Moutafi-200HAssociate Professor

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Academic field: Social Anthropology with emphasis on Social Change

Οffice: Binio bulding

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Vasiliki Galani-Moutafi studied social and cultural anthropology at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She did her postgraduate studies at the Graduate School of the same university, from where she obtained her Doctorate degree in 1990. From 1989 till today she has been teaching at the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean a range of courses covering the history of social anthropology, economic anthropology and anthropology of tourism. She is the Academic Director of the Postgraduate Program “Women and Genders: Anthropological and Historical Approaches” while in the same program she has also taught for several consecutive years the course “Gender, Work and Consumption”. Furthermore, she has served as Academic Director of the Postdoctoral Research program “Women’s Work in Family, Cooperative and Individual Enterprises in Tourism: the Cases of Mykonos and Lesvos”. From 2010 until today she serves as Dean of the School of Social Sciences, at the University of the Aegean.
Her research on the subject“Chios Mastiha, practices of heritage and representations of local identity” (2003-2005) was funded in part by the European Union program «Mediterranean Voices», whose basic aim was the development of approaches related to heritage management in urban areas of the Mediterranean. In addition, her research on the subject of “Chios Mastiha and Consumers: Multiple and Contested Meanings, Practices and Identities” (2006-2009) was funded by the Research Committee of the University of the Aegean. She is a reviewer, as well as resource editor, for the journal of Annals of Tourism Research.
Her research interests include: processes of socio-economic transformation in local Aegean island societies (Chios and Samos), cultural changes and the renegotiation of local identities, work, gender and consumption, anthropology of tourism, tourist discourse and tourism representations (with an emphasis on the tourist identities of Chios and Samos), alternative forms of tourism –eco- and cultural tourism-, conceptualizations of cultural identity in relation to indigenous and locally distinct products (such as Chios mastiha and Samos wine), village cooperatives, Unions of cooperatives and new forms of entrepreneurship in rural areas.

Current Courses

SA-150 Economic Anthropology (compulsory course)
SHA-4 Issues of Economic and Political Anthropology (graduate course, MA in Social and Historical Anthropology)

Courses Taught

SA-153 Anthropology of Tourism (elective course)
W/S-047 Issues of Tourism Research (elective seminar)
W/S-065 Material Cultures and Ethnographies (elective seminar taught jointly)


Tourism Research in Greece and Cyprus: An Anthropological Approach. Athens: Propombos Publisher, 2002.


“Rural space (re)produced – Practices, performances and visions: A case study from an Aegean island”, Journal of Rural Studies, Vol. 32, pp. 103-113, 2013.

«Τhe Processing and Consumption of a Natural Monopoly Resource: Cultural Dimensions of the Commodification of Chios’ Mastiha». Presented in the Workshop “Mapping the Cultural Economy in the Euro-Mediterranean Region” which was organized by the European Cultural Foundation and the European University Institute, in the context of the Eight Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting, Florence-Montecatine Terme, 21-25 March, 2007 (the paper was selected and published in electronic form).

“A Regionally Distinctive Product and the Construction of Place Identity: The Case of Chios Mastiha”, Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 19-38. Summer 2004.

Galani-Moutafi, Vasiliki, “Tourism Research on Greece: A Critical Overview”, Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 31, pp. 157-179, 2004.

Galani-Moutafi, Vasiliki, “Natural Heritage and the Construction of a Place Image: An Example of Chios Mastiha”. 2nd International Scientific Conference on: Sustainable Tourism Development and the Environment. Interdepartmental Program of Postgraduate Studies in Tourism Planning, Management and Policy. University of the Aegean, pp. 1-11 (CD-ROM), 2003.

Galani-Moutafi, Vasiliki, “Representing the Self and the Other: American College Students in Mytilene, Greece”, Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 88-113, 2001.

Galani-Moutafi, Vasiliki, “The Self and the Other: Traveler, Ethnographer, Tourist”. Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 203-224, 2000.

«From Agriculture to Tourism: Property, Labor, Gender and Kinship in a Greek Island Village,» (Part One) Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 11, pp. 241-270, 1993.

«From Agriculture to Tourism: Property, Labor, Gender and Kinship in a Greek Island Village,» (Part Two) Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 12, pp. 113-131, 1994.

Chapters in books

(with Paris Tsartas) “The Sociology and Anthropology of Tourism in Greece”. In: The Sociology of Tourism. European Origins and Developments, Graham M.S. Dann & Giuli Liebman Parrinello (eds.). Tourism Social Science Series. Vol. 12. United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 299-322, 2009

“Aegean: tourist destinations, intercultural encounters and socio-economic changes». In: The Dispersed Urbanity of the Aegean Archipelago. Hellenic Ministry of Culture, 10nth International Exhibition of Architecture, Venice Biennale. Olkos publisher, pp. 257-79, 2006.

«Self-reflexivity in the context of an intercultural educational endeavor: American college students in Lesvos». In: Self and “Other”: Conceptualizations, identities and practices in Greece and Cyprus, D. Gefou-Madianou, ed. Athens: Gutenberg, pp. 421-461, 2003 (in Greek).

Editor in collective volumes

2010 (co-editor with V. Kantsa and E. Papataxiarchis). Gender and the social sciences in modern Greece. Athens: Alexandria.

2012 (co-editor with V. Kantsa and E. Papataxiarchis. Gender Studies in History and Anthropology. Athens: Alexandria.

Editor of Translation

2010 [2007] Richard R. Wilk & Lisa C. Cliggett, Economy and Culture. Principles of Economic Anthropology. (trans. Yiannis Vogiatzis and Vasiliki Moutafi), pp. 13-39. Athens: Kritiki publisher.

Prologue to book

2010 «Continuities and Discontinuities: Revisions and Confirmations in Economic Anthropology». In: Economy and Culture. Principles of Economic Anthropology. (trans. Yiannis Vogiatzis and Vasiliki Moutafi). Athens: Kritiki publisher.

Book:reviews and critiques

1992 “Local History and Archives”, Conference Meetings, Samos, 26-27 April 1991”. Apoplous 9:116-118 (in Greek).

1993 Ernest Gellner. “Nations and Nationalism”. Diavazo 223:63 (in Greek).

1999 Μichael Herzfeld. “Anthropology through the Looking Glass. Critical Ethnography in the Margins of Europe”. Eleftherotypia, Jan. 8, pg. no 7057 (in Greek)

2000 Patrick Holland και Graham Huggan. “Tourists with Typewriters: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Travel Writing”. Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing 1(1/2): 195-197.

2002 Roxane Kaftantzoglou. “In the Shadow of the Holy Rock: Place and Memory in Anafiotika” (“Στη Σκιά του Ιερού Βράχου: Τόπος και μνήμη στα Αναφιώτικα”). Eleftherotypia, Sept. 27, pg. no. 8-9 (in Greek).