Spyros Sofos

Visiting Lecturer

Spyros joined CMES in September 2012. He has been teaching MA courses on ‘Politics and International Relations in the Middle East’; ‘Dictatorship, Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East’ and ‘Discourses and Debates on the Middle East’ as well as undergraduate courses on ‘Middle Eastern Politics’, ‘Regional Security in the Middle East’ and on Contemporary Turkish Politics’. In addition to teaching and supervising MA Dissertations in Middle Eastern and in European Studies, he is also coordinating the In Search of a Model for the Middle East: A Comparison of the Turkish and Nordic Experiences research project with Umut Özkırımlı and Andrea Sophie Karlsson.

He has previously been a Senior Research Fellow in International Politics at the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence of Kingston University, a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Portsmouth University. He has also been Visiting Lecturer on Conflict Analysis, Nationalism and Human Rights at the University of Siena (MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action), on Nationalism and Multiculturalism at Tartu University and on Southeastern European Politics at Istanbul Bilgi University, as well as a NATO Research Fellow.

Spyros has launched and directed Kingston’s MSc in International Conflict, taught extensively at postgraduate and undergraduate levels and has supervised and seen to completion several doctoral projects. His research interests include the study of social identities, collective action, conflict and conflict transformation - his current work focuses on Muslim communities in Europe, a comparison of contentious politics in Europe and the Middle East, the mediation of Jihad, and the ‘social construction’ of the Islamic State (IS).

He is member of the advisory board of Transconflict, a conflict transformation NGO. He has been a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Area StudiesMediterranean Politics and the Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans and is editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. He is currently editing a book series on ‘Islam and Nationalism’ (with Umut Özkırımlı) for Palgrave Macmillan.

Selected Publications

Book Series
‘Islam and Nationalism’ (Series Editor with with Umut Özkırımlı), Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011-2014.

Monographs and edited volumes
2015: Rethinking Multiculturalism, London: Routledge [with Roza Tsagarousianou]

2013: Islam in Europe: Civic Networks and Public Spaces, London: Palgrave Macmillan [with Roza Tsagarousianou]

2013: Tarihin Cenderesinde: Türk ve Yunan Milliyetçiliği, Istanbul: Istanbul Bilgi University Press, [with Umut Özkırımlı].

2008: Το βάσανο της Ιστορίας, Athens: Καστανιώτης [with Umut Özkırımlı, ISBN 9789600347913].

2008: Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey, London: Hurst [with Umut Özkırımlı, ISBN 9781850658993] and NY: Columbia University Press. [ ISBN 978-0-231-70052-8].        

1996: Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe, London: Routledge (with B. Jenkins ISBN 0415123127 )

Edited journal special issues
2012: Multiculturalisms, Special Issue of Journal of Contemporary European Studies 20(3) [with Roza Tsagarousianou - Print ISSN: 1478-2804]

Journal articles & book chapters

2014: ‘Rallying for Gezi, or Metaphors of Aporia and Empowerment’ in U. Özkirimli (ed.) The Making of a Protest Movement in Turkey: #occupygezi, Palgrave Pivot. ISBN: 9781137413772

2013: ‘Beyond the Intractability of the Greek-Macedonian Dispute’ in M. Casule et al. (eds.), The Name Issue Revisited, MIC, ISBN: 9789989207280

2012: ‘Back to the drawing board: Rethinking multiculturalism in an age of uncertainty’, Journal of Contemporary European Studies 20(3). Print ISSN: 1478-2804, Online ISSN: 1478-2790

2011: Montenegro – a census like no other?, Transconflict

2011: Macedonia – time to contemplate genuine coexistence, Transconflict

2010: ‘Nationalism in Greece and Turkey: Modernity, Enlightenment, Westernization’ (with Umut Özkırımlı), in Ayhan Aktar, Niyazi Kızılyürek and Umut Özkırımlı (eds), The Troubled Triangle: Nationalism in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 978-0-230-57915-6, ISBN10: 0-230-57915-9].

2010: The Greek-Macedonian dispute – time to return to the drawing board?,Transconflict

2010: ‘The Way Forward: Grassroots Diplomacy in the Southern Balkans’,Transconflict

2009: ‘Tormented by History: Greece, Turkey and the Territorial Imagination’ in O. Anastasakis, K. Oktem, K. Nikolaidis (eds) Under the Long Shadows of Europe: Greeks and Turks in the Era of Post-Nationalism, Leiden: E. J. Brill [with Umut Özkirimli – ISBN 9789004171121].

2009: ‘Colonizing the Past: History and Memory in Greece and Turkey’ in F.A. Gemenne and S. G. Carvalho (eds) Nations and their Histories, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan [with Umut Özkirimli – ISBN 9780230218604].

2008: ‘Grassroots Diplomacy in the Southern Balkans’, The Bridge: A bimonthly review on European integration, SE Europe & the SE Mediterranean, 9(2) [ISSN 17912237]. (online here)

2007: ‘Turkey’s summer fever: symptom of a changing political system?’Southeastern Europe, Volume 1, Number 1, Winter 2007 [ISSN 1756-1361]    

2001: ‘Macedonia at the crossroads’, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, 3:2, November 2001 [ISSN Print ISSN: 1944-8953 - Online ISSN: 1944-8961].

2001: ‘Yugoslavia: The Day After ...’, Mediterranean Politics, 6:3, Autumn 2001 [Print ISSN: 1362-9395 Online ISSN: 1743-9418].

2001: ‘European integration and the Transformation of Turkish Politics’ in Kevin Featherstone and George Kazamias (eds), Europeanization and the Southern Periphery, London: Frank Cass [ISBN 0714650870].

2000: ‘Reluctant Europeans? European integration and the Transformation of Turkish Politics’, South European Society and Politics, Winter 2000 [Print ISSN: 1360-8746   Online ISSN: 1743-9612].

1999: ‘Kosovo: History, Identity, Ethnic Conflict’, Mediterranean Politics, 3:3 [Print ISSN: 1362-9395 Online ISSN: 1743-9418].

1999: ‘Culture, media and the politics of disintegration in former Yugoslavia’, in Tim Allen & Jean Seaton (eds), The Media of Conflict: War Reporting and Representations of Ethnic Violence, London: Zed Press [ISBN: 1856495701].

1996: ‘Inter-ethnic Violence and Gendered Constructions of Ethnicity in former Yugoslavia’, Social Identities, 2:1, January 1996 [Print ISSN: 1350-4630  Online ISSN: 1363-0296].

1996: ‘Nationalism, Mass Communications and Public Rituals in Former Yugoslavia: The case of Serbia’, Contemporary Politics, 2:1, Spring 1996 [Print ISSN: 1356-9775   Online ISSN: 1469-3631].



Exploring Muslim Identitites in Europe

Area of Expertise

Islamic State, Kurdish, Christian and Alawite minorities, Muslims in Sweden/Muslims in Europe, Turkey, Kurdistan regional government, Greece, Iraq, Syria.