Academic Staff

ur current faculty consists of:

Associate Professors
Assistant Professors

Special Educational Personnel
External Partners


Eftihia Voutira

Dr. Eftihia Voutira (B.A. Philosophy (Honours), The University of Chicago, MA. PhD. Harvard University) and M.Phil. Ph.D. Social Anthropology, (University of Cambridge). Professor in the Anthropology of Forced Migration at the Department of Balkan, Slavonic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece since 2008. She has done fieldwork and published extensively on the Greek diaspora in the former Soviet Union, refugee issues and the political economy of humanitarian assistance in Africa, Middleast and the Balkans. She is the author of Conflict Resolution: A Cautionary Tale (with Shaun A. Whishaw Brown; Uppsala, Sweden: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet 1995) and Anthropology in International Humanitarian Emergencies (with Jean Benoist; European Commission, Brussels, Network on Humanitarian Assistance (NOHA) July 1994, and Anthropology, Network on Humanitarian Assistance (NOHA) 2nd edition, Brussels 1998), Between Past and Present. Ethnographies of the Post socialist World. Kritiki, Athens 2007 and The Right to Return and the Meaning of Home. A Post Soviet Diaspora Becoming European?, Lit-Verlag (2012).

Eleni Gavra

A graduate of School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1986), she holds a PhD degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the same school (1997). In the past she has served in the administration of the Region of Central Macedonia (1992-2006) as head manager on European urban development programs, in the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1999-2005) as an external associate, in the Department of Balkan Studies, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece (2006-2013) as lecturer and assistant professor. Nowadays she is professor in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Greece, in the field of Ekistics and Cultural Heritage in the Balkan and Black Sea area. Her scientific interests focus on the investigation of ekistics reserves in the Balkan and Black Sea area, urban policies in the Balkans during the transitional period, the framework of and policies applied to ekistics and cultural reserves in Southeast Europe. She is author of numerous scientific publications, articles in Greek and international scientific journals, and papers in scientific international congresses (in Greece and abroad). She has coordinated or participated in scientific events in Greece and abroad and is currently participating – as a member of research groups or as coordinator – in research programs with emphasis on the management of the ekistic cultural heritage in Southeast Europe. She is a member of Greek and international scientific organizations (institutes) for the protection and enhancement of the cultural architectural heritage.

Dimitris Stamatopoulos

Dr. Dimitris Stamatopoulos is Associate Professor in Balkan and Late Ottoman History in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. He was member of the School of Historical Studies in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for the academic year 2010-11. Visiting fellow in Princeton University (USA), University of Graz (Austria) and the Universities of Sofia and Veliko Turnovo (Bulgaria) he is the author of many articles on the history of the Christian Orthodox populations in the Ottoman Empire as well as of the following monographs: Μεταρρύθμιση και εκκοσμίκευση: προς μια ανασύνθεση της ιστορίας του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου τον 19ο αιώνα [Reform and Secularization. Towards a Reconstruction of the History of the Ecumenical Patriarchate 19th century, Athens: Alexandreia Publications, 2003], Το Βυζάντιο μετά το Έθνος: το πρόβλημα της συνέχειας στις βαλκανικές ιστοριογραφίες [The Byzantium after the Nation: the problem of continuity in the Balkan historiographies, Athens: Alexandreia Publications 2009] and has co-edited (with Fotini Tsibiridou) the collective volume Οριενταλισμός στα όρια: από τα Οθωμανικά Βαλκάνια στη σύγχρονη Μέση Ανατολή [Orientalism on the edge: from the Ottoman Balkans to contemporary Middle East, Kritiki: Athens, 2008]. Soon he will publish a three-volume collective work entitled: Balkan nationalism and Ottoman Empire, Istanbul: Isis Press (forthcoming).

