Vasilis' research engages with Greece’s contemporary socio-political questions that pertain to ideas of belonging, race, gender, history, and class, as part of wider, transnational constellations. Weaving together various disciplinary perspectives, he investigates the social entanglements of nationalism, right-wing mobilization, youth movements & political discourse, and politics & religion - Orthodox Christianity in specific. He currently focuses on apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, and religious eschatological narratives and is particularly interested in the ways religious prophetic discourses impact the sociopolitical praxis and everyday life.
Vasilis holds a master’s degree in Global Studies from the Humboldt University of Berlin and a master's degree in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University. During his graduate studies he attended classes at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Pretoria for a semester each.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Traditional Music in Arta, Greece, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Amsterdam.
His dream is to join the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch.
Vasilis' PhD research focuses on contemporary religious prophetic discourses in Greece. Prophecies in the Greek Orthodox world take evil conspiracies as the motor of history and help people navigate and interpret their socio-political environments. Prophetic discourses furthermore create clear-cut distinctions between communities of evil and good, namely, between Orthodox Christians and those who orchestrate (or merely follow) the plot in the name of the Antichrist. In this project, it is argued that the portrayal of Jews, Muslims, and Communists / the Left (amongst others) as conspirators, is a by-product of a popularized conceptualization of history that fosters prejudiced, orientalist, and hostile understandings of the Other, while positioning the nation at the foci of evil covert superpowers. As such, by paying attention to the agency of collective memories in the making of these discourses, Vasilis investigates what alternative (to mainstream) interpretations of past and present, as well as future imaginations prophecies offer. He is interested in the role prophecies play in people’s everyday lives and the ways prophecies narrate the boundaries of inclusion and exclusion in Greek national identity. Furthermore, he seeks to unravel to what extent prophetic discourses can be understood as response to structures of power and governmentality.
The case studies of his project entail prophecies on the 'refugee crisis' and the coronavirus pandemic which are often discussed in intersection with issues pertaining to nationhood and identity, history and tradition, vaccinations, women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, technology, capitalism and modernity, global governance, war and international relations, freedom and democracy. The methodological undertaking of this project involves digital ethnography, life story interviews, and participant observation with Christian Orthodox monks, priests, as well as pilgrims, followers, and content creators.
With his research, and by bringing together disciplinary perspectives and methods from social sciences and the humanities, Vasilis seeks to fill an empirical and theoretical gap in understanding the mechanics of prophecies that despite being instrumental in informing Greece’s socio-political life hitherto have remained largely unexplored.