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Brief CV of Christos Dermentzopoulos

Dr Christos Dermentzopoulos studied Sociology in Greece (1982-1986), History, Anthropology and Cinema in France (1986-1989: MA in History, University of Paris 1, Pantheon - Sorbonne and Anthropology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris). Ph.D in Sociology, Section: Aspects of the new Greek social life, Panteion University of Athens.

He teaches as Associate Professor Anthropology of Art, Cultural Studies and History/Theory of Cinema in the Department of Fine Arts and Sciences of Art of the School of Fine Arts of the University of Ioannina.

He is the writer of the books The popular novel (pulp fiction) on banditry in Greece. Myths, Representations, Ideology (Plethron Editions, 1997) and The Invention of Place. Nostalgia and Memory in the Film A touch of spice (Opportuna Editions, 2013) and co-editor of the volumes: Anthropology, Culture and Policy (with M. Spyridakis, Metaihmio Editions, 2004) and Aspects of Popular Culture (with V. Nitsiakos, Plethron Editions, 2007).

He is editor of the series Alterities and Film Studies (Metaihmio Editions). He is also reviewer in Jounal Utopia (Greece).

He was Tutor at Hellenic Open University in the MA in Cultural Management from 2006 until 2016 and he was Tutor at Open University of Cyprous in the undergraduate programme Studies in Hellenic Culture (2010-2013).

Ηe was Academic Coordinator in the MA Programme Cultural Policy and Development in Open University of Cyprus.

His research interests concern visual and popular culture.

He is member of Media Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) - and L' ’Association internationale des chercheurs en Littératures Populaires et Cultures Médiatiques (LPCM) / International Research Association in Popular Literature and Media Culture (PLMC) -

He is member of International Visual Sociology Association -


In my work I attempt to investigate the various ways in which the popular ideology and mentality deal with the cultural products of popular culture, mainly importing an anthropological perspective in my examination. Research subjects such as the genre cinema and the popular literature have often been neglected by academic research, even though they constitute a field which combines characteristics both from the popular and from the more scholar culture. It is my belief that they help to understand the construction of an alternative identity as opposed to the dominant national identity that is promoted through the national ideology and, therefore, they deserve to be examined under new theoretical perspectives. In this framework, I use the methodological tools that emanate from cultural anthropology, sociology, cultural studies as well as anthropology of art (symbolic capital, cultural hegemony, identity and alterity). My line of work is structured interdisciplinarily comprising semiotics, anthropology of art, visual sociology and cultural studies, combining the relevant theoretical and methodological outlines of the above.

I am currently working on a book about the melodrama in Greek Cinema and the perception from the audience.