Dr Athena Leoussi
SpecialismComparative European History; Nationalism; Citizenship; Legacy of Ancient Greek culture
Careers Officer for the Languages and Cultures Department
Building locationMiller building
Areas of interest
My teaching and research interests include the history, theories and problems of nationalism and national identity; the comparative study of the peoples of Europe, including their political and cultural histories and contacts; the representation of national identity in art; race, anti-semitism and national identity in 19th Century Europe; and the role of the classical tradition in the making of modern national identities. As a result of my research interest in in the revival of the classical Greek body in modern Europe, I organised, together with Ian Jenkins, the British Museum exhibition, 'Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art'.
I have supervised and acted as External Examiner for postgraduate research on ethnicity, race, nationalism and the representation of national identity in art and architecture. I welcome applications for postgraduate research on any of these themes.
- Marina Kracht, (Department of Languages and Cultures, Spanish Studies): Cross cultural response to the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the North South divide of Europe in the case of Germany, France and Spain.
- Patrick Claude Fabien Robert (Department of Languages and Cultures): The Heath-Pompidou Paris 20-21 May 1971 Summit: Franco-British European Honeymoon or Marriage of Convenience? (Completed 2020).
I teach on and convene the modules: EU1Pre45:The Making of Modern Europe, 1789-1945; EU2Post45: The Making of Modern Europe, 1945-to the Present; EU2UNR/HS2UNR: Unity, Nationalism and Regionalism in Europe; EU2STA/HS2STA: Society, Thought and Art in Modern Europe; EU3CS/HS3CS1/2/3: European Case Studies.
Research centres and groups
As Founder (1991) of the global, LSE-based Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), which I chaired for many years, a member of ASEN's Advisory Council, and a Founding Editor (1994) of the international journal, Nations and Nationalism (Wiley-Blackwell), which I continue to edit with the other members of the editorial team, I have been involved in the development of a variety of research projects, seminars, conferences and colloquia on nationalism and national identity.
My research has received funding from the Greek State, the Hellenic Foundation, and the Irving Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, USA.
I have been an assessor for the British Academy monographs section, and for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
I have been Visiting Senior Fellow in the Government Department, LSE (2008-12), and since 2012, hold an International Fellowship at the Panteion University (Athens, Greece).
- Licence de Sociologie et Linguistique (Université des Sciences Sociales de Grenoble, France)
- MPhil History of Art (Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London)
- PhD (London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London)
I am Visiting Senior Fellow in the Government Department, LSE. In 1991 I was one of the Founders of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) that is based in the Government Department, LSE. I was Chair of ASEN for several years, and am currently a Member of ASEN's Advisory Council. I am also a Founder Editor (1994) and currently Co-Editor of ASEN's international academic journal, Nations and Nationalism, published by Wiley-Blackwell.
For further details please visit my personal page at London School of Economics
My publications include:
- Authored: 'Circles of Light: The Making of the Ionides Art Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum', London/Athens: Victoria and Albert Museum/Papasotiriou and Co., 2001.
- Nationalism and Classicism: The Classical Body as National Symbol in Nineteeth-Century England and France', Houndmills: MacMillan, 1998 (soon available as an e-book).
- Edited: 'The Call of the Homeland: Diasora Nationalisms, Past and Present', co-edited with Allon Gal and Anthony D. Smith, Leiden: Brill in association with UCL, 2010.
- 'Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism; History, Culture and Ethnicity in the Formation of Nations', Athena S. Leoussi and Steven Grosby (eds), Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (2006).
- 'Nationality and Nationalism', London: I.B. Tauris, 2003. As lead editor I co-edited with Steven Grosby of Clemson University, USA, this set of four volumes (pp. 1,350) which I.B.Tauris commissioned me to produce as part of their 'major works' series.
- 'Encyclopaedia of Nationalism', New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers at Rutgers University, 2001.
