Dr. Spyros Spyrou

School : School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Position : Professor, Sociocultural Anthropology

Dr. Spyros   Spyrou Mailing Address
Nicosia
Cyprus

22713167 22713167

Email:  S.Spyrou@euc.ac.cy  S.Spyrou@euc.ac.cy

Profile

Spyros Spyrou is Professor of anthropology and sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Childhood and Adolescence. In recent years, held visiting appointments at the University of Vienna and Queen’s University, Belfast.  He currently serves as President of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network and as Deputy Chair of the Commission on Children, Youth, and Childhood of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Dr. Spyrou has initiated, coordinated and participated in several research projects both locally and internationally and his research has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, the Norwegian Research Council, the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and the Office of the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Cyprus. He has published widely on issues related to children’s constructions of national identities, immigration, stereotyping, borders and border-crossing, poverty and social exclusion, participation and qualitative methodologies.  In his more recent work, he is exploring questions of knowledge production in childhood studies. He is currently collaborating on two research projects. The first project is an international comparative study of the intergenerational transmission of knowledge (funded by the Norwegian Research Council) while the second explores constructions of motherhood and babyhood in the context of Cyprus.  Dr. Spyrou has co-edited a number of books (most recently Children and Borders with Miranda Christou, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and special issues in international peer-reviewed academic journals like Childhood and The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.  He is currently an Associate Editor of the Sage Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies, a co-editor of the journal Childhood (Sage), a member of the editorial boards of Children and Society, Childhoods Today, and Wheelock International Journal of Children, Families, and Social Change, and a co-editor of the book series Studies in Childhood and Youth (Palgrave).  

Degrees

Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton

Certificate in College Teaching, State University of New York at Binghamton

M.A. Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton

B.S. Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research

Dr. Spyrou’s research has been funded by the European Commission, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the United Nations Development Programme, the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, and the Office of the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Cyprus. He has directed over the years a significant number of research projects of both local and international scope. Dr. Spyrou’s research interests focus primarily on the intersection between childhood, education, and identity construction. In his childhood-focused research he has studied children’s daily lives in relation to nationalism and national identities, immigration, single-parenthood, poverty and social exclusion. He is currently pursuing research on children and borders (with Dr. Miranda Christou—University of Cyprus) and on constructions of motherhood and babyhood (with Dr. Eleni Theodorou—European University Cyprus). He has been invited to lecture at Queen’s University Belfast, Fribourg University and in 2012 he was a visiting professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Vienna.

Publications

Books

  • Spyrou, S., Rosen, R. and Cook, D.  (forthcoming)  Reimagining Childhood Studies.  Bloomsbury.
  • Spyrou, S. (forthcoming)  Disclosing Childhoods: Research and Knowledge Production for a Critical Childhood Studies.  Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Spyrou, S. and Christou, M. , eds (2014) Children and Borders. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Book Reviews

  • 2011 Schooling Passions: Nation, History, and Language in Contemporary Western India.  Stanford University Press. In Childhood 18(3):403-405.
  • 2007 Bodies of Evidence: Burial, Memory, and the Recovery of Missing Persons in Cyprus.  Bergahn Books. In Journal of Modern Greek Studies 25(1):129-132.
  • 2006 The Making of a Refugee: Children Adopting Refugee Identity in Cyprus by Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2002. In Journal of Modern Greek Studies 24(1): 209-211.
  • 1999 Theorizing Childhood by Allison James, Chris Jenks, and Alan Prout, Teachers College Press, 1998. In Discourse 1(1): 73-76.

 

Non-Refereed Books

  • Horwath, J., Kalyva, E., and Spyrou, S. 2010 Promoting the Effective Participation of Young People with Experiences of Violence in Projects: A Good Practice Guide for Training and Self-Development. Daphne.
  • Spyrou, Spyros et al. 2007 Family Diversity: A Guide for Teachers. European Commission.
  • Antoniou, L. and Spyrou, S. 2005 ?????d???e???: ?a?d??? ???as?a st?? ??p?? st?? ????? ?a? ta ??sa t?? 20?? ????a. ?e???s?a: ???t?? ?e??t?? t?? ?a?d???? ?a? ?f?ß???? ?????a?.

