Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli
Lecturer in Sociology
I am a lecturer in Sociology with an interest in globalisation processes. Having originally been educated as a historian, an archaeologist and an anthropologist at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Faculty of Philosophy), Greece, and at Lancaster University (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), UK, I moved on to take up posts in history at the University of Central Lancashire, and in sociology at the University of Kent and Leeds. My extra-curricular interests in art and photography are finding creative use in my academic research, where I am currently developing an ethnographic agenda on film and other audiovisual media in relation to mobility cultures (social movements, migration and tourism).
My research interests span themes and ideas relating to tourist development, the battles between authenticity and tourist/media reproduction, the changing faces of ethno-national heritage in transnational settings and the history and theory of knowledge economies. An extensive list of my research interests is provided on academia.edu and a full list of publications can be found on my Artsite.
I am interested in the pedagogical power of media such as the Internet. The inherent theoretical complexity of ideas and theories in social sciences invites the mobilisation of audiovisual resources to mediate and interpret theory, but also connect and convey it into empiry and experience. For information on present and past teaching please visit Rodanthi Tzanelli’s Teaching site and Identity and Tourism.
Aside from guest lectures I deliver at BA and MA levels, I am involved in the following modules:
Globalisation & International Social Change (SLSP5142 – Masters level, co-taught and co-directed with Professor Nick Ellison)
Tourism and Culture (SLSP2160 - Second-year, Undergraduate level, taught and directed)
I am keen to supervise promising research students in the following areas:
- Tourism and art theory and empiry
- Nationalism and National Identities in Europe, especially in the South-East Mediterranean region
- National Identities in Europe, especially in the South-Eastern Mediterranean region
- Memory and Heritage
Heritage in the Digital Era: Cinematic Tourism and the Activist Cause, Routledge, 2013
Cosmopolitan Memory in Europe’s “Backwaters”: Rethinking Civility, Routledge, 2011
Nation-Building and Identity in Europe: The Dialogics of Reciprocity, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
‘‘Mediating Cosmopolitanism: Crafting an Allegorical Imperative through Beijing 2008’, International Review of Sociology, 2010, 20 (2): 215-241.
‘The Nation Has Two Voices: Diforia and Performativity in Athens 2004’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2008, 11 (4): 489-508
‘Reel Western Fantasies: Portrait of a Tourist Imagination in The Beach (2000)’, Mobilities, 2006, 1 (1): 121-142‘
- Tourism, globalization and development
- Memory, heritage
- Cultural industries
- Mediterranean Europe and mobilty
- Room: SSB 12.16
- Tel: 0113 343 8746
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