Decolonising Cyprus: Interdisciplinary Reflections 

The first Centre for Ethnography at Kent event this term will take place on Monday 13th February 2023.

Welcoming Theodoros Rakopoulos, from the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Oslo for, what will be, an exciting and thought-provoking session on questions of postcoloniality and interdisciplinary research in Cyprus. Dr Rakopoulos has most recently published on the themes of citizenship, property, statehood and conspiracy theory. His latest book Passport Island: The Market for EU Citizenship in Cyprus explores the timely issue of elite Russian migration to ‘Europe’ (Manchester University Press, 2023). He is also the editor of The Global Life of Austerity and co-editor of Towards an Anthropology of Wealth (with Knut Rio).

Dr Bahriye Kemal , Senior Lecturer in Contemporary and Postcolonial Literature at the University of Kent, will be our second speaker providing a response to Dr Rakopoulos’s talk, from a Critical Postcolonial Literature point of view. Dr Kemal is the author of a research monograph entitled Writing Cyprus: Postcolonial and Partition Literatures of Place and Space explores English, Greek and Turkish writing about Cyprus in the context of the island’s political and cultural history of colonisation, partition and conflicting identities.

The event will draw examples from Cyprus to reflect about coloniality and post-coloniality. Rakopoulos will give a provocative ethnographic paper that captures colonial complexity. Then, Dr Bahriye Kemal will reflect on the affordances of Literature in helping us understand colonial and post-colonial Cyprus. A panel of Kent ethnographers will provide commentary and instigate an interdisciplinary discussion.

Time: 3-6pm, Monday 13th of February

Venue: Swingland Room, Marlowe, University of Kent

If wishing to attend, please contact Dr Ozlem Biner. 

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