Κ. Νάντια Σερεμετάκη

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Biographical Notes

Biographical DictionaryAs the first Greek national to be comprehensively trained in American cultural anthropology, Seremetakis challenged entrenched homeostatic binary inversion models of death rituals and gender relations in Anglophone Mediterranean social anthropology.

Based on long-term fieldwork and unprecedented linguistic expertise, Seremetakis rejected assumptions of social totality through intricate performance, divination practices, embodied labour, and a feminised material culture.

Her integration of the senses and material culture has methodologically influenced recent symbolic and cognitive archaeology. Seremetakis’s linkage of material culture and emotions registered methodological advances in the anthropology of the body comparable to Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection…

(excerpt, “Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology”)


  • Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
    Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York-1988
  • M.A. Cultural Anthropology
    Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York
  • M.A.  Sociology
    New York University, New York
  • B.A.  Sociology
    City University of New York (Queens College), New York


    • Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship. USA
    • Wenner – Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Fellowship. USA
    • Book Award: Victor Turner Award in Ethnographic Writing 1992, Honorable Mention, for The Last Word: Women, Death and Divination in Inner Mani (University of Chicago Press, 1991). USA
    • Official Representative, Hellenic Ministry of Health. “Eighth European Regional Meeting of National AIDS Coordinators”  World Health Organization. Athens, Oct. 1994. GREECE
    • Official Observer, Hellenic Ministry of Health and National School of Public Health, GREECE. 16th General Assembly of ASPHER (Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region): “Information Policy in Public Health.” Cracow, Oct. 1994.
    • Temporary Advisor, Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization (W.H.O), 1995. EUROPE
    • Invited observer, International Vienna Festival 2000. Vienna, March 2000. VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    • Book adoption by the Hellenic Ministry of Education for library distribution nationwide. Book: The Last Word. GREECE
    • Honorary Plaque by the Municipality of Oitylon, Mani & Nomarchy of Laconia for the ethnography The Last Word as a significant contribution to the area. Offered in public ceremony at Diros, June 25, day of local commemoration of Greek Independence following the author’s public speech. Diros, 2000. PELOPONNESE, GREECE
    • Documentary film, “Crossing Borders with Nadia Seremetakis”, 30 min., Greek Public TV, part of the series “Creating Tomorrow” featuring 16 portraits of distinguished intellectuals and artists. Aired in 2001,  repeated several times by popular demand during 2002-2015. GREECE
    • Interviewed and presented by major national Greek daily newspapers, TV programs, and radio stations, as well as  local media in  GREECE and the Diaspora.
    • International Le Boff Fellow, 2002. New York University, Department of Culture and Communication. USA
    • Invited Active Member, “Action Committee for Collaborations Between University and Local Communities and the Region” Senate, University of the Peloponnese, 2009. PELOPONNESE, GR
    • Founder and Head, Program on “Everyday Life and Culture”, University of the Peloponnese, 2011–  . GREECE
    • Invited member, UNESCO National Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage,  Helllenic Ministry of Culture, 2012-2021. GREECE
    • Portraits of Significant Greek Women–Tribute to C. Nadia Seremetakis.  Peloponnesos International Documentary film Festival, Center of Creative Documentary of Kalamata. May 12, 2019.
    • World Journeys Through People and Texts: The Anthropological Works of C. Nadia Seremetakis.  Public event,
      30 speakes/video/photography/ jazz music.  Organized by Pedio Publishing, The Univesity of the Peloponnese and the Numismatic Museum. June 10, 2019,  garden cafe of Ilion Melathron,  Athens.
    • 2022  Inaugural Anthropology Lecture.
      University KU LEUVEN, Belgium
      September 27, 2022


    Recent affiliations:

Visiting Professor/Scholar 
School of Social Sciences/Department of Social-Cultural Anthropology
KU LEUVEN, Belgium   2023
Seminars/Lectures: Tales from the Field

Professor of Cultural Anthropology,
Department of  History, Archeology & Management of Cultural Goods,  School of Humanities and Cultural Studies,
University of the Peloponnese, Greece      2009-2020

Courses  & graduate seminars designed /taught:

