Department of Social Anthropology

Dr Stavroula Pipyrou


Dr Stavroula Pipyrou

Phone: (01334 46) 1960

Office: Room 1, School 6

Availability: Tuesdays 2 – 4pm (weeks 4 & 5 only)


Research Interests

Italy, Greece, Turkey, Minority Politics, Governance, Displacement, Refugee Identity, Cold War, Civil Society, Kinship and Childhood, Mafia, Silence, Performance and Irony.


Stavroula Pipyrou has conducted long-term ethnographic research with minorities in Italy since 2006. In her first monograph The Grecanici of Southern Italy: Governance, Violence, and Minority Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) she presents a theory of “Fearless Governance” – overlapping and sometimes contradictory systems of power, authority, and relational networks that enable the minority to achieve political representation at the intersection of local, national, and global encounters.

Her three-year Leverhulme project, “An Intergenerational Analysis of Forced Child-relocation in Italy”, looks at the silenced stories of displacement in Cold War (1950s) South Italy shedding light on a hitherto overlooked historico-political period of turmoil. Child displacement is directly associated with historical macro-silences and the lack of systematic ethnological studies on the events that took place during the Cold War period in Italy. Stavroula has also published on irony, secondhand clothes markets and civil society (Italy) as well as dance, performance, Pontian refugee identity, and death (Greece). She has recently been a Co-I on an ESRC Urgency Grant on the ‘migration crisis’ in Italy and Greece. Stavroula is the Founding Director of the Centre for Minorities Research at St Andrews, an interdisciplinary platform aimed at comprehensively researching the complex challenges facing minorities in Scotland and beyond. She also sits on the British School at Athens Search Committee, the Runciman Award Committee and the AAA Society for the Anthropology of Europe board.


See also the PURE research profile.

Academic qualifications

BSc (Athens), PgDip (UWL), PhD (Durham)

Selected publications

Books authored

Pipyrou, S. 2016. The Grecanici of Southern Italy: Governance, Violence, and Minority Politics. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Journal papers: academic

Pipyrou, S. 2016. Adrift in Time: Lived and Silenced Pasts in Calabria, South Italy. History and Anthropology, Special Issue ‘Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe’ (edited by Daniel M. Knight and Charles Stewart), Volume 27, Issue 1, pp: 45-59.

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. Altruism and Sacrifice: Mafia Free Gift Giving in South Italy. Anthropological Forum, Special Issue, ‘The 21 Century Giftedited by Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner and Anne-Meike Fechter, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp: 412-426.

Pipyrou, S. 2014. Narrating Death: Coping with Suicide in Rural Greece. Social Anthropology, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp: 189-199.

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)’, Number 2, pp: 245-263.

Buck, T. and Pipyrou, S. 2014. You Can Die Only Once? Rhetoric, Narrative and Epistemology in Western Death. Mortality: promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying. Volume 19, Number 3, pp: 261-283.

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. and 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. Urbanities: Grecanici Migration to the City of Reggio Calabria, South Italy. History and Anthropology, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp: 19-36.

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.

Zografou, M. and 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.

Book chapters

Pipyrou, S. 2017. Violence and the Construction of Civil Society: Freedoms and Liberties of Analysis. Lino e Silva, M. and H. Wardle. (eds). Freedom in Practice: Governance, Autonomy and Liberty in the Everyday. London: Routledge.

Pipyrou, S.2017. Rumor Has It: Leisure, Gossip and Distortion at Funerals in Central Greece. In Kaul, A. and J. Skinner. (eds). Leisure and Death. Boulder: University of Colorado Press.

Pipyrou, S.2017. Waste Shifters: Class and the Value of Second-hand Clothes. In. Anstett, E. and N. Ortar. Morlaity of Leftovers. Paris: Petra.

Pipyrou, S. 2016. Adrift in Time: Lived and Silenced Pasts in Calabria, South Italy. In Knight, D. M. and C. Stewart. (eds). Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe. London: Routledge.

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.2015. 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. and 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.

Articles: review

Pipyrou, S. 2015.  Review of "The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters." CritCom, February 26th.

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.

Blogs Posts

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.

Theses: PhD

Pipyrou, S. 2010. Power, Governance and Representation: an anthropological analysis of kinship, the ’Ndrangheta and dance within the Greek linguistic minority of Reggio Calabria, South Italy. PhD.

Research interests

2014-17: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, “An intergenerational analysis of forced child-relocation in Italy”.

2015-16: ESRC Urgency Grant, “Transitory Lives: An Anthropological Research of the Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean”.

2015-16: British Academy (British School of Athens) and Ecole française d’Athènes “Trust” (with Maria Couroucli and Daniel M. Knight)

2013-14: Carnegie Trust Grant "Art and Energy: Understanding Attitudes to Renewables in Scotland".

Research students

Giuseppe Troccoli, Kathryn Fredricks and Lisa Levi

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