Christopher Kyriakides

Department of Sociology

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair

Office: 2114 Vari Hall
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 60305
Emailckyriak@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.soci.laps.yorku.ca/faculty-staff/full-time/
Secondary websitewww.yorku.academia.edu/ChristopherKyriakides

Dr Christopher Kyriakides moved to Canada in January 2016 following his successful nomination for the position of Canada Research Chair with the Department of Sociology.

Working within the field of Immigration and Refugee Studies, Kyriakides is principally engaged in an in-depth analysis of 'reception contexts' through the application of mixed-methods (including institutional, political, urban and communication/cyber ethnography) to the study of the relationship between geo-politics, public policy related to (anti)immigration and (anti)racism, and the neighborhood negotiation of racialization, nationalism and religious conflict. Kyriakides' work favors a comparative approach 'between groups' and 'between reception contexts' - local and global. His work has focused on Europe, North America and the Middle East and has been funded by the European Commission, Council of Europe, United Nations, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Research Promotion Foundation, the Canada Research Chairs Secretariat, the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada, to a total of approximately CAD $2 million.In 2017, Kyriakides established York's Reception Contexts Research Team (RCRT) in order to develop key research interventions in refugee-host relations, and has initially solicited a further $1.2 million of private sector support to develop community engaged technological solutions to social problems.

Kyriakides has advised a number of governmental, NGO and community organizations including the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities Program and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) - the largest anti-racist NGO network in the world.

The launch of his 5-country Reception Contexts Research Program at York in October 2016 was attended to capacity by over 100 participants including leading scholars from 6 national contexts and 4 Canadian universities, and featured the work of 23 established and emerging scholars from Canada, the US, Jordan, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Iran, Norway, Ethiopia and Egypt. Papers from the launch will be published by Routledge in a book edited by Kyriakides and Torres, titled "Borders of Mass Destruction: Racialization, National Belonging and 'the Refugee'. Selected papers from the launch will also be published in a special issue of Refuge, Canada's Journal on Refugees, to be co-edited by Kyriakides and York graduate Dina Taha.

In his first year at York, Kyriakides has committed to the lead-supervision of 8 PhD students, 5 Masters students and 3 undergraduate students. In 2016 he taught a graduate course in Classical and Contemporary Sociological Thought titled Modernity and the Paradox of 'Race'. Students submitted papers in response to the question, 'Can there be an anti-racist sociology?' 8 graduates are writing up their papers as chapters to be included in a book edited by Kyriakides and York graduates Nadiya Ali and Beatrice Anane-Bediakoh. Kyriakides also teaches the 3rd year undergraduate course, Sociology of Race and Racism and is scheduled to teach the graduate course Transnational Migration in winter 2018.

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His work stresses the importance of a close relationship between the development of theory, interdisciplinarity and comparative analysis and is influenced by the work of Frantz Fanon, C.L.R James and Ernst Bloch. Kyriakides argues that 'a pragmatic approach to problem-solving requires that we think-through the unthinkable and that we ask questions that "shouldn't" be asked'.

Kyriakides’ PhD, The Anti-Racist State (supervised by Satnam Virdee, examined by John Solomos, November 2005) was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and was carried out under the auspices of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Department of Politics, University of Glasgow. His dissertation focused on what happens to the definition of ‘racism’ when racist states declare themselves anti-racist.

His ESRC-funded post-doctoral Research Fellowship investigated the relationship between racism, nationalism and Muslim inclusion/exclusion in Scotland and England and was carried out with Satnam Virdee, Centre for Research in Racism, Ethnicity and Nationalism, Department of Sociology, University of Glasgow and with Tariq Modood at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, Department of Sociology, University of Bristol.

As an associate with the Centre for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy, University of California, Irvine, work (in collaboration with Rodolfo Torres) was subsequently extended comparatively to the US context via research on the relationship between the 'browning of America', the 'war on terror' and the security policing of the Arizona-Mexico border in relation to 'Other than Mexicans'. Kyriakides and Torres' book Race Defaced (Stanford University Press, 2012) represents a 200 year UK-US comparative historical analysis of racism and anti-racism. In his 'postcolonial' position as Associate Professor of Sociology, Ethnicity and Communication, Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology, research extended to the Middle East and to the EU's Southern Maritime Border.

He is currently engaged in a comparative analysis of anti-immigration movements in the US, Norway, Greece, Switzerland and the UK and is also carrying out comparative research into the impact of conflict on the aspirations of higher education students in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.

