Dr Anastasia Christou


Dr Anastasia Christou
NameDr Anastasia Christou
Job titleProfessor of Sociology and Social Justice
Research institute
Primary appointmentLaw and Social Sciences
Email addressA.Christou@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8796-1191
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Anastasia Christou is Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Middlesex University, UK. She is also Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an academic activist, a trade unionist, feminist and anti-racist. An interdisciplinary critical scholar whose work is fully immersed in the humanities, social sciences and the arts in the pursuit of a public sociology which is relevant, meaningful and transformative, she extensively researches, publishes and teaches on issues of identity, emotion, inequality, intersectionality, ethics, decolonial and feminist pedagogies, social justice and exclusions as regards gender, class, sexuality, race and ethnicity in migrant, minority, youth and ageing groups, having engaged in multi-sited, multi-method and comparative ethnographic research in the US, UK, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, France, Iceland, Switzerland, while recently engaged in collaborative research in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, as well as with communities in Israel and Palestine. As a writer and editor Anastasia works across disciplines, geographies and cultures conducting empirical field research and extensively theorises from her findings. Anastasia’s research has been published with University presses (Harvard University Press; Amsterdam University Press), as well as, in international journals and she has edited a number of book volumes and special issues, while her recent poetry appears in the Feminist Review, the International Human Rights Art Festival, Menelique and the other side of hope: journeys in refugee and immigrant literature. Anastasia is the incoming (2024) co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal GeoHumanities of the American Association of Geographers, and of the Journal of Further and Higher Education.

Education and qualifications

PhD & DPhil

Grants

Narratives of the Greek Civil War: Memory and Political Identities as Public History
01 May 2023
https://www.isrf.org/fellows-projects/narratives-of-the-greek-civil-war/
Independent Social Research Foundation/ISRF

Prizes and Awards

Research outputs

Insurgent feminisms – women writing wars: mapping gendered trauma, un/learning generative utopias and the intersectional imperative

Christou, A. 2024. Insurgent feminisms – women writing wars: mapping gendered trauma, un/learning generative utopias and the intersectional imperative. Feminist Review.

Curatorial dissonance and conflictual aesthetics: Holocaust memory and public humanities in Greek historiography

Christou, A. 2024. Curatorial dissonance and conflictual aesthetics: Holocaust memory and public humanities in Greek historiography. Histories . 4 (2), pp. 204-219. https://doi.org/10.3390/histories4020010

Feminist conversations with Buber: dialogic encounters with ‘The Girls’ (stories of Jewish women in Brownsville, Brooklyn, 1940–1995)

Christou, A. 2024. Feminist conversations with Buber: dialogic encounters with ‘The Girls’ (stories of Jewish women in Brownsville, Brooklyn, 1940–1995). European Judaism: A Journal for the New Europe. 57 (1), pp. 28-38. https://doi.org/10.3167/ej.2024.570103

Making home through memories and ritualized social practices

Christou, A. 2023. Making home through memories and ritualized social practices. in: Boccagni, P. (ed.) Handbook on Home and Migration Edward Elgar Publishing.

Divergent democracy: Notes on a mediatised affective activism renewal of feminist and anti-fascist struggle in contemporary Greece

Christou, A. 2023. Divergent democracy: Notes on a mediatised affective activism renewal of feminist and anti-fascist struggle in contemporary Greece. Cultural Dynamics. 35 (1-2), pp. 47-59. https://doi.org/10.1177/09213740231171260

Theorising affective habitus in historical geographies of mobilities: unfolding spatio-temporal modalities

Christou, A. 2022. Theorising affective habitus in historical geographies of mobilities: unfolding spatio-temporal modalities. Emotions: History, Culture, Society. 6 (2), pp. 215-236. https://doi.org/10.1163/2208522x-02010165

Introduction: emotions and mobilities: gendered, temporal and spatial representations

Barrios Aquino, M., Chanamuto, N. and Christou, A. 2022. Introduction: emotions and mobilities: gendered, temporal and spatial representations. Emotions: History, Culture, Society. 6 (2), pp. 201-214. https://doi.org/10.1163/2208522x-02010164

Transnational mobilities and return migration

Christou, A. and Yeoh, B. 2022. Transnational mobilities and return migration. in: Yeoh, B. and Collins, F. (ed.) Handbook on Transnationalism Edward Elgar Publishing.

Gender and migration: IMISCOE short reader

Christou, A. and Kofman, E. 2022. Gender and migration: IMISCOE short reader. Cham, Switzerland Springer.

MoDA Podcast Season 3, Episode 5, Home alone

Baeza Ruiz, A., Christou, A. and Bloor, K. 2021. MoDA Podcast Season 3, Episode 5, Home alone.

