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Dr Nayia Kamenou

Job: VC2020 Lecturer in Social Work

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH

T: 0116 257 8731

E: nayia.kamenou@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://sites.google.com/site/nayiakamenou/

 

Personal profile

Dr Nayia Kamenou is a VC2020 Lecturer in Social Work at De Montfort University Leicester, UK. Nayia Kamenou completed a joint BA (Hons) in Political Science – Thomas Hunter Honors Program Degree at Hunter College, City University of New York (summa cum laude), an MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her Ph.D. in European Studies at King’s College London (viva examination passed without amendments to thesis required). Nayia Kamenou was the recipient of the Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation from 2001 to 2010. She also received the King’s College Graduate School Studentship and Fee Waiver (2007 -2010). Prior to taking her lectureship at De Montfort University, Dr Kamenou completed a visiting research fellowship at the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London and worked as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, at the University of Cyprus. She also worked as an Associate Lecturer at European University Cyprus and at the University of Nicosia.

Dr Kamenou’s research is highly interdisciplinary and cuts across numerous social sciences fields. She conducts research and has published work on (i) the interrelations between nationhood, ethnic identities, gender and sexuality; (ii) the impact of Europeanization on LGBTQI human rights and LGBTQI political mobilization; (iii) women’s participation in radical right parties and the formation of gendered political agency and identities; (iv) women’s role in peace-building processes; (v) representations of gender and sexual identities in cinema; (vi) and trans health policy formation and its impact on trans activism. Her research draws on political science, Europeanization studies, sexuality studies, gender theory, social movements studies and queer theory. Using primarily qualitative methods, Dr Kamenou’s research seeks to develop theories of political agency and identity formation via challenging disciplinary boundaries. Her work is firmly committed to political and social concerns in a range of geographical contexts, and to the development of possible interventions for their resolution.

Dr Nayia Kamenou is affiliated with a number of national and transnational research centres and non-governmental organizations. These include Accept-LGBT Cyprus, the Gender Advisory Team (GAT), and the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS). She is interested in, and has led and participated in research projects that aim at gender, gender identity and sexual orientation/choice equality.

Research group affiliations

Centre for LGBTQ Research; Centre of European Governance; Media Discourse Research Group; Participation and Social Justice Research Group; Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Research Network

Key research outputs

Kamenou, Nayia. “Queer in Cyprus: National Identity and the Construction of Gender and Sexuality.” In Queer in Europe (Queer Interventions Series), edited by Lisa Downing and Robert Gillett (Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011), 25-40.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Sexual Politics – Party Politics: The Rules of Engagement in the Case of Cyprus.” In Party-Society Relations in the Republic of Cyprus: Political and Societal Strategies (Routledge Advances in Mediterranean Studies), edited by Giorgos Charalambous and Christophoros Christophorou (London and New York: Routledge, 2016), 129-148.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Women and Gender in Cypriot Films: (Re) claiming Agency amidst the Discourses of its Negation.” In Cypriot Cinemas: Memory, Conflict, and Identity in the Margins of Europe (Topics and Issues in National Cinema), edited by Costas Constantinides and Yiannis Papadakis (New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2015), 181-205.

Research interests/expertise

Nationhood, ethnic identities, gender and sexuality

Europeanization and LGBTQI human rights and political mobilization

Women, gender and political agency in the radical right

Women, gender and peace-building

Representations of gender and sexual identities in cinema

Trans health policy formation and trans activism

Areas of teaching

Postgraduate and undergraduate supervision of theses on a number of social sciences topics:

asylum seekers, refugees and the role of social work;female genital mutilation, human rights and cultural relativism; neoliberal peacebuilding, statebuilding and post-conflict development; trans institutional discrimination and health care provision; social work interventions in education; and women as weapons of war

▪ Cyprus Society and Politics

▪ Democracy and Democratization

▪ European Integration and European Culture

▪ Gender and International Organizations

▪ Gender, Power and Politics

▪ Human Rights

▪ Introduction to Sociology

▪ Law, Rights, and Policy

▪ Politics and the Arts

▪ Social Theory and Citizenship

▪ Sociology of Development

▪ The Cyprus Problem

Qualifications

PhD European Studies (King’s College London)

MSc Human Rights (London School of Economics and Political Science)

BA (Hons) Political Science - Thomas Hunter Special Honors Curriculum (Hunter College, City University of New York)

Courses taught

Introduction to Rights, Law and Policy (Year 1)

Research Informed Practice (Year 2)

Placement 1 (Year 2)

Research Project (Year 3)

