petridouAssistant Professor

Official Government Gazette, Issue: 803/06.08.2013 τ.Γ
Academic field: Anthropology of Material Culture

Οffice: Binio bulding

+30 22510 36333

Elia Petridou is a social anthropologist specializing in material culture. Over the last few years, her research interests have focused on the study of clothing in a variety of contexts, from the consumption of everyday clothes to fashion design, with particular interest in the relation between clothes, body and movement and in issues of representation in dress exhibitions. Presently, she is conducting research on clothes and humanitarian aid in Greece.

She did undergraduate studies in Business Administration at the Athens University of Economics and Business, specializing in the management of human resources. She then pursued postgraduate studies in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh (MSc) and University College London (Ph.D.). In her doctoral thesis, she focused on the relation between economy and culture by examining the commodity chain of dairy products in Greece (i.e. production, retailing and consumption).

Current Courses

SA-140 History of Social Anthropology (compulsory course)
SA-145 Clothing and Culture (elective course)
W/S-045 Anthropology, Fashion and Clothing (elective seminar)
GCS-8 Gender and Material Culture (graduate course, MA in Gender, Culture, and Society)

Courses Taught

SA-101 Introduction to Social Anthropology II (compulsory course)
SA-143 Anthropology and Material Culture (elective course)
SA-144 Anthropology and Consumption (elective course)
SA-149 Anthropology of Food (elective course)
SA-150 Economic Anthropology (compulsory course)
W/S-065 Material Cultures and Ethnographies (elective course taught jointly)
W/S-085 Borders, Frontiers and Migration (elective course taught jointly)
SHA-4 Economic and Political Anthropology: Key Issues (graduate course)

(2015) “Politics of Dress in Argentine Tango” in Dress & Politics - Proceedings of the 2014 Meeting of the ICOM Costume Committee, Endymatologika vol. 4 -Journal of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (editors: Sofia Pantouvaki and Elia Petridou), pp.135-147

(2013) “Dancing in High Heels: A Material Culture Approach to Argentine Tango” in T. Bampilis and P. ter Keurs (eds.) Social matter(s): Anthropological Approaches to Materiality, Berlin: LIT

(2012) “What’s in a place-name? Branding and labeling cheese in Greece”. Food, Culture and Society 15(1) pp. 28-34

(2009) “Experiencing tango as it goes global: passion, ritual and play”, in G. Klein (ed.), Tango in Translation: Tanz zwischen Medien, Kulturen, Kunst und Politik. Bielefield: Transcript.

(2005) “Au pays de la feta: négociation de la grécité dans le contexte européen” in Ethnologie Française (special issue), 35(2): 255-265. (in French)

(2001) 'The Taste of Home' in D. Miller (ed.) Home Possessions: Material Culture Βehind Closed Doors London:Berg

(2000) “Images of progress: milk advertisements in Greece”, in H. Walker (ed.), Milk: Beyond the Dairy. London: Prospect Books.