Dace Dzenovska

Dace Dzenovska

Senior Researcher and Marie Curie Fellow

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Dace Dzenovska is a Senior Researcher / Marie Curie Fellow at COMPAS contributing to the work of the Marie Curie Early Training Initiative “Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging” (CoHaB).

At COMPAS, she is researching the Latvian state's attempts to turn its mobile citizens into diasporic subjects. She is particularly interested in how affect and moral imaginaries figure in the making of Latvian diaspora, as well as how sovereignty is reworked in the context of intra-European migration and diaspora politics. Her broader research interests include race, nationalism, migration, borders, and political imaginaries and practices in post socialist contexts.

Selected publications

Dzenovska, D. (2014) 'Bordering Encounters, Sociality and Distribution of the Ability to Live A Normal Life'. Social Anthropology 22(3): pp. 271–287.

Dzenovska, D. (2014) "The Great Departure: Rethinking National(ist) Common Sense" in Regimes of Mobility: Imaginaries and Relationalities of Power, eds. Noel B. Salazar and Nina Glick Schiller. Oxford: Routledge.

Dzenovska, D. (2013) 'Historical agency and the coloniality of power in postsocialist Europe', Anthropological Theory, 13(4): 394-416. doi: 10.1177/1463499613502185

Dzenovska, D. (2012) 'Aizbraukšana un tukšums Latvijas laukos: starp zudušām un iespējamām nākotnēm' [Departure and Emptiness in the Latvian Countryside: Between Lost and Possible Futures]. Rīga: Turība.

Dzenovska, D. (2012) 'The Great Departure: Rethinking National(ist) Common Sense', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI:10.1080/1369183X.2013.723254    

Dzenovska, D. (2012) 'Migrācija un valstiskais redzējums: No nacionālas biopolitikas uz dzīvojamu dzīvi' [Migration and the statist vision: From national biopolitics to a livable life], In Raubiško Ieva and Agnese Cimdiņa (Eds), Labbūtība -dzīve - attīstība Latvijas laukos [Well-being, life and development in the Latvian countryside]. Rīga: Zinātne.

Dzenovska, D. and Arenas I. (2012) 'Don’t Fence Me In: Barricade Sociality and Political Struggles in Mexico and Latvia', Comparative Studies in Society and History 54(3): 644-678.    

Dzenovska, D. (2011) ’Dānis’ Latvijas laukos: mīti un pēcpadomju agrārā kapitālisma kritika' [’Danes’ in the Latvian Countryside: Myths and Critique of Post-Soviet Agrarian Capitalism], Akadēmiskā Dzīve 48: 3-16.

Dzenovska, D. (2011) 'Notes on Emptiness and the Importance of Maintaining Life', The Anthropology of East Europe Review 29(2): 228-241.

Dzenovska, D. (2010) 'Public Reason and the Limits of Liberal Anti-Racism in Latvia', Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 75(4): 425-454.

Arenas, I. and Dzenovska, D. (2010) 'Making ‘the People:’ Political Imaginaries and the Materiality of Barricades in Mexico and Latvia', Laboratorium: Russian Social Research Review, 3: 179-199.

Beliaev, A. and Dzenovska D. (2009) 'Some Reflections on the ‘Global’ Crisis in Latvia', The Newsletter of the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 26(2): 3-6.    

Dzenovska, D. (2007) 'Neoliberal Imaginations, Subject Formation, and Other National Things in Latvia, the Land that Sings', in Darieva, Tsypylma and Wolfgang Kaschuba (Eds), Representations on the Margins of Europe: Politics and Identities in the Baltic and South Caucasian States. Campus Verlag Press. Pp. 114-138.