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Miss Alexandra Kriti

Research project: Consuming the Aegean Inter-nationalities; An inter-disciplinary approach to the socio-politics of the construction and performance of national food identities at the contemporary ‘borderline islands' of the Aegean.

Abstract

Inspired by my recent volunteer action at the 'Lesvos Solidarity- Pikpa' camp at Lesvos island, the current research attempts to explore issues of everyday nationalism and nationhood within the context of the 'borderline' islands of the Aegean currently being under the impact of the 'refugee crisis'.

Cooking as a performative act of multiple identities is explored mainly by collaborating with residents and volunteers of the forementioned camp. Whether these performative acts are sustaining, incorporating and even propagating residents' multinational identities, volunteers 'Greekness' and/or 'Europeanism' and locals' 'borderline' insularism is the main area of my ongoing research.

Confronting with the limitations of an academic and the obligations of a volunteer, I am attempting to incorporate a wide spectrum of research methodologies with the aim to transform my PhD thesis from just a book lying on a self into a... tastefull feast!

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Consuming the Aegean Inter-nationalities; An inter-disciplinary approach to the socio-politics of the construction and performance of national food identities at the contemporary ‘borderline islands' of the Aegean.
  • Research supervisors:

Biography

I am passionate archaeologist and archaeobotanist, currently working full time at a commercial archaeological company as an 'Environmental Assistant' and part time as a 'Chef' at a local patisserie.

I graduated on March 2015 from the University of Crete, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of History and Archaeology with a second upper class honours BA degree in 'Archaeology and History of Art'. In January 2017 I graduated from the University of Sheffield, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology with a second upper class honours MSc degree in 'Environmental Archaeology and Paleoeconomy' with a particular specialisation in Archaeobotany.

Other than that, I am also a passionate anticapitalist activist participating at and/or co-organising multiple events in the UK and Greece.One of our biggest achievements was the revival and the co-organisation of the 'Antirascist/Antifastist Festival of Rethymno' (Crete)!

Finally, I enjoy finding good excuses to travel, eat, drink and ...enjoy life!

Areas of research interest

  • International Politics
  • Nation, Nationalism and Nationhood
  • Food Anthropology
  • Social Identity(-ies), Performance(-s) and Embodiment
  • Immigration
  • Visual Anthropology and Ethnography
  • History and Archaeology

Qualifications

  • BA Archaeology and History of Art, University of Crete
  • MSc Environmental Archaeology and Paleoeconomy (Archaeobotany)
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