Vassilis Nitsiakos was born in Aetomelitsa, Ioannina, Greece, in 1958. He studied Modern Greek (University of Ioannina), Folk life Studies (University of Leeds, England) and Social Anthropology (University of Cambridge, England). He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. He is currently Professor of Social Folklore at the University of Ioannina, Department of History and Archaeology. He is also Director of the International Konitsa Summer School in Anthropology, Ethnography and Comparative Folklore of the Balkans.
His main research interest are: Economic, social and cultural transformations in modern Greece, the cultural construction of space and time, myth and ritual, tradition and modernity, orality and literacy, ethnicity and nationalism, emigration, cultural ecology, theory and method in social sciences and the humanities.
Courses taught at the Department:
Introduction to Folk life studies (undergradate)
The texts that determined the route of Folk life studies in Greece ( undergraduate)
Theoretical ansd methodological issues (postgraduate).
Nations, ethnic groups and identities in the Balkans (undergraduate)
Ethnicity and Natioanalism, Anthropological perspectives undergraduate seminar)
The cultural construction of space and time (postgraduate)