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Couroucli, Maria

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Maria Couroucli (BA, MA Cantab, PhD, HDR Paris) is Directeur de Recherche at the CNRS. A historical anthropologist, she has worked on kinship and family, nationalism, identity, and religious practices in Modern Greece. She has directed several research projects, among them the RAMSES program on Sharing Sacred Spaces among Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Mediterranean and the BSA/EFA Balkan Futures program on heritage and intellectual traditions in Greece and the Balkans. Her current research concerns memory and uses of the past as well as values and practices in times on crisis.

Research interests

History and Anthropology

Anthropology of Religion

Anthropology of Memory, Heritage and Uses of the Past

Anthropology of the Crisis in Europe

Ethnography of Greece, Turkey, the Balkans, Eastern Mediterranean

Doctoral seminar: (INALCO/EHESS): Sociétés urbaines méditerranéennes. Histoire et Anthropologie (co-direction). Les premiers lundis de chaque mois, 17-19h. INALCO, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris, Salle 3.15.

Maria Couroucli has served as Assistant Director of the Maison René Ginouvès Archéologie et Ethnologie (CNRS/Université Paris 1/Université Paris Ouest - 2000-2003); Director for Modern Studies at the Ecole française d’Athènes (Greece, 2010-2015). She also was visiting Scholar at the Department of Social Anthropology at Harvard University (1998-1999) and Stanley Seeger Research Fellow at Princeton University (2009). Member of the Executive committee of the EASA (2008-2012) and Member of the Editorial Board of Ethnologie Française since 2000.

Recent publications (books)

1) 2015a Couroucli, Maria et Tchavdar Marinov (eds). Balkan Heritages. Negotiating History and Culture. Farnham, Ashgate. 215 p..

2) 2015b Couroucli, M., Karamanolakis, V. and Sklavenitis, T. (eds). French History: the influence of the French history school in post-1974 Greece. (in Greek). Original title: Synantiseis tis ellinikis me ti galliki istoriographia, 1974-2012. Athens, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) and Ecole française d’Athènes (EfA), 376 p.

3) 2013 Couroucli, Maria. L’européanisme mis en question. Récits ethno-orientalistes de la crise grecque. Fleischman Conference, 2012, published by Société d’Ethnologie, Paris, 40p.

4) 2012 Couroucli, Maria et Dionigi Albera (eds), Sharing Sacred Spaces in the Mediterranean. Christians, Muslims, and Jews at Shrines and Sanctuaries, Indiana University Press, 277pp.

Contact: maria.couroucli at