Alisa Sopova is a doctoral candidate at the Anthropology Department of Princeton University. She holds a BA in journalism from Moscow State University and an MA in Regional Studies from Harvard University. Her research interests focus on the production of resilience in the civilian communities in the war zone in Eastern Ukraine. Born and raised in Donetsk, currently the capital of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, she engages with her own community as a scholar and a journalist. She seeks to investigate the specifics of everyday life in the environment of military conflict and adjustments and coping mechanisms employed by its residents in order to recreate the normality of their livelihoods.
Media coverage of war relies on military clichés, or tropes of war photography – tanks, soldiers, explosions, crying women, pitiable refugees – which make the situation immediately recognizable for the … Read More