kantsa_venetiaAssociate Professor

Official Government Gazette, Issue: 798/25.06.14 τ.Γ
Academic field: Anthropology of Kinship

Οffice: Karantoni Building

+30 22510 36335 | vkantsa@sa.aegean.gr


Venetia Kantsa was born in Thessaloniki in 1966. She studied philosophy at the University of Ioannina (1987), social anthropology at the University of the Aegean (1995), and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (2001). She is teaching social anthropology at the University of the Aegean since 2001, is Director of the Laboratory of Family and Kinship Studies and has been member of the steering committee of the MA Program Women and Gender: Anthropological and Historical Approaches (later Gender, Culture and Society) from its establishment in 2003 till 2015.

Her research interests focus on anthropology of kinship, anthropology of gender and sexuality, queer theory, anthropology of science, Greek ethnography and anthropology of the Mediterranean. She has conducted extensive fieldwork on women’s same-sex sexuality in Greece, the visibility of same-sex desires, same-sex families, motherhood and new forms of parenthood, the summer lesbian community in Eresos and the history of the lesbian movement. She has also published extensively on kinship theory, gender epistemology and methodology, politics of sexuality and conceptualizations of citizenship. During the last years her research focuses on assisted reproduction, shifting conceptualizations of kinship and science, the distribution of authoritative knowledge in the context of emerging social and technological transformations, and interrelations among medical technology, law and religion.

She was member of the international scientific network EastBordNet Cost Action (2008-2012), participated as national stakeholder into the FP7 research program Families and Societies (20013-2018), participates as expert evaluator on European FP7 and Horizon research programs, and is member of the ReproSoc advisory board at the University of Cambridge. She has taught as visiting scholar at the University of Barcelona, American University of Beirut and University of Cyprus, and has presented her work as invited lecturer in research centres and universities in Greece and abroad.

From 2012 to 2015 she was the Principal Investigator of the three-year long research project (In)FERCIT, «(In)Fertile Citizens: On the Concepts, Practices, Politics and Technologies of Assisted Reproduction in Greece”, co-funded by the European Union and Greek national funds (http://www.in-fercit.gr/en), that aimed to offer a detailed, multi-sided ethnographic account of assisted reproduction concepts, practices, politics and technologies in Greece, relate them to legal issues and human rights on (in)fertility and reproduction, and provide a comparative perspective that would associate the Greek project with similar research conducted in specific European and non-European countries –Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon.


Courses

SA-120 Anthropology of Kinship (Compulsory Undergraduate Course, 1st year)
SA-121 Recent Approaches of Kinship and Family (Elective Unfdergraduate Course, 3rd year)
SA-129 Anthropology of Science (Elective Unfdergraduate Course, 3rd year)
W/S-012 Family Matters (Elective Undergraduate Course, 4th year)
W/ S-061 Kinship, Religion, Reproduction (Elective Undergraduate Course, 4th year)
W/S-073 Anthropological Approaches of Birth and Death (Elective Undergraduate Course, 4th year)
SAH-A-2 Anthrpology of Kinship and Gender (Postgraduate Course)
WG-3 Gender, Feminist Theory and Politics (Postgraduate Course)

Books

  • 2015 (ed. with Lina Papadopoulou, and Giulia Zanini) (In)Fertile Citizens. Anthropological and Legal Challenges of Assisted Reproduction Technologies Athens, (In)FERCIT produced by Alexandria Publ. http://www.in-fercit.gr/en/archives/447
  • 2015 (with Aglaia Chatjouli and Ivi Daskalaki) out of body, out of home. Assisted Reproduction, Gender and Family in Greece Athens, (In)FERCIT produced by Alexandria Publ. http://www.in-fercit.gr/en/archives/458
  • 2015 (ed.) Metavallomenes sheseis. Singeneia kai iatrikos ipovoithoumeni anaparagogi [Changing relations. Kinship and Medically Assisted Reproduction] Athens, (In)FERCIT produced by Alexandria Publ. [in Greek] http://www.in-fercit.gr/en/archives/452
  • 2013 (ed.) I mitrotita sto proskinio. Sinchrones erevnes stin elliniki ethnographia [Motherhood in the forefront. Recent research in Greek ethnography] Athens, Alexandria Publ. [in Greek]
  • 2011 (ed. with Vasiliki Moutafi and Evthymios Papataxiarchis) Meletes gia to fylo stin anthropologia kai tin istoria [Studies on Gender in Anthropology and History]. Athens, Alexandria Publ. [in Greek]
  • 2010 (ed. with Vasiliki Moutafi and Evthymios Papataxiarchis) Fylo kai koinonikes epistimes sti synchroni Ellada [Gender and Social Sciences in Modern Greece]. Athens, Alexandria Publ. [in Greek]
  • 2010 (ed. with Canakis, Costas and Kostas Yannakopoulos) Language and sexuality (through and) beyond gender: Anthrolinguistic perspectives Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle
  • 2010 Potentially Friends, Potentially Lovers. Women’s Meeting in Eresos, Lesvos. Athens, Polychromos Planitis [in Greek]

