The Association of Social Anthropologists Greece (SKAE) is a professional and scientific union founded in July 2020, after three decades of Social Anthropology’s academic presence in Greece in the form of fully functioning university departments.
SKAE was founded at a time where social anthropologists continue to experience conditions of increased precarity, part-time employment and unemployment.
The aim of SKAE is threefold including the dissemination and promotion of the discipline of Social Anthropology, the claim for the professional rights of social anthropologists, and the participation and intervention in the public sphere.
SKAE is committed to the respect of difference, the active engagement with social problems and the defense of democratic freedoms. It aspires to become a meeting point for social anthropologists active in Greece and beyond, to express themselves, cooperate and enact the scientific character of the association.
Current Board Members
Katerina Rozakou studied anthropology at the University of the Aegean (BA and PhD) and University College London (MA). She has worked in research projects in Greece and as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Princeton and the University of Amsterdam, where she also taught. Since 2019 she is an assistant professor at Panteion University, Department of Social Anthropology. She has conducted fieldwork in Greece in the fields of humanitarianism, solidarity, migration, and bureaucracy. Her work has been published in academic journals and collective volumes. She has co-edited a collective volume and she has authored an ethnographic monograph on voluntary work with refugees (in Greek; Alexandreia 2018).
Lambrini Styliou studied anthropology at the University of Thessaly (BA and PhD) and at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (MA in Migration and Ethnic Studies). She has conducted fieldwork in Greece and Albania, participated in various research projects in the field of migration and has published her work in collective volumes. She has also worked in public bodies and services in the fields of intangible cultural heritage, gender equality policies and international protection. Since 2019 she has been working in the public sector and in the field of migration policy.
Raia Lignou has a first BSc degree in the field of health sciences, however her quests about social reality were the ones that drove her to follow a second degree in the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University (2015-2019). The next academic year (2019-2020) she attended the “Teacher Education Program” offered by the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ASPETE). Currently, she is a postgraduate student in “Education and Human Rights” at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research interests include topics related with disability, gender, education and human rights.
Ioannis Kyriakakis was born in Athens. He studied Political Science in Athens and Social Anthropology in London (UCL). He conducted fieldwork in England, Ghana and Athens. He has taught qualitative research methods, cultural economy, social theory and economic anthropology. He is concerned with religion/cosmology, global inequalities and the anthropology of capitalism. In July 2020 his monograph was published with the title The Witchcraft of Capitalism: How Academic Knowledge supports the Global Class-System. From the ethnography of Christianity in West Africa to the Anthropology of Contemporary World.
Dimitris Dalakoglou is Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where he holds the Chair of Social Anthropology. He has conducted ethnographic research in various European countries, with the most extensive fieldworks in Albania and Greece. He has worked on anthropology of infrastructures since 2004 and anthropological study of crises aqnd collective action since 2008. He was the PI and run two big research projects in Greece: Crisis-scapes (2012-2014) and Infra-demos (2017-2022) and his work includes a diversity of media from ethnographic monographs upto documentary films or photo essays. He has co-edited 3 books on Greece: Revolt and Crisis in Greece (2011), Crisis-scapes: Athens and Beyond (2014) and Critical Times in Greece (2018) and his recent monograph: The Road (2017) was published from Manchester university Press.
Aglaia Chatjouli is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean since 2019. She studied anthropology at the University of the Aegean (PhD), human biology at Oxford University (MSc) and molecular-cell biology at King’s College London (BSc). Her main research interests include the interplay between anthropology and biology, the normative potential of (bio)difference, the nature-culture divide, the construction of health and illness. She has participated in international and interdisciplinary research projects and has published her work in collective volumes and academic journals. Her works (indicative): “Thalassaemic lives. Biological difference, normality, biosociality”, [in Greek] (Patakis, 2012), “Out of body, Out of home. Assisted Reproduction, Gender and Family in Greece (με Ivi Daskalaki, Venetia Kantsa) ((In)FERCIT & Alexandria Pupl., 2015).
Board Member / communications
Pafsanias Karathanasis has studied social anthropology in an undergraduate level in Panteion University of Athens, he finished his master studies in Material and Visual Culture in the University College London and he did his PhD in the department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean. His main research interests include anthropology of space and place, visual culture and political anthropology, and he is specifically interested in urban cultures, in political and cultural grassroots initiatives in urban settings and in contested landscapes in cities. Between 2017-2018 he was the coordinator of the Observatory of the Refugee and Migration Crisis in the Aegean, a Univ. of the Aegean project and since 2017 he is in the organizing team of the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival-Ethnofest as the Academic Coordinator. Currently he is a postdoctoral researcher at Panteio University and a collaborator of the research programme Human(c)ity of the University of the Aegean.
Eleftheria Deltsou is associate professor of Social Anthropology at the Department of History, Archeology and Social Anthropology, University of Thessaly, Greece. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature and a MA in Oral History / Folklore from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and a MA and a PhD in Social Anthropology (1995) from Indiana University. Her academic interests cover areas of rural and urban anthropology, such as the politics of culture, urban activism, tourism, development, consumption, the European Union, modernity and neoliberalism, nationalism, the production of space, perceptions of the past.
Aliki Angelidou (email@example.com) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University, Athens. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, exploring socio-economic transformations in postsocialist rural Bulgaria. 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 and circular economy in memoranda and post-memoranda Greece. She is external partner of the Institut d’ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative (IDEMEC/CNRS), Aix-en-Provence and Local Partner-Fellow of the Institut Convergences Migrations (IC Migrations/CNRS), Paris. Her academic interests include economic anthropology, global economic history, anthropology of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, socialism and postsocialism, migration, borders and transnationalism, the comparative history of anthropology in Southeast Europe as well as applied/public anthropology.
Mimina Pateraki teaches Sociology & Anthropology of the Body & Gender at the Hellenic Open University Postgraduate Program Sports Studies: Sociology, History, Anthropology and she works at the Municipality of Korydallos (Planning Department). She has also taught Anthropology of Performance at the University of Thessaly (HASA). She holds a PhD in Dance Anthropology from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (SEFAA). Her research interests focus on performances in public culture (dance, cinema, media) in contemporary urban environments (Greece, Balkans, Mediterranean) as well as citizens’ rhetoric about national policies regarding the circular economy. Additionally, she engages with the Anthropology of Sports and the Political Economy of Disasters.