Dr Stavroula Pipyrou
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
Phone: (01334 46) 1960
Office: First Floor, 71 North Street
Availability: Tuesdays 2 – 4pm (weeks 4 & 5 only)
Italy, Greece, Turkey, Linguistic Minorities, Mafia and 'Illegal' Organisations, Civil Society, Power and Governance, Kinship and Relatedness, Refugee Identity, Humanitarianism, Anthropology of Dance
My primary research interest is among the Greek linguistic minority (Grecanici) of Reggio Calabria, South Italy, focusing on issues of power and governance, civil society, the abstraction of relatedness, and the 'Ndrangheta (Calabrian Mafia). I am also involved in long-term research on dance, politics and refugee identity among Pontian communities in northern Greece. In 2014 I commenced a Leverhulme funded project entitled ‘An intergenerational analysis of forced child-relocation in Italy’ exploring the long-term effects of forced relocation and showing how political power struggles shape post-disaster relief and impact the lives of stricken populations.
I have published on minority politics, diaspora and migration, civil society, refugee identity, dance, mafia, death and irony.
See also the PURE research profile.
BSc (Athens), PgDip (UWL), PhD (Durham)
Pipyrou, S. Forthcoming. Fearless Governance: Minority Politics and Violence on the Fringes of Europe. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Journal papers: academic
Pipyrou, S. 2014.Altruism and Sacrifice: Mafia Free Gift Giving in South Italy. Anthropological Forum, Special Issue, ‘The 21 Century Gift’ edited by Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner and Anne-Meike Fechter, Volume 4, Issue 4.
Pipyrou, S. 2014. Cutting Bella Figura: irony, crisis and secondhand clothes in South Italy. American Ethnologist, Volume 41, Number 3, pp: 532-546.
Pipyrou, S. 2014. Narrating Death: coping with suicide in rural Greece. Social Anthropology. Volume 22, Issue 2, pp: 189-199.
Buck, T. & Pipyrou, S. 2014.You Can Die Only Once? Rhetoric, Narrative and Epistemology in Western Death. Mortality: promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying. Mortality: promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying. Volume 19, Number 3, pp: 261-283.
Pipyrou, S. 2014. Colonialism and Southernisation: the case of the Grecanici in Calabria. Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, Special Issue, ‘New Ethnographic Studies on Italy’s Southern Question(s)’, 2014, Number 2, pp: 245-263.
Pipyrou, S. 2013. The people of southern Italy are once again feeling dominated by the Italian, European and Global North. EUROPP blog post, London School of Economics and Political Science,
Pipyrou, S. 2013. International actors such as UNESCO and the EU are key to protecting the status of Italy’s Greek speaking minority. EUROPP blog post, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Pipyrou, S. 2012. Commensurable Language and Incommensurable Claims among the Greek Linguistic Minority of South Italy. Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp: 70-91.
Zografou, M. & Pipyrou, S. 2011. Dance and Difference: Towards an Individualization of the Pontian Self. Dance Chronicle, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp: 422-446.
Pipyrou, S. 2010. Grecanici Ethnicisation: Power and Knowledge at Work. ARDAC - Anthropology Reviews: Dissent and Cultural Politics, Special Issue: Sub-State Nationalisms in Contemporary Europe, Volume 2, Issue 1.
Pipyrou, S. 2010. Narrative of a Fine Day: On the Cultural Appropriation of Violence. ARDAC - Anthropology Reviews: Dissent and Cultural Politics, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp: 33-35.
Pipyrou, S. 2010. Urbanities: Grecanici Migration to the City of Reggio Calabria, South Italy. History and Anthropology, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp: 19-36.
Zografou, M. & Pipyrou, S. 2008. Dancing in History: Socio-Political Aspects of Dance Identity of Two Distinctive Groups in Greece. Studia Choreologica, Volume 10, pp: 25-41.
Pipyrou, S. 2015. Governance, Theatricality and Fantasma in Mafia Dance. In Flynn, A. and J. Leonhard Tinius. (eds.). Theatre and Development. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Pipyrou, S. 2014. Porter la crise : Vêtements usagés, ironie et valeur à Reggio de Calabre, Italie du Sud. In Ortar, N. and E. Gessat Anstett (eds.). La deuxième vie des objets. Recyclage et récupération dans les sociétés contemporaines. Paris: Petra.
Zografou, M. & Pipyrou, S. 2013. Dance and Difference: Towards an Individualization of the Pontian Self. In Matluck Brooks, L. and J. Meglin (eds.). Preserving Dance Across Time and Space. London: Routledge.
Pipyrou, S. 2011. Review of The Past in Pieces: Belonging in the New Cyprus, by Rebecca Bryant. Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Volume 34, Number 1, pp: 210.
2014-17: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship project entitled “An intergenerational analysis of forced child-relocation in Italy”.
2013-14: Carnegie Trust Grant for the project entitled "Art and Energy: Understanding Attitudes to Renewables in Scotland".