Articles and Book Chapters

  • 2017 (with Aglaia Chatjouli and Ivi Daskalaki) “Parenthood and Partnerhood in the Context of Involuntary Childlessness and Assisted Reproduction in Greece”. In Charlotte Faircloth and Zeynep Gürtin (eds) “Special Section: Making Parents: Reproductive Technologies and Parenting Culture Across Borders» Sociological Research Online 22 2 [http://www.socresonline.org.uk/22/2/3.html]
  • 2016 “Lesbos”. In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Nancy A. Naples, Renee C. HooglandMaithree Wickramasinghe (eds). John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • 2015 “Preface”. In Venetia Kantsa, Lina Papadopoulou, Giulia Zanini (eds) (In)Fertile Citizens. Anthropological and Legal Challenges of Assisted Reproduction Technologies Athens: (In)FERCIT produced by Alexandria Publ.
  • 2015 “Introduction: Who makes kinship?”. In Venetia Kantsa (ed.) Metavallomenes sheseis. Singeneia kai iatrikos ipovoithoumeni anaparagogi [Changing relations. Kinship and Medically Assisted Reproduction], 11-25. Athens, (In)FERCIT produced by Alexandria Publ. [in Greek].
  • 2015 (with Christodoulos Bellas). “ ‘Real relatives’: A statistical approach to percepptions on heterologous assisted reproduction”. In Kaiafa-Gbandi, M., E. Kounegeri-Manoledaki, E. Symeonidou-Kastanidou (eds.) Assisted reproduction in Europe: Social, ethical and legal issues. Publications of Medical Law and Bioethics, 235-256. Athens-Thesaaloniki: Sakkoulas Publications.
  • 2014 (with Aspa Chalkidou). “Doing family “in the space between the laws”. Notes on lesbian motherhood in Greece”. In Jenny Björklund and Ulrika Dahl (eds) Kinship & Reproduction. Special issue Lamda Nordica (3-4): 86-108
  • 2014 “The price of marriage: Same-sex sexualities and citizenship in Greece”. Sexualities 17: 818-836
  • 2014 (with Aspa Chalkidou) “ ‘Same-sex mothers’: A contradiction in terms? Sexuality and reproduction fro an anthropological perspective”. In M. Kaifa-Gbanti, Efi Kounougeri-Manoledaki, Elisavet Symeonidou-Kastanidou (eds) Ipovoithoumeni anaparagogi kai enalllaktika oikogeneiako shimata [Assisted reproduction and alternative family forms], 180-205. Athens-Thessaloniki: Sakoula [in Greek]
  • 2014 «Presenting hope: Body technologies in assisted reproduction». In Aglaia Chatjouli, George Alexias, Manolis Tzanakis (eds) To soma ipo epitirisi. Ithikes kai politikes diastaseis tis iatrikis technologias kai tis koinonikis frontidas [The Body under Surveillance. Ethical and Political Dimensions of Medical Technology and Social Care ]. 180-206 Athens, Pedio [in Greek]
  • 2014 “Marriage claims: Visible politics, invisible assumptions”. In Eythymios Papataxiarchis (ed.) Anatheoriseis tou politikou. Anthropologiki kai istoriki erevna stin elliniki koinonia [Revisiting the political. Anthropological and historical research on Greek society], 501-523. Athens, Alexandria Publ. [in Greek]
  • 2013 “Motherhood? Again? Continuities and discontinuities in ethnographic research”. Introduction in Venetia Kantsa (ed.) I mitrotita sto proskinio. Sinchrones erevnes stin elliniki ethnographia [Motherhood in the forefront. Recent research in Greek ethnography]. Athens, Alexandria Publ. [in Greek]
  • 2013 “ ‘Late, early, never: The time of kinship”. In Venetia Kantsa (ed.) I mitrotita sto proskinio. Sinchrones erevnes stin elliniki ethnographia [Motherhood in the forefront. Recent research in Greek ethnography] Athens, Alexandria Publ. [in Greek]
  • 2012 “Visibly invisible / Invisibly visible. Two aspects of lesbian presence in contemporary Greece”. In Anna Konstantinidou and Aleksandra Halkias (eds) Seksoualikotites kai fyla: Lesbian, Gay, Bi kai Trans Koinotites stin Ellada [Sexualities and genders: Lesbian,Gay, Bi and Trans communities in Greece]. Athens, Plethron [in Greek]
  • 2011 “An Interest in Silence Tracing, Defining and Negotiating a Research Project on Women’s Same-Sex Sexuality in Greece”. In Antu Sorainen (ed.) Queering Home. Politics and Ethics of the Field. Special Issue Journal of Queer Studies in Finland 4(1): 23-40
  • 2011 “ ‘Late’, ‘early’, ‘never’: Time, gender and technology in assisted reproduction”. In Michelle Moravec (ed.) Motherhood Online, 200-201. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle
  • 2011 “Lesvia, the unbearable weight of a word”. In Costas Canakis (ed.) Glossa kai seksoualikotita [Language and sexuality], 111-134. Athens: Eikostos Protos [in Greek]
  • 2011 “Gender as a site for epistemological investigation”. In Venetia Kantsa, Vasiliki Moutafi and Eythymios Papataxiarchis (eds.) Meletes gia to fylo stin anthropologia kai tin istoria [Studies on gender in anthropology and history], 9-16. Athens: Alexandria. [in Greek]
  • 2010 “ ‘Viζιbility’: Women, same-sex sexualities and the subversion (?) of gender”. In Eugenia Georges and Chrissy Moutsatsos (eds.), special issue “Re-visiting Sex and Gender in Contemporary Greek Ethnography” Journal of Mediterranean Studies 18(2): 213-240
  • 2010 “Lesvia: (i) a same-sex desiring woman (ii) a woman inhabitant of Lesbos island”. The re-introduction of a word of Greek origin into modern Greece”. In Costas Canakis, Venetia Kantsa and Kostas Yannakopoulos (eds.) Language and sexuality (through and) beyond gender: Anthrolinguistic perspectives, 25-42. Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • 2010 “Walking hand-in-hand in the streets of Athens: Same-sex desires in urban contexts”. In Kostas Yiannakopoulos and Yiannis Yiannitsiotis (eds.) Amfisvitoumenoi horoi stin poli. Horikes pronsegiseis tou politismou [Contested spaces in the city. Spatial approaches of culture], 195-226. Athens, Alexandria Publ. [in Greek]
  • 2010 (with Evthymios Papataxiarchis) “Introduction: Uses of gender in social sciences”. In Venetia Kantsa, Vasiliki Moutafi and Evthymios Papataxiarchis Fylo kai koinonikes epistimes sti sinchroni Ellada [Gender and Social Sciences in Modern Greece], 1-50. Athens, Alexandria Publ. [in Greek]
  • 2009 “Introduction. Common concepts in uncommon conjuctions: Feminism, gender, sexuality, and the subversive laugh”. In Judith Butler Gender Trouble. Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, ix-xxiii. Athens, Alexandria Publ. [in Greek, transl. Giorgos Karambelas, ed. Venetia Kantsa]
  • 2009 “Stories of difference. A comment on the Greek translation of The Well of Loneliness”. In To pigadi tis monaksias: Pollaples Anagnoseis [The Well of Loneliness: Multiple Readings], 9-15. Athens: Lesbian Group of Athens (revised version of 2003 “Stories of difference. A comment on the Greek translation of The Well of Loneliness”. In To pigadi ti monaksias [The Well of Loneliness], 595-606, Athens: Koukida, p.p.. 595-606 [transl. Niki Stavridi]) [in Greek]
  • 2007 “Family relations, same-sex relations. Intensifications and reconsiderations of family”. In Nikos Chatzitryfon and Theano Papazisi (eds.) To fylo kai i simperifora tou [Gender and its behavior], 143-160. Thessaloniki: Epikentro [in Greek]
  • 2007 “Introduction. Blood, soil and myths that persist”. In Adam Kuper The Reinvention of Primitive Society. Transformations of a Myth, xiii-xxxv. Athens, Alexandria Publ.[in Greek, transl. Fotis Terzakis and Venetia Kantsa]
  • 2006 “An indissoluble relation: Gender and kinship in anthropological theory and practice”. Synchrona Themata 94: 72-78 [in Greek]
  • 2006 “Family matters: Motherhood and same-sex relationships”. In Evthymios Papataxiarchis (ed.) Peripeteies tis eterotitas. I paragogi tis politismikis diaforas sti simerini Ellada [Adventures of alterity. The production of cultural difference in contemporary Greece], 355-381. Athens: Alexandria Publ. [in Greek]
  • 2006 “Some places have different energy. Journey to the birthplace of Sappho”. In The dispersed urbanity of the Aegean Archipelago, 10η international Exhibition of Architecture, Venice Biennale, 138-156.”. Athens: Ministry of Culture. [in English & Greek]
  • 2002 “ ‘Certain Places Have Different Energy’. Spatial Transformations in Eressos Lesvos”. GLQ A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 8(1-2): 35-57
  • 2000 “Greece”. In Bonnie Zimmerman (ed.) Lesbian Histories and Cultures, 343-344. New York and London, Garland Publishing, Inc, Taylor & Francis Group
  • 1995/96 “Lavris: A concise presentation of a Greek lesbian magazine”. Dini, feministiko periodiko 8: 73-95 [in Greek]

Conference Proceedings (Electronic Publications in Greek)