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.
Thomas Wilson is Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University, State University of New York, and has a continuing appointment as Professor in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy in Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he was a co-founder of the Centre for International Borders Research. His research interests include national identity and nationalism, international borders and frontiers, the anthropology of Europeanization and European integration, drinking cultures and identities, and anthropology and cinema. A recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council and the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in the United States, and the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the British Council, and the European Union in the United Kingdom, he has been a Fulbright Professor in Ireland and in Canada, and a Visiting Professor in Wales, Lithuania and Finland. He has conducted ethnographic field research in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Hungary, and is the author and editor of twenty scholarly books, including Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State (co-author, 1999); Drinking Cultures: Alcohol and Identity (editor, 2005), The Anthropology of Ireland (co-author, 2006); and A Companion to Border Studies (co-editor, 2012). Professor Wilson received his PhD and MPhil in Anthropology from the City University of New York, MA in Cinema Studies from New York University, BA Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University, and a Certificate in Comparative Politics from the European University Institute.
Rajko Mursic is Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Dept. of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. He published seven monographs (all in Slovene), among them monographs on punk rock group CZD, rock club in Trate and underground music and youth centres in Slovenia. He co-edited nine edited volumes (six in English). His professional interests and teaching comprise anthropology of popular music; theories of culture; epistemology, urban anthropology, methodology of anthropological research, kinship studies, heritage studies, anthropology of space and place, etc. His regional interests comprise Slovenia, Central and South-Eastern Europe, global streams in popular culture (fieldwork in Slovenia, Poland, Macedonia, Germany and Japan).
Margarita Karamihova is full professor at the Veliko Tarnovo University of “St Cyril and St Methodius”. She holds a Master degree in Ethnology from Sofia University; a PhD degree from Ethnographic Institute and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Habilitated Doctor in Veliko Tarnovo University. Her research interests and publications include marriage and kinship, minority cultures, holy shrines and pilgrimages, contemporary migrations, borders and border zones, memories and memorial places.
Svetlana Antova is Assistant professor PhD at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore with the Ethnographic Museum – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She holds a Master degree in Slavic Philologies from the Sofia University and a PhD degree in Ethnology from IEFEM of BAS (former Ethnologic Institute with Museum of BAS). Her academic research interests include ethnocultural identity, Bulgarians abroad, socialism and post socialism in Central and Eastern Europe, migration and mobility, borders, border zones, border groups, places of memory.
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 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.
Danijela Birt Katić
Danijela Birt Katić studied History and Ethnology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She received her PhD at the University of Zagreb (dissertation dealing with the concepts of family, property and inheritance and their corelations and interdependance. Currently she works as Assistant Professor at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, the University of Zadar, Croatia. She participated in diverse projects that dealt with kinship, family and social security and published on the family, specifically family and migration and family and property. Her scientific interests encompass a wide range of topics and cultural-anthropological issues in the anthropology of family and kinship and ethnology of tourism. At the moment she holds courses on the undergraduate and graduate level regarding anthropology of family and kinship; development of Croatian Ethnology; and interrelations between ethnology and tourism.
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Mario Katić is assistant Professor at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology at University of Zadar. His field of interest include: pilgrimage studies, death studies, place, space and landscape, memory, oral tradition, and urban anthropology. At University of Zadar he teaches several courses on BA and MA level: Methodology of Ethnographic Research, Introduction to Folklore Studies, Pilgrimage and Sacred Places, and Urban Anthropology. His PhD (University of Zagreb) was focused on practices of marking the resting place with the deceased in Dalmatian hinterland. He is the co-editor of: Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-making in Eastern Europe: Crossing the Borders (Routledge, 2014) and Pilgrimage and Sacred Places in Southeast Europe: History, Religious Tourism and Contemporary Trends (Lit Verlag, 2014). At the moment he is working on two co-edited volumes: Commemorating the Dead: Military Pilgrimage and Battlefield Tourism (Routledge) and Scapes of Southeastern Europe (Lit Verlag), and special number of a journal Anthropological Notebooks on landscape, memory and heritage. For more, see
Vassiliki Kravva studied history and archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and social anthropology at the University of London and University of Cagliari (Italy). She has participated in a number of conferences and seminars in Greece and Europe and counts some publications on the issues of food, identity, the body, embodied memory, religious identity and minority issues. She has taught “Social Anthropology” at the University of London and also “Food and Anthropology” and “Political Anthropology” at several Greek Universities. For two years she has been a researcher working for the CENTROPA research project (European project). Dr. Kravva has been for some years now an active member of the Border Crossings network and has co-organised a number of student conferences throughout the Balkans. Her book on food and Jewish identities has been recently published by the German Publishing house VDM. Dr Kravva has reviewed a number of articles for scientific journals. She is currently lecturing anthropology at the Democritus University of Thrace, Department of History and Ethnology.
Antonio Maria Pusceddu
Antonio Maria Pusceddu is ERC researcher at the University of Barcelona, Spain. He studied Philosophy and Anthropology in Italy, at the Universities of Cagliari and Siena (PhD). He has conducted fieldwork in Greece and Albania on ‘developmentalist’ practices and ideologies, trans-border mobility, ethnicity and the social and political dimensions of religion. Within the framework of the Grassroots Economics project (https://www.ub.edu/grassrootseconomics/) he has recently carried out fieldwork in southern Italy. In the present his research focuses on the articulation between political and moral economy and investigates the links between peoples' livelihoods, strategies of social reproduction, ‘common sense’ and economic models. He has published on the above topics and is co-editor of the forthcoming book Oltre Adriatico e ritorno. Percorsi antropologici tra Italia e Sudest Europa, Roma, Meltemi, 2017.
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 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.
Maxim Makartsev is a senior research fellow in the Institute of Slavic Studies (Russian Academy of Sciences), Moscow; He is a senior assistant in the State Academy of Slavic Culture (Moscow) and a language instructor in the Superior Foreign Language School at the Foreign Department of Russian Federation. Studied Bulgarian philology in Lomonosov Moscow State Unviersity. He holds a Ph.D. in Slavic linguistics (2010, thesis title “Evidentiality in Balkan text space (on Bulgarian, Macedonian and Albanian data)”). His main publications and research interests focus on Slavic dialects and identities in South Albania, contrastive grammar of Balkan languages, contact linguistics and text structures in Balkan folklore. He has been awarded a medal of Russian Academy of Sciences (in the field of language and literature studies) in 2016. For more information see https://inslav.ru/people/makarcev-maksim-maksimovich
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.
Thodoris Kouros is a PhD Candidate in Sociology/teaching assistant in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus. He holds a master’s degree in Social Folklore from the University of Ioannina and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Crete. His research interests and publications include legal anthropology, illegal yet licit practices, anthropology of the state, migration, borders and boundaries, social memory, space and place, and identity politics.
Georgia Rina is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology in the department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. She holds a master’s degree in Women and Gender, Anthropological and Historical Approaches from the University of Aegean and a bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology from the Panteion University. Her research interests and publications include business anthropology, anthropology of labor, economic anthropology, gender, identities, and immigration.