petridouAssistant Professor

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

Οffice: Binio bulding

+30 22510 36333 epetridou@sa.aegean.gr


Elia Petridou is a social anthropologist specializing in material culture. She did undergraduate studies in Business Administration at the Athens University of Economics and Business and postgraduate studies in Social Anthropology at the University of the Aegean, the University of Edinburgh (MSc) and University College London (UCL), where she completed her PhD (2001). She has been working at the University of the Aegean since 2002, teaching a variety of courses on material culture (anthropology of food, consumption, clothing, museum representation, etc) as well as introductory courses in Social Anthropology.

For many years, her research interests and publications concerned the production, exchange and consumption of food in Greece as well as issues of European policy, ethnic identity and migration in relation to food. Over the last decade, her research interests are mainly focused on the study of clothing, mostly with relation to social theory, body movement, museum representation and migration. Currently, she is interested in clothing as a form of humanitarian aid and in circular economy. She participates in the European Programme Fabric of my Life which concerns the empowerment and integration of refugee women through fabric-related projects.

Since 2013, she is treasurer at the Hellenic Costume Society. She speaks English, German and Spanish, and has basic knowledge of French and Arabic.


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.