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Georgina Ramsay

Assistant Professor
University of Delaware

Georgina Ramsay (PhD University of Newcastle, 2016) is a socio-cultural and politico-legal anthropologist at the University of Delaware. Her research focuses broadly on refugees, displacement, sovereignty, citizenship, and gender. She has conducted fieldwork in Australia and Uganda with refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda. She has recently published articles in Public Culture, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, and Anthropological Quarterly, among others.


Georgina Ramsay is a socio-cultural and politico-legal anthropologist. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Australia and Uganda with refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda. Her research areas include: refugees and forced migration; Central Africa and African diaspora; citizenship and sovereignty; gender and motherhood; violence and humanitarianism; time and temporality; phenomenology and embodiment; development and human rights. She also has expertise in medical anthropology, applied anthropology, and the sociology of education. Her current research and writing project is based on fieldwork with displaced peoples in the United States and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is tentatively titled, "The Productivity of Forced Displacement: Tracing the Making of a Transnational Labor Force."

Dr. Ramsay has published extensively across academic and public mediums. Her book, Impossible Refuge: The Control and Constraint of Refugee Futures, is due to be published in November 2017 (Routledge). Her research has been published in the journals Public Culture, Anthropological Quarterly, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Social Analysis, International Migration, Australian Feminist Studies, Journal of Intercultural Studies, and Higher Education Review and Development Society of Australasia. Her writing has also been published in public media outlets, including The Conversation and New Matilda. In 2016, an article she wrote, "Election Fact Check: Are Many Refugees Illiterate and Innumerate?" was selected for inclusion in The Conversation Yearbook 2016: 50 Standout Articles from Australia's Top Thinkers.

She is also currently an Honorary Lecturer with the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University in Australia. Prior to taking up her position at the University of Delaware, Dr. Ramsay was a Research Associate with the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education and a Sessional Academic with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, both at the University of Newcastle, Australia.



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Public Culture

Incommensurable Futures and Displaced Lives: Sovereignty as Control Over Time

Published: Sep 01, 2017 by Public Culture
Authors: Ramsay, G.
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci

In this article I consider how sovereignty is imposed on refugees through the very processes that are designed to resolve their displacement. Doing so opens up new ways to think about control over time as a technique of sovereignty.

Journal of Intercultural Studies

Central African Refugee Women Resettled in Australia: Colonial Legacies and the

Published: Aug 01, 2017 by Journal of Intercultural Studies
Authors: Ramsay, G.
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci

The resettlement of refugees in Australia is as much a civilising process as a process of providing resettled refugees with protection.

Anthropological Quarterly

Forced Childlessness and Ruptured Personhood: The Politics of Motherhood for Cen

Published: Aug 01, 2017 by Anthropological Quarterly
Authors: Ramsay, G.

This article explores the phenomenon of forced childlessness as a result of state interventions for child protection, with a focus on the ways in which such practices impact subjective experiences of motherhood

Australian Feminist Studies

Black Mothers, Bad Mothers: African Refugee Women and the Governing of ‘Good’ Ci

Published: Dec 01, 2016 by Australian Feminist Studies
Authors: Ramsay, G.
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci

I argue that the child welfare system not only operates to protect children, but can also function as an instrument to govern women to ‘fit’ with an idealised standard of citizenship in Australia.

International Migration

Motherhood Motivations: African Refugee Women Resettled in Australia and Return

Published: Apr 01, 2016 by International Migration
Authors: Ramsay, G.

Building on an emergent focus on feminization in migration studies, I show how gendered dynamics of refugee “return” are an entry point from which to re-consider how scholarship and policy take into account “family” in contexts of forced migration.

Social Analysis

Avoiding Poison: Congolese Refugees Seeking Cosmological Continuity in Urban Asy

Published: Jan 02, 2016 by Social Analysis
Authors: Ramsay, G.
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci

Focusing on the cosmological logics through which refugees experience urban asylum, I argue that practices of avoiding poison can be seen as acts of securitization whereby refugees exert agency in precarious contexts of urban asylum.