Placement 2 (Year 3)

Honours and awards

ŸDe Montfort University, School of Applied Social Sciences 2015/16 Small Research Fund, 2015-2016

ŸKing’s College Graduate School Studentship and Fee Waiver, 2007-2010

ŸCyprus State Scholarship Foundation: Scholarship for PhD Researchers, 2007-2010

ŸCyprus State Scholarship Foundation: Scholarship for Graduate Studies, 2005-2006

ŸCyprus State Scholarship Foundation: Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies, 2001-2005

ŸHunter College Class Salutatorian, 2005

ŸHunter College Dean’s List, 2001-2005

ŸThomas Hunter Honors Program Certification, 2003-2005              

ŸHunter College International Student Scholarship Award, 2003

ŸAthanasiades Cultural Foundation Inc. (New York) Scholarship Award, 2002

Membership of professional associations and societies

ŸMember of the Project Advisory Board of the NGO Cyprus Community Media Centre, 2014

ŸMember of the Cyprus Academic Dialogue Association, 2014

ŸResearch Associate at the NGO Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, 2013

ŸMember of the Cyprus Association on Political Science, 2013

ŸResearch Associate at the NGO Accept-LGBT Cyprus, 2013

ŸResearcher at the Gender Advisory Team, 2012

ŸVisiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London, 2012-2014

ŸAssociate of the Higher Education Academy, 2010

ŸMember of the American Political Science Association, 2009

ŸMember of the American Historical Association, 2009

ŸMember of the European Sociological Association, 2009

ŸMember of the Queer@King’s Research Centre of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute (AHRI), King’s College London, UK, 2007

ŸMember of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies, 2007

ŸMember of the Association for Cypriot, Greek and Turkish Affairs, 2007

Forthcoming events

Kamenou, Nayia. “‘We are Political Soldiers Willing to Die for our Party’: Women, Gender and Political Agency in the Greek Golden Dawn.” Paper to be presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Charles University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, 7-10 September 2016.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Gender, Displacement and Memory: The Cypriot Experience.” Paper to be presented at the 2016 International Summer School in Peace and Conflict Studies on State Sovereignty and Conflicted Commons: Violence, displacement, Cohabitation (with Maria Hadjipavlou; upon invitation), organized by the University of Cyprus in collaboration with the European Consortium for Political Research, the Home for Cooperation and the International Association of Peace and Conflicts Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 15 July 2016.

Kamenou, Nayia. “The Present Moment of Feminism: Women, Agency and Rights in the Shadow of the Cyprus Imbroglio.” Poster presented at Feminism and Gender in the Social Sciences Symposium, organized by the De Montfort University Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Research Network and the De Montfort University School of Applied Social Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 17 June 2016.

Conference attendance

Kamenou, Nayia. “Sexuality, Gender and the (Re)Making of Modernity, Nationhood and Identities: The Case of Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Participation and Social Justice Research Group Seminar Series (upon invitation), De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 20 January 2016.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Gender and Political Agency in the Greek Far Right.” Paper presented at the Department of Politics and Public Policy in the Faculty of Business and Law, in conjunction with DMU’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Seminar Series (upon invitation), De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 13 January 2016.

Kamenou, Nayia. “LGBTI Discriminationin Cyprus: Causes and Responses.” Paper presented at the Addressing the Phenomena of Hate Speech and Hate Crimes in Cyprus Conference (upon invitation), organized by the Research Institute Promitheas (INEP), Home for Cooperation, Nicosia, Cyprus, 7 October 2015.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Gender, Sexuality and War.” Paper presented at the 2015 International Summer School in Peace and Conflict Studies on State Fragmentation, Regional Crises & War Endings (with Maria Hadjipavlou; upon invitation), organized by the University of Cyprus in collaboration with the European Consortium for Political Research, the Home for Cooperation and the International Association of Peace and Conflicts Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 24 July 2015.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Sexual Minorities in Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Minorities in Conflict Zones Roundtable, 2015 International Summer School in Peace and Conflict Studies on State Fragmentation, Regional Crises & War Endings (upon invitation), organized by the University of Cyprus in collaboration with the European Consortium for Political Research, the Home for Cooperation and the International Association of Peace and Conflicts Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 24 July 2015.

Kamenou, Nayia. “If These Walls Could Talk: (Re) Addressing Questions about Lesbianism, Feminism and Parenthood.” Paper presented at the University of Cyprus Gender & Sexuality Festival (upon invitation), organized by the University of Cyprus Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Service and the Cyprus Family Planning Association, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 21-22 April 2015.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Does Sexuality have an Identity?” Paper presented at the University of Cyprus Sociology & Social Criticism Club Seminar Series (upon invitation), University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 26 March 2015.

