Anchored in political anthropology, my research focuses on sectarian politics and national belonging, religion, state, conflict and energy in the Middle East and South-Eastern Mediterranean. For my PhD, I conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork research in Syria (2008–2011) looking at contested identities and politics between the Druze sect and the Syrian state. In response to the ongoing war in Syria, my research has incorporated political economy and historical approaches in ongoing projects on the politics of energy and resource conflict in Syria and Lebanon (Durham Energy Institute 2013-2014; AHRC/ESRC Conflict grant 2016-2017), as well as new fieldwork with Syrian refugees in Greece and stateless Syrians in the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights (BRIEF Award 2015-ongoing).
BA (Hons) Anthropology (Durham)
PhD Anthropology (Durham)
Newest selected publications
Rugo, D., Weaver, A., Abi Ghanem, D. and Kastrinou, M. (2017) 'Dark Beirut. The (in)visibility of electricity'. Jadaliyya. Arab Studies Institute.Open Access Link
Kastrinou, M. (Accepted) 'The guests of Lesbos: Hospitality among Syrian refugees in Greece'. Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development. ISSN: 2151-4364 Open Access Link
Kastrinou, M. (Accepted) 'From a window in Jaramana: Imperial sectarianism and the impact of war on a Druze neighbourhood in Syria', in Hinnebusch, R. and Imady, O. (eds.) The Syrian Uprising 2011-2014: Roots and Trajectories. Routledge. , I.Open Access Link
Neocleous, MA. and Kastrinou, M. (2016) 'The EU Hotspot: Police War Against the Migrant'. Radical Philosophy: journal of socialist feminist philosophy. pp. 3 - 9. ISSN: 0300-211X Open Access Link
Abi Ghanem, D., Rugo, D. and Kastrinou, M. (2016) 'Power Cuts and Development: Following the Wires in Post-war Beirut'.