The liminality of loneliness: negotiating feminist ethics and intersectional affectivity

Christou, A. and Bloor, K. 2021. The liminality of loneliness: negotiating feminist ethics and intersectional affectivity. Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change. 6 (1). https://doi.org/10.20897/jcasc/11120

Feminisms, gender and social media: public and political performativities regarding sexual harassment in Cyprus

Karayianni, C. and Christou, A. 2020. Feminisms, gender and social media: public and political performativities regarding sexual harassment in Cyprus. Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics. 4 (2), pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.20897/femenc/8522

Infinite Indigeneity

Christou, A. 2019. Infinite Indigeneity. Feminist Review, 122(1), 205–206. https://doi.org/10.1177/0141778918810212

'A window to knowledge is a window to the world': socio-aesthetics, ethics and pedagogic migrant youth journeys in crisis-shaped educational settings in Greece

Christou, A. and Michail, D. 2021. 'A window to knowledge is a window to the world': socio-aesthetics, ethics and pedagogic migrant youth journeys in crisis-shaped educational settings in Greece. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 42 (2), pp. 308-322. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2019.1636210

Affecting solidarities: bringing feeling into feminism, empathy in employment and compassion in academic communities of crises

Christou, A. and Janta, H. 2019. Affecting solidarities: bringing feeling into feminism, empathy in employment and compassion in academic communities of crises. Tourism Management Perspectives. 30, pp. 232-239. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmp.2019.02.007

The significance of things: objects, emotions and cultural production in migrant women's return visits home

Christou, A. and Janta, H. 2018. The significance of things: objects, emotions and cultural production in migrant women's return visits home. The Sociological Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026118816906

Hosting as social practice: gendered insights into contemporary tourism mobilities

Janta, H. and Christou, A. 2019. Hosting as social practice: gendered insights into contemporary tourism mobilities. Annals of Tourism Research. 74, pp. 167-176. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2018.11.008

Introduction: mapping gendered violence-contemplating conflict and crisis in contemporary societal struggles

Christou, A. 2018. Introduction: mapping gendered violence-contemplating conflict and crisis in contemporary societal struggles. Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. 39 (2), pp. vii-xii. https://doi.org/10.5250/fronjwomestud.39.2.0vii

Youth mobilities, crisis, and agency in Greece: second generation lives in liminal spaces and austere times

Michail, D. and Christou, A. 2018. Youth mobilities, crisis, and agency in Greece: second generation lives in liminal spaces and austere times. Transnational Social Review: A Social Work Journal. 8 (3), pp. 245-257. https://doi.org/10.1080/21931674.2018.1511032

'Narrations of the nation in mobility life stories: gendered scripts, emotional spheres and transnational performativity in the Greek diaspora'

Christou, A. 2018. 'Narrations of the nation in mobility life stories: gendered scripts, emotional spheres and transnational performativity in the Greek diaspora'. in: Mulholland, J., Montagna, N. and Sanders-McDonagh, E. (ed.) Gendering Nationalism: Intersections of Nation, Gender and Sexuality in the 21st Century Palgrave McMillan. pp. 299-314

Post-socialist narratives of being, belonging and becoming: Eastern European women migrants and transformative politics in an era of European crises

Christou, A. and Michail, D. 2018. Post-socialist narratives of being, belonging and becoming: Eastern European women migrants and transformative politics in an era of European crises. New Formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics. https://doi.org/10.3898/NEWF:95.05.2018

Timespace and international migration

Mavroudi, E., Page, B. and Christou, A. (ed.) 2017. Timespace and international migration. Cheltenham, UK Edward Elgar.

Introduction: from time to timespace and forward to time again in migration studies

Page, B., Christou, A. and Mavroudi, E. 2017. Introduction: from time to timespace and forward to time again in migration studies. in: Mavroudi, E., Page, B. and Christou, A. (ed.) Timespace and International Migration Cheltenham, UK Edward Elgar. pp. 1-16

Theorizing black (African) transnational masculinities

Pasura, D. and Christou, A. 2018. Theorizing black (African) transnational masculinities. Men and Masculinities. 21 (4), pp. 521-546. https://doi.org/10.1177/1097184X17694992

The "Wretched of Europe": Greece and the cultural politics of inequality

Christou, A. 2018. The "Wretched of Europe": Greece and the cultural politics of inequality. Humanity and Society. 42 (1), pp. 102-127. https://doi.org/10.1177/0160597616664169

Understanding acoustic performativities, youth subjectivities and mobile identities

Christou, A., Sardinha, J. and Campos, R. 2016. Understanding acoustic performativities, youth subjectivities and mobile identities. in: Sardinha, J. and Campos, R. (ed.) Transglobal Sounds: Music, Youth and Migration Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 221-232

Ageing "phantasmagorically" in exile: the resilience of unbearable and unattainable homelands in the Jewish and Cuban imagination

Christou, A. 2016. Ageing "phantasmagorically" in exile: the resilience of unbearable and unattainable homelands in the Jewish and Cuban imagination. in: Walsh, K. and Näre, L. (ed.) Transnational migration and home in older age Routledge.