As Canada Research Chair at York University, Kyriakides is particularly focused on configurations of racialization in relation to the meaning of ‘East’ and ‘West’ and articulations of racism and nationalism in the reception of refugees in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Kyriakides has published widely, including papers in each of the consistently ranked top-three peer-reviewed journals in ethnic studies – the journals of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Ethnicity and Health. Recent papers in Ethnicities, New Political Science, the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, his ASA award-nominated Stanford University Press book (co-authored with R. Torres) Race Defaced: Paradigms of Pessimism, Politics of Possibility, and his forthcoming Oxford University Press book (also co-authored with R. Torres) Multicultural Apocalypse: Anti-Immigration at ‘History’s End’, consolidate empirical and theoretical work to-date.

In 2016 Kyriakides joined the international advisory board of the journal Ethnicities and the Executive Committee of York's Centre for Refugee Studies.

On Race Defaced:

"Race Defaced shakes up the status quo in the field of race—and social theory more broadly—delivering an exciting, forceful challenge to prominent thought. A major contribution."

-Alana Lentin, University of Western Sydney

"It's refreshing to see an ambitious work that steps back from the immediate cauldron of race and places it in a broader political, historical, and theoretical framework. Kyriakides and Torres offer a compelling challenge to the current orthodoxies in this bold, wide-ranging critical analysis."

—Stephen Small, University of California, Berkeley

"Race Defaced is a thoroughly engaging and stimulating attempt to rethink and resituate conservative and radical orthodoxies surrounding the history and development of racism and anti-racism. [...] Following the police slayings of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the U.S. in 2014 and the subsequent protests that took hold across the country, the questions and challenges the book poses for scholars on “race” and for participants within progressive social movements assumes a renewed significance . . . The authors' main contribution lies in providing a conceptual toolkit, framed within 'hope' and 'possibility,' with which to begin a movement toward an emancipatory politics."

—Waqas Tufail, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Student Supervision

Currently lead supervisor for the following doctoral students:

1. Sabrina Paillé. Title: The Mobilization of Gender Equality and Sexual Freedoms in Western European Anti-Immigration Discourses

2. Dina Taha. Title: Marriage for Refuge: An Exploration of Syrian Women’s Survival Mechanisms in Egypt

3. Afsana Tabibi. Title: Migration Geopolitics, Orientalist Racism and the Reception of Afghan Refugees in Canada

4. Nadiya Ali. Title: The ‘Muslim Artistic Space’ Post-9\11: A Critical Muslim Theory Approach

5. Farnoush Mozafari. Title: The Sociological Re-imagination of Subjectivity and Materialism

MA Students

1. Carlo Handy (2017-18) Title: Black Refuge: Racialization, Nationalism and the Reception of Haitian Refugees in Canada.

2. Janice Phonepraseuth (2016-17) Title: Who We Are: A Study of Chinese Student Organizations across North-American University Campuses.

3. Hena Mehta (2016-17) From Prayer to Prejudice: Growing Saffronisation in New Religious Movements.

4. Sabeen Kazmi (2015-16) Title: Canadian-Muslim Women as Right Bearers: Experiences of Inclusion and Exclusion within the Canadian Legal System.

Undergraduate Students

1. Brianna Dickenson.(2016-17) Title: The Representation of Black History within the Ontario Education Curriculum.

2. Sarah Farhan. (2016-17) Title: Racialized Representations of Terrorism in the Canadian Press.

3. Sharlene Choto. (2016-17) Title: The Experiences of Black Police Officers in the Greater Toronto Area.

Administration at York

1. York Strategic Project and Opportunity Review Team

2. Canada Research Chair Advisory Committee

3. Sociology Graduate Admissions Committee

4. Sociology Appointments Committee

5. Sociology Research Committee

6. Sociology International Committee



Professional service beyond the University

1. Member, International Sociological Association.

• Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations

2. Member, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

3. Member, Middle East Studies Association

4. Member, International Communication Association

• Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division

• Intercultural Communication Division

• Political Communication Division

5. Member, European Communication Research and Education Association

• Diaspora, Migration and the Media Research Section

• International and Intercultural Communication Research Section

• Political Communication Research Section

• Philosophy of Communication Research Section

• Film Studies Section



Peer-review for:

1. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

2. Journal of Ethnicity and Health

3. Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies

4. Ethnicities

5. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism

6. International Sociology

7. Communication, Culture and Critique

8. Bulletin of Historical Medicine

9. International Journal of Electronic Governance

10. New Political Science

11. Rochester Studies in Medical History book series

12. World Development

13. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies


Area of Specialization

Critical Immigration and Refugee Studies

Degrees

PhD, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Department of Politics, University of Glasgow
BA (Hons.), Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Glasgow

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies


Research Interests

Race and Racism , Immigration , racialization and nationalism, (anti)immigration, the (anti)racist state, social theory, utopian thought and hopeful subjectivity, geopolitics, culture and communication

Selected Publications

Kyriakides, C. (2017) Words Don't Come Easy: Al Jazeera's Migrant-Refugee Distinction and the European Culture of (Mis)trust. Current Sociology, 65:7. * journal of the International Sociological Association.

Kyriakides, C. (2016) . Class and Race. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1–4. (ISBN 9781405189781)

Kyriakides, C. (2015) ‘Redressing Racism, Communicating Citizenship: State Legitimation Techniques in the Multicultural Metropolis.’ European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. 2(1), 23-51. *Journal of the European Sociological Association.

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (2015) “Other Than Mexicans”, “Islamic Fascists” and the Transatlantic Regulation of Risky Subjects. Ethnicities, Chicano/a & Latino/a Special issue. 15(2): 282-301.

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (September 2012) Race Defaced: Paradigms of Pessimism, Politics of Possibility. STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS.

Kyriakides, C., Virdee, S., Modood, T. (2009) 'Racism, Muslims and the National Imagination’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 35(2), 289-308.

Current Research Projects

Racialized Reception Contexts

Summary: 
Racialized Reception Contexts (RRC) aims to develop a program of research orientated within the field of Critical Immigration and Refugee Studies. Initial research focuses on configurations of racialization in relation to the meaning of East/West, South/North, and the articulations of racism and nationalism in the reception of refugees in Europe, North America and the Middle East. RRC is guided by the understanding that racialization, particularly in light of the post-9/11 “war on terror,” works with the historical conditions of racism specific to a given national formation, but in a dynamic global context. A six-country analysis of Canada, the United States, Italy, Greece, Norway and Jordan, will examine the extent to which policy instruments and media discourse related to the global refugee crisis negatively impacts racialized communities in each reception context.

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The Racialized Reception Contexts team consists of the following:

Christopher Kyriakides (York University, Canada)
Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo, Norway)
Rodolfo D. Torres (University of California, Irvine)
Nicolas Demertzis (University of Athens, Greece)
Musa Shteiwi (University of Jordan)
Paolo Boccagni (Univerity of Trento, Italy)


Project Type: Funded
Role: Canada Research Chair - Project Leader


Start Date:  Month: Jan  Year: 2016
End Date:  Month: Dec  Year: 2020

Rural Reception Contexts

Summary: 
Rural Reception Contexts is a research collaboration between York University’s Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Socially Engaged Research in Race and Racialization, the office of Kim Rudd, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Peterborough South, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Northumberland County,Ontario. Lead by the CRC, this three-way collaborative partnership seeks to develop a robust understanding of the reception of sponsored Syrian refugees in the context of Northumberland County, Ontario, so as to identify positive interventions and strategies that will enhance inclusive community development.

Northumberland County (NC) is active in welcoming Syrian refugees via sponsorship initiatives and the number of sponsored refugees is expected to significantly increase by mid- to late- 2016. NC presents us with an opportunity to examine the specific dynamics of refugee reception in a rural area with significant pockets of economic deprivation. Rural Reception Contexts will provide a detailed case study of the inclusion/exclusion of Syrian refugees in NC and will help us to gain insights into the specifics of rural refugee settlement. The findings from this socially engaged research will directly support policy-thinking at the local level in Northumberland County and will have implications for policy thinking at the national level.

The project is funded through the Social Science and Humanities Research Council in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, special call 'Targeted Research: Syrian Refugee Arrival, Resettlement and Integration'. The project is derived from and will extend Dr Kyriakides' Racialized Reception Contexts research program to in-Canada rural reception.

http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/results-resultats/recipients-recipiendaires/2016/syrian_refugee-refugie_syrien-eng.aspx


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principle Investigator - Christopher Kyriakides


Start Date:  Month: Oct  Year: 2016
End Date:  Month: Oct  Year: 2017

Selected Publications

Kyriakides, C. (2017) Words Don't Come Easy: Al Jazeera's Migrant-Refugee Distinction and the European Culture of (Mis)trust. Current Sociology, 65:7. * journal of the International Sociological Association.