- 'From civic to ethnic classicism: the cult of the Greek body in late nineteenth-century French society and art', International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Institute for the Classical Tradition, Boston University, Vol.16, No.3/4, September/December 2009, pp. 393-442.
- 'The ethno-cultural roots of national art', Nations and Nationalism, Vol.10, Part 1/2, 2004, pp. 141-157.
- 'Hellenism and Jewish nationalism: ambivalence and its ancient roots', Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 25, No. 5, September 2002, pp. 755-777, co-authored with David Aberbach.
- 'Theories of nationalism and the national revival', Geopolitics, Vol. 7, No. 2, Autumn 2002, pp. 249-257.
- 'Myths of ancestry', Nations and Nationalism, October 2001, Vol. 7, Part 4, pp. 467-486.
- 'Classical humanism and modern societies', Social Science and Modern Society, Vol. 37, No. 5, July/August 2000, pp.70-77 (American journal).
- 'Pheidias and "l'esprit moderne"', European Review of History - Revue Eropeenne d'Histoire, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 167-188.
Chapters in book
- 'Classical Greek Origins of Modern French Thought', Culture and Civilization, Premier Volume, 2009, 269-299 (annual publication).
- 'National sysmbols: ethnicity and historical continuity in post-communist "New Europe"', in Athena S, Leoussi and Steven Grosby (eds), Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism: History, Culture and Ethnicity in the Formation of Nations, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (2006).
- Leoussi, A. (2020) Max Weber and Karl Popper in Michael Banton's analysis of the concept of race. Nations and Nationalism , 26 (3). pp. 506-510. ISSN: 1469-8129 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nana.12633
- Leoussi, A. (2020) Art, architecture and nationalism. In: Greenfeld, L. and Wu, Z. , (eds.) Research Handbook on Nationalism. Edward Elgar , Oxford, UK. ISBN: 9781789903430
- Leoussi, A. , Payne, G. , Sulak, D. (2020) The language of freedom: democracy, humanity, and nationality in the architecture and art of the modern european national parliament. In: Stone, J. , Dennis, R. , Rizova, P. , Hou, X. , (eds.) The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. Wiley Blackwell pp. 245-276. ISBN: 9781119430193
- Leoussi, A. (2020) David Martin: my teacher, or, a way of seeing. Society , 57 (2). pp. 159-163. ISSN: 1936-4725 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12115-020-00460-z
- Brincker, B. and Leoussi, A. (2018) Anthony D. Smith and the role of art, architecture and music in the growth of modern nations: a comparative study of national parliaments and classical music in Britain and Denmark. Nations and Nationalism , 24 (2). pp. 312-326. ISSN: 1469-8129 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nana.12409
- Leoussi, A. (2018) Famous battles and their after-life: a framework. In: Heuser, B. and Leoussi, A. , (eds.) Famous Battles and How They Shaped the Modern World c.1200 BCE - 1302 CE: From Troy to Courtrai. , 1. Pen and Sword pp. 1-19. ISBN: 9781473893733
- Leoussi, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-6323-4814 (2018) Making everyone Greek citizens: athletes, and ideals of nationhood in nineteenth-century Britain, France, and Germany. In: Harloe, K. , Momigliano, N. , Farnoux, A. , (eds.) Hellenomania. Routledge , London. pp. 100-125. ISBN: 9781351999151 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315277370
- Heuser, B. and Leoussi, A. , eds. (2018) Famous battles and how they shaped the modern world c.1200 BCE - 1302 CE: from Troy to Courtrai. Pen & Sword ISBN: 9781473893733
- Leoussi, A. (2018) The battle of Marathon and European identity. In: Heuser, B. and Leoussi, A. , (eds.) Famous Battles and How They Shaped the Modern World c.1200 BCE - 1302 CE: From Troy to Courtrai. , 1. Pen & Sword , Barnsley (UK) and Philadelphia (USA). pp. 35-50. ISBN: 9781473893733
- Leoussi, A. , eds. (2016) Twentieth anniversary roundtable: why has nationalism not run its course?. Nations and Nationalism (special issue) , 22. Wiley-Blackwell (2).