  • Time, Space and the Body: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • The Senses, Visual Culture, and the Ethnography of Everyday Life
  • Ethnography and Cultural Management
  • Design & Organization of Cultural Events
  • Cultural-Historical Issues: Travel and Tourism
  • Environment and Socio-Cultural Perspectives
    [Excavating Space and Place/ Anthropology and Management of Cultural Goods/ Touch, Tactility, Haptics/ Physical Catastrophe and the Archaeology of the Present]

Founding Head,  Progam on Everyday Life and Culture,
  University of the Peloponnese, 2011–

–Officially invited member,  UNESCO National Committee for the
Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage
  Helllenic Ministry of Culture,  2012-2021

Director/editor, Series on Everyday Life and Culture, PEDIO publishing Co., Athens,  2016–

     Previous positions:
(by invitation)

Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies &
Departments of Linguistics & Anthropology
Queens College, City University of New York
Lecturer and Research Associate 1983 – 1988

Courses designed and taught:
-Greek American Bilingualism and Anthropological Linguistics
-European Peripheries
-Modern Greek Culture and Civilization
-Symbolic, Mythic and Ritual Foundations of Ancient and Modern
Greek Thought & Culture
-The Greek American Community: Social Problems of Greek

Department of Anthropology, New York University
Visiting Assistant Professor 1988 – 1989

Graduate and Undergraduate Courses taught:
-Contemporary Dynamics of Social and Cultural Change
-Peoples of Europe
-Human Society and Culture

Department of Anthropology & Department of Women’s Studies
Vassar College, New York
Visiting Assistant Professor 1989 – 1990

Seminars  designed and taught:
-The Gender of Socio – Economic Development
-The Anthropology of Mourning and Bereavement
-The Anthropology of Gender
-Introduction to Cross Cultural Women’s Studies

Graduate Department of Performance Studies,
New York University
Visiting Assistant Professor 1989 – 1990

Graduate seminars designed and taught:
-Women, Ritual and Power in the Mediterranean
-Women, Ritual and Development in Third World and
European Peripheries

Department of Philosophy and Social Studies &
Department of Sociology
University of Crete, Greece
Invited Visiting Associate Professor 1990 – 1992

Seminars designed and taught:
-Symbolic Dimensions of Social Practice
-Representing the Other
-Ritual, Power and the Body
-The Anthropology of Gender

Advisor to the Minister 1994 – 1996
Hellenic Ministry of Health, Athens, Greece
Responsible for issues pertaining to mobile populations, sexually transmitted diseases and prevention in border areas,
public health education, and  international relations.

Temporary Advisor 1995
World Health Organization (W.H.O)
Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen

National School of Public Health, Athens
Visiting Professor 1995 – 1996

Seminars designed and taught:
-Health Communication Across Cultures
-Women and Health

Director 1996 – 1999
Department of Cultural Studies
Organization for Cultural Development
Municipality of Kalamata/ Ministry of Culture, Greece

Regular contributor 1999 – 2000
Greek National Daily Newspaper TA NEA
Special weekend edition

LeBoff International Visiting Faculty Member, 2002
New York University
Sponsor: Department of Culture and Communication
Lecture series on
The Senses and Media as Material Culture – Fieldwork Approaches.

Editor,  The Anthropological View and
Regular Contributor, 2005 – 2008
New Sociology: Hellenic Sociological Review
Athens: Papazissis Publishers.

Member of Advisory Faculty, 2007
Dublin Institute of Technology / New York University
Summer School, The Global City and Media Ethnography:
Practice-led Research and the Critical Ethnography of the Senses

Invited Active Member, “Action Committee for Collaborations
between University and Local Communities and the Region”
Senate, University of the Peloponnese, 2009.

Deputy Chair, Department of History, Archaeology and Management of Cultural Goods, University of the Peloponnese, 2015-2016


Long term fieldwork and comparative researches conducted in rural and urban Greece and in various parts of the world, such as Mexico, Ireland, Tunisia, Albania, Vienna, New York. Research interests include:

  • cultural translation
  • technology, neoliberalism and cultural practice
  • the body and multisensory exchange in (post)modernity
  • divination, media and embodied intersubjective communication
  • dialogical performance
  • globalization and the medicalization of everyday life
  • physical disaster and social memory
  • mobile populations and diseases
  • ethnography as cultural management
  • public anthropology
  • death rituals and the social construction of pain, truth and gender in Greece
  • perception and memory as material culture
  • social aesthetics
  • the poetics of mourning

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