Kyriakides, C. (2016) . Class and Race. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1–4. (ISBN 9781405189781)

Kyriakides, C. (2015) ‘Redressing Racism, Communicating Citizenship: State Legitimation Techniques in the Multicultural Metropolis.’ European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. 2(1), 23-51. *Journal of the European Sociological Association.

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (2015) “Other Than Mexicans”, “Islamic Fascists” and the Transatlantic Regulation of Risky Subjects. Ethnicities, Chicano/a & Latino/a Special issue. 15(2): 282-301.

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (September 2012) Race Defaced: Paradigms of Pessimism, Politics of Possibility. STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS.

Kyriakides, C., Virdee, S., Modood, T. (2009) 'Racism, Muslims and the National Imagination’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 35(2), 289-308.

All Publications

Books

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (September 2012) Race Defaced: Paradigms of Pessimism, Politics of Possibility. STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS.

Journal Articles

Kyriakides, C. (2017) Words Don't Come Easy: Al Jazeera's Migrant-Refugee Distinction and the European Culture of (Mis)trust. Current Sociology, 65:7. * journal of the International Sociological Association.

Kyriakides, C. (2016) . Class and Race. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1–4. (ISBN 9781405189781)

Kyriakides, C. (2015) ‘Redressing Racism, Communicating Citizenship: State Legitimation Techniques in the Multicultural Metropolis.’ European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. 2(1), 23-51. *Journal of the European Sociological Association.

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (2015) “Other Than Mexicans”, “Islamic Fascists” and the Transatlantic Regulation of Risky Subjects. Ethnicities, Chicano/a & Latino/a Special issue. 15(2): 282-301.

Avraamidou, M. & Kyriakides, C. (2015) Media Nationalism. Global Media, 10(2): 1-21.

Kyriakides, C. (2012) ‘Post-Racial Pessimism: Therapolitics and the Anti-Utopian Present.’ darkmatter Journal, Post-Racial Imaginaries special Issue 9.1, June (online)

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (2012) ‘The Allure of Race: from New Lefts to New Times’, New Political Science, 34 (1), 55-80. *Journal of the American Political Science Association.

Kyriakides, C., Virdee, S., Modood, T. (2009) 'Racism, Muslims and the National Imagination’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 35(2), 289-308.

Kyriakides, C. (2008) 'Third-Way Anti-Racism: A Contextual Constructionist Approach'. Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 31(3), 592-610.

Kyriakides, C. (2008) ‘In Pursuit of Utopia: A Pakistani, an Arab and a Scotsman “return” to Cyprus'. Études helléniques/Hellenic Studies. 16(1), 95-112.

Virdee, S. Kyriakides, C., Modood, T. (2006) 'Codes of Cultural Belonging: Racialised National Identities in a Multi-Ethnic Scottish Neighbourhood'. Sociological Research Online. December.

Kyriakides, C. and Virdee, S. (2003) . ‘Migrant Labour, Racism and the British National Health Service’. Journal of Ethnicity and Health. 8(4), 283-305.

Book Reviews

Christopher Kyriakides (forthcoming) 'Arab Responses to Fascism and Nazism'. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies.

Christopher Kyriakides (2015) "Refugees, Capitalism and the British State: Implications for Social Workers, Volunteers and Activists". Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies

Christopher Kyriakides' (2014) 'Transnational Roots of the Civil Rights Movement: African American Explorations of the Gandhian Repertoire’. Journal of International Sociology.

Christopher Kyriakides (2008) 'The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain'. In Ethnic and Racial Studies Volume 31, Issue 8.

Published Reviews Of Your Work

Tufail. W. (2015) . Review of Race Defaced. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. April 2015 vol. 1 no. 2, pp.338-339. Official journal of the American Sociological Association’s Section for Racial and Ethnic Minorities.

Gilligan, C. (2013) Race Defaced: Paradigms of Pessimism, Politics of Possibility, Ethnopolitics: Formerly Global Review of Ethnopolitics, 12:4, 416-418, DOI: 10.1080/17449057.2013.844424

Fong, E. (2013) . Review of Race Defaced. Public Integrity. Summer, pp. 318-323.

Heartfield, J. (2013) . Review of Race Defaced. Spiked review of Books. Spiked-Online, January

Lancaster, G. (April, 2013) . Review of Race Defaced. Plurilogue: Reviews in Politics and Philosophy. International Research Network in Religion and Democracy. Online.

