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General

Georgios E. Trantas is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Individual Fellow at the University of Aston, Politics and International Relations, as of September 2018. His interdisciplinary expertise involves the interplay of religion and politics, i.e. Politics of Religion and Cultural Diplomacy, the exercise of soft power by churches functioning as international organisations, including the process of Europeanisation in conjunction with the notion of Europeanness, and by extension self-perception, nationhood, citizenship and cultural-political identity. Moreover, he researches intra-European migration and the formation of religioscapes thereof, with a focus on religious Art and Culture as spatial markers of migrant communities in the public sphere and as symbolic constellations of being and belonging. As a Pre-doctoral (09/2011–09/2012), Doctoral (09/2012–09/2015) and Postdoctoral Fellow (11/2015–08/2016) consecutively at the University of Erfurt and the research programme “DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1412, Cultural Orientations and Social Structures in South-Eastern Europe”, he had the opportunity to examine the religious, cultural and sociopolitical phenomena in Greece, Cyprus, and the broader Balkan region, as well as the role of politics, culture and group religiosity, both individually and as part of an interdisciplinary research group.

 

He earned his PhD in Religious Studies in 2016 at the University of Erfurt (magna cum laude). For his Master’s thesis in International Policy and Diplomacy at Staffordshire University (2010) he received a distinction. He has also been awarded the Jack Shand award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion twice and consecutively by exception (Atlanta GA, 2016 and Washington DC, 2017). In addition, he has been awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) a qualification scholarship, a doctoral scholarship and a post-doctoral start-up grant. He is the author of the recently published, Being and Belonging: A Comparative Examination of the Greek and Cypriot Orthodox Churches’ Attitudes to ‘Europeanisation’ in Early 21st Century (Peter Lang 2018).

Qualifications

2012–2015, PhD Religious Studies (full time; Viva Voce conducted on January 20, 2016): Magna cum Laude, University of Erfurt;
2009–2010, MA International Policy and Diplomacy (full time): Merit, Staffordshire University;
1998–2001, BSc (Hons.) Computing Science (full time): 2.1 (Merit), Staffordshire University.

Languages: Greek, English, German.

Employment

09/2018–, Aston University, Department of Politics and International Relations, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Postdoctoral Fellow, Senior Researcher;

10/2016–08/2018, independent scholar, preliminary postdoctoral research;

11/2015–09/2016, University of Erfurt, Department of Orthodox Christianity, Postdoctoral Fellow at the ‘DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1412, Cultural Orientations and Social Structures in South-Eastern Europe’ (An interdisciplinary research programme on the Balkans, run jointly by the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena and the University of Erfurt);

10/2012–09/2015, University of Erfurt, Department of Orthodox Christianity, ‘DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1412’ Doctoral Fellow;

10/2011–09/2012, University of Erfurt, Department of Orthodox Christianity, ‘DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1412’ Predoctoral Fellow.

Funding Applications and Awards

06/2019, The SSSR Jack Shand International Travel Award (St Louis, MO);

09/2018–09/2020, Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, Project Acronym ‘GO Religioscapes’, no.:789827;

05/2017, The SSSR Jack Shand International Travel Award (awarded for a consecutive year by exception) (Washington, DC);

04/2016, The SSSR Jack Shand International Travel Award (Atlanta, GA);

11/2015–03/2016, DFG Postdoctoral start-up grant;

09/2012–09/2015, ‘DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1412’ full PhD scholarship and fully funded research;

09/2011–09/2012, ‘DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1412’ Qualification scholarship: Research preparation and preliminaries.

10/2009, ‘Distinction’ at Staffordshire University for the thesis titled: “The Rise of Islamism in Turkey and the Neo-Ottoman Doctrine of International Policy”.

Professional/editorial offices

09/2019–,  Athenian Periodical of Critical Praxis Editorial Board Committee Member;

01/2019–, International Migration journal Peer Reviewer;

12/2017–, Cogent Arts & Humanities journal Peer Reviewer;

03/2016–, Academic Journals - Athens Institute for Education & Research Peer Reviewer;

01/2014–01/2015, Journal of Cultural and Religious Studies Peer Reviewer.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Full Academic Member of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER);

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR);

International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR);

European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR);

British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR).

Teaching Activity

Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe;

Theory & Methods of Religious Studies;

Orientalism & Balkanism;

Orthodox Traditionalism.

Research Interests

Religioscapes, Migration, Diasporas;

Politics of Religion and Culture, Cultural Diplomacy, Soft Power;

Balkans, International Relations;

Identity, Europeanness, European Integration (Europeanisation).

 

Field research experience: 

Elite interviews (Ministers, MEPs, MPs, Heads of Churches, etc.), participant observation, primary data collection (images): Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, North Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Research Projects/Collaborations

Churches, Arks of Migratory Narratives: A Comparative Study of the Greek-Orthodox Religioscapes in Germany and Great Britain
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme
Grant Agreement number: 789827
Acronym: GO Religioscapes — H2020-MSCA-IF-2017

Contact Details

Room: NW820A

Email:g.trantas@aston.ac.uk

Phone: 0121 204 5231

Keywords

  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • JZ International relations
  • BL Religion
  • BR Christianity

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Research Output 2013 2020

Greek-Cypriot Religiocultural Heritage as an Indicator of Fundamental Rights and a Means to Cultural Diplomacy

Trantas, G., 16 Jan 2020, Global Eastern Orthodoxy: Politics, Religion, and Human Rights. Giordan, G. & Zrinščak, S. (eds.). Springer International Publishing AG

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

fundamental right
Cyprus
diplomacy
church
Orthodox Church

Diversity in the Greek-Orthodox Diaspora: The Cases of Germany and Great Britain

Trantas, G., 25 Oct 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Greek-Orthodox EU Policies’ Centre of Gravity Shift: A Matter of Leadership?

Trantas, G., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Current Developments within Orthodox Christianity: Dynamics between Tradition, Innovation, and Realpolitik. Rimestad, S. & Makrides, V. N. (eds.). Peter Lang, p. 119-138

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Gravity
Agenda
Essence
Indicative
Interventionism

Greek-Orthodox Migrant Religioscape Markers, Heterotopias and Entopias

Trantas, G., 3 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Greek-Orthodox Religioscapes as Domains of Migratory Integration and Hybridisation in Germany and Great Britain: A Comparative Study

Trantas, G., 11 Nov 2019, In : Politics and Religion. 13, 2, p. 309-332

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Comparative Study
Germany
Migrants
Hybridization
Aesthetics