Dr Athena S. Leoussi
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Director of European Studies
I teach on and convene the core modules of the European Studies BA programmes: 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.
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 - 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. Through my specific interest in the revival of the classical Greek body in modern Europe, I contributed to the British Museum exhibition, 'Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art', curated by Dr Ian Jenkins: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/mar/23/defining-beauty-british-museum-review-greek-sculpture.
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.
Research groups / Centres
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)
- Leoussi, A. S. (2020) David Martin: my teacher, or, a way of seeing. Society, 57 (2). pp. 159-163. ISSN 1936-4725 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12115-020-00460-z
- 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) Famous battles and their after-life: a framework. In: Heuser, B. G. and Leoussi, A. S. (eds.) Famous Battles and How They Shaped the Modern World c.1200 BCE - 1302 CE: From Troy to Courtrai. Pen and Sword, pp. 1-19. ISBN 9781473893733
- Leoussi, A. (2018) The battle of Marathon and European identity. In: Heuser, B. G. and Leoussi, A. S. (eds.) Famous Battles and How They Shaped the Modern World c.1200 BCE - 1302 CE: From Troy to Courtrai. Pen & Sword, Barnsley (UK) and Philadelphia (USA), pp. 35-50. ISBN 9781473893733
- Brincker, B. and Leoussi, A. S. (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://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12409
- Leoussi, A. (2018) Making everyone Greek citizens: athletes, and ideals of nationhood in nineteenth-century Britain, France, and Germany. In: Harloe, K., Momigliano, N. and Farnoux, A. (eds.) Hellenomania. Routledge, London, pp. 100-125. ISBN 9781351999151
- Leoussi, A. (2016) Nationalism. In: The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Wiley. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781405165518.wbeosn004.pub2
- Leoussi, A. S. (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. S., ed. (2016) Twentieth anniversary roundtable: why has nationalism not run its course? Nations and Nationalism (special issue), 22 (2). Wiley-Blackwell.
- Leoussi, A. S. (2015) Judaisms: cultural repertoires and historical contingencies in the making of collective identities. In: Socio-Anthropologie des Judaismes Contemporains. Bibliotheque d'Etudes juives, 1 (54). Honoré Champion, 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. (ed.) Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art. The Trustees of the British Museum, London, pp. 50-63. ISBN 9780714122878
- Leoussi, A. S. (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://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2012.681674
- Leoussi, A. (2009) Classical Greek origins of modern French thought. In: Horowitz, I.L. (ed.) Culture and civilization. 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://doi.org/10.1007/s12138-009-0137-z
- Leoussi, A. (2009) Introductory essay. In: Epstein, A. L. (ed.) Ethos and identity: three studies in ethnicity (republished edition). Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, ix-xix. ISBN 9780202308432
- Leoussi, A. and Grosby, S. (2006) National symbols: ethnicity and historical continuity in post-communist "New Europe". In: Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism: history, culture and ethnicity in the Formation of Nations. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 161-185. ISBN 9780748621132
- Leoussi, A. and Grosby, S. (2006) Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism: history, culture and ethnicity in the formation of nations. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp352. ISBN 9780748621132
- Leoussi, A., ed. (2006) 'Nationalism'. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp6384. 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://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. (ed.) The war on wisdom. The Social Affairs Unit, London, pp. 113-126. ISBN 0907631983
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).
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 by personal page at http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/