Dimitris Antoniou


617C Hamilton Hall
Office hours: Tuesday 12-2pm


Research Interests

  •  Anthropology of Greece and the Greek state

  •  Greek film

  • Public history

  • Political imagination

  •  Classical reception in authoritarian regimes

  • Modern Greek studies

  • History and anthropology of Modern Greece

  • Ottoman history

  • Dictatorial legacies

  • Architecture and public space

Dimitris Antoniou (D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2011) studied theology at the University of Athens, anthropology at Princeton, and oriental studies at Oxford. Before joining the Program in Hellenic Studies, he was Faculty Research Fellow at Oxford, Hannah Seeger Davis Fellow at Princeton, and National Bank of Greece Fellow at LSE.

His research draws on anthropological and historical approaches to examine state operation and the making of public history in Greece. In particular, Dimitris studies unrealized government initiatives and failed architectural projects.  His monograph, The Mosque That Wasn’t There: An Ethnography of Political Imagination in Contemporary Greece (forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press), explores the state’s failure to construct a mosque, while his latest article, “Unthinkable Histories,” traces the history of an unbuilt church known as the Nation’s Vow and the prominent place it occupies in public memory of the Greek military regime.

Selected Publications

“Unthinkable Histories: The Nation’s Vow and the Making of the Past in Greece.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 34(1): 131-160, 2016.

“Crisis, History, Complicity.” In Stefanos Tsivopoulos and Hilde de Bruiijn (eds.), Archive Crisis, Heijningen: Jap Sam Books, 2015, pp. 9-19.

“The Mosque that Wasn’t There: Ethnographic Elaborations on Orthodox Conceptions of Sacrifice.” In Victor Roudometof and Vasilios N. Makrides (eds.), Orthodox Christianity in 21 st Century Greece, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010, pp. 155-174.