I joined the department of Criminology and Sociology at Middlesex in January 2017, after having taught at Kent, Surrey, Anglia Ruskin and Westminster. My doctoral research was on social movements and nationalism during the recent crisis in Greece (2010–2014). 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. Before returning to academia, I worked as part of the editorial collective of the culture and politics journal Mute (of which I am still a member), and for 6 years as a data analyst in the higher education sector.
At Middlesex I have convened or taught the following modules:
I am available to advise students particularly in the areas of social movements, crisis, class and labour, nationalism and ethnicity, feminism, and social and cultural theory.
My research is interdisciplinary and focuses in two related areas. First, I am interested in how collective action during the Great Recession has responded to the material conditions and imaginaries produced by the notional 'crisis of the nation-state'. Second, and, at a broader level, I am interested in how psychosocial and structural (capitalist, patriarchal, post-colonial) dimensions of nationalism intersect in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
I carried out my doctoral research in Greece, during the recent/ongoing crisis, through setting it in a historical and global political economic context of financial governmentality and the international division of labour that produce surplus populations and migratory tendencies. Through ethnographic and documentary research, I show in detail how, even though, at first sight, the success of collective action was primarily limited by the ways in which Greece is integrated into the global economy, the response to this problem demonstrated the troubling implications of the common-sense unity of citizenship in collective action. This unity was questioned, producing, among other issues, conflict between the different political tendencies of movements over nationalism and solidarity with migrants.
Based on this research, my book entitled Surplus Citizens is forthcoming with Pluto Press in 2018. The aim of the book is to open a way of thinking beyond the contrast between national democratic sovereignty and global financialised capitalism that is dominant in the current public and academic discourse.
Kotouza, D (2018 Forthcoming) Surplus Citizens: Crisis, Resistance and Nationalism in Greece. London: Pluto Press.
Kotouza, D. (2018 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. (2018 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. (2018 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.
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
Κωτούζα, Δ. (2017) «Ποιέs Ζωέs Αξίζουν; Εθνικισμόs, Αντιφασισμόs, και η Σχέση με τουs Μετανάστεs» 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.