Kamenou, Nayia.“Gender and Sexuality in Cyprus: Achievements and Challenges.” Paper presented at the Grundtvig Meeting in Cyprus (upon invitation), organized by Accept-LGBT Cyprus and other LGBTI organizations and funded by the Erasmus+ Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport, Cleopatra Hotel, Nicosia, Cyprus, 6 March 2015.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Bodies and Identities that Matter.” Paper presented at the seminar Bodies and Identities that Matter: An Open Discussion about Trangenderism, organized by Nayia Kamenou for the University of Cyprus Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 26 November 2014.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Peace, Conflict and Sexual Order in Times of Change: Theory and Practice.” Paper presented at the 2014 International Summer School in Peace and Conflict Studies on Peace, Order and Conflict in a Time of Crisis: Theory and Practice (upon invitation), organized by the University of Cyprus in collaboration with the European Consortium for Political Research, the Home for Cooperation and the International Association of Peace and Conflicts Studies, Home for Cooperation, Nicosia, Cyprus, 29 July 2014.

Kamenou, Nayia. “The Politics of Sexuality in the Border Countries of the European Union: The Case of Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Department of Sociology Postgraduate Seminar Series (upon invitation), University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece, 28 May 2014.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Voting Trends of the LGBTQ Community.” Paper presented at the Vote for Your Rights Project Presentation (upon invitation), convened by Colour Youth-Athens LGBTQ Youth Community and Athens Pride with the support of the Open Society Foundations, Athena 9.84 Hall, Athens, Greece, 5 May 2014.

Kamenou, Nayia.  “Gender and Women in the Greek Far Right: The Case of the Golden Dawn Women’s Front.” Paper presented at the Conference on the Phenomenon of the Far Right in Cyprus, Greece and Europe: Considerations, Positions and Suggestions (upon invitation), convened by KISA - Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism with the support of the Open Society Foundations, Nicosia Municipality Peace Hall, Nicosia, Cyprus, 26 March 2014.

Kamenou, Nayia. “How Soap Operas Are Changing the World.” Paper presented at the Department of Social and Political Sciences Postgraduate Seminar Series (upon invitation), University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 12 February 2014.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Institutionalized Religion and the Construction of Sexuality and Gender in the Case of Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Symposium on Gender, Fundamentalism and Nationalism (upon invitation), convened by the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies and the University of East London Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK, 15 November 2013.

Kamenou, Nayia.  “When the ‘Rest’ Meets the ‘West’: Aesthetics, Gender Performance and the Politics of   Sexuality in Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Genders & Power Festival (upon invitation), convened by the group, Faneromeni Square, Nicosia, Cyprus, 12 October 2013.

Kamenou, Nayia. “The Position of Women in Cyprus Economy.” Paper Presented at the Euromed Civil Forum (upon invitation) on behalf of the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, coordinated by Réseau EuroMed France and co-funded by the European Union, Hotel Le Plaza, Brussels, Belgium, 3-4 September 2013.

Kamenou, Nayia. “(Re) constructing ‘Selves’ and ‘Others’: National and Sexual Identities and Subjectivities in Cyprus.” Paper presented at the conference Pre- and Post-Conflict: Emerging Powers and the Future of the World Order (upon invitation), convened by the University of York, the University of Hull, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Cyprus Centre and the University of Nicosia, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus, 1-3 September 2013.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Constructing ‘Selves’ and ‘Others’: Sexual Subjectivities, Queer Normativity and the Politics of Sexuality in Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Revisiting Sexualities in the 21st Century Conference, convened by the Cyprus Sociological Association, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus, June 2013.

Kamenou, Nayia.  “When the ‘Rest’ Meets the ‘West’: Aesthetics, Gender Performance and the Politics of   Sexuality in Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Arts, Aesthetics and Power Workshop (upon invitation), American College of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, 22 May 2013.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Women’s Discourses of Women’s Rights: Strategic or Nationalist Essentialisms?” Paper presented at the Women’s Peace: Applying United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 to Cyprus and the Region Conference (upon invitation), convened by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Cyprus Centre and the Gender Advisory Team (GAT) Cyprus, Chateau Status, Nicosia, Cyprus, December 2012.

Kamenou, Nayia. “The Cypriot LGBT Movement: Prospects and Perils.” Paper presented at the Department of Social and Political Sciences Postgraduate Seminar Series (upon invitation), University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, October 2012.

