School: School of Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Department of Social Anthropology and History
Level of Studies: Undergraduate
Course Code: WS-085 Semester: 7th
Course Title: Mobilities, Encounters and Representation
Independent Teaching Activities Weekly Teaching Hours Credits
3 7,5
Course Type: Specialised general knowledge Skills development
Prerequisite Courses: none
Language of Instrauction and Examinations: English
Is the course Offered to Erasmus Students: yes
Course Website (URL):


    Learning outcomes:The high amount of information that daily circulates in the media, the social media and the world of art (such as news, posts, comments, advertisements and artworks) requires more than ever our attention: what is the impact that such an increased representation of people and places on physical cultural encounters? In situations of high mobility, such as those of refugees and tourists, representation becomes a political, economic and social issue with serious implications.
    The course aims at examining the relation between representations and cultural encounters in the context of migration and tourism, and answers to questions such as: how are refugees constructed as individuals through the media and how do such representations affect their reception? How is mobility and borders constructed in art contexts and how is this representation related with the construction of the nation and the national landscape? How does tourism produce national and other places for tourist consumption?

    General Competences : The course consists of three seminars and instructors. It offers students with the opportunity to:
    a) develop critical thinking on issues concerning, mobility forms of representation and intercultural relations
    b) read and write english texts, participate in class discussions and give oral presentations, carry out projects in English, develop arguments and reflect on their own representations of mobility.
    c) carry out projects individually or collectively, such organizing an exhibition based on visual material collected by the students themselves

    (3) SYLLABUS
    The course comprises the following three sections:
    Α) Migration, representation and biopolitics (Petridou)
    Β) Regimes of mobility: Visual representations of borders and refugees in Greece during the financial “crisis” (Topali)
    C) Food, tourism and heritage- globalization and localization (Moutafi)


    Delivery: face-to-face
    Use of Information and Communications Technology: Extensive use of the open e-class platform (course webpage)
    Teaching Methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 9
    Student presentations and discussion 18
    Autonomous study and preparation 103
    Collective project 25
    Essay writing 80
    Course total 210
    Perdosmance Evaluation:
    Evaluation is based on
    Language of evaluation: English

    Evaluation is based on
    a) participation (40%)
    b) class presentations (30%)
    c) assignments (30%)


    1) Kalantzis, Konstantinos. 2016. “Proxy Brigands and Tourists: Visualizing the Greek-German Front in the Debt Crisis”. Visual Anthropology Review 32(1): 24-37.
    2) Konstantinidou, C. and M. Michailidou. 2014. Foucauldian Discourse Analysis: Photography and the Social Construction of Immigration in the Greek National Press. In D. Machin (ed.) Visual Communication. Berlin: De Gruyter
    3) Malkki, Liisa. 1996. Speechless Emissaries: Refugees, Humanitarianism and Dehistoricization. Cultural Anthropology, 11(3), 377–404.
    4) Salazar, Noel B. 2010. “Towards an Anthropology of Cultural Mobilities.” Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture 1: 53-68.
    5) Demetriou, Olga and Dimova, Rozita. 2018. The political materialities of borders: new theoretical directions. Manchester University Press.
    6) Dudley, Sandra. 2010. Materialising Exile. Oxford and New York: Berghan Books
    Chapters 1 and 5.
    7) Trapp, Micah. 2016. “You-kill-me beans: Taste and the politics of necessity in humanitarian aid”. In Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 31, Issue 3, pp. 412–437.
    8) Appadurai, Arjun. 1995. The production of locality. In Fardon, Richard (ed.), Counterworks: managing the diversity of knowledge. London & New York: Routledge: 204-225.
    9) Kordel, St., 2016, “Selling ruralities: how tourist entrepreneurs commodify traditional and alternative ways of conceiving the countryside”. Rural Society 25 (3): 204-221.
    10) Billiard, E., 2006, “When tradition becomes trendy: Social distinction in Maltese food culture”. Anthropological Notebooks 12 (11): 113-26.
    11) Tellström, R., I.-B. Gustafsson, L. Mossberg, 2006, “Consuming heritage: The use of local food culture in branding”. Place Branding 2 (2): 130-43.
    12) Avieli, N., 2013, “What is ‘Local Food?’ Dynamic culinary heritage in the World Heritage Site of Hoi An, Vietnam”. Journal of Heritage Tourism.
    13) Galani-Moutafi, V., 2013, “Rural space (re)produced – Practices, performances and visions: A case study from an Aegean island”. Journal of Rural Studies 32: 103-113.