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Dr Daniel Knight


Email: dmk3@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: (01334 46) 2985

Office: First Floor, 71 North Street


Dr Daniel M. Knight is Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology and Director of the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies at the University of St Andrews. He has held positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Durham University and collaborates closely with the British School at Athens. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Durham University and a BA from University of Wales, Lampeter.

Daniel has conducted ethnographic research in Thessaly, central Greece, since 2003, writing on the economic crisis, time and temporality, neoliberalism and neocolonialism, and renewable energy. His first book, “History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece” (Palgrave, 2015) explores how moments of the past are intricately woven together and embodied during eras of social upheaval. Turning his attention from the past to the future, Daniel is co-author of “The Anthropology of the Future” (Cambridge University Press, 2019), where he presents the concept of ‘orientations’ as a way to study the indefinite teleologies of everyday life.

His recent Leverhulme Trust project focused on the temporal complexity of renewable energy initiatives in austerity Greece, addressing how economic uncertainty has created dynamic spaces for entrepreneurial opportunism while renewables are locally perceived as neo-colonial programs and new extractive economies. This research is currently being written-up as a monograph under the provisional title “Renewable Energy in the Age of Austerity”.

Daniel is co-editor of “Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe” (Routledge, 2017) and has edited special collections on “Alternatives to Austerity” and “Orientations to the Future”. He is co-editor of “History and Anthropology” journal, an Associate of the Higher Education Academy, and his research has been funded by the ESRC, EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy and National Bank of Greece.

Research information

History and Anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Anthropology of the Future, Anthropology of Crisis, Time and Temporality, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Modern Greece, European (especially Balkan and Mediterranean) Anthropology.

Selected publications

Books: authored

2019    The Anthropology of the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (with Rebecca Bryant)

2015    History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Collections

2019    Orientations to the Future. American Ethnologist. (with Rebecca Bryant)

2017    Ethnographies of Austerity. London: Routledge. ([with new Afterword], with Charles Stewart)

2017    Alternatives to Austerity. Anthropology Today 33(5). (with Laura Bear)

2016    Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe. History and Anthropology 27(1). (with Charles Stewart)

Refereed Journal Papers

2019    Introduction: Orientations to the Future. American Ethnologist special collection, ‘Orientations to the Future’, edited by Daniel M. Knight and Rebecca Bryant.

2019    Time of Crisis: Permanence as Orientation. American Ethnologist special collection, ‘Orientations to the Future’, edited by Daniel M. Knight and Rebecca Bryant.

2018    The Desire for Disinheritance in Austerity Greece. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 80 (March 2018) (Special Issue, ‘The Political in Europe’ edited by Dace Dzenovska and Nicholas De Genova)

2017    Alternatives to Austerity (editorial). Anthropology Today 33(5): 1-2. (Special Issue, ‘Alternatives to Austerity’, co-edited with Laura Bear)

2017    The Green Economy as Sustainable Alternative? Anthropology Today 33(5): 28-31. (Special Issue, ‘Alternatives to Austerity’, co-edited with Laura Bear)

2017    Anxiety and Cosmopolitan Futures: Brexit and Scotland. American Ethnologist 44(2): 237-242. (Special invited forum on Brexit/Trump, edited by Angelique Haugerud and Jeanette Edwards)

2017    Fossilised Futures: Topologies and Topographies of Crisis Experience in Central Greece. Social Analysis 61(1): 26-40. (Special Issue ‘Post-Ottoman Topologies’, edited by Nicolas Argenti)

2017    Energy Talk, Temporality, and Belonging in Austerity Greece. Anthropological Quarterly 90(1): 167-192.

2016    Temporal Vertigo and Time Vortices on Greece’s Central Plain. The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, 33(1): 32-44. (Special Issue, ‘Time-Tricking: Reconsidering Temporal Agency in Troubled Times’, edited by Felix Ringel and Roxana Moroşanu)

2016    Introduction: Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe. History and Anthropology 27(1): 1-18. (Special Issue, co-edited with Charles Stewart)

2015    Wit and Greece’s Economic Crisis: Ironic Slogans, Foods and Anitausterity Sentiments. American Ethnologist 42(2): 230-246.

2015    Opportunism and Diversification: Entrepeneurship and Livelihood Streategies in Uncertain Times. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 80(1): 117-144.

2015    Sun, Wind and the Rebirth of Extractive Economies: Renewable energy investment and metanarratives of the crisis in Greece. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 21(4): 781-802. (with Nicolas Argenti)

2014    Mushrooms, Knowledge Exchange and Polytemporality in Kalloni, Greek Macedonia. Food, Culture and Society 17(2): 183-201.

2014    A Critical Perspective on Economy, Modernity and Temporality in Contemporary Greece through the Prism of Energy Practice. GreeSE Working Paper Series, Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science 81: 1-44.

