I joined the department of Criminology and Sociology at Middlesex in 2017, after having taught at Kent, Surrey, Anglia Ruskin and Westminster. My doctoral research was on the social movements that emerged during the period of crisis in Greece (2010–2014), through which I sought to challenge Eurocentric and ethnocentric understandings of the crisis, and to examine the class, racialised and gendered entanglements of collective practice in this conjuncture. Prior to that, in 2009–11, I carried out part-time postgraduate studies in the Working Lives Research Institute at London Metropolitan University, where I focused on the policies and ideologies of workfare.
I grew up in Greece and came to the UK in 1998 to study Social Psychology at Sussex. There, I developed an interest in the dynamics of group identities and in critical social theory. I then studied Sociology at the University of Essex and received my MA in 2002 with a dissertation on the politics and culture of 'new media' activism in the context of the anti-globalisation movement. In the following years, I worked in the editorial collective of the culture and politics journal Mute (which I continue to co-edit).
In the Spring Term of 2016–17 I was module leader of:
In the Autumn Term of 2017–18 I will be module leader of:
I am available to advise students in any area of political and economic sociology, but particularly social movements, class and labour, ethnicity and nationalism, feminism, and social and cultural theory. I have previously supervised dissertations in the areas of women's labour and housework, social movements and race, online activism, and mass incarceration in the USA.
My research focuses on how movements' collective practices, discourses and internal relationships are infiltrated by the conditions created by the global economic crisis, and how, in turn, movement practices reproduce, challence, or render invisible the relations of domination that are deepened by the crisis. The context of the crisis in Greece, where I carried out my ethnographic and documentary doctoral research, has brought together international and local tensions that influenced movement discourses around imperialist domination within the EU, nationalism and anti-nationalism, anti-immigration and anti-fascism, pro-development and anti-development, and entanglements around class, racialised and gender identities. My analysis spans the macro and the micro level, moving from theoretical debates to contestation over the practices of movements, and the relationships this entails within and between activist groups.
Based on this research, my book entitled Surplus Citizens is forthcoming with Pluto Press in 2018. Through an understanding of the crisis as producing a population that is surplus to the requirements of capitalist reproduction, the book analyses the impact of the neoliberal mode of crisis management on class and national identity and the consequences of this for the character of social movements against austerity. It highlights the problematic implications of the centrality of the national-citizen identity in movements, as well as how it has been questioned, especially more recently by immigrants and their supporters during the ‘refugee crisis’ in Greece.
My work has also been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Labor & Society, and is in three edited collections: Beyond the Greek Crisis (Futura / PM Press, 2017), What Is to Be Done Under Real Subsumption? (Mute Books, 2017), and The Body of the Governed: Race and Gender in The Era of Biopolitical Governance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). My essay in the latter book argues that the intersection of racialised and gendered biopolitics reveals most clearly the mechanism of continuity between neoliberal governmentality and the current rise of ultra-nationalist politics.
My next research project will explore the ambivalent historical role of Greece within colonial discourses and the impact of this history upon present national narratives and identities in the context of the sovereign debt crisis and the 'refugee crisis'. The project will highlight the relevance of post-colonial debates for critical socially-engaged practice in a region located ambiguously between colonisers and colonised, and whose regional affinities continue to produce internal social and political conflict. It will also contribute to the broader study of shifting notions of 'Europeanness' since the financial crisis of 2008.
Kotouza, D (2018 Forthcoming) Surplus Citizens: Crisis, Resistance and Nationalism in Greece. London: Pluto Press.
Kotouza, D. (2017) ‘Practices of Labor Activism in Greece: Inside and Outside the Workplace’. Journal of Labor & Society Vol. 20, no. 3. DOI:10.1111/wusa.12299
Kotouza, D. (2017 In Press) ‘Biopolicing the Crisis: Gendered and Racialised “Health Threats” and Neoliberal Governmentality in Greece and Beyond’. In The Body of the Governed: Race and Gender in The Era of Biopolitical Governance, edited by Hannah Richter. London: Rowman & Littlefield.
Kotouza, D. (2017 In Press) ‘Whose Lives Matter? Nationalism, Anti-Fascism and the Relationship with Immigrants’. In Beyond the Greek Crisis, edited by Katerina Nasioka, John Holloway and Panagiotis Doulos. San Francisco: PM Press.
Kotouza, D. (2017 In Press) ‘Keepsakes: A Response to Ray Brassier’. In What Is to Be Done Under Real Subsumption? edited by Mattin Artiach and Anthony Iles. London: Mute Books.
Κωτούζα, Δ. (2017) «Ποιέσf; Ζωέσf; Αξίζουν; Εθνικισμόσf;, Αντιφασισμόσf;, και η Σχέση με τουσf; Μετανάστεσf;» In Πέρα από την Κρίση edited by Katerina Nasioka, John Holloway and Panagiotis Doulos. Athens: Futura. ISBN: 978-960-9489-70-6
Selected Other Articles
Kotouza, D. (2011) ‘The Illegitimacy of Demands’. Mute Vol. 3, no. 2: 115–119.
Kotouza, D. (2010) ‘Music Is the Crime That Contains All Others’. Mute Vol. 3, no. 1 (August 2010): 70–81.
Kotouza, D. (2007) ‘The Broadway Market Campaign in Hackney, 2005–06’. Phoenix Flame, Summer.
Kotouza, D. (2006) ‘Lies and Mendicity’. Mute Vol. 2, no. 3: 62–73.
Kotouza, D. (2003) ‘The New Media Reader’ . Mute Vol. 1, no. 26: 131–132
Selected Conference Papers
Kotouza, D. (2017) Discussion on 'fetishism and alienation' at the Parliament of Bodies with Nadia Bou Ali, Ray Brassier, Mattin and Paul B. Preciado. Documenta 14, Kassel, Germany, 5 September.
Kotouza, D. (2017) ‘Abjection as an Intersectional Conceptual Tool’. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Manchester, 4 April.
Kotouza, D. (2017) ‘The Psychic Borders of Popular Nationalism’. Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis and Research, Lebanon, 11 March.
Kotouza, D. (2015) ‘Gender, Care and Legal Reason in Capitalism through Gilligan and Pashukanis’. Two Days of Feminist Discussions. Workshop. MayDay Rooms, London, May 15.
Kotouza, D. (2014) ‘A Response to Ray Brassier’s Wandering Abstraction’, What Is to Be Done Under Real Subsumption? Workshop. Bulegoa z/b, Bilbao, Spain, 28 November.
Kotouza, D. (2013) ‘Repressive Crisis Management, Nationalism and Surplus Populations in Greece’. Tenth Annual Historical Materialism Conference. SOAS, London, 7–10 November.
Kotouza, D. (2013) ‘Crisis and Today’s Fascisms and Anti-Fascisms: The Case of Greece’. South East Doctoral Training Centre Conference: Power Revisited: Crisis and Opportunities. Royal Holloway, University of London, 20 March.
Kotouza, D. (2013) ‘A Short Critique of Self-Organisation in Greece’. Money in the State of Crisis. The Example of Greece. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany, 27 January.
Kotouza, D. (2011) ‘The Illegitimacy of Demands’. Eighth Annual Historical Materialism Conference. SOAS, London, 10-13 November.