Eirini Avramopoulou is the Principle Investigator of the research project Cov-Care and Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens, Greece) and. She has attained her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, titled “The Affective Language of Activism: An Ethnography of human rights, gender politics and activist coalitions in Istanbul, Turkey” (2012). Her research interests include anthropology of human rights, social movements and activism; feminist and psychoanalytic approaches to subjectivity, biopolitics and affect; and more recently she focuses on displacement, memory and trauma in the island of Leros, Greece. She is the author of Porno-graphics and Porno-tactics: Desire, Affect and Representation in Pornography, (co-edited with Irene Peano, 2016, Punctum Books), Το Συν-αίσθημα στο Πολιτικό: Υποκειμενικότητες, Εξουσίες και Ανισότητες στο Σύγχρονο Κόσμο (Affect in the Political: Subjectivities, Power and Inequalities in the Modern World), 2018, Nisos: Athens and Αντι-κείμενα Σεξουαλικότητας: Κριτικές Θεωρίες, Διεπιστημονικές Αναγνώσεις (Anti-texts of Sexuality: Critical Theories, Interdisciplinary Readings, co-edited with Aspa Chalkidou, 2022, Topos publications). She has taught social anthropology, critical human rights theory and gender/sexuality theory at the University of Cambridge (2009-2012), Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey (2013) and at the Hellenic Open University (2017-2019). In 2013-2014 she was a fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI), Berlin; in 2014-2015 she worked as a research fellow at the Sociology Department at the University of Cambridge and in 2016-2018 she was an A.G. Leventis Fellow at the British School at Athens (2016-2019).
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I am a cultural anthropologist interested in nationalism, ethnicity, race, post-colonial dynamics with an emphasis on intra-European hierarchies, reproductive care, citizenship, and Greece. My doctoral project, at Florida International University, examined whether and how post-1989, mass immigration to Greece challenged the country’s nationalist norms of collective belonging. From 2016 to 2020, I conducted ERC-funded, post-doctoral research on the maternity care of migrants and refugees in Athens. As part of Cov-Care, my research focuses on the institutional handling of gender-based violence, as well as on gendered citizenship in the era of authoritarian neoliberalism. At the completion of Cov-Care, I will conduct research, as the P.I. of a four-member team, on the reproductive care of Roma women in the Greek public-health system. My project, funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation, will be hosted at the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University.
Eleni Papagaroufali is Member of the research project Cov-Care and Professor Emerita of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens, Greece). She has attained her PhD in Social Anthropology at Columbia University (USA), titled “Greek Women in Politics: Gender Ideology and Practice in Νeighborhood Groups and the Family” (1990). She has served as Head of the Dept. of Social Anthropology, Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences, and as Director of the Interdepartmental MA Program “Gender, Society, Politics”, Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences. She is member of academic anthropological associations in Greece and abroad and has served as Executive Committee Member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA, 2004-2006), and as Member of the Editorial Board of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale. The Journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologist (2004-2006).
Her research interests include: anthropological theory, anthropology of gender, anthropology of body and health, transnational practices implemented by the EU and the UN. She is currently doing research on the newly initiated practice of cremation in Greece.
Eleni Papagaroufali is the author of two books in Greek: Papagaroufali, E. 2012 . Gifts of Life after Death. Cultural Experiences. Athens, Patakis Publications, and Papagaroufali, E. 2013, Soft diplomacy. Transnational twinnings and pacifist practices in contemporary Greece. Athens, Alexandreia Publications. She has also written numerous articles and chapters in Greek and foreign peer-reviewed journals and collected volumes.
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Natasa Tsakona is a social anthropologist and a graduate of the Department of Architectural Engineering at the University of Thessaly. She has conducted research on the use of gender and cultural difference as a guide for the design of public space and learning environments from an interdisciplinary feminist perspective. As part of the Master’s Program of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of Panteion University, she dealt with the affective aspects of security in non-state and state organizations working with survivors of gender-based violence. As a researcher in the Cov-Care study, she focuses on NGOs and activist groups that deal with GBV as well as homophobic/transphobic violence with an emphasis on the affectscapes of care that form through radicalized claims.