I joined the department of Criminology and Sociology at Middlesex in January 2017, after having taught at Kent, Surrey, Anglia Ruskin and Westminster Universities. My doctoral research, at the University of Kent, was on social movements, unemployment and nationalism during the recent crisis in Greece (2010–2014). Prior to that, in 2009–11, I carried out doctoral-level studies in the Working Lives Research Institute at London Metropolitan University, where I focused on 'active' labour market policies.
I also have a background in:
- Cultural studies and publishing, as a long-running co-editor and contributing editor of the the culture, digital technology and politics journal Mute (2005 onwards)
- The study of digital culture and online politics (MA)
- Social psychology (BA) and psychosocial approaches
- Business data analysis (6 years' professional work)
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 social relationships, ideologies and governmental practices in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
I have carried out ethnographic research in Greece, during the recent/ongoing crisis, analysing the ways in which participants in collective action and grassroots organisations responded to wage cuts and layoffs, extreme levels of unemployment, poverty and environmental issues, as well as to hierarchies of immigration, race and gender. At the same time, my work analyses the governmental management of the crisis and the policing of protest, immigration and other marginalised populations.
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, through the study of movement practices, 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, Struggle 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 Biopolitical Governance: Race, Gender, Economy, edited by Hannah Richter. London: Rowman & Littlefield.
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. (2018) ‘Whose Lives Matter? Nationalism, Anti-Fascism and the Relationship with Immigrants’. In Beyond Crisis: After the Collapse of Institutional Hope in Greece, What?, edited by John Holloway, Katerina Nasioka and Panagiotis Doulos. San Francisco: PM Press/Kairos. ISBN: 978-1-62963-515-6
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) 'On Fetishism, Postcoloniality and the National Resistance to Debt'. 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.