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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 2013-14 activities: 

This year Dr Bryant finalised a research monograph, edited a volume titled ‘Shared Spaces and their Dissolution: Practices of Coexistence in the Post-Ottoman Sphere’ and began research on a new project involving ethnographic and archival research in Istanbul. She has also completed a draft book manuscript, ‘Unbecoming Subjects: Sovereignty and Sociality in an Unrecognized State’, co-authored with Mete Hatay. The book is based on five years of research, and it uses the case of the unrecognised state in north Cyprus to interrogate the ‘de facto’ in international politics. Drawing a distinction between the de facto and the ‘factitious’, these categories are used to investigate sovereignty, statehood, and subjectivity in the absence of international recognition.

Currently, Dr Bryant is on academic leave for the calendar year 2014 under a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship, conducting research in Turkey on the project ‘Modernity Alla Turca: Fashioning the Turkish Bourgeois Subject.’  The project examines the uses of ‘culture’—as concept, discourse, and practice—in the everyday of a Turkish bourgeois modernity.

Her publications during 2013-14 include 'Living with Liminality: Unrecognized States on the Threshold of the Global,' published in Brown Journal of World Affairs Summer 2014 issue, and 'History's Remainders: Belonging, Temporality, and Unfinished Pasts,' appearing in the November 2014 issue of American Ethnologist.

In February 2014, Dr Bryant organised a half-day conference, 'Reviving Famagusta: From Ghost Town to Eco-City'. The conference brought together town planners, architects, and economists from Cyprus and the UK to discuss the potential opening of the fenced Varosha area of Famagusta and how the neglected area may be integrated into a revitalised city. Dr Bryant has aided in the organisation of a half-day conference on Turkey's current regional foreign policy among other events.

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Dr Nikos Skoutaris
During his fellowship with the Hellenic Observatory, Nicos developed a research agenda entitled ‘Accommodating ethno-territorial conflicts in Europe: A comparative approach to the Cyprus issue’.


Latest Publication: 
THE CYPRUS ISSUE - The Four Freedoms in a Member State under Siege| 
Author: Dr Nikos Skoutaris, A.N. Hadjiyiannis Senior Research Fellow, Hellenic Observatory, LSE (Hart Publishing, 2012)


Academic Year 2012-13 activities:

Dr Skoutaris research has focused on issues arising from Cyprus’ EU membership, EU’s accession to the European Convention of Human Rights and the application of the federal principle in the EU and its Member States.

Concerning the first, he will publish a chapter on the Cyprus Conflict in Turkish-EU Relations in F Cengiz and L Hoffmann (eds), Turkey and the European Union: Facing New Challenges and Opportunities while he was invited by the Centre for the Law of the EU External Relations to comment on the Cyprus’ EU Presidency.

With regard to the second, the successful organization of a workshop on 'The Accession of the EU to the ECHR' funded by the British Academy will lead to the publication of a special issue and an edited volume by the European Journal of Human Rights and Hart Publishing respectively.

As far as it concerns the third, a chapter on the role of sub-state entities in the EU decision-making processes: appeared in E Cloots, G De Baere and S Sottiaux (eds), Federalism in the EU while he will publish a paper on the autonomy of federal and regionalized EU Member States with regard to their institutional design in L’ Europe en Formation.

Finally, he acted as the academic director of the first summer school on ‘Nationalism, Religion and Violence in SE Europe’ which is organised by the International Hellenic University and supported by LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe, Charles University (Prague) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo.