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Dr Elena Miltiadis

Member of the Department of Anthropology


I am a social anthropologist with experience in urban anthropology. I am an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology and a Module Coordinator in the Anthropology Pre-Masters Programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

I am an Associate Fellow of the HEA.

My thesis, titled: "Urban Attunements: Potentialities of a City's Discomfort", explores the emotional afterlife of an Italian city called Latina, built by the fascist regime in 1932. I investigate the struggle of a community with a contested past and Latina's inhabitants' effort to see their city as a meaningful social space. My doctoral work is one of the first comprehensive and lengthy research projects to investigate fascism’s absent presence in contemporary Italy in such ethnographic depth and from a community’s perspective. It contributes to and expands understandings of how communities elaborate, negotiate, and give meaning to their existence through, against, and beyond their contested identities. 

Before my PhD, I completed an MA in Social Anthropology (Research Methods) at Durham University. I also graduated with a BA in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths College. Both my PhD and MA were funded by the ESRC.

Research interests

  • Political Anthropology
  • Places and Place-making