Romm Lewkowicz is a New York based anthropologist, migrant rights’ activist and a dramaturg. He is doctoral candidate at the Anthropology Department of CUNY’s Graduate Center, and a teaching fellow at Hunter College. In 2018, he will serve as a Max Planck fellow at the University of Leipzig. At present, he is in Chios (Greece), conducting fieldwork for his doctoral dissertation titled Documenting the undocumented: Experimenting the Future of Europe at the EU’s Biometric Refugee Archive. The research is an anthropological study of EURODAC (the EU’s biometric database for asylum seekers and “irregular migrants”), looking at how the refugee body has been serving as a laboratory for experimentation in biometric surveillance.
Lewkowicz has held various research positions in migrant rights NGO’s around the world, including the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants and the African Refugee Development Center (Tel Aviv), Detention Action (London) and Asylos – Research for Asylum (Brussels). Since 2013, Lewkowicz has been collaborating with the Berlin based director Ariel Efraim Ashbel, supervising the research and concept conception for the shows ALL WHITE PEOPLE LOOK THE SAME TO ME (2013) and The Empire Strikes Back (2015). Their next show Do the Right Thing, which explores the legacy of Bauhaus and its bearing on the entanglement of action ethics and materiality, is funded by Kulturstiftung Des Bundes as part of its Bauhaus Today series marking the Bauhaus school’s 100th anniversary. Like their previous collaborations, the show would premiere at the Hebbel Am Ufer theater (HAU) in Berlin.