Fotini Tsibiridou

Dr. Fotini Tsibiridou, (Diploma in French Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1982). Doctor of Social Sciences (1990) and Master in Ethnology and Anthropology (1985) – both from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales(Paris), FRANCE. Professor of Economic and Political Anthropology of SE Europe (University of Macedonia, Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies. Her research interests focus on power relations and political economy, ethnic minorities and gender identity politics in late modernity.  She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Greece, Turkey and the Middle East (The Sultanate of Oman). Since 2008 continues her basic fieldwork research on state-culture issues, focusing on governmentality, citizenship, economy and politics, and social movements, in Istanbul and Thessaloniki. Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, MA USA (2000), Department of Sociology, Bilgi University (Istanbul) (2008), Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale, (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales-Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques (Paris) (1996). Beyond her Phd thesis, she has published 6 books and many studies (over 35) in academic journals and collective volumes. She participated in the production (direction, advisor) of a number of documentaries (14) regarding minorities and migrants in Greece. She teaches “Economic and Political Anthropology”, “Gender and power issues”, “Middle Eastern and Balkan Ethnographies” at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies- University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki-Greece).

Associate Professors

Vlasis Vlasidis

Vlasis Vlasidis is (2019-) an Associate Professor for Political Communication and Mass Media at the University of Macedonia, Department for Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. In past he was Lecturer (2004-2010) and Assistant Professor (2010-2013) at the University of Western Macedonia, Department for Balkan Studies in Florina, Greece. In 2012-2013 he was an affiliate researcher at the Balkan Studies Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. He has held the position of Head of the Documentation Department of Macedonian Press Agency (1995-2004) and he was Director of the History Research Centre of the Museum for the Macedonian Struggle in Thessaloniki. In 2001 he was fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Member of the Academic Committee of the Research Centre for Macedonian History and Documentation (KEMIT). He is a member of the editorial board of as well. He has published several articles on the history of the Balkans and on the Balkan mass media in academic journals. Some of his recent publications are: A. Monographs: Vlasis Vlasidis, Monuments and cemeteries of the First World War in Greece and the Balkans, Thessaloniki, 2015 [in print] [in Greek], Vlasis Vlasidis, At the borders Greece-FYROM, The Mass Media in Bitola, Prilep, Florina and Kastoria Region, Thessaloniki, Epikentro, 2010 (ISBN 978-960-458-233-4) [in Greek], Vlasis Vlasidis, The Media of the Balkan Countries. A. The electronic Media, Thessaloniki, Vanias Publishing, 2001 ISBN: 960-288-081-3 [in Greek]

Stavrula Mavrogeni

Mavrogeni Stavrula, Associate Professor at the School of Balkan, Slavic and Eastern Studies of the University of Macedonia. Her research interests focus on the use of Art and Literature by institutional entities, such as schools and places of remembrance (museums, monuments) towards the establishment, promotion, and/or the dismantling of national identity and distinctiveness of individual ethnicities, subjects of 19th century multiethnic empires. Specifically, the literary and visual arts production and the respective trends that appeared within southern Slavic peoples during times of political, social and cultural upheavals and national crises are studied. This production is studied under the prism of the emergence of individual ethnicities through painting, sculpture and epico-lyric literature, inherited from European production and ideology. The role of Art and Literature in the creation of a super-national or national identity during the 20th century is examined. In addition her interests include in the new challenges faced by the emerging ethnic states within expanded economic, political and cultural agglomerations (such as the European Union), where for once more the peoples are called to overcome the social and economic crises leading to the promotion of a pronounced nationalistic profile and to redefine the individual and collective identities endeavoring through Art and Education to ensure their national self-consciousness within the bounds of a multicultural coexistence and respect of the Other.

Panagiotis Michailidis

Panagiotis Michailidis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, at the University of Macedonia. He did his undergraduate studies and his PhD in Applied Informatics at the University of Macedonia in 1998 and 2004 respectively. Formerly, he taught as Lecturer at the Department of Balkan Studies of the University of Western Macedonia. His research interests include computational methods and applications, parallel and distributed processing, experimental algorithmics and problem solving environments. He has published more than 50 refereed papers in international journals and conferences in these fields. His papers have attracted more than 200 citations (excluding self-citations) and his h-index is 11. He is reviewer in several international journals and conferences, and he is also member of the program committees in several international conferences.

