The Ethnography Lab of the Department of Social Anthropology and History is one of the most dynamic institutional bases of ethnographic research in Greece. Along with two of the graduate programs of the Department (“Social and Historical Anthropology” and “Gender, Culture and Society”), it has provided the context for the realization of numerous research projects, doctoral theses and postdoctoral research. Some of these projects and doctoral theses have been funded by the European Union, primarily the “Pythagoras” research program and the “Heraclitus” program for doctoral research.
The ethnographic research that is conducted at the Ethnography Lab focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on Greece and covers a wide range of subjects, including the following:
- Migration and processes of cultural differentiation
- Politics of local, ethnic and national identities
- Gender, kinship and sociality
- Body and sexuality
- Religion and ritual practices
- Co-operative businesses in tourism
- Ethnographies of the school
The Laboratory keeps a specialized library and the “Archive of Greek Ethnography”, an electronic database that collects and files published ethnographic material (including theses, books, articles, etc.) on Greece. It regularly organizes academic conferences, workshops and research seminars. It has collaborated with the National Centre for Social Research and with research groups from other university departments and institutions in Greece and abroad.