About the author: Eleni is a recent graduate of the Global Studies Master's Program. Her research interests and master's capstone project focused on anarchist and anti-capitalist social movements and their unique crisis adaptation strategies. As a Greek-American, she has focused on crisis adaptation in the context of the Greek debt crisis and the refugee crisis. Eleni is starting her PhD at the University of South Carolina, Columbia in August, where she will continue research on crisis adaptation. Outside of academics, she enjoys drawing, painting, hiking, learning new languages, and spending time with her family.
About the piece: Drawing from both memories and imagination, this short story is a reflection on space and place through different senses and sensations—smells, sights, sounds, and those unexplainable experiences of being haunted. Using symbolism that is at once unique to the Greek island of Sifnos, but also universal (bones, flowers, stones, and bells), the sensation of the supernatural, and questions left unspoken and unanswered, this story dives into Eleni's own memories and dreams of the island of Sifnos where she has spent her summers since she was a child.