Anna Wyss

Anna Wyss is a PhD candidate at the University of Bern. Her multi-sited ethnographic dissertation project looks at the interrupted journeys of migrants with precarious legal status within Europe. She studies to what extent and how migrants with low chances of being granted legal residence status can circumvent the implementation of increasingly restrictive migration policies and how migration law and its implementation influence their life prospects, their integration in however unstable social networks. Thus, on the one hand, she is interested in practices of subversion and everyday resistance of migrants, and, on the other hand, in the consequences of politics of exclusion and illegalisation. Her dissertation project is funded by the Doc.CH scheme of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and supervised by Prof. Dr. Christian Joppke (Institute of Sociology, University of Bern) and Prof. Dr. Janine Dahinden (MAPS, University of Neuchâtel).

Since November 2017, Anna Wyss is part of the project Engendering migration, development and belonging: The experiences of recently arrived Afghans in Europe, which is funded by the Swiss Network for International studies (SNIS) and affiliated with the University of Neuchâtel. This project examines how gender shapes understandings of home, belonging and the self among recently arrived Afghan migrants in Europe (https://snis.ch/project/engendering-migration-development-and-belonging-the-experiences-of-recently-arrived-afghans-in-europe/).

In 2017/2018 Anna Wyss was a writing-up fellow in the Law and Anthropology Department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle and in 2017 a visiting scholar at the Sussex Centre of Migration Research. She holds an MA in Social Anthropology, Sociology and Slavic Linguistics from the University of Zurich.

(illegalised) migration, refugee studies, mobility studies, anthropology/sociology of law, transnationalism, gender studies, marriage and kinship, ethnography

Wyss, Anna. 2018. ‘Stuck in Mobility? The Interrupted Journeys of Migrants with Precarious Legal Status in EUrope’. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/15562948.2018.1514091.

Eule, Tobias G., Lisa M. Borrelli, Annika Lindberg, and Anna Wyss. 2018. Migrants Before the Law. Contested Migration Control in Europe. London: Palgrave Macmillan. //www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319987484.

Wyss, Anna. 2018. ‘Illegalisation, Masculinity and Intimacy. The Impact of Public Images on Male Migrants with a Precarious Legal Status’. Tsantsa, no. 23: 121–26.

Eule, Tobias G., David Loher, and Anna Wyss. 2017. ‘Contested Control at the Margins of the State’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 0 (0): 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2017.1401511.


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