2020 applicants

Christakis Peristianis

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Sociology
 Christakis Peristianis



SC111 - The Sociological Imagination A Legacy of Refugeehood: My research looks into how an extended family of Greek-Cypriot refugees experiences the dislocation and relocation resulting from the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Jews in Europe: Is there still a question?, Europaeum Conference, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, October, 2014 Places of Amnesia | Series of Seminars at CRASSH, University of Cambridge, England, April, 2016 Research Colloquium Migration and Multiculturalism, University of Essex, March, 2017 Bringing Conflict Home, University of York, May, 2017


  • B.A. European Studies (European University Cyprus, 2008)

  • Master 1st Level Crisis Management (La Sapienza University of Rome, 2011)

  • M.A. Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (University of Bologna, 2014)

Research and professional activities


A Legacy of refugehood: Life course and family pathways of an extended family of Greek-Cypriot refugees

My research examines the family pathway (Bernardes, 1997) and the individual life courses of an extended family of Greek-Cypriot refugees. It is a 'collective (auto)biography' (Tilly, 1991), utilizing ethnographic methods along with qualitative interviews with psycho-social interpretative techniques. The research's structure follows the life course of the family's members in refugeehood and examins: 1) the different forms of loss experienced by and through the dislocation, 2) the early e

Research interests

History of the family and how the family unit is influenced and affected by social change.

Social memory, its functions and modes of transmission, and its intersection with identity (in particular commemorative practices) and history.

The concept of trauma as it has developed in psychoanalysis and its export in the social sciences, in particular in the Cultural Sociology school of Jeffrey C. Alexander




Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Friday 11-12