Research Labs

Ethnography Lab

The Ethnography Laboratory of the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean was founded in 2000 (Official Government Gazette, 177/2-8-2000) and has been operating since supporting ethnographic research, as well as the wider elaboration of ethnographic methodology and qualitative research methods in University of the Aegean. The Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean has been for more than three decades one of the most important institutions of ethnographic research in Greece. The Ethnography Laboratory conducts funded and unfunded research, both at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. The Laboratory has cooperated with many research bodies, such as: the National Center for Social Research, the National Documentation Center, the “Laboratory for Migration” of the Department of History, Archeology and Social Anthropology of the University of Thessaly, the “Laboratory of Social and Cultural Digital Documentation” of the Department of Sociology of the University of the Aegean, the “Institute for Studies on Migration and Ethnicity” of the University of Amsterdam.

Ethnography Seminars

From 2000 to the present, the Ethnography Laboratory has organized numerous anthropological research seminar, where junior and senior researchers had the opportunity to present their research work in an academic environment of creative dialogue and critical feedback.

 The ethnographic archive

The Ethnography Laboratory has been engaged in the collection, recording and classification of ethnographic texts (books, articles in magazines and collective volumes, theses) that refer to the Greek ethnographic context. The process of documenting publications in a centralized database on the Greek ethnography has also been linked to the online services of the National Documentation Center. The process of cataloging is in process and a significant number of relevant publications are already archived. (

Future activity

For the forthcoming academic year, the Ethnography Laboratory plans to organize two methodology and research workshops, two thematic cycles of practical activities The key aim of the above activities is to familiarizing undergraduate students with anthropological field research, field research with participatory observation, in the city of Mytilene and on the island of Lesvos at large. The themes of the two cycles concern: 1) walking as a social activity and cultural experience, through techniques and methods that allow an anthropological and artistic approach 2) the practices of graffiti on the walls of the city, as a field of social claims, cultural reinventions and contemporary political expression and confrontation. The participants will have the opportunity to apply techniques and methods of ethnographic research in the wider social and cultural context of their student life, to use multiple means of recording and networking and to reflect practically on ethnographic research and documentation, on anthropological representation and diffusion of knowledge in academic and wider environments.

Members of the Laboratory are social anthropologists (faculty members, post-doctoral researchers and PhD candidates) with ethnographic experience mainly, but not exclusively, in the Greek ethnographic context and institutionally affiliated both to the University of the Aegean and to other university and research institutions in Greece and abroad.

Faculty of the Department of Social Anthropology and History

Yannakopoulos Kostas, Professor

Venetia Kantsa, Professor

Evthymios Papataxiarchis, Emeritus Professor

Efi Plexousaki, Assistant Professor (tenured)

Elia Petridou, Assistant Professor (tenured)

Pinelopi Topali, Assistant Professor (tenured)

Aimilios Tsekenis Τσεκένης, Associate Professor

Aglaia Chatjouli, Assistant Professor

Theodoros Paradellis, Associate Professor (retired)

Faculty of other academic institutions

Jane Cowan, Professor of Social Anthropology, Sussex University

Sarah Green, Professor of Social Anthropology, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki

Laurie Hart, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Alexandra Bakalaki, Associate Professor, Aristotelian University, Thessaloniki, (retired)

Eleni Papagaroufali, Emeritus Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University

Postdoctoral researchers

Maria Doukarakou, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Social Anthropology and History, University of the Aegean (IKY)

Alexandra Zavou, Department of Social Anthropology and History, University of the Aegean Μεταδιδακτορική Ερευνήτρια, Τμήμα Κοινωνικής Ανθρωπολογίας (ELIDEK)

Pafsanias Karathanasis, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Social Anthropology and History, University of the Aegean (ELIDEK)

Marika Rompou Levidi, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Social Anthropology and History, University of the Aegean (ELIDEK)

PhD Candidates

Natasa Anastasiadou, PhD candidate in Social Anthropology, Researcher (Horizon 2020)

Konstantinos Diamantis, PhD candidate in Visual Anthropology, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication (Κωνσταντίνος Διαμαντής, Υπ. Διδάκτορας στην Οπτική Ανθρωπολογία, Τμήμα Πολιτισμικής Τεχνολογίας, Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου (Regional Excellence).

Nadina Leivaditi, PhD candidate in Social Anthropology, Researcher (ELIDEK).

Ervin Sehou, PhD candidate in Social Anthropology (ELIDEK).