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Othon Alexandrakis

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Department of Anthropology

Associate Professor

Office: Vari Hall, 2050
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: x40139
Email: oalexand@yorku.ca


Ph.D. – Rice University (2010) M.A. – University of Western Ontario (2003) B.A. – University of Western Ontario (2001) Following his doctoral studies Othon joined the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2010-2011). His teaching, publications and research focus on: citizenship, migration, emergent and contested identities, governance, cities, Greece and Europe. His broader academic interests include ethnographic methods/writing, theory, NGOs, discourse publics, and memory.

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My primary areas of research include emergent and contested identities, citizenship, migration and governance. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in and around Athens, Greece, among various populations that live in that city, including undocumented migrants (mostly from West Africa), anti-establishment youth and the Roma (Gypsy) community. My research and teaching have been inspired by the following question: how do unconventional citizens, that is individuals considered to be outside juridical categories of citizenship and/or socio-historical prescriptions of civil collective, contribute to processes of social change? Lately this question has gained special currency. Like Spain, Italy, and several other European states, Greece has entered a period of deepening socioeconomic and political uncertainty, democratic deficit and sudden mass impoverishment. In response, local people of all description are drawing on various sociocultural resources to give cogent form and content and direction to the insecurity with which they are now faced. By querying the modes, effects and finalities of new mobilisations of unconventional political actors in Athens, I aim to contribute to a broader understanding of how modern European states are being remade at this time of neoliberal experimentation and contested statecraft.

Degrees

Ph.D., Rice University (2010)
M.A., University of Western Ontario (2003)
B.A., University of Western Ontario (2001)

Research Interests

, Citizenship, Migration, Emergent and Contested Identities, Governance, Cities, Greece and Europe
Books

Publication
Year

Alexandrakis, Othon (Editor). 2016. Impulse to Act: A New Anthropology of Resistance and Social Justice. Indiana University Press.

2016

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Alexandrakis, Othon. 2016. “Incidental Activism: Graffiti and Political Possibility in Athens, Greece.” Cultural Anthropology 31(2): 272-296.

2016

Alexandrakis, Othon. 2015. "Transformative Connections: Trauma, Cooperative Horizons, and Emerging Political Topographies in Athens, Greece." History and Anthropology 27 (1):32-44.

2015

Othon Alexandrakis. 2013. “Neoliberalism and the New Agora: Exploring Survival, Emergence, and Political Subjectivity among Pluralized Subaltern Communities in Athens, Greece.” Anthropological Quarterly. 86(1): 77-106.

2013

Other

Publication
Year

Alexandrakis, Othon, and David Nugent. Political Spatio-temporalities: A Conversation with David Nugent. Interview. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review Online, 23 January 2017, https://polarjournal.org/2017/01/23/political-spatio-temporalities-a-conversation-with-david-nugent

2017

Alexandrakis, Othon, and John Borneman. The Crucial Question. Interview. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review Online, 23 January 2017, https://polarjournal.org/2017/01/23/the-crucial-question-an-interview

2017


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ANTH3110 6.0 A Acquiring Research Skills LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ANTH4340 6.0 B Advocacy and Social Movements SEMR
Fall 2020 GS/ANTH5020 3.0 A Methods In Social Anthropology SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ANTH3110 6.0 A Acquiring Research Skills LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ANTH4340 6.0 B Advocacy and Social Movements SEMR


Ph.D. – Rice University (2010) M.A. – University of Western Ontario (2003) B.A. – University of Western Ontario (2001) Following his doctoral studies Othon joined the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2010-2011). His teaching, publications and research focus on: citizenship, migration, emergent and contested identities, governance, cities, Greece and Europe. His broader academic interests include ethnographic methods/writing, theory, NGOs, discourse publics, and memory.

My primary areas of research include emergent and contested identities, citizenship, migration and governance. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in and around Athens, Greece, among various populations that live in that city, including undocumented migrants (mostly from West Africa), anti-establishment youth and the Roma (Gypsy) community. My research and teaching have been inspired by the following question: how do unconventional citizens, that is individuals considered to be outside juridical categories of citizenship and/or socio-historical prescriptions of civil collective, contribute to processes of social change? Lately this question has gained special currency. Like Spain, Italy, and several other European states, Greece has entered a period of deepening socioeconomic and political uncertainty, democratic deficit and sudden mass impoverishment. In response, local people of all description are drawing on various sociocultural resources to give cogent form and content and direction to the insecurity with which they are now faced. By querying the modes, effects and finalities of new mobilisations of unconventional political actors in Athens, I aim to contribute to a broader understanding of how modern European states are being remade at this time of neoliberal experimentation and contested statecraft.

Degrees

Ph.D., Rice University (2010)
M.A., University of Western Ontario (2003)
B.A., University of Western Ontario (2001)

Research Interests

, Citizenship, Migration, Emergent and Contested Identities, Governance, Cities, Greece and Europe

All Publications


Books

Publication
Year

Alexandrakis, Othon (Editor). 2016. Impulse to Act: A New Anthropology of Resistance and Social Justice. Indiana University Press.

2016

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Alexandrakis, Othon. 2016. “Incidental Activism: Graffiti and Political Possibility in Athens, Greece.” Cultural Anthropology 31(2): 272-296.

2016

Alexandrakis, Othon. 2015. "Transformative Connections: Trauma, Cooperative Horizons, and Emerging Political Topographies in Athens, Greece." History and Anthropology 27 (1):32-44.

2015

Othon Alexandrakis. 2013. “Neoliberalism and the New Agora: Exploring Survival, Emergence, and Political Subjectivity among Pluralized Subaltern Communities in Athens, Greece.” Anthropological Quarterly. 86(1): 77-106.

2013

Other

Publication
Year

Alexandrakis, Othon, and David Nugent. Political Spatio-temporalities: A Conversation with David Nugent. Interview. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review Online, 23 January 2017, https://polarjournal.org/2017/01/23/political-spatio-temporalities-a-conversation-with-david-nugent

2017

Alexandrakis, Othon, and John Borneman. The Crucial Question. Interview. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review Online, 23 January 2017, https://polarjournal.org/2017/01/23/the-crucial-question-an-interview

2017


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ANTH3110 6.0 A Acquiring Research Skills LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ANTH4340 6.0 B Advocacy and Social Movements SEMR
Fall 2020 GS/ANTH5020 3.0 A Methods In Social Anthropology SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ANTH3110 6.0 A Acquiring Research Skills LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ANTH4340 6.0 B Advocacy and Social Movements SEMR