What did you want to be as a child?
‘My childhood dream was to become veterinarian.’
What did you study? Why did you chose this study?
‘My bachelor’s studies focused on Political Science and my master’s on Human Geography, specializing in European borders, identities and governance. While younger, I read some books on Political Psychoanalysis and decided to dive into this interweaving. The completion of my studies coincided with the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, whose repercussions had just reached the external European borderlands and thus my home country, Greece. That was a decisive moment that motivated me to continue my studies in the field of Human (par extension political) Geography, and to research the European external border and migration regime, unfolding through the Greek case.’
Did your studies make you look “through another lens” and change your perspective on something in particular?
‘My studies provided me with an overall ability to be more critical and to dive beneath the surface of statements, claims and arguments on various current-day (geo)political affairs. To me, this is what education should aim towards; not to provide a definitive answer, but to unfold the plethora of different paths and lenses that we can choose from.’