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Research on Contemporary Cyprus

            A.N. Hadjiyiannis Research Fellowship on Contemporary Cyprus

The Hellenic Observatory is very grateful to Mr Andreas Hadjiyiannis for his generous donation for the establishment of a new Research Fellowship at the Hellenic Observatory on Contemporary Cyprus.

This is the first time that the Hellenic Observatory has been able to offer fellowships for research on contemporary Cyprus and this achievement both complements and expands the HO’s mission in the area.


Dr Rebecca Bryant
During her fellowship with the Hellenic Observatory,  Rebecca will continue with three on-going projects and the initiation of two new projects using ethnographic research in unrecognized, breakaway states to investigate everyday construction of sovereignty in a global or transnational order.



Latest Publication:
Cyprus and the Politics of Memory: History, Community and Conflict Editors: Rebecca Bryant, A.N. Hadjiyiannis Senior Research Fellow, Hellenic Observatory, LSE and Yiannis Papadakis, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus ( I.B.Tauris, 2012)


Academic Year 2014-15 activities: 

This year Dr Bryant has focused on three research areas.

The first is her continuing research on practices of coexistence, historical reconciliation, and everyday peacebuilding, for which she completed an edited volume, Post-Ottoman Coexistence: Sharing Space in the Shadow of Conflict, to be published by Berghahn Books in March 2016. She has also participated in workshops in Istanbul and Paris on the themes of historical reconciliation and sharing religious sites.

The second research theme is her work on the sociology of unrecognised states, for which she has recently completed a book manuscript entitled Unbecoming Subjects: Sovereignty and Sociality in a De Facto State (with Mete Hatay). As part of this research, she published a paper entitled, ‘Nostalgia and the Discovery of Loss: Essentializing the Turkish Cypriot Past’ in the volume Anthropology of Nostalgia, edited by David Berliner and Olivia Ange (Oxford: Berghahn Books). She has also begun preliminary fieldwork in the unrecognised state of Abkhazia as part of a collaborative research group working on sovereignty and globalisation, funded for four years by the Norwegian Research Council. 

The third strand of Dr. Bryant’s research was pursued while she was on research leave for the Michaelmas Term under a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship. For that fellowship, she conducted archival and ethnographic research in Istanbul on the uses of ‘culture’—as concept, discourse, and practice—in the everyday of a Turkish bourgeois modernity.