Doctoral thesis abstract: 

Although children as active agents have been extensively studied within anthropology and social sciences in general, children as public actors –or as activists engaged with direct forms of politics and social movements- have been largely neglected. In my doctoral thesis I address this research gap by ethnographically exploring the politics of autonomous, self-organized youth and pupils in Nicosia, Cyprus and their processes of radical political subjectivization, as well as the categorical framings youth use to constitute themselves as political actors following larger social movements like May 1968, Greek Autonomia and the Alter-globalization movement. I further problematize how national and international configurations of childhood and youth have been enabling or disabling this activism, and how they govern children and ‘minoritized adults’ through educational, gentrifying and other policies of the biopolitical sphere. An 18-month ethnographic fieldwork process further revealed the role of public space and urban commons in the reproduction of autonomous youth initiatives and in processes of re-imagining the political and youth identity in late capitalism. Therefore, in my PhD, I also engage with debates on the role of public space in the construction of subjectivity, as well as with the minimization of such space through intense processes of gentrification and commercialization which are transforming urban landscapes on a global scale.

General reserach interests include: Anthropology of youth and childhood, youth subcultures, political anthropology, social movements, power, human rights, cities and gentrification, nationalism, gender studies, Mediterranean Europe