Dr Leonidas Karakatsanis

Leonidas (Leo) Karakatsanis received his PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex. He joined the BIAA in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and was appointed as Assistant Director in 2015.

Leonidas is the author of the research monograph: Turkish-Greek Relations.  Rapprochement, Civil Society and the Politics of Friendship (London & New York: Routledge, 2014). He is also the co-editor of The politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Performing the Left since the Sixties (together with N. Papadogiannis) and Bordered Places, Bounded Times: Cross-disciplinary perspectives on Turkey (together with E. Baysal), published in 2017 by Routledge and The British institute at Ankara respectively.

Leonidas has researched and published on issues related to the politics of identity and reconciliation, civil society, minority rights, immigration and theories of qualitative methods in social and political sciences. His current research focuses on the relation between contentious politics and affects in South-eastern Europe, the cultural politics of the Left in Turkey, Cyprus and Greece, and on a comparative approach to reconciliation and peace in the Caucasus, the Balkans and the Mediterranean.


  • PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis - University of Essex, Department of Government (2011)
  • ΜΑ in Political Science and Sociology - University of Athens, School of Law Economics & Political Sciences (2004)
  • BA in Political Science and History - Panteio University, Department of Political Science and History, Athens, Greece (2002)

Related Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Director | The British Institute at Ankara (September 2015 – present)
  • Research Fellow of the project ‘Connections, Divisions and Movements’ | BIAA (September 2013 – March 2015)
  • Research Fellow (non resident) of the project ‘Historising Humanitarian Intervention: the long 19th century’  | Panteion University, Greece, Prof. Alexis Heraclides (September 2013 - May 2015)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow | BIAA (September 2012 – August 2013)
  • Researcher and Instructor for the OPEN POLITY project: an intercultural training programme for municipality staff and police interacting with immigrants in Greece. | Panteion University, Prof. Dimitris Christopoulos (January – July 2012)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant | Government Department, University of Essex (October 2010 – June 2011)
  • Deputy Project Coordinator for Greece in the Inter-European Project: “European Migration Dialogue” | Migration Policy Group (Brussels), Implemented in Greece by the Hellenic League for Human Rights and the Research Centre for Minority Groups (KEMO) - (April 2004 – September 2005)
  • Assistant Researcher in the “MORESS” research Project for Greece | European University Association (EUA) implemented in Greece by the University of Athens (May 2003 – September 2005)

Publications (English Only)


Edited Volumes & Special Issues:

Journal Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • L. Karakatsanis & E. Baysal (2017). 'Expanding the perspective. Towards a deep history of borders, boundaries and frontiers in Bordered Places, Bounded Times. In Bordered Places, Bounded times (see above). Download Accepted Manuscript from BIAA article depository >>
  • L. Karakatsanis and N. Papadogiannis (2017) 'Performing the Left in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus' in The politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus (see above).
  • L. Karakatsanis (2017) 'Repositioned / re-signified: Echoes of violence, aporias of solidarity between Cyprus, Turkey and Greece' In The politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.
  • L. Karakatsanis and N. Papadogiannis (2017) 'Across borders and generations:Remembering and Imagining the Left.An interview with Foti Benlisoy  and Nikos Moudouros' in The politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.
  • Review of the book: Featherstone, Kevin, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Argyris Mamarelis, and Georgios Niarchos (2011) The Last Ottomans the Muslim Minority of Greece 1940-1949. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Historein
  • L. Karakatsanis and M. Herzog, (2016): ‘Radicalisation as form: beyond the security paradigm’. Journal of Contemporary European Studies 24:2.
  • L. Karakatsanis, (2016) ‘Radicalised citizens vs radicalised governments. Greece and turkey in a comparative perspective from the 2008 Athens riots to the 2013 Gezi park protests.’ Journal of Contemporary European Studies 24:2, 255-279.
  • L. Karakatsanis (2016), ‘‘We’, ‘they’ and the ‘human’ in the middle: foreign interventions for ‘humanitarian reasons’ during the nineteenth century in Turkish historiography, Middle Eastern Studies, 52:2, 233-259.
  • L. Karakatsanis (2015) ‘NGOs, minority politics and alterity in pre-crisis Athens: a case study from Gazi and Metaxourgeio." In Austerity and The Third Sector in Greece. Civil Society at the European Frontline, edited by Jennifer Clarke, Asteris Huliaras and Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos. London: Ashgate.
  • L. Karakatsanis (2012) “Interdisciplinarity and ‘field research’ methods in discourse studies: political discourse theory, ‘cultural critique’, and the ‘gift’ of an ethnographic ethos.” Working Papers in Ideology and Discourse Analysis 27 [ISSN: 1758-8782] .
  • E. Avramopoulou, L. Karakatsanis, et al (2012) “Complexities of Europe: Introduction”. European Review 20(1):1-9 [ISSN: 1062-7987].
  • M. Pavlou, E. Avramopoulou and L. Karakatsanis (2005) “Greece” in Jan Niessen, Yongmi Schibel and Cressida Thompson (eds.) Current Immigration Debates in Europe: A Publication of the European Migration Dialogue. MPG: Brussels