Ciprian – Lucreţius N. Suciu

Associate Professor Ciprian – Lucreţius N. Suciu (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece – Romanian Language and Literature with an emphasis in Education and Culture) was born in Sibiu, Romania (1972). He is a graduate of the Pedagogical High School in Sibiu, “school masters” department, 1991 series, and bachelor of the Theology Faculty of Oradea, Pastoral Theology Department, 1996 series. He attended post-university courses within the master programme of the Theology Faculty of Athens University. In 2003 he was awarded the title of “Doctor of Philology” by the University of Craiova, Romania. He has been a professor of Romanian Language and Literature at the Balkan Studies Department of the University of Western Macedonia (Florina, Greece, 2001-2011), at the Faculty of Language, Philology and Culture of the Black Sea countries of the Democritus University of Thrace (Komotini, Greece, 2005-2011) and at the Faculty of Balkan, Slavic and Eastern Studies of the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece, 2006-2010 and 2011-2015).

Yorgos Christidis

Yorgos Christidis is an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics in the Balkans, at the Department of Balkan, Slavonic and Eastern Studies, at the University of Macedonia (Greece). He has studied politics and international relations at Panteion University of Athens, Greece (1991), while he also holds an MA in Middle Eastern Politics (1993) and a PhD in Politics (1998) from Exeter University (UK). His research interests include contemporary political history of the Balkan states, minority issues and international relations in southeastern Europe. He has published in Greece, UK, Bulgaria and Serbia. Among his recent publications: Религия и политика на Балканите: случаят на мюфтията Муамер Зукорлич в Санджак (Сърбия) (“Religion and Politics in the Balkans: the case of Mufti Muammer Zukorlic in Sandzak (Serbia)”), in Realia Byzantino-Balcanica. Special edition in honour of Professor Christo Matanov, Sofia, 2014, pp. 696-711∙ “Arab integration in the 1960s” in Искра Баева (ed.), Интеграционите процеси през 60-те години на ХХ век (Sofia, Университетскво издателство “Св. Климент Охридски”, 2013), pp.271-287∙ “The development of post-Soviet Greek-Russian relations”, in Искра Баева (ed.), Русия, Европа и светът. Сборник с материали от международната научна конференция, Университетско издателство “Св. Климент Охридски”, Sofia 2012, pp. 461-473∙ “The Party of Democratic Action in the Sandzak (Serbia): establishment, evolution and political aims, 1991- 2010”, in Etudes Balkaniques, Issue 1, 2012, Sofia, pp. 3-25.

Assistant Professors

Stratos Dordanas

Stratos Dordanas was born on September 2, 1968, in the city of Stuttgart, Germany. He has participated in numerous academic conferences in Greece and abroad, as well as in graduate seminars and symposia. He is a regular member of the Greek Historical Society. Since 2013: Assistant Professor in History, Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki), Greece. His interests are focused in the study of relations between Germany and the Balkan countries (19th-20th century), as well as on questions regarding the history of the Greek Macedonian region. He specializes in the political-diplomatic and social history, in the study of military and civil conflicts, and in the two world wars. Indicative Academic Publications: Stratos Dordanas, Vaios Kalogrias (ed.), The German Empire and the Balkan Wars, Thessaloniki: Society for Macedonian Studies/Kiriakidis, 2012. Stratos Dordanas, Vaios Kalogrias (ed.), The German Empire and the Macedonian Question, Thessaloniki: Society for Macedonian Studies/Kiriakidis, 2013. Stratos Dordanas, The German uniform in mothballs. The survival of collaborationism in Macedonia, 1945-1974, Athens: Estia, 2011. The Blood of the Innocent: Reprisals by the German Occupation Authorities in Macedonia, 1941-1944, Athens: Estia, 2007. Greeks against Greeks: the World of the Security Battalions in Occupied Thessaloniki, 1941-1944, Thessaloniki: Epikentro, 2005. Stratos Dordanas, Iakovos Michailidis & Kostas Fotiadis, Innocent victims in Vermio: Pirgoi and Vermio during the occupied period, 1941-1944, Thessaloniki: Kiriakidis/Municipality of Vermio, 2010.

