Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

I am professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Kent, where I taught ‘conventional anthropology’ for many years. More recently, I started experimenting with various types of graphic ethnography that involve drawing, digital media, and photography, which was for me a very liberating and inspiring experience. My involvement with imaginative ethnography started with my latest monograph, Exoticisation Undressed, where I produced two cartoon-caricatures of myself to make visible how ethnographic writing is not a singular and linear exercise. In the same book I used filtered photography and digitalized drawings of an indigenous community to expose the nostalgic and exoticising predilections of the ethnographic gaze. For a ‘graphic review’ of this work, see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.chain.kent.ac.uk/doi/10.1111/1467-9655.12614/full. Other experiments with graphic ethnography emerged from my work on the ethics of solidarity in austerity stricken Greece; see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1469-8676.12304/abstract As Director of the Centre of Ethnographic Research at the University of Kent, I use any opportunity to promote ethnographic innovation within and beyond Anthropology. 

Email: D.Theodossopoulos@kent.ac.uk

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