Kamenou, Nayia. “The Good, the Bad and the Other: Discourses of National and Sexual Identity in Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Modern Greek Studies Postgraduate Seminar (upon invitation), King’s College London, London, UK, March 2010.

Kamenou, Nayia. “‘Cyprus is the Country of Heroes, Not of Homosexuals’: Sexuality, Gender and Nationhood in Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Queer@King’s interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research group monthly meeting (upon invitation), King’s College London, London, UK, January 2010.

Kamenou, Nayia. “Identity Wars: Sexuality, Gender and Nationhood in Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Institute for Gender and Sexuality quarterly meeting (upon invitation), Birkbeck College, London, UK, October 2009.

Kamenou, Nayia. “The Construction of National Identity, Gender and Sexuality in Cyprus and the Role of European Human Rights for LGBTQ People.” Paper presented at the 9th Biennial European Sociological Association Conference, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2009.

Kamenou, Nayia. “The Construction of National Identity, Gender and Sexuality in Cyprus and the Role of European Human Rights for LGBTQ People.” Paper presented at the 4th Biennial Hellenic Observatory PhD Symposium on Contemporary Greece, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, June 2009.

Kamenou, Nayia.“The Construction of National Identity, Gender and Sexuality in Cyprus and the Role of European Human Rights for LGBTQ People.” Paper presented at the Global Arc of Justice: Sexual Orientation Law around the World Conference, convened by the Williams Institute at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association (ILGLaw) and the City of West Hollywood, University of California at Los Angeles, LA, March 2009.

Kamenou, Nayia. “National Identity and the Construction of Gender and Sexuality in Cyprus.” Paper presented at the European Studies Research Students’ Monthly Workshop (upon invitation), King’s College London, London, UK, and December 2008.

Kamenou, Nayia. “National Identity and the Construction of Gender and Sexuality in Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Conference on Gender and Identity in Contemporary Greece, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, October 2008.

Kamenou, Nayia. “National Identity and the Construction of Gender and Sexuality in Cyprus.” Paper presented at the Queer in Europe International Research Symposium, convened by the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and Gender in Europe, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, September 2008.

CONFERENCE & OTHER ACADEMIC EVENTS ORGANIZATION

Director of the 2015 International Summer School in Peace and Conflict Studies on State Fragmentation, Regional Crises and War Endings organized by the University of Cyprus in collaboration with the European Consortium for Political Research, the Home for Cooperation and the International Association of Peace and Conflicts Studies, University of Cyprus & Home for Cooperation, Nicosia, Cyprus, 19-31 July 2015.

Organizer of the seminar Bodies and Identities that Matter: An Open Discussion about Trangenderism, hosted by University of Cyprus Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 26 November 2014.

Member of organizing team of the Symposium on Citizenship, Gender & Women in Cyprus, hosted by the Gender Advisory Team, the PRIO Cyprus Centre and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Home for Cooperation, Nicosia, Cyprus, 16 December 2013.

Member of organizing team of the conference Gender and the Law: Debating Citizenship Reform in Cyprus, hosted by the Gender Advisory Team, the PRIO Cyprus Centre and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Home for Cooperation, Nicosia, Cyprus, 28 September 2013.

Current research students

I am interested in supervising graduate and doctoral theses on the following topics:

Gender and sexuality identities

LGBTQI human rights

LGBTQI movements and mobilization

Women, gender and political agency

Externally funded research grants information

Social Expert for Cyprus: FRANET - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), August 2014-August 2018.

Head Researcher: “Vote for Your Rights” Project.

Two-phased project. Initiative of the NGOs Colour Youth-Athens LGBTQ Youth Community and Athens Pride. Part of the Open Society Initiative for Europe. Funded by the Open Society Foundations. March 2014-September 2014.

Research Associate: “Confronting Hate Speech, Behaviour and Crimes in Cyprus” Project. May 2014-August 2014. Initiative of the Research Institute Promitheas (INEP), in collaboration with the NGO Accept-LGBT Cyprus. Co-funded by EEA Grants and the Republic of Cyprus.

Research Associate: European Social Survey (ESS) Project, Round 6. October 2012- December 2012.

Internally funded research project information

Head Researcher: “Where Inequality is the Solution to Non-Existence: Social Policy, Trans Health and the Institutionalization of Discrimination in Cyprus.”Funded by De Montfort University, School of Applied Social Sciences 2015/16 Small Research Fund

Professional esteem indicators

REVIEWED FOR:

The Cyprus Review (2015)

Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2015)

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