The Centre’s co-directors are a team of five 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 worked in various institutions in Canada, the United States, and Greece. She is the author of Intersectionality: Origins, Contestations, Horizons (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), and co-author of Reproducing Refugees: Photographìa of a Crisis (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)
Anna coordinates the Research Area Intersectionality: Critiques of Power and Coalitional Politics.
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)
Aila coordinates the Research Area Mobility: Migrations and Borders.
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)
Penny coordinates the Research Area Space: Radical Perspectives on Urban Space and Design.
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 (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020); 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)
Myrto coordinates the Research Area Sexualities and Genders: Queer and Transfeminist Perspectives.
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 the 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)Carmen coordinates the Research Area Art As Research: Visual, Performative, and Documentary Knowledges.