Dr Cerelia Athanassiou

Dr Cerelia Athanassiou

Dr Cerelia Athanassiou
Assistant Teacher

11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

PhD (Bristol, 2013)

MSc International Relations (Bristol, 2007)

BA English (Bristol, 2006)



My research focuses on the changing understandings of security and terrorism in the ongoing US counterterrorist effort. I interrogate the attempts to ‘demilitarise’ the discourse of the war on terror and how these challenge previous aims and presuppositions of a privileged militarised/masculinised ‘security’ (if at all).


Athanassiou, Cerelia and Bury, Jonah (2014). 'On caretakers, rebels and enforcers: The gender politics of Euro 2012'. European Journal of Women's Studies, 21(2), pp. 146-162: http://ejw.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/10/15/1350506813507715.abstract.

Athanassiou, Cerelia (2014), '"Gutsy" Decisions and Passive Processes: The Warrior Decision-Maker After the Global War on Terror', International Feminist Journal of Politics 16(1), pp. 6-25: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616742.2012.741428

Athanassiou, Cerelia (2014), 'Book Review: Women Political Leaders and the Media'European Journal of Women's Studies (forthcoming). 

Some essays I've written:

Athanassiou, Cerelia and Jonah Bury (2012), 'Trouble in the Cosmopolitan "Football Familly": The BBC's Misrepresentation of Racism in Poland and Ukraine in the Documentary "Stadiums of Hate"' in Mała Kultura Współczesna, 8 Jun [online journal]: http://malakulturawspolczesna.org/2012/06/08/cerelia-athanassiou-jonah-bury-trouble-in-the-cosmopolitan-football-family-the-bbcs-misrepresentation-of-racism-in-poland-and-ukraine-in-the-documentary-sta/

Athanassiou, Cerelia (2012), 'The De-Militarising Post-GWOT President: (Was This Ever) A Possibility?' in Unrest Magazine, 8 Oct [online journal]: http://www.unrestmag.com/the-de-militarising-post-gwot-president/

Athanassiou, Cerelia (2011), ‘How to Start, Execute and Theorise Your Revolution: A Review of Springtime: The New Student Rebellions, edited by Clare Solomon and Tania Palmieri, Verso, London 2011’ in Mała Kultura Współczesna, 10 Dec [online journal]: http://malakulturawspolczesna.com/2011/12/10/cerelia-how-to-start-execute-and-theorise-your-revolution/

Athanassiou, Cerelia (2011), ‘Politics as No-Man’s-Land’ in Mała Kultura Współczesna, 17 Jan [online journal]: http://malakulturawspolczesna.com/2011/01/17/cerelia-politics-as-no-man%E2%80%99s-land/

Athanassiou, Cerelia (2010), ‘Securitising Suitcases: Some Critical Observations of Security-Driven Politics’ in Mała Kultura Współczesna, 14 Nov [online journal]: http://malakulturawspolczesna.com/2010/11/14/securitising-suitcases-some-critical-observations-of-security-driven-politics/


In 2013/2014 I am teaching:

SPAI10001 Introduction to International Relations

POLI11104 Approaches to the Study of Political Science

POLI21226 Democracy and US Government.

My office hours in TB2: Wednesdays 10-11am, Fridays 10-11am (in room B2, 3 Priory Road).


In 2010/2011 I taught POLI11102 Introduction to World Politics.

Fields of interest

Critical approaches to international security, US foreign policy, post-structuralism, discourse theory, feminist political theory, gender, IR theory, popular culture, art and politics.

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