A collection of materials by anthropologist Kostis Kalantzis.

visual culture


political imagination

Greece/southern Europe



the body
the senses
visual anthropology
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Imagi(ni)ng 'Crisis' (British School at Athens, Dec 2013)

Uneasy Photography (Laboratory of Anthropological Research, Panteion, Dec 2016)

The Sfakian Screen: Looking and Living in the White Mountains of Crete (Frangokastello, Chora Sfakion, Askyfou, Aug-Sept 2018)

Sample Images from the Sfakian Screen

Catalogue of the show


Video from the show

Nikos Glyniadakis, At Xylodema, 2017

Iosifina Lefaki, Since Dad Doesn't Have a Son, 2017

Thodoris Karkanis, A Walk in the Countryside, 2017

Georgia Venaki, Stelios Venakis in the Mountains, 2017

Giannis Orfanoudakis, Traffic-police Goat, 2017

Manolis Nikoloudakis, Sheep on the Coast, 2017

Marilena Zakynthinaki, Trek in the Mountains, 2017

Unknown, Leonidas Katsanevakis on the Road to Akones, 2012.

At the Exhibition

Articles about "The Sfakian Screen" in the press



Agonas tis Kritis

The Right (not) to be Seen: The Politics and Ethics of Photographic Visibility

RAI: The Third Photo Salon

Book Launch: Tradition in the Frame, Athens Feb 2020

Citizens of Photography Conference, 15-17 September 2021

Romanticism: Camera Enchantment and the Real (Ethnofest Special Section, 2021).

Romanticism panels with anthropologists and filmmakers

First event, 5pm to 6.30pm: Panel/forum with anthropologists Alexandra Bakalaki (Thessaloniki), Luiz Fernando Dias Duarte (Rio de Janeiro) and Michaela Schaeuble (Bern), chaired by Konstantinos Kalantzis (Thessaly). The panellists, will explore the intersection between anthropology, romanticism and film with special reference to the films of the special section (with an emphasis on Ait Atta, Bosco, Half-Elf and theLast Austrians whose filmmakers will present in the second panel). The presentations will be followed by discussion and Q&A with the audience.


Alexandra Bakalaki is retired associate professor at the Aristotle University of

Thessaloniki and author of a great number of essays and works on a range of topics, including modernity, alterity, temporality, gender, the history of anthropology and the ethnography of anthropological teaching in Greece. Her current research focuses on social change, temporality and underdevelopment on the island of Therasia.


Michaela Schaeuble is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern and a filmmaker. She specializes in media, film, visual anthropology, religion, gender, and social change. She is the author of Narrating Victimhood: Gender, Religion, and the Making of Place in Post-War Croatia (2014, Berghahn) and has written extensively and co-edited volumes exploring, among other themes, visual methods in

ethnography as well as religious experience and the anthropology of the





Luiz Fernando Dias Duarte is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He has published extensively on the topic of personhood, mostly concerning family, religion, sexuality and nature. He has more recently explored the epistemological development of the humanities, as in “Romanticism and holism in the anthropology of the West”, and “The vitality of vitalism in contemporaneous anthropology.” http://lattes.cnpq.br/3609191414737777



Konstantinos Kalantzis is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Thessaly. He works on the intersections of visual culture and political imagination. He is the author of Tradition in the Frame: Photography, Power and Imagination in Sfakia, Crete (IUP, 2019), director of the ethnographic film Dowsing the Past: Materialities of Civil War Memories (2014) and a recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s 2019 JB Donne Essay Prize on the Anthropology of Art. www.konstantinoskalantzis.com



Second event, 7pm to 8.30pm. Panel featuring filmmakers Jón Bjarki Magnússon (Half Elf), Alicia Cano Menoni (Bosco), Lukas Pitscheider (The last Austrians) and Eda Elif Tibet (Ait Atta: Nomads of the High Atlas) chaired by Konstantinos Kalantzis (Thessaly). The panellists will discuss the ways in which their films converse and deal with romanticism and share insights into the filmmaking process, particular decisions, methods and approaches they found useful or challenging. The presentations will be followed by discussion and Q&A with the audience.


Jón Bjarki Magnússon is an anthropological filmmaker who studied creative writing at the University of Iceland and Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität. His works include award-winning journalism on asylum-seekers in Iceland, a book of poetry, and a short film on friendship in cyberspace, “Even Asteroids Are Not Alone” (2018), winner of the RAI and Marsh Short Film Prize (2019). His journalistic work has appeared on platforms, such as Slate Magazine. He is a regular contributor to the Icelandic newspaper Stundin, and does project work for Filmmaking For Fieldwork (F4F™). He is the founder of SKAK BÍÓFILM, a production company dedicated to making anthropological and artistic films.


Alicia Cano Menoni is a documentary Filmmaker. Her first feature film “The Bella Vista” (2012) was featured in more than 40 film festivals around the world, and won various awards. Her second film “Madness on air” (co-director, 2018) participated in many human rights film festivals. She has also written and directed for television in Italy and Uruguay. Her work reveals the relation she sustains with the world. Her subjects are the people, places and the emotions that arise from this conversation.


Lukas Pitscheider has worked as a war reporter and street musician and has

travelled extensively in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He studied ‘Journalism & New Media’, history and political science in Vienna and Innsbruck. After working for German ZDF as a correspondent he entered the film industry. The Last Austrians, is his debut film. He is also the founder and director of the DOLOMITALE Filmfestival in Val Gardena.


Eda Elif Tibet is a postdoctoral researcher at the Critical Sustainability Unit at the University of Bern. She works as a Visual Anthropologist at the Global Diversity Foundation (UK) and is the founder of the KARMAMOTION film collective, which has produced 7 award winning films since 2012. She is an advisory member of the Enacting Global Transformation Initiative and a core faculty member of Global Environments Summer Academy, at the University of Oxford. She is also a founding member of ETHNOKINO (Bern). She is producer of the first TV series to ever be made on Anthropology in Turkey ("Antropolojik", HABITAT TV).