Eirini Kotsovili

Lecturer, Humanities


Research interests

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


  • 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


Eirini D. Kotsovili studied History, Hispanic studies at McGill University (B.A) and Literature at University of Oxford (M.St, D.Phil), where she was also Junior Dean (Somerville College). She is a member of the Stavros Niarchos Centre for Hellenic Studies, the Institute for the Humanities, as well as an Associate member of the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. Together with Dr. Capperdoni and Dr. Horncastle, she leads the Memory and Trauma research cluster. Her research and teaching interests revolve around the notions of gender and identity, Modern Greece (comparative/transnational approach) and contemporary cultural production reflecting on the relation between past and present within various socio-political contexts.


Spring 2022

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.



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

Selected journal articles and book chapters

  • Co-editor. Special Issue: Intersections of Modern Greek Literature and Greek History. The Journal of Modern Hellenism, vol. 34, 2019.
  • Co-author."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." Oxford: Archaeopress, 2009, 139-43.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Retelling the Past in Contemporary Greek Literature, Film and Popular Culture, by Willert, Trine Stauning. Katsan, Gerasimus. London: Lexington Books. 2019. Forthcoming.

Selected conference presentations

  • Marginalized Female Subjects in Greek and Canadian Literature. Modern Language Association Virtual Convention, 2021.
  • Revisiting 20th c writings on the Aegean, SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies & Rutgers University – Newark workshop (conference co-organizer & presenter), Molyvos, Lesvos, 2019.                   
  • On Mythologies and Texts; Tracing Greek Influences in N. American Literature, Hellenic Studies Program, York University, Toronto, Ontario, 2018.
  • Greek Language in the Diaspora and work of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University, Standing Committee of Educational Affairs, Greek Parliament, 2017.
  • Presentation of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University activities, Odysseus Federation, Argostoli, Kefalonia, 2017.
  • It’s not politics, it’s personal: examining literary narratives in the post-dictatorship era. Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, 2015.
  • Conference on Strategies to Promote Greek Education in Canada Embassy of Greece in Canada, Office of Educational Counselor in Canada and Midwestern United States, Ottawa, 2013.
  • Online Education with Simon Fraser University AHEPA Supreme Convention, Orlando, Florida, 2013.
  • Deconstructing the Notions of Identity and Gender in Greek Literature , European Society of Modern Greek Studies annual meeting, Granada, 2010.
  • Discussing Identity through Literature; Maro Douka’s ‘Fool’s Gold’ and  Isabel Alliende’s ‘House of Spirits’ Modern Greek Studies Association biennial meeting, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2009
  • Notions of Identity and Gender in Contemporary Greek Literature,  1st International Graduate Conference in Hellenic Studies, Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, 2009.
  • Discussing Gender and Identity in Rhea Galanaki’s Novels, Sub-Faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek, University of Oxford, 2009.
  • Representing the Feminine; the Construction of Female Characters in the Works of Maro Douka, Postgraduate conference on Gender and Greek Identity in Contemporary Greece, (conference co-organizer & presenter), University of Oxford, 2008.    
  • Maro Douka: a Social Theorist, a Feminist, a Celebrated Woman Writer, Graduate Research Colloquium-Modern Greek Studies, University of Cambridge, 2008.
  • Women’s Writing and Questions of Identity in Modern Greece: Rhea Galanaki and Maro Douka, Graduate Research Colloquium, Standing Committee-Modern Greek in UK Universities, King’s College London, 2007.
  • Identity and Women’s Writing in the Post-Dictatorship era, 3rd Hellenic Observatory Symposium on Contemporary Greece, London School of Economics, 2007.
  • The Dark Side of the Sun: Aegean Islands as Places of Exile, Desolation  and Death in the post-World War II Politically Turbulent Greece. Aegean Koine Conference (in collaboration with University of Oxford, University of Athens and University of Aegean), Taylor Institution, University of Oxford, 2005.