Exploring 'Culture Wars' in Greece: mapping new conflicts and voter support

Hosted by the Hellenic Observatory

CBG.2.02, 2nd Floor, Centre Building, LSE, United Kingdom


Professor Sokratis Koniordos

Professor Sokratis Koniordos

Dr Roula Nezi

Dr Roula Nezi

Professor Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos

Professor Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos


Professor Kevin Featherstone

Professor Kevin Featherstone

The seminar will present the findings of two new Hellenic Observatory research projects that identify what kind of cultural issue cleavages are evident in Greece today and their grounding in popular support.

The first explores new partisan identities - timely as Greece approaches new parliamentary elections. The second investigates four case studies of ‘culture war’ conflicts based around national identity; migrants and refugees; gender; and the response to COVID-19 restrictions. The discussion will create a picture of the nature and impact of ‘culture wars’ in Greece today. Dr Roula Nezi will speak on ‘Cultural Divides and Affective Polarisation’ and Professors Sokratis Koniordos and Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos will speak on ‘The Paradoxes and Mixed Record of Culture Wars in Contemporary Greece’.

Meet our speakers and chair 

Sokratis Koniordos (BA Deree & Panteion, MA Kent, PhD LSE/London) is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Department. of Political Science and International Affairs, University of the Peloponnese, and Principal Investigator of WVS for Greece. Previously he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Crete (1997-2018), and for short spells has been Visiting Professor or Researcher at the Universities of Paris Ouest, Nanterre-La Défence, Milan-Bicocca, Cyprus, Thessaloniki, and Aegean. Koniordos’ has taught, undertaken several pieces of research, and published monographs and edited volumes in the areas of economic sociology, sociological theory, values, networks, artisans, small businesses, work, and trust.   

Roula Nezi is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Surrey. Her research examines developments in public opinion and political attitudes while she is also interested in survey methodology and quantitative methods. Her articles have been published in a wide range of academic journals including the British Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, and Electoral Studies.

Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos is Professor of Political Science at the Νational and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Senior Research Fellow of the ELIAMEP Foundation, and Research Associate of the Hellenic Observatory (LSE). He has published numerous books and articles in international journals as well as edited volumes on democratization and civil society, public administration and welfare state reform, with an emphasis on contemporary Greece, Southern Europe and the Balkans. He has led research teams in Greece and has also taught and/or conducted research in the US, the UK, Spain and France (Harvard, Princeton, Tufts, LSE, Oxford, Sciences Po, Paris, and Instituto Juan March, Madrid).

Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies, Professor in European Politics and Director of the Hellenic Observatory.

The twitter hashtag for this event is #LSEGreece


A copy of Profs Kondiordos' & Sotiropoulos' presentation is available for download here.

A copy of Dr Nezi's presentation is available for download here.


You can listen to the podcast here.

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