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Dr Elisabeth Kirtsoglou, MSc, PhD, London School of Economics

Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40680

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Research Interests

Dr. Elisabeth Kirtsoglou accepts applications for an ESRC-funded Doctoral studentship to begin in September 2018, in the areas of Gender, Migration, Politics, Anthropology of Greece. Essential Qualifications: BA (or equivalent), First Class (for funder Masters & PhD schemes, duration of scholarship: 4 years), or MA, First Class (for funded taught part of Masters and PhD scheme, duration of scholarship: 3.5 years).

Closing Date for Applications and CVs: 01 December 2017. 

My research interests focus on Gender, Politics and Migration in Greece. I have published a monograph on Gender and Identity and since 2006 I have been working on themes like terrorism, cosmopolitanism, globalisation, power assymetries and the fragility of the social contract. I am currently conducting research on migration and refugee issues, the Greek crisis and South European politics.

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Durham Global Security Institute

  • Contextualising Conflict

Research Projects

Department of Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Greece
  • Identity
  • Politics
  • Migration and Refugee Issues

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Kirtsoglou, E. (2004). For the love of women: Gender, Identity and Same-Sex Relationships in a Greek Provincial town. London: Routledge.

Edited book

  • Theodossopoulos, D. & Kirtsoglou, E. (2010). United in Discontent: Local Responses to Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism and Globalization. Oxford: Berghahn.

Chapter in book

  • Kirtsoglou, Elisabeth (2018). Commentary: Nomadic Ethics. In The New Nomadic Age Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration. Hamilakis, Y. Sheffield, UK Bristol, CT: Equinox Publishing.
  • Kirtsoglou, Elisabeth & Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios (2018). Empathy, as affective ethical technology and transformative political praxis. In Moral Anthropology: A Critique. Kapferer, Bruce & Gold, Marina New York: Berghahn Books. 16: 104-132.
  • Kirtsoglou, Elisabeth (2018). We are all human: Cosmopolitanism as a radically political, moral project. In An Anthropology of the Enlightenment: Moral Social Relations Then and Today. Rapport, N. & Wardle, H. London: Bloomsbury. 133-150.
  • Kirtsoglou, E. (2011). The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Imagination, Creativity and Political Agency in the Inspirational Night Dream in Islam. In The Dream in Islam: From Qur'anic Tradition to Jihadist Inspiration. Edgar, I.R. Oxford: Berghahn. 124-136.
  • Kirtsoglou, E. (2009). Conclusion: United in Discontent. In United in Discontent; Local Responses to cosmopolitanism and globalization. Theodossopoulos, D. & Kirtsoglou, E. New York: Berghahn. 168-180.
  • Kirtsoglou, E. & Theodossopoulos, D. (2009). Intimacies of Anti-globalization: Imagining Unhappy Others as Oneself in Greece. In United in Discontent: Local Responses to Cosmopolitanism and Globalization. Theodossopoulos, D. & Kirtsoglou, E. New York: Berghahn. 83-102.
  • Kirtsoglou, E. (2006). Unspeakable Crimes: Athenian Greek perceptions of local and international terrorism. In Terror and Violence: Imagination and the Unimaginable. Strathern, A., Stewart, P. & Whitehead, N.L. London: Pluto Press. 61-88.

Journal Article

  • Kirtsoglou, Elisabeth & Tsimouris, Giorgos (2018). Migration, Crisis, Liberalism: the cultural and racial politics of Islamophobia and “radical alterity” in modern Greece. Ethnic and Racial Studies 41(10): 1874-1892.
  • Kirtsoglou, E. & Tsimouris, E. (2016). “Il était un petit navire” The refugee crisis, neo-orientalism, and the production of radical alterity. Journal of Modern Greek Studies Occasional Paper 9: 1-14.
  • Kirtsoglou, E. (2013). The Dark Ages of the Golden Dawn anthropological analysis and responsibility in the Twilight Zone of the Greek Crisis. Suomen Antropologi journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society 38(1): 104-108.
  • Kirtsoglou, E. (2010). Dreaming the Self: A Unified Approach towards Dreams, Subjectivity and the Radical Imagination. History and Anthropology 21(3): 321-335.
  • Kirtsoglou, E. (2010). Introduction: Rhetoric and the Workings of Power — the Social Contract in Crisis. Social Analysis 54(1): 1-14.
  • Kirtsoglou, E. & Theodossopoulos, D. (2010). The Poetics of Anti-Americanism in Greece: Rhetoric, Agency, and Local Meaning. Social Analysis 54(1): 106-124.
  • Kirtsoglou, E. (2006). Phantom menace: What junior Greek army officers have to say about Turks and Turkey. South European Society and Politics 11(1): 163-177.
  • Kirtsoglou, E. & Theodossopoulos, D. (2004). “They are taking our culture away” tourism and culture commodification in the Garifuna community of Roatan. Critique of Anthropology 24(2): 135-157.

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