Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Young Southeast European Researcher in the Spotlight

The Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft (Southeast Europe Association), a mediation body and a centre administering within Germany research in the area of Southeast European studies awarded at its annual meeting on 13 February 2010 two Fritz and Helga Exner Foundation awards to young scholars (Förderpreise). One of them was given to Ramona Lenz for her dissertation entitled "Mobilitäten in Europa: Migration und Tourismus auf Kreta und Zypern im Kontext des europäischen Grenzregimes" which will be published in 2010 by VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften in Wiesbaden.

Research on migration and tourism is usually conducted separately. Ramona Lenz, however, points out various linkages between these two forms of mobility and their infrastructure and analyzes them with regard to the European border regime that promotes some kinds of mobilities while at the same time hampering others. The core of her thesis are the results of ethnographic research in tourist areas in Crete and Cyprus, which Ramona Lenz discusses in relation to mobility opportunities and restrictions in the European Union. The tourism sector as a labor market for immigrants and the varied use of tourist facilities in Mediterranean countries are at the center of the dissertation.

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