Conferences, Workshop and Panels (Organised or Co-organised)

  • 2-day international workshop: In motion | Movements, crossings and transfers in Turkey. September 2014, Ankara. https://inmotionworkshop2014.wordpress.com/
  • Panel series ‘Radicalisation and transformation in South-Eastern Europe: prospects and predicaments’ at the 64th PSA Conference, Manchester, 14-16 April 2014.
  • 3-day international conference: Pathways of Communication: Routes and Roads in Anatolia from Prehistory until the Seljuk Times. March 20-22 Ankara 2014.
  • 2-day international interdisciplinary workshop: Bordered Places and Bounded Times. Reflexive approaches to understanding societies. Interdisciplinary perspectives on Turkey from Archaeology, Anthropology, History and Political Science’, Middle East Technical University, 4-5 June 2013
  • Organiser of two seminar sessions entitled ‘Affects  in a Neoliberal Economy: Ethnographic approaches’ as part of the Doctoral Seminars in Ideology and Discourse Analysis series. Convener: Jason Glynos, Department of Government, University of Essex. March 16 – 23, 2012.
  • International Graduate Conference: “Complexities of ‘Europe’: Between knowledge, power, citizenship and identity”. Centre for Research in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. 20-21 November 2009.

See full list of publications (including non-English) at  http://biaa.academia.edu/LeonidasKarakatsanis 

Invited Talks

  • Can “friendship” exist in interstate relations? A discursive approach to Turkish-Greek rapprochement’. Invited Lecture. Bilkent Univeristy, 28 April 2015
  • Invited book presentation of Turkish-Greek relations: rapprochement, civil society and the politics of friendship (Routledge 2014) at the joint seminar ‘Exploring Politics of Friendship’, organised by the Istanbul and the Thessaloniki Schools for Political studies and the Council of Europe Network, Thessaloniki, 30 December 2014.
  • ‘“And then… something happened” Affects, contentious politics and auto-ethnography. From the field to the text’. Invited lecture at the Ethnology department of Södertörn University, Stockholm, 11 December 2014.
  • ‘From national borders to political frontiers. Reconsidering the history of Turkish-Greek reconciliation’ Public Lecture at the lecture series organised by the SBF Uluslararası Ekonomik ve Siyasi Araştırmalar Merkezi Konferansları, Ankara University, 20 May 2014.
  • Does it really exist?’ Turkish-Greek Friendship and the politics of rapprochement. A genealogical approach.’ Public lecture. British Institute at Ankara and the Netherlands Institute for Higher Education in Ankara, March 14, 2013.
  • Identity, alterity and ‘civil society’: From Western Thrace to the Gazi District in Athens’: Seminar lecture at the MA course ‘Nation, religion and politics’ Convener Ass. Pr. Efi Gazi, University of the Peloponnese, May 24, 2012.​


  • BIAA - The British institute at Ankara (member)
  • MGSA - The Modern Greek Studies Association (member)
  • PSA - The Political Studies Association  (member)
  • HLHR - The Hellenic League for Human Rights, NGO (member)
  • CAD - Cyprus Academic Dialogue (member)
  • MESA The Middle East Studies Association 


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