Official Government Gazette, Issue: 298/4.5.07 τ.Γ
Academic field: Social Anthropology and Ethnography of Greece

Οffice: Karantoni Building

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Professor Evthymios Papataxiarchis has studied Social Anthropology in the London School of Economics. He received a BSc (Econ.) in Social Anthropology with First Class Honours in 1978 and a PhD on the basis of extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Aegean Greece in 1988. He is also a graduate of the School of Law of the University of Athens. Since 1987 he is teaching Social Anthropology in the University of the Aegean where he has been advisor to the Governing Body of the University for the establishment of the first Department of Social Anthropology in Greece. He has been President of this Department and member of the Senate from 2002 to 2005 and served in various committees including the Research Council of the University of Aegean. From 2000 till 2019 Evthymios Papataxiarchis has been director of the Postgraduate Program ‘Social and Historical Anthropology’. He is currently directing the International Postgraduate Summer School ‘Cultures, Migrations, Borders’ and the Laboratory of Ethnography and has the scientific responsibility of the Observatory of the Refugee and Migration in the Aegean. He has taught as visiting professor in the Universities of Athens and Crete, in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and Bogadici University (Istanbul). He has directed EU funded research projects (Horizon, ELIDEK, ESPA, Pythagoras) and has recently been a Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology, University College London, and a Senior Research Fellow to the Institute of Advanced Studies of the same university. He has been a founding member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the American Anthropological Association and is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of Greek Review of Political Science and the Greek Review of Social Research and a member of the Editorial Board of Synchrona Themata. He is also directing the series ‘Anthropology’ and ‘Ethnographies’ in Alexandria Publications.

Evthymios Papataxiarchis has published extensively in Greek, English and French on gender, kinship and power, on extra-domestic sociality, on the anthropology of emotions and the politics of locality. He has combined historical anthropology and microhistory in the study of mid 19th c. traformations in Ottoman Western Anatolia during the Tanzimat and is engaged in a long term project on the history of anthropological ideas in 20th c. Greece.

His recent work, inspired by long term fieldwork in a border village community on the island of Lesbos, is on migration and the management of cultural difference. His is currently working on the structures of ‘humanitarian governance’ and the socio-spatial restructuring effected at the local and regional level by the recent refugee crisis.

Current Courses

SA-112 Greek ethnography (compulsory course)
SA-113 Culture and politics in contemporary Greece (elective course)
W/S-043 Hospitality and cultural differentiation (elective seminar)
SHA-2 Theory and history of contemporary social anthropology (graduate course, MA in Social and Historical Anthropology)

Courses Taught

WG-1 Anthropological approaches to gender (graduate course)


2015 Adventures of Alterity: The Production of Cultural Difference in ContemporaryGreece, (ed., Alexandria Publications, in Greek), second edition with a new introduction.

2014 The Politics of Everyday Life: Border, Body and Citizenship in Greece (ed, Alexandria Publications)

2010 Gender and the Social Sciences in Modern Greece, (ed. with V. Kantsa and V. Moutafi, Alexandria Publications, in Greek).

2008 Worlds of Domestic Labour: Gender, Migration and Cultural Transformations in Early 21th Century Athens, (with P. Topali and A. Athanassopoulou, Alexandria Publications, in Greek).

2006 Adventures of Alterity: The Production of Cultural Difference in Contemporary Greece, (ed., Alexandria Publications, in Greek).

1999Lilies of the Field: Marginal People Who Live for the Moment, (ed.  with S. Day and M. Stewart,Westview Press).

1994 Anthropology and the Past: Contributions to the Social History of Modern Greece, (ed. with T. Paradelles, Alexandria Publications, in Greek).

1992 Identities and Gender in Modern Greece, (ed. with T. Paradelles, Kastaniotes Publications, in Greek).

1991 Contested Identities: Gender and Kinship in Modern Greece, (ed. with P. Loizos, PrincetonUniversity Press).

1990 Community, Society and Ideology : C. Caravidas and the Problematique of the Social Sciences, (ed. with M. Comnenou, Papazeses Publications, in Greek).



2019 The Sharing Economy under Contestation. Special issue of Synchrona Themata v. 143-144.[In Greek].

2009 The Challenge of Migration. Special issue of Synchrona Themata, v.107. (In Greek).

2007 Social Anthropology and Greece. Special issue of Synchrona Themata, v. 98. (In Greek).

2005 Grèce Figures de l’Alterité. Special issue of Ethnologie Française,v.35, no 2.



2020 “Border trouble: The spatial dilemmas of the refugee issue in the age of the pandemic”. Geografies 35: 9-15 [in Greek].

