Tatjana is a full professor at the department of Social and Cultural Anthropology in Vienna. Central to her theoretical work are both care and state. Together with her co-authors she developed a relational approach to the state. The three analytical axes of relational modalities, embeddedness and boundary work allow for grasping emerging formations bridging state images and practices. Care plays an important role in boundary work between the state and its others by way of negotiations of responsibilities. Such understandings of ‘appropriate’ configurations are linked to the way differences are conceived and acted upon, which contributes to long-standing patterns of inequality and marginalization.