Research Team Members

Anna Apostolidou

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Principal Investigator, Post-Doctoral Researcher

​Anna is a postdoctoral fellow and adjunct lecturer at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and a tutor at the Hellenic Open University. She studied Social Anthropology at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and Anthropology of Art and Visual Culture at University College London. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology (University College London), funded by the State Scholarships Foundation & the AHRB (UK), and a PhD in Cultural Adaptation and Distance Learning (Hellenic Open University).  She has received post-graduate training in Open and Distance Learning, Web 2.0 Technologies in Education (Hellenic Open University & Kapodistrian University of Athens) and has worked as an instructional designer of post-secondary and tertiary online training modules (University of Ioannina, University of Thessaly). She has conducted research and published work on male homoeroticism, online education, support mechanisms in ODL, and refugee education in Greece. She is particularly interested in the epistemological affinities between anthropology and literary studies. She has participated in several research projects as a team member, a research assistant, a consultant or a coordinator. The present research, funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation, focuses on experimental representations of surrogate motherhood and explores the theoretical and methodological repercussions of fictional digital ethnographic writing.

Ivi Daskalaki

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Post-Doctoral Researcher

Ivi studied Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths University of London where she also completed her Ph.D thesis on childhood, family and education among post-nomadic Gypsies in Greece. She has taught courses of Social Anthropology at Panteion University, the University of Crete and the University of Ioannina. She has carried out postdoctoral research and published on minorities and education, street-working children and youths, immigrant domestic workers in Athens and assisted reproduction, gender and kinship. She has recently coordinated an action-oriented research program on refugee education in Greece. She has co-authored the book Out of Body out of Home: Assisted Reproduction, Gender and Family in Greece. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and a tutor at the Hellenic Open University.

Athena Athanasiou

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Professor of Social Anthropology, Academic Advisor

Athena teaches at the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, Greece. She has received her Ph.D. at the New School for Social Research, in New York, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, at Brown University (2001-2002). Her written work on biopolitics, gender theory, sexual politics, and the technologies of the body has been published in various journals. She has worked on biopolitics, gender theory, alternative enactments of reproduction and kinship, political movements, and social memory. Her written scholarly contributions consider how gender and sexuality are constructed, invoked, and mobilized within discourses of biopolitics but also within discourses of solidarity, public space, and citizenship. She has conducted extensive research on topics such as gender; sexuality; biopolitics; feminist and queer theory; social theory; memory and trauma; social suffering, technologies of the body and new reproductive technologies; medical anthropology; transnationalism and cosmopolitics; psychoanalytic theory; anthropology of Greece/Europe/Mediterranean/the Balkans. Athena has published with Judith Butler the monograph Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (which has been translated in various languages) as well as the monographs Crisis as a “State of Exception”: Critiques and Resistances, Life at the Limit: Essays on the Body, Gender, and Biopolitics and Agonistic Mourning: Political Dissidence and the Women in Black. She has also published edited volumes such as Biosocialities: Perspectives in Medical Anthropology and Performativity and Precarity: Judith Butler in Athens and several articles and chapters in both English and Greek. 

Eirini Tountasaki

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Associate Professor of Social Anthropology, Academic Advisor

Eirini is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and an expert in anthropological research on kinship, motherhood and new reproductive technologies in Greece. She has a wide teaching and research experience in domains, such as Anthropological Theories of Kinship, New Kinship Studies, Kinship and Assisted Reproduction, History of the Family, Greek Ethnography, Politics of Culture, etc. Since 2009 she has been conducting research on Reconceptualization of Parenthood and Kinship Relations in the era of Biotechnology (Modern Greek Society) and she has authored the  monograph on surrogate motherhood titled “The child growing inside you will take after you”: Egg Donation, Motherhood and Kinship. Her current teaching activities include undergraduate courses on anthropological theories of kinship and family, kinship and new reproductive technologies and postgraduate courses on kinship, family and new reproductive technologies. 

Theodoros Chiotis

Poet, Literary Consultant

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Theodoros has studied Classics and Modern Greek at the universities of London and Oxford. His work has appeared in Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins), Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot (English Pen), Otoliths, Fit to Work: Poets Against ATOS, Tears in the Fence, [FRMK], Bad Robot Poetry, Poiitiki, Entefktirio, Pagidevmenoi sto Diadiktyo (Patakis), aglimpseof, and Poeticanet. His work has been featured at the Book Festival of Croatia (2012), at the Elit Festival (2013), in the Invisible Architecture installation (2013) and in the Mercy/Liverpool Biennial podcast. He has published critical essays on poetry, modern Greek literature, autobiography and new media. He has translated into Greek essays by Jacques Roubaud, Gilles Deleuze, Lyn Hejinian, Christian Bok among others. He is a member of the editors board of FRMK (pharmakon), a biannual journal on poetry, poetics and visual arts.

Maria Niari

Online Research Assistant & Editor

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Maria is a philologist with professional experience as an Educational and Instructional Designer. She holds a Master's Degree on Studies in Education from the Hellenic Open University and a Diploma in Philology/Linguistics from the University of Ioannina. She currently completing her PhD in Distance Learning in the Hellenic Open University. Maria designs online training material for diverse target groups and sectors. She works with subject matter experts in order to create engaging learning activities and compelling course content based on learning theories, instructional design models and methods. She is always looking for new ways to help engage learners and bring better results and she is highly experienced in research teamwork and content supervision.

Ilona Lasica

Digital Environments Expert

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Ilona received her BSc. in “Digital Systems” (2010) and a M.Sc. in “Technology Education and Digital Systems” (Track: e-Learning) (2012) from the Department of Digital Systems University of Piraeus, Greece. Her research interests focus on Augmented/Mixed Reality in Education, Innovation in STEM, Vocational Training & Lifelong Learning. During the past years, she has been involved in more than 10 EU funded research projects dealing with online learning, digital environments, augmented reality etc. Ilona is a Ph.D. Candidate at European University Cyprus since March '16.