Research Labs

Family and Kinship Studies Lab

The Lab of Family and Kinship Studies was established in 2000 in order to cover research and teaching needs related to the study of family and kinship in Greece and other countries from an anthropological and/or historical perspective. Lab’s research interests include:

a) structures of kinship,

b) genealogical research,

c) family, reproduction and health,

d) family, social exclusion and migration,

e) anthropology of childhood,

f) collection of data on family and kinship research in Greece,

g) shifting meanings of kinship and parenthood in the age of assisted reproduction,

h) new forms of family (single parents, same-sex families, adoptive children, surrogate mothers),

i) kinship, science and technology (genetics, inheritance),

j) sexuality, gender and reproduction.

The Lab has provided the context for the realization of numerous research projects, grad research and doctoral theses. Some of these projects and doctoral theses have been funded by the EU, primarily in the context of Heraclitus Program for doctoral research, and by the Research Unit, University of the Aegean. The topics of recent grad and doctoral research cover:

a) motherhood in prison,

b) new genetics and concepts of illness and kinship (thalassemia),

c) childhood friendships

d) birth, technology and the human body,

e) families of political refugees, violence and medical treatment,

f) sexuality and citizenship,

g) family, household and sexuality.

Μέλη του Εργαστηρίου Μελετών Οικογένειας και Συγγένειας είναι οι διδάσκοντες/ουσες του Τμήματος Κοινωνικής Ανθρωπολογίας και Ιστορίας με συναφή ακαδημαϊκά ενδιαφέροντα,  οι υποψήφιες/οι διδακτόρισσες/άκτορες μεταπτυχιακοί/ές φοιτητές/ήτρεις και μεταδιδακτορικοί/ές ερευνητές/ήτριες.

Μέλη ΔΕΠ

Μπέλλας Χρίστος, Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής

Τοπάλη Πηνελόπη, Μόνιμη Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια

Χατζούλη Αίγλη, Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια


Δρ Κωστακιώτης Γιώργος

Δρ Παπαδάκη Ειρήνη

Δρ Χαλκίδου Άσπα

Υποψήφιες/οι διδάκτορες

Βαρελάκη Φάλια

Μπινάκη Ελένη

Συνοδινού Ειρήνη

Τίγκας Πάνος


(In)FERCIT – Out of Body, Out of Home
Out of Body, Out of Home Assisted Reproduction, Gender and Family in Greece


(In)FERCIT – Aglaia Chatjouli, Ivi Daskalaki, Venetia Kantsa
Addendum by Christodoulos Bellas, Albert Dicran Matossian

(In)FERCIT – Μεταβαλλόμενες Σχέσεις

ΜΕΤΑΒΑΛΛΟΜΕΝΕΣ ΣΧΕΣΕΙΣ Συγγένεια και ιατρικώς υποβοηθούμενη αναπαραγωγή


(In)FERCIT – επιμέλεια Βενετία Κάντσα


(In)FERCIT – (In)Fertile Citizens

(In)Fertile Citizens Anthropological and Legal Challenges of Assisted Reproduction Technologies


(In)FERCIT – EDITORS Venetia Kantsa, Giulia Zanini, Lina Papadopoulou

Research articles


2019 Workshop“Dark water, burning water” 

Invitation to the art installation “Dark Water, Burning World”, of Syrian-born UK-based artist Issam Kourbaj in collaboration with the British poet and classicist Ruth Padel

2019 Workshop “Shifting relations” 

The Laboratory of Family and Kinship Studies and the Laboratory of Ethnography organizes a two day workshop on marriage, sexuality and family under the title Shifting Kinship Relations