Constantina-Nadia Seremetakis is a published / translated author and professor of cultural and applied anthropology. She grew up in Athens and the S. Peloponnese, and received her education in Athens and New York where she lived for two decades.
She has received fellowships and scholarly honors in both USA and Greece.
She has taught in both European and American universities and has accepted numerous invitations for public and academic lectures worldwide. She has recently joined the University of Peloponnese, where she is also the Head and Founder of the first Program on Everyday Life and Culture in Greece. http://culture.uop.gr
She has organized international, interdisciplinary conferences and multimedia events in Greece and USA, and she has been herself the subject of a documentary film on Greek public tv. Practicing public and applied anthropology for more than 15 years, she has offered lectures in elementary and high schools in Greece and the Greek diaspora, has written articles in national and local newspapers and magazines, and has designed and directed a department of cultural studies in the S. Peloponnese.
She has served as Advisor to the Minister of Health in Greece and temporary Advisor to The World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, on issues of mobile populations and disease prevention in border areas. She has also served as a member of the “Action Committee for Collaborations between University and Local Communities and the Region”, Senate, University of Peloponnese. Recently she was invited to join the UNESCO National Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritageby the Helllenic Ministry of Culture.
She has been interviewed extensively by local and national media and she has conducted herself interviews of significant foreign scholars introducing them to the Greek public.
She has done ethnographic fieldwork in rural and urban Greece, New York, Albania and comparative research in several other areas of the world, starting in 1984.
Her research interests have been:
technology, neoliberalism and cultural practice
the body and multisensory exchange in (post)modernity
divination, media and embodied intersubjective communication
globalization and the medicalization of everyday life
physical disaster and social memory
mobile populations and diseases
ethnography as cultural management
death rituals and the social construction of pain, truth and gender in Greece
perception and memory as material culture
the poetics of mourning
SCHOLARSHIPS / ΗΟΝΟRS
Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship, 1985 - 86.
Wenner - Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Fellowship, 1986.
Book Award: Victor Turner Award in Ethnographic Writing 1992, for The Last Word: Women, Death and Divination in Inner Mani (University of Chicago Press, 1991).
Official Representative, Greek Ministry of Health. “Eighth European Regional Meeting of National AIDS Coordinators” World Health Organization. Athens, Oct. 1994.
Official Observer, Greek Ministry of Health and National School of Public Health. 16th General Assembly of ASPHER (Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region): “Information Policy in Public Health.” Cracow, Oct. 1994.
Temporary Advisor, Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization (W.H.O), 1995.
Invited observer, International Vienna Festival 2000. Vienna, March 2000.
Book adoption by the Greek Ministry of Education for library distribution nationwide. Book: The Last Word. (Athens: Livani Publishing Organization, 1994).
Fourth and third edition of the books The Last Word and The Senses Still (in Greek) respectively in 2008. Second edition of the book Crossing the Body.
Honorary Plaque by the Municipality of Oitylon, Mani & Nomarchy of Laconia for the ethnography The Last Word as a significant contribution to the area. Offered in public ceremony at Diros, June 25, day of local commemoration of Greek Independence following the author’s public speech. Diros, 2000.
Documentary film, “Crossing Borders with Nadia Seremetakis”, 30 min., Greek Public TV, part of the series “Creating Tomorrow” featuring 16 portraits of distinguished intellectuals and artists. Aired in 2001, repeated several times by popular demand during 2002.
Interviewed and presented by major national Greek daily newspapers, TV programs, and radio stations, as well as by local media of the Southern Peloponnese.
International Le Boff Fellow, 2002. New York University, Department of Culture and Communication.
Invited Active Member, “Action Committee for Collaborations Between University and Local Communities and the Region” Senate, University of Peloponnese, 2009.
Founder and Head, Program on "Everyday Life and Culture", University of Peloponnese, 2011-
Invited member, UNESCO National Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage, Helllenic Ministry of Culture, 2012-
--Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology University of the Peloponnese, School of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Dept. of History, Archeology & Management of Cultural Goods Kalamata 24100, Greece
Courses / graduate seminars designed / taught:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
The Senses and Visual Culture
Ethnography and Cultural Management
Everyday Culture: Theory and Praxis
Designing & Organizing Cultural Events
--Founding Head of the Progam " Everyday Life and Culture" of the University of the Peloponnese, 2011-
--Officially invited member, UNESCO National Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage, Helllenic Ministry of Culture, 2012-
Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies & The Departments of Linguistics & Anthropology Queens College, City University of New York Lecturer and Research Associate 1983 - 1988
Courses designed and taught:
Greek American Bilingualism and Anthropological Linguistics
Modern Greek Culture and Civilization
Symbolic, Mythic and Ritual Foundations of Ancient & Modern Greek Thought & Culture
The Greek American Community: Social Problems of Greek Immigrants
Department of Anthropology, New York University Visiting Assistant Professor 1988 - 1989
Graduate and Undergraduate Courses taught:
Contemporary Dynamics of Social and Cultural Change
Peoples of Europe
Human Society and Culture
Department of Anthropology & Department of Women’s Studies Vassar College, New York Visiting Assistant Professor 1989 - 1990
Seminars designed and taught:
The Gender of Socio - Economic Development
The Anthropology of Mourning and Bereavement
The Anthropology of Gender
Introduction to Cross Cultural Women’s Studies
Graduate Department of Performance Studies, New York University Visiting Assistant Professor 1989 - 1990
Graduate seminars designed and taught:
Women, Ritual and Power in the Mediterranean
Women, Ritual and Development in Third World and European Peripheries
Department of Philosophy and Social Studies & Department of Sociology University of Crete, Greece Visiting Associate Professor 1990 - 1992
Seminars designed and taught:
Symbolic Dimensions of Social Practice
Representing the Other
Ritual, Power and the Body
The Anthropology of Gender
Director and Senior Editor 1993 to present Anthropology Series Livani Publishing Organization, Athens,Greece
Advisor to the Minister 1994 - 1996 Ministry of Health, Athens, Greece
Responsible for issues pertaining to mobile populations, sexually transmitted diseases and prevention in border areas, public health education, and international relations.
Temporary Advisor 1995 World Health Organization (W.H.O) Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen
National School of Public Health, Athens Visiting Professor 1995 - 1996
Seminars designed and taught:
Health Communication Across Cultures
Women and Health
Director 1996 - 1999 Department of Cultural Studies Organization for Cultural Development Municipality of Kalamata (Peloponnese / Ministry of Culture, Greece)
Regular contributor 1999 - 2000 Greek National Daily Newspaper TA NEA Special weekend edition
LeBoff International Visiting Faculty Member, 2002 New York University, New York Sponsor: Department of Culture and Communication
Lecture series on
The Senses and Media as Material Culture - Fieldwork Approaches.
Editor of “The Anthropological View” and Regular Contributor, 2005 - 2008 New Sociology: Hellenic Sociological Review Athens: Papazissis Publishers.
Member of Advisory Faculty, 2007 Dublin Institute of Technology / New York University Summer School, The Global City and Media Ethnography: Practice-led Research and the Critical Ethnography of the Senses
Invited Active Member, “Action Committee for Collaborations, 2009 Between University and Local Communities and the Region” Senate, University of the Peloponnese.