2013    The Greek Economic Crisis as Trope. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 65 (Spring): 147-159.

2013    Your Money or Your Life: Misunderstandings of Greek Austerity. Anthropology News June 2013.

2013    Localising National Protest: The Nuances of Greek Political Allegiance. Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society 38(1): 111-115.

2013    Famine, Suicide, and Photovoltaics: Narratives of the Greek Crisis. GreeSE Working Paper Series, Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science 67:1-44.

2013    Pandora’s Box: photovoltaic energy and economic crisis in Greece. American Institute of Physics Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy 5(3): 1-16. (with Sandra Bell

2012    Cultural Proximity: Crisis, Time and Social Memory in Central Greece. History and Anthropology 23(3): 349-374.

 2012    Turn of the Screw: Narratives of History and Economy in the Greek Crisis. Journal of Mediterranean Studies 21(1): 53-76.

2010    The Accepted Other Within: the Macedonian Sub-Nationalism. Anthropology Reviews: Dissent and Cultural Politics, Special Issue: Sub State Nationalisms in Contemporary Europe 2(1). Institute of Contemporary European Studies.

Book Chapters

2019    Fossilized Futures: Topologies and Topographies of Crisis Experience in Central Greece. In Argenti, N. (ed.). Post-Ottoman Topologies. Oxford: Berghahn.

2019    Ships in the Sky: Maritime Mythistories in the Pindos Mountains. In Papadopoulou, C. (ed). The Culture of Ships and Maritime Narratives. London: Routledge

2019    ‘For Five Days You Eat The Cucumber’: Food for Thought in the Greek Crisis. In Makovicky, N., Trémon, A-C., and S. Zandonai. (eds.). Slogans: Neoliberal Formulas in Times of Uncertainty and Change. London: Routledge.

2018    Perceptions of Balkan Belonging in Post-dictatorship Greece. In Montgomery, D. (ed.). Everyday Life in the Balkans.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

2018    Les temporalites de l'energie renouvelable. l'heure de l'austerite grecque. In Ortar, N. (ed.). L'énergie et ses usages domestiques. Anthropologie d'une transition en cours. Paris: Petra.

2018    Memory, Hope and Recovery in Greece. In Larkan, F. and F. Murphy. (eds). Memory and Recovery in Times of Crisis. London: Routledge.

2018    Fakelaki. In Ledeneva, A. (ed). The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, Volume 1: Understanding Social and Cultural Complexity. London: UCL Press.

Other: Online Contributions

2019    Green Economy and Promises for the Future in Greece. AllegraLab, Special Section "#Whosegreen?", 23rd January 2019.

2017    Living through the Greek Crisis: An Anthropologist Reports from Thessaly. The Conversation.

2016    Fakelaki. University College London. Encyclopaedia of Informality.

2015    Poignant pasts and uncertain futures in the Greek crisis: ethnographic snippets from ATM queues. Allegra Laboratory.

2015    Provoking the past in the Greek referendum.  Huffington Post (AAA blog).

2013    The desire to blame Greece for the eurocrisis ensures that the Greek people pay the price, while the elites responsible get away free. European Politics and Policy Blog, London School of Economics.

2013    European states are using the example of Greece to justify unpopular domestic reforms. European Politics and Policy Blog, London School of Economics.

2013    Europe’s Politics of Blame: in Europe, ordinary Greek citizens are seen as the proponents of crisis, not as its victims. The European Magazine.

2013    Greece is used to justify unpopular domestic reforms. Social Europe Journal.

2013    Can Solar Help Save Greece? Press release, EurekAlert, American Association for the Advancement of Science. (with Sandra Bell)

Other (Expert Consultation)

2017    Keeping Cash: Assessing the Arguments about Cash and Crime. European Commission white paper. By Ursula Dalinghaus, University of California Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion.

Other Multimedia

2016    YouTube Video: British School at Athens Upper House Seminar recording

2015    Interview with American Ethnologist journal on Greek Economic Crisis

2013    YouTube Video: Can Solar Save Greece? An interview with Dr Daniel M. Knight. London School of Economics and Political Science

Book Reviews

2016    Review: Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece. By Stewart, C. Journal of Modern Greek Studies 34(2): 438-441.

2015    Review: No Billionaire Left Behind: Satirical Activism in America. By Haugerud, A. History and Anthropology 26(2): 255-259.

2013    Review: Macedonia: the political, social, economic and cultural foundations of a Balkan State, by de Munck, V. and L. Risteski (eds.). 2013. London: I.B. Tauris. LSE Review of Books.

Key Forthcoming Outputs


Renewable Energy in the Age of Austerity: Extractive Economies and Neo-Colonialism in Greece. (Under Contract)

Under Review Crisis State of Mind: Vernaculars of Permanence in the Timespace of Greek Austerity.

Research supervision

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