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Research interests

I work on contemporary European histories of conflict, refugeedom, political radicalism, cross-cultural contacts, and memory. I focus on Balkan and Greek history from the start of the 20th century to today.

At the University of Brighton I teach on all levels of the Humanities Programme, I am course leader for the BA degree in Critical History and for the MA in War: History and Politics, while I also supervise PhD researchers, mainly through our TECHNE scholarship programme.

Scholarly biography

After finishing my BA in History and Archaeology at the University of Athens, I went on to do an MA and a PhD in Contemporary History at Sussex University, with a grant from the Greek Foundation of State Scholarships (IKY). I joined the teaching team of the Humanities Progrmame at the University of Brighton in 2014, having previously held posts at the University of Sussex and at Canada’s Queen’s University.

My scholar interests tend to move along with the political developments of my time. At the end of the 1990s the first topic I focused on was the history of inter-European relations. My MA dissertation was on the British perceptions of Germany after 1945 and after 1989, while my PhD was on the history of British representations of the Balkans in the first half of the 20th century. Building on Edward Said's and Maria Todorova’s theories, I explored the many channels through which the British public and politicians built their images of the Balkans. My current research on the western European reactions to the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913 and the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s is a continuation of this strand of work.

The post-2008 Greek crisis made apparent how powerful the narratives of the 1940s still are in Greek society. In reaction to this, my new research project tries to uncover what exactly the Greek people thought and dreamt during the Second World War about the postwar. What sort of new politics did they envisage? My findings show a widely radicalised population in the early years of the Occupation, but they also reveal major splits and mutations of the early idealism during 1943. My first article on this topic is due soon.

The Refugee 'Crisis’ of 2015 found me at the Greek islands. I am working now with local activists on the island of Chios, setting up a local collaborative history project on the refugee crisis, preparing an archive and collecting memories of recent events.

At the University of Brighton I am a member of MARS, the Migrant And Refugee Solidarity network of workers and students, and of the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories.

Supervisory Interests

I supervise PhDs on a range of modern European history themes, especially on histories and memories of conflict, resistance and refugeedom. I am also interested in innovative projects on the method and challenges of writing the history of today. In our School we have an excellent record in securing funding for applicants that are keen to discuss and shape their ideas in dialogue with us.  

Current and recently graduated students and topics are: 

Rosemary Rich, ‘The memory of Second World War conscientious objection since 1945’ (started 2019)

Vanessa Tautter, ‘Narratives of Victimisation among the Contemporary Right in Austria and Northern Ireland’ (started 2018)

Pete Morgan, ‘British media and political attitudes to acts of mass killing before the Holocaust’ (started 2016)

Kate Newby, ‘Children’s and Transgenerational Memories of violence in Norther Ireland in the 1970s’ (started 2016)

Ian Cantoni, ‘Spanish Republican refugee camps in southern France following the Spanish civil war of 1936-1939’ (started 2015)

Chris Crook, ‘Empire or Europe? Priorities within British Foreign Policies 1919-1926’ (awarded 2017)

Knowledge exchange

INDICATIVE OTHER WRITINGS

Περιοδολόγηση της ιστορίας του προσφυγικού στη Χίο [Periodisation of the refugee crisis in Chios], Απλωταριά (26 Sep 2018)

Εγχειρίδιο για μια συλλογική ιστορία του προσφυγικού’ [Manual for a collective history of the refugee crisis], Απλωταριά (27 Jul 2018)

Πρέπει να Γράψουμε την Ιστορία του Προσφυγικού [We must write the history of the refugee crisis], Απλωταριά (15 Jul 2018)

Greece: The History of a Crisis (2013-5) - Author and administrator for a blog that offered a historical perspective on the Greek Crisis

Greece: seeds of hope in the despair of austerity’, Anticapitalist Initiative (12 February 2013)

 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS AND CONFERENCE PAPERS

‘Between Solidarity and Opposition: Responses to the Refugees in an Aegean Host Community’, for Unsettled Europe: Refugees, states and politics in Southeastern Europe, University of Graz - Center for Southeast European Studies (27-29 January 2017)

‘Visions of Liberation: Greece 1941-1944’, for Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism, Raphael Samuel History Centre - Queen Mary University of London (1-3 July 2016)

‘“Welcome to Greece, F**k the Police”: The Syrian Refugee “Crisis” and the Breaching of the Aegean Border’, for Association for the Study of Nationalities conference, Columbia University – United States (14-16 April 2016)

'“Belsen 92”: the historiographical link between the Holocaust and the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s', for British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Annual Conference, Cambridge University (28-30 March 2015)

‘Who won the war? The politics of remembering in Greece, from the 1940s to today’, for Occupation/Liberation: Cultural Representations of 1944-45 - The Annual Conference of the Group for War and Culture Studies, University of Bristol (10-12 September 2014)

‘The Shifting Memory of the Balkan Wars in Western Historiography, 1912-1999’, for The Balkan Wars 1912/13. Experience, Perception, Remembrance, Istanbul Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies & Regensburg Institute for the Study of Eastern and Southeastern Europe (IOS), Istanbul-Turkey (11-13 October 2012)

 

BOOK REVIEWS

National Identities (2018) - review of Rodanthi Tzanelli, ‘Nation-building and identity in Europe: The dialogics of reciprocity’ (2008)

Social History, 42/4 (2017), 573-4 – review of Dimitris Dalakoglou, ‘The Road: an ethnography of (im)mobility, space, and cross-border infrastructures in the Balkans’ (2017)

Labour History Review, 81/2 (2016), 175-7 – review of Nikolaos Papadogiannis, ‘Militant Around the Clock? Left-Wing Youth Politics, Leisure, and Sexuality in Post-Dictatorship Greece, 1974–1981’ (2015)

Slavonic & East European Review, 92/3 (2014), 564-5 – review of Mark Biondich, ‘The Balkans: Revolution, War, and Political Violence since 1878. Zones of Violence’ (2011)

Keywords

  • DR Balkan Peninsula
  • Representations
  • Intercultural Contacts
  • Travelling
  • Balkan Wars
  • World Wars
  • Yugoslav Wars
  • DF Greece
  • Resistance
  • Occupation
  • Second World War
  • memory
  • Syrian refugees
  • D901 Europe (General)
  • history of ideas
  • transnational history

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Research Output 2001 2017

The Balkan Wars in western historiography, 1912-2012

Michail, E., 10 Jan 2017, The Balkan Wars from Contemporary Perception to Historic Memory. Boeckh, K. & Rutar, S. (eds.). UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 319-340 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Historiography
Balkans
History
Rise
European History

Western attitudes to war in the Balkans and the shifting meanings of violence, 1912-1991

Michail, E., 29 Mar 2012, In : Journal of Contemporary History. 47, 2, p. 219-239 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Southeastern Europe
violence
stereotype
crusade
civilization

The British and the Balkans: forming images of foreign lands, 1900-1950

Michail, E., 18 Aug 2011, London: Continuum. 224 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearch

Balkans
History
Cultural Contacts
1930s
Politicians

"A sting of remembrance!": collective memory and its forgotten armies

Michail, E., 1 Jun 2008, British Popular Culture and the First World War. Meyer, J. (ed.). Leiden: Brill, p. 237-257 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Open Access
File
Remembrance
Collective Memory
Army
Balkans
Discourse
Open Access
File