Eirini Kotsovili

Lecturer, Humanities

Profile

Research interests

  • Cultural Studies 
  • Women’s Studies 
  • Neo-/Hellenic Studies
  • Comparative Literature 
  • Theory 
  • Memory
  • Identity
  • Gender

Education

  • DPhil, Medieval and Modern Languages and Literature, University of Oxford
  • MSt, Medieval and Modern Languages and Literature, University of Oxford
  • BA, History and Hispanic Studies, McGill University

Biography

I studied History and Hispanic studies at McGill University and Modern Greek, Comparative Literature at University of Oxford. During my years a D. Phil Candidate, I was a member of St. Cross College and the Junior Dean at Somerville College. Currently, I am a Lecturer and member of SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at SFU. I am also a GSWS Associate member. My research and teaching interests revolve around the uses of  auto/biographical experiences in cultural production and fall under the thematic spheres of identity, gender, memory, and individual - writers', artists' - reflections on the relation between past/ present and various socio-political, historical contexts. My publications include “The Dark Side of the Sun: Aegean Islands as Places of Exile, Desolation and Death in the post-World War II Politically Turbulent Greece” and the co-editing of the volume “Consumption and Gender in Southern Europe since the Long 1960s” together with Dr. N. Papadogiannis and Dr. K. Kornetis.

Publications

Monographs

  • Co-editor. Gender and Consumer Culture in post- Authoritarian Portugal, Greece and Spain. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

Journal articles and book chapters

  • co-editor. Special Issue: Intersections of Modern Greek Literature and Greek HistoryThe Journal of Modern Hellenism (forthcoming).
  • "Introduction." In Gender and Consumer Culture in post- Authoritarian Portugal, Greece and Spain. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016, 1-26.
  • "The Dark Side of the Sun: Aegean Islands as Places of Exile, Desolation and Death in the post-World War II Politically Turbulent Greece." In The Aegean and its Cultures. Proceedings of the first Oxford-Athens graduate student workshop organized by the Greek Society and the University of Oxford Taylor Institution, 22-23 April 2005. OxfordArchaeopress, 2009, 139-43.

Conference presentations

  • “On Mythologies and Texts; Tracing Greek Influences in N. American Literature.” Presented in the Hellenic Studies Program at York University in 2018.
  • “Greek Language in the Diaspora and work of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University.” Presented to the Standing Committee of Educational Affairs, Greek Parliament in 2017.
  • “SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University.” Presented to the Odysseus Federation, in Argostoli, Kefalonia in 2017.
  • “It’s not politics, it’s personal: examining literary narratives in the post-dictatorship era.” Presented to Hellenic Studies at Princeton University in 2015.
  • “Online Education with Simon Fraser University.” Presented to the AHEPA Supreme Convention, in Orlando, Florida in 2013.
  • “Deconstructing the Notions of Identity and Gender in Greek Literature; the case of Rhea Galanaki’s ‘Eleni, or Nobody’.” Presented at the European Society of Modern Greek Studies annual meeting in Granada, Spain in 2009.
  • “Discussing Identity through Literature; Maro Douka’s ‘Fool’s Gold’ and Isabel Alliende’s ‘House of Spirits’.” Presented at the Modern Greek Studies Association biannual meeting at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada in 2009.