Nikolaos Liazos

Nikolaos Liazos was born in Istanbul where he attended bilingual classes at the minority schools. After his basic education, he came to Greece and continued his studies. He graduated from the Pedagogical Academy of Thessaloniki, the faculty of Theology and the faculty of Education of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He was trained at the School “Dimitrios Glinos” of Aristotle University. He achieved a MA in Education at the Pedagogical Department of Aristotle University and he also obtained a doctoral degree from the Aristotle University for his thesis: “The role of the Turkish school books of minority education to the development of intercultural relationships between Christians and Muslims in Western Thrace”. He is a native speaker of Turkish and masters it fluently, as a result of his continuous staying and studying at the schools of Turkey. His proficiency in the Turkish language has been certified by the University of Istanbul. He has taught the subject of Turkish Language and Literature and Teaching, supervising the students’ teaching practices in the Turkish language and Practice exercises in the Turkish language EPATH. As from 2011, he teaches the Turkish language Turkish terminology economic and social sciences Contemporary Turkish Literature at the department of Balkan, Oriental and Slavic studies.

Ioannis Manos

Ioannis Manos studied History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Social Anthropology at the Universities of Hamburg, Germany and Sussex in UK. He worked as a Full Time Visiting Research Fellow at the Sussex European Institute, (Sussex University) holding a Marie Curie scholarship from the European Union. He received a post graduate certificate in social research methods from the Graduate School in Social Sciences (Sussex University). He is a founding member of the academic network for Anthropology and the Balkans «Border Crossings», member of the Advisory Board and co-editor of its publications series. He has also served as president of InASEA (International Association for Southeast European Anthropology) and a member of the Advisory Board. He has received scholarships from the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), University of Hamburg and the Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. His main research interests focus on Southeast Europe and include the geopolitical borders and border regions, nationalism and identity politics, anthropology of dance, methodology of teaching anthropology and epistemology and methodology of research. He has co-edited the following volumes: “Ανυποψίαστοι ανθρωπολόγοι, καχύποπτοι φοιτητές: Διδάσκοντας την Ανθρωπολογία σε ‘αυτούς που δεν τη χρειάζονται’” [Innocent anthropologists, suspicious students: Teaching Anthropology to those who ‘do not need it’] (Kritiki 2010), Balkan Border Crossings (LIT 2008), Balkan Border Crossings (2) (LIT 2011), and Balkan Border Crossings (3) (LIT 2013). His publications include the following articles: “To dance or not to dance?: Dancing dilemmas in a border region in Northern Greece” (Focaal, 2003), “Signifying self in plural cultural contexts: Subjectivity, power and individual agency in North-Western Greek Macedonia” (The Anthropology of Eastern Europe Review, 2004), “Border crossings: Dance performance and identity politics in a border Region in Northern Greece” (in Hastings Donnan, Thomas Wilson (eds.) Culture and power at the edges of the state: National support and subversion in European border regions, LIT 2005), “Fieldwork at the border: Ethnographic engagements in South-Eastern Europe” (in Hastings Donnan, Tom Wilson, (Eds.) Borderlands: Ethnographic approaches to security, power and identity, University Press of America 2010), “Ζώντας (σ)τα σύνορα: Μια εθνογραφική προσέγγιση του εθνικισμού στη Νοτιοανατολική Ευρώπη” [Living on the border: An ethnographic approach of nationalism in Southeast Europe] (in Efthimios Papataxiarchis (ed.) Πολιτικές της καθημερινότητας: Σύνορο σώμα και ιδιότητα του πολίτη στην Ελλάδα), [Transformations The politics of everyday life: Border, boundary and citizenship in Greece] (Alexandria 2014).

Eleni Sideri

Eleni Sideri graduated from the French Literature of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She continued at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London where she completed an MA and a PhD in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London on the Greek diaspora in Georgia and Abkhazia. She completed a post-doc at the Department of History, Anthropology and Social Anthropology, University of Thessaly on mobility and urban memory among contemporary immigrant communities in Volos. She has worked in various academic departments in Greece and abroad and has published several articles in scientific journals, The Land of Golden Fleece: Conflict and Heritage in Abkhazia (Journal of Balkan and Near Easter Studies, 2012), Looking for the Language of Recognition among the Greek Communities of Georgia (Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 2012). She participated in edited volumes (Lifestyle Mobilities, 2013, Ashgate), (Walking in the European City, 2014, Routledge). She co-edited with Dr. Lydia Roupakia a volume Religions and Migrations in the Black Sea Region, Palgrave (in press).

Special Educational Personnel

Svetlana Mamaluy

Svetlana Mamaluy studied in Kharkiv National University, Ukraine. She holds degrees in ‘Russian Philology’, ‘Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language’ and ‘Economics’ (specialized in Political Economy). She also holds two postgraduate titles from the same university in ‘Russian Language and Literature’ and ‘Economics’. She has taught Russian language, Russian literature, translation and Russian for Specific Purposes at the Institute for Balkan Studies, the Greek National School for Tourist Guides, the University of Macedonia (participated in the ‘Telemathos’ teleconferencing project), in the joint MA programme in Conference Interpreting and Translation of the Schools of Philology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Department of Slavic Studies of the School of Philisophy, National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has been teaching in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies since 1999.

Stefania Filipova-Mertzimeki

Stefania Filipova-Mertzimeki was born in Bulgaria. She obtained her BS from the University of Veliko Tarnovo (School of Bulgarian Philology) and pursued postgraduate studies in Old Church Slavonic language at the same school. She was taught Bulgarian as a foreign language at the Institute for Balkan Studies (IMXA, 1998-2007) and she is evaluator of the Bulgarian language Certificate exams. She also co-edited (translations and the philological diligence) an Anthology of Balkan Literatures under the program of the European Society of Modern Greek Studies of the Universities des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg. She has collaborated with the Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki on the exhibitions “The Cyrillics” (2012) and “The Light of Letters” (2014). She teaches Bulgarian at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia since 2000.

External Partners

Maria Tsantsanoglou

Dr. Maria Tsantsanoglou is the director of the State Museum of Contemporary Art (SMCA) in Thessaloniki, Greece since 2006. Her research field and publications mostly refer to the period of Russian avant-garde. She has specifically dealt with subjects such as synthesis of arts, visual poetry, Soviet art and politics as well as with Russian and Greek contemporary art and contemporary art in Caucasus and Central Asia. She was member of the State Committee of Ministry of Culture for Costakis Collection reception (1998). She has collaborated with the Ministry of Press and Mass Media as a scientific associate, in subjects related to the cultural furtherance and promotion, at the Greek Embassy in Moscow (1994-1997) and later on as Press Attaché (1997 – 2002). She has taught History of Greek Art at the Moscow State Lomonosov University (1997-2001), Russian Art and Cultural History of 19th and 20th century at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki (2002-2012) and History of the Russian Avant-garde at the Department of Slavic Studies at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (2012-13). She has curated plenty of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and has collaborated with many museums, among which are Martin Gropius Bau, MUMOK, Tate Modern, Royal Academy of Arts, Maillol, Botín Foundation, Shchusev State Museum of Architecture, La Caixa, Palazzo Chiablese and others. She has published a significant amount of articles as well as has participated in numerous conferences in Greece and abroad. She was the co-curator of the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007) and the director of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2009).