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Border Crossings Network Since 2003

Staff Members

Vassilis Nitsiakos
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Director of the Konitsa Summer School
Vassilis Nitsiakos studied Modern Greek (University of Ioannina), Folk life Studies (University of Leeds, England) and Social Anthropology (University of Cambridge, England). He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. He is currently Professor at the University of Ioannina, Department of History and Archaeology. His main research interest are: Economic, social and cultural transformations in modern Greece, the cultural construction of space and time, myth and ritual, tradition and modernity, ethnicity and nationalism, emigration, cultural ecology, theory and method in social sciences and the humanities. His most recent research projects are in the fields of migration, borders and identities and cultural ecology. Currently he has been engaged in the THALIS research project Conservation through religion. The sacred forests of Epirus. His books On the border. Transborder mobility, ethnic groups and boundaries on the Albanian-Greek frontier, LIT, 2010, and Peklari. Social Economy in a Greek Village, LIT, 2016 are included in the publication series of the Border Crossings Network.

James Carrier
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was trained as a sociologist and his doctoral work was in the sociology of science. He has taught in Papua New Guinea, the United States and the United Kingdom. He has done research and written on aspects of economy in those three countries, and on the political economy of environmental conservation in Jamaica. He has also attended to trends in the discipline of anthropology and the sub-discipline of economic anthropology. He is affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany and the Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, USA
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Aliki Angelidou
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is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University, Athens. She completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), exploring socio-economic transformations in postsocialist rural Bulgaria. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Institutions et des Organisations Sociales (LAIOS/CNRS), Paris, investigating the (re)definitions of the European identity after the enlargement of the European Union towards the East. She has also published on migrants’ mobility from East European countries to Greece and on the economic elites’ mobility in the Balkans. Currently, she carries out research on household economy and crisis in Greece. Her academic interests include economic anthropology, anthropology of Eastern Europe and postsocialism, migration, borders and transnationalism, the comparative history of anthropology in Southeast Europe as well as applied anthropology.

Vasiliki Kravva
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studied history and archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She completed an MA (Master of Arts) and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) on social anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her thesis is concerned with issues of food and identity among the Jews of Thessaloniki. Dr. Kravva has participated in a number of conferences and seminars in Greece and Europe and has published on issues of food and identity food entitlement, embodied memory, religious performativity, oral histories and minority issues. She has taught “Social Anthropology” at the University of London, “Food and Anthropology” and “Political Anthropology” at several Greek Universities and she has been a lecturer (2012-13) at the Greek Open University. For several years she had been teaching “Principles of Sociology” at the LSE external programme in Thessaloniki. For two years (2005-7) she had been a researcher working for the CENTROPA research project (oral history project) which is concerned with the pre-War and post-War lives of European and especially Balkan Jews. This “digital memory” project can be found on the internet site of CENTROPA. Her book on food and Jewish identities was published (2010) by the German Publishing house VDM-Verlag. She has reviewed several articles for the Journal of Anthropology and Sociology, Ethnologia Balkanica, Folklore and SAGEopen. Recent scientific interests: consumption, urban poverty, social care and homelessness. Since 2011 she has been teaching anthropology (Assistant Professor) at Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, Department of History and Ethnology. Her book Consuming culture: stories on food and deprivation is to be published within 2019 in Greek by the publishing house “Patakis”.

Miladina Monova
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is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge (ISSK), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and faculty member of the group Knowledge Society: Science, Education, and Innovations. She completed a BA and an MA in Sociology at the University of Montpellier 3, France. She holds a doctoral degree in Social Anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, with a thesis on refugees from the Greek civil war in N. Macedonia. She taught Sociology of Work at the University of Lille 1 (France), she was a Research Fellow at Ecole Française d’Athenes (Greece), and a Senior Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saalle, Germany). Since 2009 she works on the field of economic anthropology. Her last publications are on household economy, industrial work and tobacco growing in the city, practices and ideas of self-sufficiency. (2015a, "“We don’t have work. We just grow a little tobacco”: Household economy and Ritual effervescence in a Macedonian town". In Economy and Ritual in Postsocialist Times, S. Gudeman and C. Hann, eds., Berghahn, New York/Oxford: 2015b, “When the household meets the State: Ajvar cooking and householding in postsocialist Macedonia”. In Oikos and Market. Explorations in Self-Sufficiency after Socialism, Gudeman and C. Hann eds., Berghahn, New York/Oxford)

Peter Simonic
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is Assistant Professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He has studied ethnology and sociology at the University of Ljubljana and has conducted research in Slovenia (protected areas, political rituals, housing cooperatives, carnivals, agriculture …), India (sugar cooperatives); South Africa (protected areas), the Balkans (heritage, politics) and Dalmatia (agriculture, mariculture, tourism). He has held courses in Seville, Stockholm, Barcelona, Vienna and Lyon and his fields of research and teaching are Political anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Ecological Anthropology, Applied Anthropology Cultural Management and Ethnology of Europe. He has published numerous articles and the edited volumes Ethnography of Protected Areas. Ljubljana: Faculty of Arts, Society of Protected Areas (2006) and Anthropological Perspectives of Solidarity and Reciprocity. Ljubljana: Faculty of Arts (2019).

Ilia Iliev
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is associate professor at the Department of Ethnology, Faculty of History, Sofia University. He teaches History and Theory of Ethnology, History of Bulgarian Ethnology, and Everyday Life in Socialist Bulgaria. His main publications are on history of ethnology ("Society Builders and Professional Strangers, 2018), and old age in socialist and post-socialist Bulgaria.

