Hyab Yohannes

Email: h.yohannes.1@research.gla.ac.uk

ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4567-6605/print 

Personal Website: http://www.hyabyohannes.co.uk/ 

Research title: The Plight of Eritrean Refugees in a Carceral Age

Research Summary

Hyab completed a BA degree in Geography in Eritrea, a degree in Liberal Arts in Egypt, and an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS University of London, and he is currently a PhD student in the School of Education, University of Glasgow.

MA dissertation topic - Refugee Trafficking in a Carceral Age: A Case Study of the Sinai Trafficking. Drawing on Agamben’s political theory, Hyab explored the link between refugees’ status in modern political life and trafficking crimes committed against such persons. He argued that refugees are reduced to ‘bare life’—which, according to Agamben, is a form of life that can be killed with impunity—and examined the Sinai trafficking as a typical example of the dismay of this form of life in Agamben’s political theory. He scrutinized why the Sinai trafficking has gone unpunished, concluding that it is because its victims are refugees reduced to bare lives.

Currently, Hyab is working on his PhD project: The Plight of Eritrean Refugees in a Carceral Age. His PhD project focuses on the concept of ‘refugee’ as a progressively nascent figure of a-political life as opposed to the ‘citizen’. He thinks deconstruction of the binary ‘citizen’-‘bare life’ as the realm of rights (the former) versus a realm of a-political life (the latter) would blur the distinction between the two and put into question rights citizens take for granted. He suspects that the way the modern ‘nation-state’ is fashioned poses not only an imminent threat to ‘the refugee’ but also signals a danger to humanity in general. Moreover, he has a persistent curiosity to question modalities of punishment and control that are responsible not only for the creation of refugees but also for securitisation of their ‘unprotected status’ and its subsequent elimination from the political life.


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Yohannes, H. (2020) Commentary. Language and Intercultural Communication, 20(2), pp. 213-217. (doi: 10.1080/14708477.2020.1722689)

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Yohannes, H. (2020) Commentary. Language and Intercultural Communication, 20(2), pp. 213-217. (doi: 10.1080/14708477.2020.1722689)

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Hyab currently holds UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (CRILA) PhD Scholarship to undertake his research project “The Plight of Eritrean Refugees in a Carceral Age”. The scholarship covers tuition fees and provides stipend at the RCUK Stipend Level.



April 2020 to Current

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Glasgow, Glasgow

  • Assist the PGR Community building team at the School of education to develop a community of postgraduate researchers. I also help with organising PGR seminars.

May 2011 to September 2012

Graduate Assistant and Secondary School Teacher, Comboni College; Eritrean Refugees’  School in Khartoum, Sudan

  • Taught mathematics, physics, biology, and geography to students

January 2011 to March 2011

Secondary School Teacher, Ministry of Education, Eritrea

  • Taught mathematics, social sciences, biology, physics, and natural sciences.

September 2010 to January 2011

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Eritrean Institute of Technology, Asmara, Eritrea

  • Assisted lecturers to teach urban geography, statistics, and demography to first-year students
  • Provided academic support to students along with the responsibility of field research

Additional Information

For more information, please, visit Hyab's personal website at http://www.hyabyohannes.co.uk/