UCL Anthropology


Charles Stewart


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Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 8632

E-mail: c.stewart@ucl.ac.uk

Room: 237

Professor of Anthropology
PhD, Social Anthropology
Oxford University, 1987

MRes Tutor

Institute for Subjectivity and the Cultural Imagination: Resarch Group on Historical Consciousnes



Charles Stewart studied Classics at Brandeis University where he wrote his undergraduate dissertation on the Greek-speakers of southern Italy. The experience of field research collecting materials for this dissertation motivated a switch to anthropology. He conducted doctoral research on the local practice of Orthodox Christianity on the Greek island of Naxos, and subsequent periods of field research on Naxos and in Athens and Thessaloniki. Charles taught Modern Greek language and literature at Harvard University and social anthropology at Brunel University before coming to UCL, initially as Lecturer in Ancient History and Social Anthropology with a joint appointment in History. His current research interests include the study of syncretism, creolization, dreaming, the anthropology of religion and topics in the borderland between anthropology and history such as continuity/change, temporality and historicity.

Research Interests

  • History and Anthropology
  • Ethnography of Historicity and Temporality
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Dreaming, Psychological Anthropology
  • Theories of Cultural Mixture: Syncretism, Creolization
  • Ethnography of Greece, Balkans, Europe

PhD Students

Ioanna Manoussaki-Adamopoulou
Alexia Liakounakou
Clark Jensen

Lorna Mumford
Filotas Ditsas
Marco Benoit Carbone [CMII],
awarded 2018
Joshua Burraway, awarded 2017
Maria Iancu, awarded 2016
Cathryn Townsend, awarded 2015
Alexandra Antohin, awarded 2014
Manuela Pellegrino, awarded 2013
Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, awarded 2011
Anna Apostolidou, awarded 2010
Konstantinos Kalantzis, awarded 2010
Eugenia Roussou, awarded 2010
Graham Bull, awarded 2009
Costantino Pes, awarded 2008 
Aybil Goker, awarded 2007
Constantinos Tsikkos, awarded 2007
Elia Petridou, awarded 2001
Chang-Kwo Tan, awarded 2001
Eleana Yalouri, awarded 2000
Jason Davies (Ancient History), awarded 1999

Recent Publications

Ethnographies of Austerity
Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe (edited by Daniel Knight and Charles Stewart). Routledge, 2017. 

Colonizing the Greek Mind - by Charles Stewart
Charles Stewart (ed.), Colonizing the Greek Mind? The Reception of Western Psychotherapeutics in Greece. Athens: The American College of Greece, 2014.


Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece. Harvard University Press, 2012.


Demons and the Devil: Moral Imagination in Modern Greek Culture. Princeton Univ Press [Greek edition, Athens: Taxideftis, 2008]


Downloadable Publications
 'The Symbolism of the Exotiká', Semiotic Review (Special Issue 2: Monsters), 2014

Colonizing the Greek Mind - by Charles Stewart
''. Pp. 9-34 in C. Stewart (ed.), Colonizing the Greek Mind? The Reception of Western Psychotherapeutics in Greece. Athens: DEREE -- The American College of Greece, 2014.

Le Diable

Creolization: History, Ethnography, Theory. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. 2007


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