Maria Kastrinou

Summary

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Anchored in political anthropology, my research focuses on identity politics, religion, state, conflict and energy in the Middle East and South-Eastern Mediterranean. For my PhD (Durham), I conducted ethnographic fieldwork research in Syria (2008–2010) looking at contested identities and politics between the Druze sect and the Syrian state. In response to the ongoing war, my research has incorporated political economy and historical sociology approaches in an ongoing project on energy and resource conflict in Syria, initiated through a research fellowship at Durham Energy Institute (2013-2014), and new fieldwork with Syrian and Arab immigrants in Greece (2013–ongoing).

Qualifications:

BA (Hons) Anthropology (Durham)

PhD Anthropology (Durham)

Research area(s)

· Political anthropology

· State formations and power

· Religion, Islam, Druze

· Energy and resource conflict

· Sectarianism and identity politics

· Syria, Middle East, South Eastern Mediterranean, Greece

  • Political anthropology
  • State formations and power
  • Religion, Islam, Druze
  • Energy and resource conflict
  • Sectarianism and identity politics
  • Syria, Middle East, South Eastern Mediterranean, Greece

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Kastrinou, AMA. , Ahmad, B. , Al-Habash, L.  and Ghanem, M.   (2015)   'Muslim women and violent protest: Syria'. Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures

Kastrinou, AMA.   (2014)   'Sect and House in Syria: History, Architecture, and Bayt Amongst the Druze in Jaramana'. History and Anthropology, 25 (3).  pp. 313 - 335. doi: 10.1080/02757206.2013.878713 Download publication 

Kastrinou, MA.   (2013)   'Printed Media and Popular Culture: Studies in Contemporary Folklore'. Folklore, 124 (1).  pp. 108 - 109. doi: 10.1080/0015587X.2013.737510 

Kastrinou Theodoropoulou, AM.   (2012)   'A Different Struggle for Syria: Becoming Young in the Middle East'. Mediterranean Politics, 17 (1).  pp. 59 - 76. doi: 10.1080/13629395.2012.655046 

Kastrinou Theodoropoulou, AMA.   (2011)   'Nikos Gatsos and the Greek Folk Tradition: A Hermeneutic Study'. Folklore, 122 (2).  pp. 218 - 220. doi: 10.1080/0015587X.2011.570524 

Kastrinou-Theodoropoulou, M.   (2009)   'Editorial Note: Political Anthropology and the Fabrics of Resistance'. Durham Anthropology Journal, 16 (2).  pp. 3 - 7. Download publication 

Kastrinou-Theodoropoulou, AMA.   (2009)   'Setting the Syrian Stage: A case study of Dance and Power'. Durham Anthropology Journal, 16 (1).  pp. 3 - 12. Download publication 

Kastrinou-Theodoropoulou, M.   (2008)   'The Gift of the Code: A Culture of an Operating System'. Durham Anthropologicy Journal, 15 (1).  pp. 106 - 164. Download publication 

Kastrinou-Theodoropoulou, M.   (Accepted)   'Lawrence, Christopher M. 2007. Blood and Oranges: Immigrant Labor and European Markets in Rural Greece'. Durham Anthropology Journal, 16 (1).  pp. 76 - 77. Download publication 

Books

Kastrinou, AMA.   (2016) Power, sect and state in Syria: The politics of marriage and identity amongst the Druze. London:  I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd 

Book chapters

Kastrinou, M.  and Layton, RH.  (2016)   'The politics of reincarnation, time and sovereignty: a comparative anthropological exploration of the Syrian Druze and the Australian Anangu', in Gledhill, J. (ed.) World Anthropologies in Practice: Situated Perspectives, Global Knowledge.  London Bloomsbury Academic Publishing pp. 227 - 252. 

Conference papers

Kastrinou, M.   (2015)   '‘Either we'll survive the sea or we'll die:' Syrian refugees in Lesbos, Greece' , Refuge from Syria. Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University. 9 - 9 December. [unpublished].  

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