School of Social and Political Science

Dr Eirini Papadaki

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Academic Visitor to Social Anthropology (previously ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Eirini Papadaki

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22a Buccleuch Place

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+44 (0)1314 678081

Eirini Papadaki is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017-2020) on the European Research Council-funded project 'A Global Anthropology of Transforming Marriage' (AGATM) with PI Professor Janet Carsten. She will conduct ethnographic research in Greece (Athens) from August 2017.

She completed her PhD entitled “The politics of kinning: Adoption and the ethical economy of reproduction in modern Greece” at the University of Aegean in 2015. She was holding a two-year Marie-Currie postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Bremen in the department of Social Anthropology (2015-2017) about unwed mothers in postwar Greece and adoption reunions.


2020 ‘Becoming mothers: narrating adoption and making kinship in Greece’. Social Anthropology, 28(1): 153-167.

2019 ‘Unwed pregnancy and adoption in post-war Greece (1950-1983)’. Journal of Modern Greek Studies. 38(2): 271-293.

2019 co-authored with Janet Carsten, Hsiao-Chiao Chiu, Siobhan Magee and Koreen

Reece. ‘Talking about Kinship’. Anthropology of This Century, 25. []

2017 ‘Undoing kinship - producing citizenship in a public maternity hospital in Athens, Greece’. In Tatjana Thelen and Erdute Alber (eds) Reconnecting State and Kinship, 178-199. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press.

2013 ‘Claiming motherhood in the world of adoption: The case of an internet forum’. In Venetia Kantsa (ed) Motherhood in the forefront. Recent research in Greek ethnography, 171-197. Athens: Alexandria Publ. [in Greek].

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Kinship, adoption, motherhood, gender, Sexuality, marriage, ethics, unwed pregnancy, Greece

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