Politics, Migration and Race. A Conversation with Yannis Hamilakis


  • Alessandro Pintucci




archaeology, nationalism, archaeological ethnography, critical pedagogy


Yannis Hamilakis is Joukowsky Family Professor of Archaeology and Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the Brown University (USA). His main research and teaching interests are the socio-politics of the past, the body and bodily senses, the archaeology of eating and drinking, the ontology and materiality of photography, archaeology and nationalism, archaeological ethnography, and critical pedagogy in archaeology. Yannis is committed to an anthropologically-informed, critical archaeological engagement with past and present material culture, and to the inter-disciplinary nature of archaeological work.  This position recognises the historically contingent nature of archaeology as a device of western modernity, as well as its potential to enable a critical and reflexive experiential encounter with the material world. He also believes on a politically committed archaeological and academic practice, devoted to social justice.


HAMILAKIS, Y. 2003. Iraq, stewardship, and the “record”. An ethical crisis for archaeology. Public Archaeology 3(2): 104-111. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1179/pua.2003.3.2.104

HAMILAKIS, Y. 2007. The Nation and its Ruins: Antiquity, Archaeology, and National Imagination in Greece. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

HAMILAKIS, Y. In press(a). Food as affirmative biopolitics at the border: liminality, eating practices, and migration in the Mediterranean. World Archaeology.

HAMILAKIS, Y. In press (b). Border assemblages between surveillance and spectacle: what was Moria and what comes after? American Anthropologist.

HAMILAKIS, Y. and Duke, Ph. (eds) 2007. Archaeology and Capitalism: From Ethics to Politics. Left Coast Press.

GREENBERG, R. & HAMILAKIS, Y. 2022. Archaeology, Nation, and Race: Confronting the Past, Decolonizing the Future in Greece and Israel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.




How to Cite

Pintucci, A. (2021). Politics, Migration and Race. A Conversation with Yannis Hamilakis. Ex Novo: Journal of Archaeology, 6, 233. https://doi.org/10.32028/vol6isspp233

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