Spyros Sofos

Visiting Lecturer

Spyros teaches ‘Politics and International Relations in the Middle East’ and ‘Discourses and Debates on the Middle East’ at the Center’s MA program in Middle Eastern Studies. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford and 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.

He has launched and directed Kingston’s MSc in International Conflict, has taught extensively at postgraduate and undergraduate levels and has supervised several doctoral projects. His research interests include the study of social identities, collective action, conflict and conflict transformation - his current work focuses on inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflict and nationalism, on Muslim communities in Europe, as well as the theoretical debates and practical manifestations of multiculturalism.

He has been conducting research on divided societies and the different types of institutional architecture that have developed in response to societal fissures and conflict. He has expertise in diversity, minority rights and conflict transformation and has been providing advice, consultancy and training to NGOs, community organizations and local authorities.

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 Studies, Mediterranean 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
2013: Islam in Europe: Civic Networks and Public Spaces, forthcoming [with Roza Tsagarousianou]

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

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

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

2007: Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey, London: Hurst [with Umut Özkırımlı, ISBN 9781850658993].

1996: Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe, London: Routledge (edited book 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
2012: ‘Rethinking the unthinkable: transforming the Greek-Macedonian Conflict’, in J. Lozanoska (ed) The Macedonian-Greek Dispute, Skopje: Macedonian Information Center.

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].