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University of Thessaly

The University of Thessaly was founded in 1984, and it is one of the youngest Universities in Greece. Its administrative center being in the city of Volos, the University has expanded in the four biggest cities of the region of Thessaly, i.e., Volos, Larissa, Trikala and Karditsa. It consists of 6 Faculties (Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering, Science, Agricultural Sciences, Health Sciences, Physical Education and Sport Science) comprising 18 Departments. Its student population is approximately 10.000.

The main mission of UTH is the promotion of scientific knowledge through research and contribution to cultural and economic development locally and nationally. The members of its academic and research staff participate in European research networks and have a strong presence in innovative research for the European Community.

Social Anthropology is one of the three Sections of the Department of History-Archaeology-Social Anthropology. It offers a strong interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on cross-cultural analysis of social and cultural phenomena, as well as on contemporary cultural theory.
The Department is very strong in migration research and in Oral History methodologies.

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Dr. Vassiliki Yiakoumaki

Vassiliki Yiakoumaki is the head of DEMO in Thessaly University. She is an Assistant Professor in Social/Cultural Anthropology at the Department of History-Archaeology-Social Anthropology. Her research interests focus on ethnic groups and minorities, multiculturalist politics, Jewish cultures, religion and public sphere, and practices of contemporary religiosity. She has also worked in the field of anthropology of food, exploring relations of food cultures and national/ethnic identities. Vassiliki has extensively taught on Jewish identities and cultures of Greece and Europe, and has introduced issues of the anthropology of Israeli society in the curriculum over the last couple of years. Her current research field is Israel and Greek-Israeli Jewry. Specifically, she is conducting research on contemporary perceptions of Greek identity in present-day Greek-Israelis, and co-conducting research on Greek music in Israel.

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Riki Van Boeschoten is Professor Emerita of the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology and Chair of the Greek Oral History Association. Until her retirement, Riki directed the Laboratory of Social Anthropology and the Oral History Archive of the Department. Her research interests involve memory studies, migration, ethnicity, refugee studies and civil wars, focusing in particular on Greece and Eastern Europe. From 2004 to 2007, she supervised a research project on gender and migration, focusing on migrants from Albania and Bulgaria, and from 2012 to 2015, she directed the oral history research project designed to establish the new City Museum of Volos. Her latest publications include: L. Danforth  & R. Van Boeschoten (2012), Children of the Greek Civil War: Refugees and the Politics of Memory, Chicago University Press; and H. Vermeulen, M. Baldwin-Edwards & R. Van Boeschoten (2015), Migration in the Southern Balkans: From Ottoman Territory to Globalized Nation States, Springer Open

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Dr. Antonis Antoniou

Antonis Antoniou is teaching at the Department of History-Archaeology-Social Anthropology. His PhD research was focused on post-war Greek political history. He has worked as researcher for the Research Programs THALIS-“Designing the Museum of the City of Volos” / Ministry Of Education, Greece, and European Social Fund; and “Housing Policies and Habitation Practices in the City of Volos” / School of Architecture, University of Thessaly. He has also conducted research for the project “Memories of the Occupation in Greece” based on interviews and oral history methodologies. 

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Ms. Kerasia (Ersi) Malagiorgi

Kerasia (Ersi) Malagiorgi is a PhD student in Social Anthropology at the Department of History-Archaeology-Social Anthropology. The working title of her thesis is “Politics of Memory and Cultural Identity among Israelis of Greek Descent in Contemporary Israel: A study on the ‘Second Generation.’" For conducting her research, she received the annual grant offered by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Greek researchers; also she is recipient of a 3-year award by the State Scholarships Foundation for the purpose of her thesis’ writing.  Kerasia specializes in Oral History/Oral-History methodologies and has participated in research programs on contemporary religiosity in Greece, on the experience of the Holocaust in Greece, on the memory of the German Occupation in Greece, and on the social history of the city of Volos.  

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Ms. Olga Sevastidou

Olga Sevastidou is an educator and MA graduate of the Department of History-Archaeology-Social Anthropology. Her thesis was on life story narratives and memory construction pertaining to the persecutions and deportations of Pontic Greeks of the USSR in the Stalinist era.  She is an experienced researcher in Oral History and Oral-History methodologies, and has worked as historian/researcher of Oral History for various research projects, such as THALIS-“Designing the Museum of the City of Volos” / Ministry Of Education, Greece, and European Social Fund.

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Dr. Aspasia (Sissie) Theodosiou

Aspasia (Sissie) Theodosiou is Associate Professor in Social/Cultural Anthropology at the Department of Music, University of Ioannina, Greece.  She has taught Anthropology of Music at the Department of Traditional Music, the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, having previously taught at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester.  She has participated in the international research network COST Action ISO 803 “Remaking eastern borders in Europe: a network exploring social, moral and material relocations of Europe’s eastern peripheries.”  She has conducted extensive field research with Gypsy musicians on the Greek–Albanian border.  She has also worked on the politics of Ottoman music practice in today’s Istanbul.  Sissie is interested on issues such as musical performances and practices, the politics of place and location, ethnic identities, the politics of culture and tradition, and borders, as well as questions related to multiculturalism and embodiment. Her current research interests pertain to uses of Greek music in contemporary Israel.

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