Welcome To ANTH 3110::ATHENS – 2015!

Ethnographic Fieldwork involves very particular challenges and dilemmas. How and what can we learn through our experiences and encounters “in the field”? How can we, as both researchers and human travelers, navigate the ethical, emotional, and epistemological complexities of doing research with and about people?

This course will provide you with a theoretical and practical toolbox for designing, conducting, and writing ethnographic research projects. We will explore various concepts and debates related to anthropological methods in the classroom at York, and then develop and apply specific research skills in the field. You will have the opportunity to design your own research project in close consultation with the instructor, and to conduct your own ethnographic fieldwork during an intensive four-week research trip to Athens, Greece.

Anthropology students – Successful completion of AP/ANTH 1110 OR AP/ANTH 1120 AND Successful completion of a minimum of one 2000-level Anthropology course Sociology students – Successful completion of AP/SOCI 2030 6.00 and AP/SOCI 2040 6.00

NOTE: If you do not have the prerequisites, please contact the course director, Othon Alexandrakis: oalexand@yorku.ca




The course will be offered in the summer session only. Three weeks on York University campus, followed by four weeks in Athens, Greece.


$1,650 – includes accommodations and cost of excursions


York University students are eligible for the York International Mobility Award (YIMA) – $500.  We’re also looking to secure an additional $500 in funding from LA & PS.  Check this space for updates…



Application Deadline: February 6, 4 PM – York International.

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Announcing our 2015 Featured Speaker – Heath Cabot

Recent Book:

On the Doorstep of Europe: Asylum and Citizenship in Greece (U PENN Press)

Greece has shouldered a heavy burden in the global economic crisis, struggling with political and financial insecurity. Greece has also the most porous external border of the European Union, tasked with ensuring that the EU’s boundaries are both “secure and humanitarian” and hosting enormous numbers of migrants and asylum seekers who arrive by land and sea. The recent leadership and fiscal crises have led to a breakdown of legal entitlements for both Greek citizens and those seeking refuge within the country’s borders.

On the Doorstep of Europe is an ethnographic study of the asylum system in Greece, tracing the ways asylum seekers, bureaucrats, and service providers attempt to navigate the dilemmas of governance, ethics, knowledge, and sociability that emerge through this legal process. Centering on the work of an asylum advocacy NGO in Athens, Heath Cabot explores how workers and clients grapple with predicaments endemic to Europeanization and rights-based protection. Drawing inspiration from classical Greek tragedy to highlight both the transformative potential and the violence of law, Cabot charts the structural violence effected through European governance, rights frameworks, and humanitarian intervention while also exploring how Athenian society is being remade from the inside out. She shows how, in contemporary Greece, relationships between insiders and outsiders are radically reconfigured through legal, political, and economic crises.

In addition to providing a textured, on-the-ground account of the fraught context of asylum and immigration in Europe’s borderlands, On the Doorstep of Europe highlights the unpredictable and transformative ways in which those in host nations navigate legal and political violence, even in contexts of inexorable duress and inequality.

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An interesting report on the Exarchia neighbourhood…

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ANTH 3110 :: ATHENS (2014) in the news!

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Click this link to download a PDF of the article:
ANTH 3110 – Kathimerini

Or click here!

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Athens and Epidaurus Festival Programme



Click HERE to access the Greek Festival Program for 2014! 

Click HERE to access their website.

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Upcoming Public Lecture at York


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Announcing our 2014 Accommodations

ImageThis year ANTH 3110 will be hosted in Greece by

CYA – College Year in Athens

Learn more about CYA here

Click here for information about our accommodations

Click here for a live view of Athens from the CYA rooftop (notice the Acropolis in the background!).

Here’s a map of the area:

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City Walks

Image Explore art, architecture, literature, history, or cuisine – on foot! This group brings visitors and local experts together to explore aspects of the city’s history plus current events.  Big Olive will take groups as small as four people…



Pick From:

  • Modernist Athens & Le Corbusier
  • The Orientalist’s Walk
  • Refugee Trails
  • Secrets of the Lost River
  • Greek Revival Walk
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Focus On: National Garden

tour_img-189936-48The Royal Garden was commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838 and completed by 1840. It was designed by the German agronomist Frederick Schmidt who imported over 500 species of plants and a variety of animals including peacocks, ducks, and turtles. (see Wikipedia for more).

Many important social and political events have occurred in the garden.  Anthropologists continue to look at this site with interest.

Click here for a virtual tour of the gardens.

Here are walking directions from Mets (where we’ll be staying) to one of the turtle ponds in the National Gardens.  First student to snap a picture of the turtles this summer will get a prize!


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Focus On: Athenian Graffiti Hubs

Silver 925 Graffiti Shop


Graffiti began to appear in Athens in 1987.  Strolling along the streets of the city in the late ’80s you would have seen the tags, in plain black, of soccer hooligans (usually put up as they left for matches).  These hooligan tags contrasted what had become a popular mode of political advertising: putting up large political party tags with rollers, often in white paint, on the national highway. 

The scene changed in the early ’90s as a handful of artists ~ Paladin, Woozy, Art, Mavros, Pavlos ~ took up graffiti writing.  The scene exploded in ’93 when Greek-Dutch writer Bez came from Holland and began to organize graffiti writing events.  There is currently an active graffiti writing scene in the city.  The Graffiti Shop is the go-to site to find out what’s going on and to meet writers.

Source: Kiriakos Iosifidis (2009), Graff: Greek Graffiti Scene. Greece: Metehmio
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Focus On: Benaki Museum

ImageThe Benaki Museum, established and endowed in 1930 by Antonis Benakis in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis, is housed in the Benakis family mansion in downtown Athens, Greece. The museum houses Greek works of art from the prehistorical to the modern times, an extensive collection of Asian art, hosts periodic exhibitions and maintains a state-of-the-art restoration and conservation workshop.(source: Wikipedia)


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