Peter Loizos 1937-2012

The school is sad to announce that Emeritus Professor Peter Loizos, who taught in the Department of Anthropology for over 30 years, died on Friday 2 March.

Peter LoizosPeter started working at LSE in 1969, and became professor of anthropology in 1997, before retiring from full-time teaching in 2002.

Among other things, he was a specialist in, and made well-known contributions to the anthropology of the Hellenic world with special reference to politics, ethnicity and nationalism in Cyprus; and to the study of gender relations in the Mediterranean.

An expert on ethnographic film and on the study and teaching of ethnographic research methods, he also served as the editor of Man (now the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute).

His publications include The Heart Grown Bitter: A Chronicle of Cypriot War Refugees (Cambridge 1981) and Iron in the soul: displacement, livelihood and health in Cyprus (Oxford, 2008). He was co-editor, with Patrick Heady, of Conceiving persons: ethnographies of procreation, fertility and growth (London, 1999).

In addition to these achievements, he is remembered with fondness as an extraordinarily supportive colleague, an excellent teacher and a great friend.

For interviews with Peter Loizos about his key findings and experiences, see

A memorial service for Peter will be held in the Shaw Library, LSE on Friday 18 May from 5-7pm. RSVP essential, please contact  if you wish to attend.