Borders Retold : The entanglements between women's bodies and the Cyprus's Green Line

by Theodora Irakleous

Institution: Linkping University
Year: 2017
Keywords: Gender Studies; Genusstudier
Posted: 02/01/2018
Record ID: 2170658
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This thesis is a qualitative research project that takes as its starting point a knowledge gap found in the literature concerning the Green Line of the island of Cyprus. Although the aforementioned literature contextualizes the aftermath of the islands division, the traumas and consequences of the division, as well as its effects on the construction of national and ethnic identities, it nevertheless leaves the materiality of bodies, which entangle with the Line unexamined. For this reason, the thesis aims to create a new way of thinking the entanglements between borders and bodies by suggesting a new theoretical framework that will take account of bodies when analyzing borders in general and the Green Line in particular. Drawing on theories of border feminism and new feminist materialism or corpomaterialist postconstructionism, I explore the entanglements between borders and bodies through the insights of eight semi-structured, in-depth interviews I conducted during March-April 2016. The thesis is informed by a feminist epistemology, which is deeply embodied and contextual, while it recognizes the partial perspective I, as a researcher, have towards my empirical material. For this reason, the determinative concepts that have assisted the development of this study are the following: accountability, situatedness, and self-reflexivity.