- Leoussi, A. (2016) Nationalism. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781405165518.wbeosn004.pub2
- Leoussi, A. (2016) Making nations in the image of Greece: classical Greek conceptions of the body in the construction of national identity in 19th-century England, France and Germany. In: Fogen, T. and Warren, R. , (eds.) Graeco-Roman Antiquity and the Idea of Nationalism in the 19th Century. De Gruyter , Berlin. ISBN: 9783110471786
- Leoussi, A. (2015) Judaisms: cultural repertoires and historical contingencies in the making of collective identities. Socio-Anthropologie des Judaismes Contemporains. Bibliotheque d'Etudes juives , 1. Honoré Champion (54). , Paris. pp. 49-64. ISBN: 9782745328014
- Leoussi, A. (2015) The shock of the new: the reception of the Parthenon sculptures in nineteenth-century Europe. In: Jenkins, I. , (eds.) Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art. The Trustees of the British Museum , London. pp. 50-63. ISBN: 9780714122878
- Leoussi, A. (2013) Max Weber in the thought of Edward Shils (1910–1995) and Ernest Gellner (1925–1995): the paradox of two Weberian approaches to the understanding of nations and nationalism?. Ethnic and Racial Studies , 36 (12). pp. 1957-1976. ISSN: 0141-9870 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2012.681674
- Leoussi, A. (2009) Classical Greek origins of modern French thought. In: Horowitz, I. , (eds.) Culture and civilization. , 1. Transaction Publishers , New Brunswick. pp. 269-299. ISBN: 9781412810654
- Leoussi, A. (2009) From civic to ethnic classicism: the cult of the Greek body in late nineteenth-century French society and art. International Journal of the Classical Tradition , 16 (3-4). pp. 393-442. ISSN: 1874-6292 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12138-009-0137-z
- Leoussi, A. (2009) Introductory essay. In: Epstein, A. , (eds.) Ethos and identity: three studies in ethnicity (republished edition). Transaction Publishers , New Brunswick, NJ. pp. ix-xix. ISBN: 9780202308432
- Leoussi, A. and Grosby, S. (2006) Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism: history, culture and ethnicity in the formation of nations. Edinburgh University Press , Edinburgh. pp 352. ISBN: 9780748621132
- Leoussi, A. and Grosby, S. (2006) National symbols: ethnicity and historical continuity in post-communist "New Europe". Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism: history, culture and ethnicity in the Formation of Nations. Edinburgh University Press , Edinburgh. pp. 161-185. ISBN: 9780748621132
- Leoussi, A. , eds. (2006) 'Nationalism'. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Wiley-Blackwell , Oxford. pp 6384. ISBN: 9781405124331
- Leoussi, A. (2004) The ethno-cultural roots of national art. Nations and Nationalism , 10 (1/2). pp. 143-159. ISSN: 1469-8129 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1354-5078.2004.00160.x
- Leoussi, A. (2004) The ethno-cultural roots of national art. In: Montserrat, G. and Hutchinson, J. , (eds.) History and national destiny: Ethnosymbolism and its critics. Wiley-Blackwell , Oxford. pp. 143-159. ISBN: 9781405123914
- Leoussi, A. (2003) Text and image: dominant nations and state symbols in post-Soviet constitutions. In: Leoussi, A. and Grosby, S. , (eds.) Nationality and nationalism. I.B.Tauris , London. pp. 162-220. ISBN: 9781860647109
- Leoussi, A. (2003) Appreciating the arts. In: Anderson, D. , (eds.) The war on wisdom. The Social Affairs Unit , London. pp. 113-126. ISBN: 907631983
- Leoussi, A. (1997) Nationalism and racial Hellenism in nineteenth‐century England and France. Ethnic and Racial Studies , 20 (1). pp. 42-68. ISSN: 0141-9870 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.1997.9993947