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This workshop on Nitouche Anthoussi’s doctoral research, “Species of Heterotopia,” charts his comparative project on carcerality between Ellis Island, New York, and Leros Island, Greece. Join us for a discussion on the artistic, historical, social, and spatial contexts of existence within these two heterotopic environments.


Nitouche Anthoussi is a PhD candidate in Fine Arts and Art Sciences at the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, under the supervision of Professor Jean-Marie Dallet. Her doctoral research is about the appropriation of space in asylums, psychiatric hospitals, prisons, and the world of metaverse, from an artistic, philosophical, and anthropological approach. At Columbia University she will be working in residence at the Justice in Education Initiative under the supervision of Professor Neni Panourgiá (Academic Adviser at JIE Initiative). She will be developing a project on comparative carcerality between Ellis Island and Leros (Greece). Nitouche previously completed a Master 2 at the same university in Fine Arts and Contemporary Creation. She graduated from the School of Fine Arts of the University of Ioannina, Greece. From her great love mathematics, she finds herself in art. She is the first Erasmus international student to have been accepted by the Centre Culturel Georges Pompidou in Paris as a photographer for the main art collection and has participated in several artistic exhibitions in Athens, Paris, Milan, Ioannina and Corinth.

Naor Ben-Yehoyada‘s work examines unauthorized migration, criminal justice, the aftermath of development, and transnational political imaginaries in the central and eastern Mediterranean. His monograph, The Mediterranean Incarnate: Transnational Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II (Chicago Press, 2017), offers a historical anthropology of the recent re-emergence of the Mediterranean. He is specifically interested in the processes through which transnational regions form and dissipate. He proposes to view such spaces as ever-changing constellations, and show how we can to study them from the moving vessels that weave these constellations together and stage their social relations and dynamics in full view. He has also written shorter pieces about the different phases of the dynamics of maritime unauthorized migration and interdiction, as well as on the role that the Mediterranean’s seabed plays in Italian political retrospection.

Mia Ruyter is the Education and Outreach Manager for the SOF/Heyman Center. She coordinates the educational programming offered by JIE in New York City jails. She is a doctoral student in Art and Art Education at Teachers College, and received an MFA in Art from Hunter College in New York City.


  • Justice-in-Education
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Program in Hellenic Studies
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative