Spyridon Chairetis

DPhil Candidate in Modern Languages & Cultural Studies

Prior to his enrollment at the University of Oxford, he spent time in Athens, London and Londonderry serving as a research assistant and communications officer. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Culture (University of Athens, Greece) and has studied Creative Writing (University of W. Macedonia, Greece) and Contemporary European Politics (University of Bath, UK & Universidad Carlos III, Spain) at Master’s level.

He is Gender/ Sexuality Editor for E-International Relations, Communications Manager and Editor for Student Anthropologist and Editor of the Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. He also writes poetry and many of his poems have been published in Greek literary magazines and collective volumes.

Research

Chairetis works towards completing his DPhil on the queer politics of Greek TV fiction, with chapters on comedy series produced and aired between 1991 and 2007 but syndicated up until today. Drawing on genre theory, feminist scholarship and queer theory, he re-reads particular TV comedy series such as Dimitra Papadopoulou’s Oi Aparadekti (1991-1993), Haris Romas’ To kafe tis Haras (2003-2006), and Yorgos Kapoutzidis’ Sto Para Pente (2005-2007) in an attempt to ‘mine’ the queer potentialities in these texts, that may have remained either unnoticed or disavowed.

Other research interests include: Greek LGBTQ+ cinema and literature; masculinities, femininities and sexualities in (trans) national contexts; pop culture topics such as television history, media and genre theory; creative writing and queer auto-ethnography.

Supervisor: Dr. Dimitris Papanikolaou (St. Cross College)

Publications & Conferences

Special Issue of Academic Journal

Chairetis, S. (2017) “The (In)Visibles: ‘Lesbian’ Characters in Greek Television Comedies”. Manuscript Submitted for publication.

Chairetis, S. (in press) “Negotiating Heteronormativity in the Family Melodrama: A Case Study of Yorgos Katakouzinos’s Angel”. In: Journal of Greek Film Studies, 4(1).

Reviews

Chairetis, S. (in press) Review of “The Queer Greek Weird Wave: Ethics, Politics and the Crisis of Meaning” by M. Psaras (2016). In: Journal of Greek Film Studies, 5(1).

Chairetis, S. (in press) Review of “Masculinities under Neoliberalism” eds. A. Cornwall, F. G. Karioris, & N. Lindisfarne (2016). In: Social Anthropology/ Anthropologie Sociale, 26(1).

Chairetis, S. (in press) Review of “Masculinities and the Nation in the Modern World: Between Hegemony and Marginalization” eds. P. D. Anderson & S. Wendt (2015). In: Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies (NORMA), 13(2).

Invited Lectures & Conference Papers

An introduction to Dinos Christianopoulos’ (queer) poetry. To: Invited lecture held at the Takis Sinopoulos Poetry Institute, Athens, Greece, July 2017.

The (In)Visibles: Lesbian Characters in Greek TV Comedies. To: New Queer Greece: Performance, Politics, Identity (one day colloquium organized under the auspices of the Journal of Greek Media and Culture and the sub-faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek), Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, June 2017.

When two’s a company, is three a crowd? Queer(ing) Heterosexual Intimacies on MEGA’s Singles. To: International Conference 50 Years of Greek Television, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, December 2016.

Greek Queer Couples: Under the Miscroscope. To: 1st International Conference on Queering Partnering, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, March 2016.

Creatively Re-Writing Stories from the Greek Closet: Yannis from The Unacceptables & I. To: 2nd International Creative Writing Conference, University of Corfu, Corfu, Greece, October 2015.

Re-reading and Queering Yorgos Ioannou’s The Sarcophagus. To: 8th Athens Postgraduate Conference, University of Athens, Athens, Greece, September 2015.

Gays and Straights “queer things up”: Negotiating Heteronormativity in Yorgos Katakouzinos’s film Angelos/ Angel’. To: Diversity in 20th and 21st-Century Greek Popular Culture(s) and Media (student-led workshop under the auspices of Society for Modern Greek Studies), University of Oxford, Oxford, March 2015.

Between Victimhood and (Queer) Resistance: Representations of Male Homosexuality in Greek Television Comedy Οι Απαράδεκτοι/ The Unacceptables. To: Society for Modern Greek Studies Graduate Research Colloquium, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, June 2014.

Academic Service & Administrative Experience

Journal Editor & Communications Manager: (1) E- International Relations; (2) Student Anthropologist (01.2016-present); (3) Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities (08.2017-present). Duties: supervising the production process; networking and promoting the issues through social media outlets; reviewing and editing manuscripts that fall under the area of gender studies, queer theory and cultural anthropology; liaising with the authors and reviewers; collaborating with the journal editors.

Conference organiser: (1) Renegotiating History in light of the “Greek Crisis” (16.03.2016), University of Oxford [co-organisation with J. Kourniakti (Oxford)]; (2) Diversity in 20th and 21st-Century Greek Popular Culture(s) and Media (14.03.2015), University of Oxford, [co-organisation with M. Fotiou (Glasgow) & J. Kourniakti (Oxford)]; (3) Community/ Police Relations in Conflict Prone Settings Summer School (20-29.06.2013), University of Ulster [co-organisation with Professor K. Bush]

Research Assistant/ Project Manager, National Centre for Social Research, Athens, Greece (01.2013 – 07.2013). Duties: organised and managed the entire lifecycle of a two-day workshop held in Madrid, Spain; data processing and analysis, preparation of research summaries, reports and articles in English and Greek; communication with various (inter) national stakeholders and translation of documents in English, French and Spanish.

Research Assistant, The International Conflict Research Institute, Londonderry, N. Ireland (03.2012 – 08.2012). Duties: Served as course & workshop assistant for two workshops on the topic of evaluation in conflict prone settings; provided research assistance on a political ethnographic study in N. Ireland and contributed to the shaping of the article “The Politics of Post-Conflict Space: The Mysterious Case of Missing Graffiti in Post-Troubles N. Ireland”, Contemporary Politics, Volume 19, Issue 2, 2013.

 

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