 

Chapters in Edited Books

  • Spyrou, S., and Christou, M. (2016) Children and Youth at the Border: Agency, Identity, and Belonging.  In K. Nairn et al. (eds.), Space, Place and Environment, Geographies of Children and Young People 3, pp. 1-21. DOI 10.1007/978-981-4585-90-3_11-1.
  • Spyrou, S.  (2016) Troubling Children’s Voices in Research.  In Reconceptualising Agency and    
  • Childhood: New Perspectives in Childhood, Esser, F., Baader, M., Betz, T. and Hungerland, B. (eds).  Routledge.
  • Christou, M. and Spyrou, S. (2016) Children’s Emotional Geographies and the Geopolitics of Division in Cyprus.  In Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics, Benwell, M. and Hopkins, P. (eds), pp. 75-89.  Ashgate,  Critical Geopolitics series.
  • Spyrou, S. and Christou M. (2014) Introduction.  In Children and Borders, Spyrou, S. and Christou, M. (eds), pp. 1-23. Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Christou, M. and Spyrou, S. (2014) What is a Border?  Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Children’s Understanding of a Contested Territorial Division. In Children and Borders, Spyrou,S. and Christou, M. (eds), pp. 131-148. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Vryonides, M. and Spyrou, S. (2014) Cyprus.  In Palgrave Handbook on Race/Ethnic Inequalities in Education, Peter A.J. Stevens and A. Gary Dworki, eds, pp. 238-258. Palgrave MacMillan.

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Christou, M. and Spyrou, S. (2016) The hyphen in between: Children’s intersectional understandings of national identities. Children’s Geographies 15(1): 51-64.
  • Stevens, P.A. J., Charalambous, P., Mesaritou, E., Spyrou, S., Van Praag, L., D’hondt, F., Vervaet, R.,  & Van Houtte, M. (2016) Minority Students’ Responses to Racism: The Case of Cyprus.  British Journal of Educational Studies 64(1): 77-95.
  • Spyrou, S. (2016) Researching Children’s Silences: Exploring the Fullness of Voice in Childhood Research. Childhood 23(1):7-21.
  • Stevens Peter A. J., Charalambous Panayiota, Tempriou Athina, Mesaritou Evgenia & Spyrou Spyros (2014)Testing the relationship between nationalism and racism: Greek-Cypriot students' national/ethnic identities and attitudes to ethnic out-groups. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 40(11):  1736-1757.
  • Theodorou, E. and Spyrou, S. (2013) Motherhood in Utero: Consuming Away Anxiety.  Journal of Consumer Culture. 13(2): 118 – 135.
  • Spyrou, S. (2013) Children and the Sexualized Construction of Otherness: The Imaginary Perceptions of Russian and Romanian Immigrant Women in Cyprus.  Journal of International Migration and Integration 14(2):327-343.
  • Spyrou, S.  (2013) How Single Parent Children Speak About Poverty and Social Exclusion: Policy Implications from a Comparative, Qualitative, Cross-National Project. Child and Youth Services 34(1):64-84. 
  • Pache, V. and Spyrou, S. (2012)        Introduction: Children’s Interethnic Relations in Everyday Life – Beyond Institutional Contexts. Childhood 19(3): 291-301.
  • Christou, M. and Spyrou, S. (2012) Border Encounters: How Children Navigate Space and Otherness in an Ethnically-Divided Society. Childhood 19(3): 302-316.
  • Horwath, J., Kalyva, E., and Spyrou, S. (2012) “I Want my Experiences to Make a Difference”: Promoting Participation in Policy-making and Service Development by Young People who have Experienced Violence.  Children and Youth Services Review 34(1):155-162.
  • Leonard, M., McKnight, M., and Spyrou, S. 2011 Growing Up in Divided Societies: Confronting Continuity and Change.  In Growing Up in Divided Societies, Special Issue, Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 31, Issue 9/10:520-530.
  • 2011 Children’s Educational Engagement with Nationalism in Divided Cyprus.  In Growing Up in Divided Societies, Special Issue, Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 31, Issue 9/10:531-542.
  • 2011 The Limits of Children’s Voices: From Authenticity to Critical, Reflexive Representation. Childhood 18(2):151-165.
  • 2009 Between Intimacy and Intolerance: Greek Cypriot Children’s Encounters with Asian Domestic Workers. Childhood 16(2): 155-173.
  • 2006 Constructing ‘the Turk’ as an Enemy: The Complexity of Stereotypes in Children’s Everyday Worlds. South European Society and Politics 11(1): 95-110.
  • 2004 Crossing the Green Line in Cyprus: First Encounters with the Other. Transformations 15(2): 42-50.
  • 2002 Images of “The Other”: “The Turk” in Greek Cypriot Children’s Imaginations.  In Race, Ethnicity and Education: 5(3): 255-272.
  • 2001 "One and More than One: Greek Cypriot Children and Ethnic Identity in the Flow of Everyday Life." disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory 10: 73-94.
  • 2000 "Education, Ideology, and the National Self: The Social Practice of Identity Construction in the Classroom." The Cyprus Review 12(1):61-81.

