The Centre’s co-directors are a team of 8 people who work on the basis of horizontality, consensus, and collective imagination. We have different backgrounds, experiences, and trajectories, which cross in Athens, where we are based.
Anna Carastathis (PhD in philosophy) is a political theorist. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from McGill University; her M.Sc. in Gender Studies from the University of the Aegean; and her B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy from the University of Alberta. Anna has held research and teaching positions in various institutions in Canada, the United States, and Greece (Université de Montréal, California State University Los Angeles, University of British Columbia, Concordia University, McGill University, Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences). Anna is the author of Intersectionality: Origins, Contestations, Horizons (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association, and Reproducing Refugees: Photographìa of a Crisis (co-authored with Myrto Tsilimpounidi, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020). Anna is a yoga practitioner (since 1999) and teacher (since 2013, certified by the Los Angeles Centre for Yoga) in community spaces. Pronouns: she/her
Niovi Emmanouil (MArch candidate in architecture) is an architecture student at the National Technical University of Athens, with a soft-spot for graphic, print, and—more recently—web design. Niovi is particularly drawn to non-hierarchical collaborative design methodologies and she is interested in exploring the implications of feminist and queer praxis on the built environment and urban design. Along with Lisa Roussou, she wrote her undergraduate thesis on intersectionality and its relation to feminism and space. Currently, she is finishing her final dissertation project on designing a Feminist Community Centre in Athens. Niovi is an expert procrastinator, an avid TV-show watcher and an enthusiast for unlikely animal friendships. Her lifelong passions include all things food- and cat-related and her newfound loves are cacti, succulents, and tennis! Pronouns: she/her
Vivi Papanikola (MSc in gender studies) obtained her BA in Archaeology and History of Art at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of the Aegean, Lesvos, during which she wrote a thesis that was focused on the practices of queer mourning and agonistic grief in the context of Greece. Apart from her academic interests, she is an Ayurvedic massage practitioner concerned with collective healing practices. Pronouns: she/her.
Aila Spathopoulou (PhD in geography) is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths University of London. She holds a PhD degree from the department of Geography at King’s University of London, an MA in Cultural Studies from Sabanci University in Istanbul, and a B.F.A. in theatre studies from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her doctoral thesis focused on the migration hotspot regime in Greece and the various categories that it (re)produces. Her research interests include borders, mobility, and feminist research methodologies. Pronouns: she/her
Penny Travlou (PhD in cultural geography) is lecturer in cultural geography & theory in the Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a PhD from the Department of Geography at Durham University. Her research focuses on social justice, the commons, collaborative practices, feminist technolog(ies), queer/feminist landscapes and ethnography. She has been involved in international research projects funded by the EU and UK Research Councils. Since 2011, she has been doing ethnographic research on collaborative practices in emerging networks (e.g. digital art practitioners, collaborative economy initiatives, translocal migrants); her most recent research is on cultural commons in Colombia. Alongside her academic work, Penny is an activist on social and spatial justice and the commons. She was a member of OneLoveKitchen, the African collective kitchen and the co-founder of Options FoodLab, a food-related project with/for refugees. Pronouns: she/her
Myrto Tsilimpounidi (PhD in sociology) is a social researcher and photographer. They received their Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Sussex, her M.A. in critical global studies from the University of Exeter, and her B.Sc. in economics and development studies. Their research focuses on the interface between urbanism, culture, and innovative methodologies. They are the author of Sociology of Crisis: Visualising Urban Austerity (Routledge, 2017); co-author of Reproducing Refugees: Photographia of a Crisis (Roman & Littlefield International, 2020, with Anna Carastathis); and the co-editor of Remapping Crisis: A Guide to Athens (Zero Books, 2014) and Street Art & Graffiti: Reading, Writing & Representing the City (Routledge, 2017). Myrto is happy near the sea, and dreams of a feminist kite-surf collective. Pronouns: she/them
Liza Roussou (MArch in architecture)
Carmen Zografou (MA in filmmaking) is a creative filmmaker and video producer. Embarking from a journalistic and communications background (with a B.A. in media and communications from National University of Athens), she moved on to do an M.A. in filmmaking at Kingston University London. She has directed and produced short films and worked in various fiction films and documentaries. Most recently, she edited the documentary My Katines (2019) about the first Autonomous Women’s Group in Thessaloniki. She has a particular interest in exploring stories told from a feminist perspective and by filmmakers from various backgrounds and points of view. She believes that everyone should be able to express themselves through art, and the means to do it should be free and accessible. She has a kick for theatre, music, and performance art, and plays the piano, the guitar, and the bouzouki. Pronouns: she/her