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Professor Peter Loizos 1937 - 2012

Peter Loizos taught Anthropology at LSE from 1969 to 2002, after which he became Professor Emeritus. His work was concerned with the anthropology of Mediterranean societies, particularly of Cyprus. Having first studied a group of Greek Cypriots in 1968, he returned to conduct fieldwork among them in 2000 and thereafter. They became refugees in 1974, and are the subjects of several monographs, two documentary films and a book of photographs.

His concern was with how these people have coped with dislocation and political uncertainty over a thirty year period, with particular reference to their livelihoods, political and social relations, and health in both narrow and broader senses. His work also concerned itself with Greco-Turkish relations, problems of failed states, and visual anthropology. He was a Visiting Research Fellow in the Crisis States Programme, Development Studies Institute, LSE, and Professor of Sociology in Intercollege, Nicosia.

Peter Loizos died in March 2012, to the great sadness of all his colleagues and former students. 

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Selected publications:

2008. Iron in the Soul: Displacement, livelihoods and health in Cyprus. Oxford: Berghahn Books: Studies in Forced Migration. Download PDF/order form

2007. Hearts as well as Minds: wellbeing and illness among Greek Cypriot refugees. In Journal of Refugee Studies 20 (1): 86-107.

2007. Generations in Forced Migration: Towards Greater Clarity. In Journal of Refugee Studies, 20 (2): 193-209.

2005. The Sudan Films of Arthur Howes. In Visual Anthropology.

2002. Misconceiving Refugees? In Therapeutic care for refugees: no place like home, R.K. Papadopoulos (ed). London: Karnac. (The Tavistock Clinic Series)

2000. Are refugees social capitalists?. In Social capital: Critical perspectives, S. Baron, J. Field, and T. Schuller (eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

1999. Ottoman half-lives: Long-term perspectives on particular forced migrations. (The 1998 Colson Lecture, Refugee Studies Center, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University) Journal of Refugee Studies 12(3): 237-263.