 

Editorial Experience

  • Spyrou, S., and Christou, M. (2016) Children and Youth at the Border: Agency, Identity, and Belonging.  In K. Nairn et al. (eds.), Space, Place and Environment, Geographies of Children and Young People 3, pp. 1-21. DOI 10.1007/978-981-4585-90-3_11-1.
  • Spyrou, S.  (2016) Troubling Children’s Voices in Research.  In Reconceptualising Agency and Childhood: New Perspectives in Childhood, Esser, F., Baader, M., Betz, T. and Hungerland, B. (eds).  Routledge.
  • Christou, M. and Spyrou, S. (2016) Children’s Emotional Geographies and the Geopolitics of Division in Cyprus.  In Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics, Benwell, M. and Hopkins, P. (eds), pp. 75-89.  Ashgate,  Critical Geopolitics series.
  • Spyrou, S. and Christou M. (2014) Introduction.  In Children and Borders, Spyrou, S. and Christou, M. (eds), pp. 1-23. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Christou, M. and Spyrou, S. (2014) What is a Border?  Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Children’s Understanding of a Contested Territorial Division. In Children and Borders, Spyrou,S. and Christou, M. (eds), pp. 131-148. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Vryonides, M. and Spyrou, S. (2014) Cyprus.  In Palgrave Handbook on Race/EthnicInequalities in Education, Peter A.J. Stevens and A. Gary Dworki, eds, pp. 238-258. Palgrave MacMillan.

Conferences

KeyNote Presentations

  • 2016 An ontological turn for Childhood Studies?  Ways ahead with discourse and matter. Keynote Speech Delivered at the CSCY 6th International Conference titled “The Social, the Biological and the Material Child”, Sheffield University, July 5-7.
  • 2016 Geographies of Identity, Conflict, and (in)justice: Children Growing up in Divided Cyprus. Keynote Speech Delivered at ‘Endeavouring Equality: Childhood Practice Conference’, March 29, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2013 Researching Silence(s).  Keynote Speech Delivered at the International Conference "Breaking Classroom Silences: Addressing Sensitive Issues in Education", 11-12 October, European University Cyprus
  • 2013 The Ethics and Politics of Representation in Child-led Research. Keynote Speech Delivered at the CREAN Conference “Children’s Rights Research: From Theory to Practice”, 24-25 September, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2013 Undisciplining Childhood.  Keynote Speech delivered at the International workshop “Which discipline do children belong to? Crossroads in research on childhood”, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, 23-24 May.