Ioannis Manos
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Ioannis Manos is assistant Professor in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. He studied History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Social Anthropology at the Universities of Hamburg, Germany and Sussex in UK. He has worked as a Full Time Visiting Research Fellow at the Sussex European Institute, (Sussex University). His publications and main research interests focus on Southeast Europe and include the geopolitical borders and border regions, nationalism and identity politics, anthropology of dance, methodology of teaching anthropology and epistemology and methodology of research.

Paraskevas Potiropoulos
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Paraskevas Potiropoulos is assistant Researcher at the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre of the Academy of Athens. He studied Philosophy and Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Social Anthropology and Folklore at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at the University of Ioannina, Greece. His research interests and publications has been focused in the identity politics, the symbolic construction of place and the transformation of space, the refugees and border regions. His academic interests include material culture, local identity, the methodology and epistemology of ethnographic research.

Monica Stroe
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Monica Stroe works as assistant professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration Bucharest (SNSPA), where she teaches Anthropology of food, Heritage politics, Sociology of consumption, Ethnographic writing and coordinates the ethnographic research projects of the MA students. She studied Nationalism Studies at Central European University in Budapest and Anthropology at SNSPA Bucharest, with various fellowships or short study grants at Goldsmiths College, University of Perugia, Universite Libre Bruxelles. Her research interests and publications focus on cultural landscapes, semi-subsistence farming, food heritage, food and social class, identity politics.

Zeliha Nilüfer Nahya
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Zeliha Nilüfer Nahya is associate Professor in the Department of Turkish Folklore at Erciyes University in Kayseri, Turkey. She studied Folklore and Ethnology at Ankara University. She also worked as assistant Professor for one year in the Department of Anthropology at Yeni Yüzyıl University in Istanbul. Her research interests and publications focus on religious conversion and identity in Christians of Turkey, image and Otherness, food culture, converted sacred places, kitchen as a cultural place. She conducted many fieldworks in Turkey.

Kalliopi Stara
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Kalliopi Stara is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Biological Applications and Technologies Department of the University of Ioannina where she also teaches Cultural Ecology (2016-2017). Her research is focused on the study of Sacred Natural Areas, especially in Konitsa and Zagori, Ethno-botany, Ethno-ornithology and Environmental education. She holds a degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Psychology (1992), a master's degree from the University of Wales, Bangor in Ecology (2001) and a PhD from the University of Ioannina in Folk Studies (2009). Her PhD thesis is about the sacred woods and groves in the Vikos-Aoos National Park, while her research interests are focused on the scientific fields of Cultural Ecology and Ethno -ecology.

Rigas Tsiakiris
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Rigas Tsiakiris is currently working in the Forestry Service of Ioannina (Department of Forest Management) and until recently was working as a consultant of the Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy. He has also worked for the Hellenic Forest Research Institute and already from the 1980s he was engaged in several research teams surveying the biodiversity of mountains and islands all over Greece. With postgraduate studies in Great Britain in the field of Ecology, he finished his PhD in the Department of Biology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) with a thesis on the sustainable management of protected areas through agricultural production. Currently his research interest focuses on the historical ecological human-nature relationship in the Mediterranean and how this is reflected on the landscapes of Epirus.

Mihai Burlacu
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is working as a lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences and Communication at the “Transilvania” University of Brașov. He studied Sociology at the “Transilvania” University, Cultural Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Bucharest and had a grant in a Leonardo da Vinci program in Florence. He holds a PhD from the University of Bucharest. He has also worked as an assistant researcher in the Department of Philosophy, Logic, Psychology and Sociology at the “Politehnica” University of Bucharest. He teaches Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology and Communication, Academic Writing and Ethics. His research interests and publications focus on (a) xenotropism and identity, (b) the applications of Michel Foucault’s ‘heterotopology’ in virtual worlds and (c) the relevance of holistic pragmatism in epistemology and the philosophy of culture. For the biographical notes of Ioannis Manos, Paraskevas Potiropoulos, Monica Stroe and Νilüfer Νahya, see the courses "Environmental history" and “Doing Fieldwork”.

 


Research Assistants


Falia Varelaki
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Falia Varelaki is a PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology in the Department of Social Anthropology and History at the University of the Aegean and a member of the Lab of Family and Kinship Studies of the University of the Aegean. She holds a master’s degree in Social and Historical Anthropology from the University of the Aegean and a bachelor’s degree from the Democritus University of Thrace. Her research interests and publications include medical anthropology, biopolitics, kinship, gender, body, memory, social space and place, and identity politics.

Faidon Moudopoulos Athanasiou
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is a PhD student in Archaeology, at the University of Sheffield. He holds a MA in Aegean Archaeology (University of Sheffield) and a MA in Heritage Management (University of Kent & AUEB). His research focuses on the mountains of Zagori, NW Greece and he combines archaeological, anthropological and historical approaches to understand the complex development of the area during the centuries of the Ottoman period. His publications include the following:
•2019: “Τοπικά αφηγήματα, τοπική ιστορία και αρχαιολογία: σκέψεις με αφορμή το βιβλίο οι ρίζες των Σουδενιωτών”. Ηπειρωτικό Ημερολόγιο, ΛΖ'. 235-250,
•2016: Ιστορίες Κρίσης, Αθήνα: Οσελότος.
•2015: “From past to present: Heritage and conflict; modern promenades in the Acropolis”. Personas y comunidades: Actas del Segundo Congreso Internacional de Buenas Prácticas en Patrimonio Mundial. Madrid: Universidad Complutense. 107-123.

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