Department of Social Anthropology
The Department of Social Anthropology is relatively young, being the product of the 2004 partition of the Department of Social Policy and Social Anthropology. Currently, our Department is the only one in the country that offers a purely anthropological degree –though the curriculum is enriched with courses from other disciplines akin to social anthropology in the interest of our interdisciplinary approach when it comes to the social sciences. The Department offers a Bachelor in Social Anthropology as well as Master and Doctoral Degrees. It is also academic home to a growing number of post-doctoral students from Greece and abroad as well as to research and other academic fellows who work in Greece for shorter or longer periods of time.
The mission of the Department is the development of studies in social and cultural anthropology, with special emphasis on issues of theory, methodology, ethnography and cross-cultural comparison with (between) western and other societies.
Our aim is to equip students with the specialised knowledge and the scientific methodology necessary for the study of difference (ethnic, cultural, religious, etc) or, in anthropological parlance, of the Other. We consider this of utmost importance, especially in a period when racism, Islamophobia, a suspicion towards difference and a closure vis-à-vis the Other threaten civil rights and democratic values.
The areas of specific research interest which the Department fosters include the study of social, economic and political institutions, the exploration of symbolic and linguistic representations, the analysis of the social construction of gender, the study of the processes behind the construction of socio-cultural identities and the emergence of ethnic and religious groups, the anthropological analysis of education, migratory movements and refugees, as well as the study health structures. In the objectives of the Department, we should also include the development of joint research programmes and the strengthening of exchanges between western and other academic and research institutions. For this reason, the Department is actively involved in numerous ERASMUS+ programmes
(Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility, International Mobility, Placement) with partnerships that include academic institutions in many EU countries, the Balkans, Turkey and most recently China and Canada.
With the theoretical and methodological tools developed by social anthropology through the study of other societies in various geographical areas (through long-term ethnographic fieldwork with participatory observation) but also communities and practices closer at home, render anthropologists supremely able to analyse in depth complex socio-cultural phenomena and multiple perspectives of social transformation. These skills proved particularly useful for today's Greek society, which has been experiencing radical transformations in the process of contact with the European and international community.
PANTEION UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL AND POLITCAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY
GRADUATE COURSES SYLLABUS
(52M020) Anthropology of Health and the Body
Prof. E. Papagaroufali
(52Μ009) Anthropology of Migration
Associate Prof. G. Tsimuris
(52Μ028) Anthropology of Shamanism: Political and Therapeutical Dimensions
Assistant Prof. D. Riboli
(52Μ022) Economic Anthropology
Assistant Prof. A. Angelidou
(52Μ025) Ethnography of Greece, the Mediterranean and the Middle East
Lecturer P. Geros
The course aims to examine a series of issues that, in various ways, connect the ethnographies of Greece, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Firstly, we will
approach, in a critical manner, the concept of ‘cultural area’, which has become the basis for constructing a specific ethnographic orientation, while we will also discuss its epistemological and political repercussions. Secondly, through the presentation of classical and more recent ethnographic examples, we will examine the following topics: The construction and renegotiation of ethnic and national identities that takes place within a context of intense mobility of populations and geopolitical fluidity. The multiple articulations of gender with wider social relations and political-ideological conflicts, as well as with state mechanisms and social asymmetries. Religion, as an axis around which various political and social claims are being expressed. The state, as a field within which various subjectivities are being constituted and socio-political conflicts are manifested. All these issues are being examined through the theoretical approaches of current social theories, which have problematized the older paradigms of anthropological analysis regarding the specific regions (for example, the value system of ‘honour and shame’) and -especially as far as the postcolonial critique is concerned- have challenged the conceptual and geographical restrictions of ethnographic research.
(52M017) Issues of Modern and Contemporary Greek History: Critical Approaches
Assistant Prof. N. Maroniti
(52M019) Kinship, Family and New Reproductive Technologies
Associate Prof. Ei. Tountasaki
(52MO23) Political Anthropology
Assistant Prof. Ou. Astrinaki
(52Μ003) Symbolic Systems and Religious Movement: Anthropological Approaches
Prof. G. Makris
In the course we discuss the main research areas of the anthropology of religion and of religious movements both at the level of theory and at that of ethnographic research. More specifically, we shall briefly mention the main theoretical positions of philosophy and sociology of religion concentrating on Hegel, Marx, Durkheim and Weber, as they still continue to be recognised as important benchmarks and theoretical foundations of the modern understanding of religious phenomena.
We shall then proceed to the presentation of both classical and more recent anthropological analyses of witchcraft, shamanism and spirit possession, the anthropological theories of ritual and symbolism, as well as the relation between religion and politics. We will also analyse modern types of Christian and Islamic religiosity, including mysticism.
The course will conclude with the study of the concepts of secularism and secularisation, the New Age and new religions/spiritual movements, as well as the various forms of religious fundamentalism.
The aim of the course is to critically approach and understand the modern role and position of the sacred into a meta-a secular world, where ‘traditional and new religious idioms are intertwined with seemingly secularised discourses, giving rise to new hierophanies and creating novel and constantly changing geographies of the sacred.
(52M021) Urban Anthropology
Associate Prof. L. Economou