East European migrant women in Greece: intergenerational cultural knowledge transfer and adaptation in a context of crisis

Michail, D. and Christou, A. 2016. East European migrant women in Greece: intergenerational cultural knowledge transfer and adaptation in a context of crisis. Südosteuropa: Journal of Politics and Society. 64 (1), pp. 58-78. https://doi.org/10.1515/soeu-2016-0005

Diasporic youth identities of uncertainty and hope: second-generation Albanian experiences of transnational mobility in an era of economic crisis in Greece

Michail, D. and Christou, A. 2016. Diasporic youth identities of uncertainty and hope: second-generation Albanian experiences of transnational mobility in an era of economic crisis in Greece. Journal of Youth Studies. 19 (7), pp. 957-972. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2015.1136052

Ageing masculinities and the nation: disrupting boundaries of sexualities, mobilities and identities

Christou, A. 2016. Ageing masculinities and the nation: disrupting boundaries of sexualities, mobilities and identities. Gender Place and Culture. 23 (6), pp. 801-816. https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2015.1058760

Counter-diaspora: the Greek second generation returns "home"

Christou, A. and King, R. 2015. Counter-diaspora: the Greek second generation returns "home". Cambridge, MA, USA Harvard University Press.

Mothering and migration: interdisciplinary dialogues, European perspectives and international contexts: introduction

Christou, A., Giorgio, A. and Rye, G. 2015. Mothering and migration: interdisciplinary dialogues, European perspectives and international contexts: introduction. Women's Studies International Forum. 52, pp. 49-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2015.07.001

Narrating the city: histories, space and the everyday

Fischer-Nebmaier, W., Berg, M. and Christou, A. (ed.) 2015. Narrating the city: histories, space and the everyday. Berghahn Books.

Migrating motherhood and gendering exile: Eastern European women narrate migrancy and homing

Christou, A. and Michail, D. 2015. Migrating motherhood and gendering exile: Eastern European women narrate migrancy and homing. Women's Studies International Forum. 52, pp. 71-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2015.06.005

Tales of satisfaction and disillusionment: second-generation ‘return’ migration to Greece and Cyprus

King, R., Christou, A., Goodson, I. and Teerling, J. 2008. Tales of satisfaction and disillusionment: second-generation ‘return’ migration to Greece and Cyprus. Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. 17 (3), pp. 262-287.

Dismantling diasporas: rethinking the geographies of diasporic identity, connection and development

Christou, A. and Mavroudi, E. (ed.) 2015. Dismantling diasporas: rethinking the geographies of diasporic identity, connection and development. Ashgate.

'Racism', intersectionality and migration studies: framing some theoretical reflections

Grosfoguel, R., Oso, L. and Christou, A. 2015. 'Racism', intersectionality and migration studies: framing some theoretical reflections. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 22 (6), pp. 635-652. https://doi.org/10.1080/1070289X.2014.950974

Links to the diasporic homeland: second-generation and ancestral ‘return’ mobilities

King, R., Christou, A. and Levitt, P. (ed.) 2014. Links to the diasporic homeland: second-generation and ancestral ‘return’ mobilities. Routledge.

Second-generation “return” to Greece: new dynamics of transnationalism and integration

King, R. and Christou, A. 2014. Second-generation “return” to Greece: new dynamics of transnationalism and integration. International Migration. 52 (6), pp. 85-99. https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.12149

Narrating lives in (e)motion: embodiment, belongingness and displacement in diasporic spaces of home and return

Christou, A. 2011. Narrating lives in (e)motion: embodiment, belongingness and displacement in diasporic spaces of home and return. Emotion, Space and Society. 4 (4), pp. 249-257. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2011.06.007

Gendering counter-diasporic migration: second generation Greek-Americans and Greek-Germans narrate their homecoming

Christou, A. and King, R. 2011. Gendering counter-diasporic migration: second generation Greek-Americans and Greek-Germans narrate their homecoming. Journal of Mediterranean Studies. 20 (2).

We took a bath with the chickens: memories of childhood visits to the homeland by second-generation Greek and Greek Cypriot returnees

King, R., Christou, A. and Teerling, J. 2011. We took a bath with the chickens: memories of childhood visits to the homeland by second-generation Greek and Greek Cypriot returnees. Global Networks. 11 (1), pp. 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0374.2010.00304.x

Imagining home: diasporic landscapes of the Greek-German second generation

Christou, A. and King, R. 2010. Imagining home: diasporic landscapes of the Greek-German second generation. Geoforum. 41 (4), pp. 638-646. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2010.03.001
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