2020 “The new geography of the refugee issue: Violence and the multiplication of borders in the Aegean”. Synchrona Themata 147: 41-45 [in Greek].

2019 "In search of a pragmatic future", in Kelly Alexander (ed), Europe in the Balance. Cultural Anthropology, Hot Spot Series, Oct. 2019,

2019 "Creative confusions, productive illusions: Inequality and reciprocity in Athen’s documenta 14". Synchrona Themata]145-146: 54-71. [In Greek].

2019 "The “sharing” of accommodation in Athens of the actual existing neoliberalism: The ethnographic journey of a displaced tenant". Synchrona Themata 143-144: 19-28. [in Greek).

2017 "The refugee issue: A cognitive challenge". Synchrona Themata 138-139: 17-21. [In Greek].

2017 "Living together in the ‘humanitarian town’: Informal educational practices and refugee governance after 2016". Synchrona Themata 137: 74-89. [In Greek].

2016 "A big reversal? The ‘European refugee crisis’ and the new patriotism of ‘solidarity". Synchrona Themata 132-133: 7-28. [In Greek}.

2016 «Solidarity unwrapped?: Society reborn in austerity», Social Anthropology 24/2

2016 «Being 'there': At the frontline of the 'European Refugee Crisis' - Part 2» Anthropology Today 32(3): 3-7.

2016 «Being 'there': At the frontline of the 'European Refugee Crisis' - Part 1» Anthropology Today 32(2): 5-9.

2015 «For a European Union of anthropological localities», in S. Green and P. Laviolette (eds), Rethinking Euro-anthropology. Social Anthropology 23: 332-334.

2015 «Trouble on the top: The ritual deconstruction of ‘consensual’ democracy”. Synchrona Themata 130-1: 122-134, 2015. (In Greek).

2014 «The inconceivable racism: The politicization of ‘hospitality’ in the era of crisis». Synchrona Themata 127: 67-74. (In Greek)

2010 «Ethnographic praxis and its limits: John Campbell and his relation with his contemporaries and his ancestors ».  Synchrona Themata 110: 44-56. (In Greek).

2010 «Reconfiguring Greek ethnography in a changing world». Journal of Mediterranean Studies 18(2): 419-430.

2009 «At the edge of sight: The crisis of ‘hospitality’ in the era of porous borders». Synchrona Themata 107: 67-74. (In Greek).

2005 «La Grèce face à l’altérité», Ethnologie Française 35 (2): 203-212.

2005 «Un moment pluriel: L’ethnographie grecque au tournant du siècle», Ethnologie Française 35 (2):213-227. [Greek version in Syncrona Themata 98: 29-42, 2007].



2020 "The politics of mnemonic ‘restorative practices’: Contesting memory, mobility, identity and objects in post–‘refugee crisis’ Lesbos" with Alexandra Bounia και Andrea Witcomb, in  Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage,  148-164. London: Routledge.

2018 'Pragmatism against austerity: Greek society, politics and ethnography in times of trouble'. In D. Dalakoglou and G. Agelopoulos (eds)., Critical Times in Greece: Anthropological Engagements with the Crisis, London: Routledge.

2017 'The multiple faces of anthropological racialism: Organic metaphors and anthropological discourse in interwar Greece'. In E. Avdela et al. (eds), Racial Theories in Greece, Athens: University Press of Crete. [In Greek].

2015 "From the crisis of ‘hospitality to its politicizatiοn ’". Introduction to the second edition of E. Papataxiarchis (ed.) Adventures of alterity: The production of cultural difference in contemporary Greece, Athens: Alexandria Publications. [In Greek}.

2014 «Unsettled differences: Border, body and ethno-cultural subjectivity in everyday political praxis», in E. Papataxiarchis (ed.), The Politics of Everyday Life: Border, Body and Citizenship in Greece, 17-77. Athens: Alexandria Publications.

2014 «From the crisis to the politicization of ‘hospitality’», Introduction to the second edition of Adventures of Alterity: The Production of Cultural Difference in Contemporary Greece, xiii-lxii. Athens: Alexandria Publications.

