Associate Professor
Social and political anthropology

School of History and Archaeology

Room 104, old building, Faculty of Philosophy


Short CV Presentation

Georgios Agelopoulos is an Associate Professor of Social and Political Anthropology at the School of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is also a Director of the Folklife Museum and Archives of the Aristotle University and Director of the Digital Humanities Lab of the Faculty of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Agelopoulos studied sociology at Panteion University Athens and social anthropology at St. Andrews University (MPhil) and Cambridge University (PhD). His research interests focus on political anthropology, Balkan ethnography, the history of the anthropological discourse in Greece and the Balkans, the anthropology of migrants and refugees. Agelopoulos taught at Cambridge University, Panteion University Athens, Graz University Austria, Nicosia University Cyprus and at the University of Macedonia. He has been a Marie Curie Research Fellow of D.G.XII of the EU, a post-doctoral Research Affiliate at the Department of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University, a postdoctoral fellow of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation and a member of research teams supported by D.G.V of the EU, by the Greek Ministry of Education, by the 6th F.P. of the EU, by the 7th F.P. of the EU, by the Greek National Research Institute and by the Leverhulme Trust. He has supervised PhD students at Panteion University Athens, the University of Macedonia, the University of Thessaly, Université de Provence (AixMarseille I) and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

From June 2017 to September 2018 Agelopoulos was appointed as Secretary General of the Greek Ministry of Education. From September 2018 to July 2019 he served at the Greek Prime Minister’s Office. In addition to his academic work, Agelopoulos is a columnist in the Greek Press focusing on issues related to identity politics, higher education, migration, social and solidarity economy.

Professional Experience
1994 - 1995

University of Cambridge, Department of Social Anthropology

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

1996 - 1998

Greek Airforce

Conscript serving compulsory military service

1998 - 1998

Panteion University Athens, Department of Social Policy and Social Anthropology

Post-doctoral researcher

1998 - 1999

Panteion University Athens, Department of Social Policy and Social Anthropology

Adjunct lecturer in social anthropology

1999 - 2003

Panteion University Athens, Department of Social Policy and Social Anthropology

Lecturer in social anthropology

2003 - 2014

University of Macedonia, Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies

Assist. Professor


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of History and Archaeology

Associate Professor in social and political anthropology

2023 - 2024

FSA466 Cultures and politics in the Balkans (taught in English) (Undergraduate)

2013 - 2024

FSA371 Political Anthropology (taught in Greek) (Undergraduate)


FSA201 Theory and history of folklore and anthropological studies in Greece (taught in Greek) (Undergraduate)

2020 - 2024

FSA463 Anthropological approaches to the Balkans (taught in Greek) (Undergraduate)

2023 - 2024

FSA501 Special topics in social anthropology and folklore studies (taught in Greek) (Undergraduate)

2019 - 2024

ΙΑL701 Ethnographic research (taught in Greek, tutorials available in English) (Postgraduate)

Research Interests
Social and political anthropology I Balkan ethnography I Ethnicity and nationalism I Migrants and refugees I History of anthropology.
Folklore Museum and Archive of the Aristotle University

Room 8, ‘the old building’ of the Faculty of Philosophy

The Folklore Museum and Archive of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was established during the first years of the operation of the University of Thessaloniki, at the end of the 1920s, upon the proposal of  Stilpon Kyriakidis, who was then holder of the Chair in “Religion of Ancient Greeks, their Private Life and Folklore.” Although folklore studies in Greece focused on ancient times, as it is clearly indicated by the title of the Chair, it was decided that the establishment of the Museum and Archive should focus on what was percived as ‘traditional culture’ inside the ethnocentric floklorist theoetical discourse. The late professor Alki Kyriakidou-Nestoros undertook a projecte where most items of the Museum have been photographed and classified. Moreover, she implemented a very important programme with the aim to create a new exhibition, wishing to display items thematically by presenting typical ‘samples’, as well as other information material (photographs, books, outlines, tables, etc.), giving, thus, a historical dimension to each theme.

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