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Dr Maria Kastrinou
Lecturer in Anthropology

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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

Kastrinou, M., Khalaf, SN. and Hayward, B. (2020) 'Peace and War in Hawi al-Hawa', in Khalaf, SN. (ed.) Social Change in Syria: Family, Village and Political Party. London : Routledge. pp. 291 - 318. ISBN 10: 1-003-05055-7. ISBN 13: 978-0-367-50626-1. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Kastrinou, AMA., Fakher El-Deen, S. and Emery, SB. (2020) 'The stateless (ad)vantage? Resistance, land and rootedness in the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights'. Territory, Politics, Governance, 9 (5). pp. 636 - 655. ISSN: 2162-2671 Open Access Link

Journal article

Kastrinou, M. (2018) '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: Domestic Origins and Early Trajectory. Abingdon : Routledge. pp. 271 - 289. ISBN 10: 1138310549. ISBN 13: 9781138310544. Open Access Link

Book chapter

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

Journal article

Neocleous, MA. and Kastrinou, M. (2016) 'The EU Hotspot: Police War Against the Migrant'. Radical Philosophy: journal of socialist feminist philosophy, 200 (200). pp. 3 - 9. ISSN: 0300-211X Open Access Link

Journal article
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