 

Recent Presentations 

  • 2017 Towards an Ethics of Knowledge Production in Childhood Studies. Paper Presented at“(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities”, 13th International Conference of the European Sociological Association, Athens 29 August – 1 September, 2017
  • 2016 Minority Youth Engagement in Research: Reflections on Marginalization and Empowerment.  Paper Presented at “Abused No More Conference: Shaping the European Educational Agenda from the Bottom Up”, Nicosia, Cyprus, September 22.
  • 2015 Producing Childhoods: Critical Reflexivity, Representation and the Ethics of Knowledge Production.  Paper Presented at “Theory and Method in Child and Youth Research”, 3rd International Conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network, European University Cyprus, Nicosia Cyprus, June 10-12.
  • 2014 The voice of silence: Extending the limits of children’s voices in research. Paper  Presented at the 5th International Conference Organized by the Center for the    Study of Childhood and Youth, Sheffield University, titled “Researching Children’s Everyday Lives: Socio-cultural Contexts”, July 1-3.
  • 2014 (with Eleni Theodorou) Mother/baby-hood and Everyday Consumption: Mothers’ Discourses and the Emergence of the Baby as a Consumer. Paper Presented at the 5th International Conference Organized by the Center for the Study of Childhood and Youth, Sheffield University, titled “Researching Children’s Everyday Lives: Socio-cultural Contexts”, July 1-3.
  • 2014 Critical Perspectives on Participation from a European Project with Children and Young People Who Have Experienced Violence. Paper Presented at “Improving Children’s Lives: An International Interdisciplinary Conference”, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, 20-22 February.
  • 2013 Complicating Participation Models: Lessons from a European Project with Children and
  • Young People Who Have Experienced Violence. Paper Presented at the CREAN Conference“Children’s Rights Research: From Theory to Practice”, 24-25 September 2013, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2012 (with Miranda Christou) Collective Memory and Intergeneration Dynamics: Greek Cypriot Children’s Crossings to the Occupied Areas of Cyprus, Paper Presented at the 2nd International Conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network titled “Children, Young People and Adults: Extending the Conversation”, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, 5 – 7 September.
  • 2012 (with Miranda Christou) Borders, Space, and Identity: Children Crossing the Green Line in Cyprus.  Paper Presented at the 4th International Conference “Celebrating Childhood Diversity”,Sheffield, UK, 9-11th July.  

 

Recent Invited Guest Presentations

  • 2012 Invited Discussant, Panel on Teaching Controversial Issues, 11th InSEA European Congress, International Society for Education through Art, Limassol, Cyprus, June 27.
  • 2012 Anthropology’s Small Others and What Might a Critical Anthropology of Childhood Look Like, Invited Public Lecture, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Vienna, January 11.
  • 2011 The Sociology of Childhood. Invited Seminar Offered to Students in the “Master of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights”, University of Fribourg, May 24. 
  • 2010 Presentation of the Research Findings of the Project “You Respond” (Vulnerable Children’s Participation in Projects Aimed at Preventing and Combating Violence Against Children) funded by Daphne III, Athens, December 6.
  • 2010 The Social and Cultural Factors which Contribute to Child Obesity: Results from a Qualitative Study. Presentation at the Dissemination Seminar of the Research Project “Identifying the Physical Well-Being of Children Ages 6 to 12 from Cyprus and the Factors which Determine it”, European University Cyprus, December 17.
  • 2009 The Voices of Children from Single Parent Families and Their Everyday Experiences of Poverty and Social Exclusion: Implications for Educational Policy and Practice. Invited Presentation at the Educational Conference “Preventing Social Exclusion Through Education: From Theory to Practice,” Organized by the Democratic Movement of Pre-primary, Primary, and Secondary Education Teachers, European University Cyprus, November, 21.
  • 2009 Education and Immigration in Cyprus. Invited Paper Presented at the European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop on “Immigration and Education in Southern Europe,” Barcelona, November 13-14.