2013 «Revisiting the political: Convergences and divergences in anthropology and political science» (with C. Lyrintzis), in K. Rozakou and E. Gara (eds), Greek Paradoxes: Patronage, Civil Society and Violence, 73-119. Athens: Alexandria Publications. (In Greek)

2013 «Crises and revisions», in K. Rozakou and E. Gara (eds), Greek Paradoxes: Patronage, Civil Society and Violence, 11-24. Athens: Alexandria Publications. (In Greek)

2013 «From ‘national’ to ‘social science’: Politics, ideology, and disciplinary formation in Greek anthropology from the 1940s till the 1980s» In A. Boskovic and C. Hann (eds), The anthropological field on the margins of Europe, 1945-1991, 31-63. Halle Studies in the Anthropology of Eurasia, Vol. 29. Berlin: LIT Verlag Münster.

2012 "Reconfiguring the Ottoman political imagination: Petitioning and print culture in the early Tanzimat", in A. Anastasopoulos (ed.), Political Initiatives ʽFrom the Bottom Upʼ in the Ottoman Empire, Crete University Press.

2012 "Shaping modern times in the Greek family: A comparative view of gender and kinship transformations after 1974", in A. Dialla and N.Maroniti (eds), State, Society and Economy. Athens: Metaichmio Publications.

2010 «Gender and social thought in post dictatorial Greece». In V. Kantsa, E. Papataxiarchis and V. Moutafi (eds.), Gender and the Social Sciences in Modern Greece.Athens: Alexandria Publications. (In Greek)

2006 «Burdens of alterity: Aspects of cultural differentiation in early 21th century Greece».  In E. Papataxiarchis (ed.), Adventures of Alterity: The Production of Cultural Difference in Contemporary Greece, 1-87. Athens: Alexandria Publications. (In Greek)

2006 “The regime of difference in greek society: Some research hypotheses”. In E. Papataxiarchis (ed.), Adventures of Alterity: The Production of Cultural Difference in Contemporary Greece, 407-469. Athens: Alexandria Publications. (In Greek)

2004 «Anthropological lessons: Notes on the work of Marshall Sahlins». Introduction to the Greek translation of M. Sahlins, Culture and Practical Reason, 9-37. Athens: Publications of the Twenty First  Century. (In Greek)

2003 «Social anthropology in postwar Greece: The first steps». In I. Lambiri-Dimaki (ed.), Social sciences and avant garde in Greece, 1950-1967, 115-154. Athens: Gutenberg Publications and ΕΚΚΕ. (In Greek)

2001 “Dealing with disadvantage: Culture and the gendered self in the politics of locality”. In C.Bromberger and D.Albera (eds.), L’anthropologie et la Méditerranné: Unité, diversité et perspectives, 179-211. Paris: Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l’ Homme.

2000 “In the pursuit of similarity: The work of male friendship in Aegean Greece”. In G.Ravis-Giordani (ed.), Le pain, le pouvoir et la grâce: Anthropologie et histoire de l’ amitié. Aix : Presses de l’ Universite de Provence.

1999 “Introduction”, with S. Day and M. Stewart. In Lilies of the Field. Marginal People Who Live for the Moment,1-24. Boulder Colorado: Westview Press.

1999 “Contest with money: Gambling and the politics of disinterested sociality in Aegean Greece”. In S. Day, E. Papataxiarchis and M. Stewart (eds.), Lilies of the Field. Marginal People Who Live for the Moment, 158-175. Boulder Colorado: Westview Press.



2006 « Economic Anthropology’, ‘Greek Ethnography’ and the cultural construction of domestic labour». Posted in (In Greek)

2003 «Greekanthropologybetweenhistoryandfolklore» «Το παρελθόν ενώνει όσο και χωρίζει: Η ανθρωπολογία ανάμεσα στην ιστορία και τη λαογραφία». In The Present of the Past, 65-75.  Athens: Etaireia Spoudon. (In Greek)

2002 “Dealing with cultural difference. ‘Asia Minor Refugee’ and ‘Muslim Minority’ Folklore Studies in Greece”, with Evagelia Balta. In VI. Millatlerurasi Türk Halk Kültürü Kongres, Son elli yild Türkiye dişindaki Türk halk Kültürü çalişmalari, 38-53. Ankara: Kültür Bakanliği.

1999  «On the institutional establishment of social anthropology in the Greek university» In D. Alexandropoulos (ed.), The Future of Social Sciences in Greece, 227-246.Rethymno: University of Crete. (In Greek)