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Department of Philosophy

Staff

Dr Andreas Pantazatos, BA, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor/Careers Advisor in the Department of Philosophy

Contact Dr Andreas Pantazatos (email at andreas.pantazatos@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

I locate my research in the context of applied philosophy, which focuses on ethics and its application in different professional practices. I am committed to rigorous analysis of ethical theories that is grounded in normative roots but at the same time is shaped by how practitioners perform their duties, and it is informed by the context of their practice. I am particularly interested in the role of trust in institutional governance such as museums, the ethics of stewardship in heritage and in the corporate world, and issues of epistemic injustice in relation to stakeholders affected by heritage practice, research and management. These three areas of research inform one another, and the issues I address demand an interdisciplinary study bringing philosophy and social sciences, broadly construed, together. By integrating different disciplinary approaches, my research provides a unique and novel analytical perspective that would not be possible for any one of them alone.

I am currently working on two projects. Following from my research collaboration and engagement with the AHRC project 'Ethics and Aesthetics of Archaeological Stewardship', I focus on the ethics of stewardship and trusteeship. In my monograph (forthcoming with Bloomsbury) I am investigating the ways in which stewardship and trusteeship are useful ethical decision-making tools in different contexts of practice such as heritage management and museum governance. I argue that the best candidate to delineate our obligations to future generations is the ethics of care which ground its normative basis on the idea of inter-dependence between human beings.

My second project focuses on epistemic injustice. Following from my most recent work on epistemic injustice and cultural heritage (see below), I turn my attention on the relationship between epistemic injustice and the cultural heritage of minorities such as post-industrial communities. I argue that marginalised communities suffer from forms of epistemic injustice because their voices and testimonies are not as influential as those of others, most notably of institutionally privileged stakeholders. This project is in collaboration with Durham post-industrial communities. I pursue both research projects in my capacity as the co-director of the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage (www.dur.ac.uk/cech).

These projects provided the basis for my Parliamentary Academic Fellowship. As Parliamentary Academic Fellow I designed and I will lead the research project Living With Heritage: Parliament, Democracy and Civic Identity for Future Generations. This project explores the intangible heritage of the restoration and renewal of the Westminster Palace, and it aims to inform the heritage management practices of the Palace of Westminster UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Given the nature of my research, I participate in three departmental research clusters:

Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics

Science, Medicine and Society

History of Philosophy

I am a passionate lecturer and I have taught ethics, applied ethics, professional ethics and heritage studies in all undergraduate and postgraduate levels. For the last five years I have designed and led the innovative and interdisciplinary MA module 'Ethics of Cultural Heritage' for students who read for MA in International Heritage Studies and MA in Philosophy. This module is the first of its kind in UK, Europe and beyond. Also, I have designed and led two innovative MA modules on Business Ethics for students who read MA in Philosophy and MSc in Management.

I am currently co-supervising three PhD students on the ethics of cultural heritage and professional ethics, business ethics and normative ethics.

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2018: Parliamentary Academic Fellow:

    Parliamentary Academic Fellowship - Project: Living With Heritage: Parliament, Democracy and Civic Identity for Future Generations

  • 2015: TEDx Invited Speaker: TEDxLUISS Rome, Invited Speaker: "I Am a Tourist, Therefore I Have a Stake in Your Heritage"
  • Research Associate at Collaborative for Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA :

Research Groups

  • Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

Research Interests

  • Applied Ethics (Cultural Heritage Ethics and Business Ethics), Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Social Science, Professional Ethics

Publications

Chapter in book

Edited book

Journal Article