia. My project aims to understand the workings of government in the borderlands of the contemporary de-facto state and the impact it has on the ethnic Georgian minority living in the borderlands. More specifically, it will explore the use and manipulation of space, place and territory in governing and laying claim to contested spaces and the impact it has on identity, nation-building, the landscape and the everyday life of minorities in a partially recognized state.

I am very much looking forward to my time here at Aarhus University and I would like to thank my supervisor Maria Louw, Mads Daugbjerg, Anne-Mette Brink Christensen and the rest of the department for the warm welcome I have received over the last couple of weeks.