Forthcoming

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R. (Eds.) (2018) Borders of Mass Destruction: Racialization, “the Refugee” and National Belonging. Routledge.

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (forthcoming 2017) Multicultural Apocalypse: Anti-Immigration at “History’s End”. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. (With Foreword by Saskia Sassen)

Approach To Teaching

Graduate

Fall 2016: Selected Topics in Classical and Contemporary Social Thought: Modernity and the Paradox of 'Race'

Winter 2017: Transnational Migration.

Undergraduate

Third-Year Course (2016/17: Sociology of Race and Racism

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/SOCI3450 6.0  The Sociology of Race and Racism LECT  


Dr Christopher Kyriakides moved to Canada in January 2016 following his successful nomination for the position of Canada Research Chair with the Department of Sociology.

Working within the field of Immigration and Refugee Studies, Kyriakides is principally engaged in an in-depth analysis of 'reception contexts' through the application of mixed-methods (including institutional, political, urban and communication/cyber ethnography) to the study of the relationship between geo-politics, public policy related to (anti)immigration and (anti)racism, and the neighborhood negotiation of racialization, nationalism and religious conflict. Kyriakides' work favors a comparative approach 'between groups' and 'between reception contexts' - local and global. His work has focused on Europe, North America and the Middle East and has been funded by the European Commission, Council of Europe, United Nations, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Research Promotion Foundation, the Canada Research Chairs Secretariat, the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada, to a total of approximately CAD $2 million.In 2017, Kyriakides established York's Reception Contexts Research Team (RCRT) in order to develop key research interventions in refugee-host relations, and has initially solicited a further $1.2 million of private sector support to develop community engaged technological solutions to social problems.

Kyriakides has advised a number of governmental, NGO and community organizations including the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities Program and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) - the largest anti-racist NGO network in the world.

The launch of his 5-country Reception Contexts Research Program at York in October 2016 was attended to capacity by over 100 participants including leading scholars from 6 national contexts and 4 Canadian universities, and featured the work of 23 established and emerging scholars from Canada, the US, Jordan, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Iran, Norway, Ethiopia and Egypt. Papers from the launch will be published by Routledge in a book edited by Kyriakides and Torres, titled "Borders of Mass Destruction: Racialization, National Belonging and 'the Refugee'. Selected papers from the launch will also be published in a special issue of Refuge, Canada's Journal on Refugees, to be co-edited by Kyriakides and York graduate Dina Taha.

In his first year at York, Kyriakides has committed to the lead-supervision of 8 PhD students, 5 Masters students and 3 undergraduate students. In 2016 he taught a graduate course in Classical and Contemporary Sociological Thought titled Modernity and the Paradox of 'Race'. Students submitted papers in response to the question, 'Can there be an anti-racist sociology?' 8 graduates are writing up their papers as chapters to be included in a book edited by Kyriakides and York graduates Nadiya Ali and Beatrice Anane-Bediakoh. Kyriakides also teaches the 3rd year undergraduate course, Sociology of Race and Racism and is scheduled to teach the graduate course Transnational Migration in winter 2018.


His work stresses the importance of a close relationship between the development of theory, interdisciplinarity and comparative analysis and is influenced by the work of Frantz Fanon, C.L.R James and Ernst Bloch. Kyriakides argues that 'a pragmatic approach to problem-solving requires that we think-through the unthinkable and that we ask questions that "shouldn't" be asked'.

Kyriakides’ PhD, The Anti-Racist State (supervised by Satnam Virdee, examined by John Solomos, November 2005) was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and was carried out under the auspices of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Department of Politics, University of Glasgow. His dissertation focused on what happens to the definition of ‘racism’ when racist states declare themselves anti-racist.

His ESRC-funded post-doctoral Research Fellowship investigated the relationship between racism, nationalism and Muslim inclusion/exclusion in Scotland and England and was carried out with Satnam Virdee, Centre for Research in Racism, Ethnicity and Nationalism, Department of Sociology, University of Glasgow and with Tariq Modood at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, Department of Sociology, University of Bristol.

As an associate with the Centre for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy, University of California, Irvine, work (in collaboration with Rodolfo Torres) was subsequently extended comparatively to the US context via research on the relationship between the 'browning of America', the 'war on terror' and the security policing of the Arizona-Mexico border in relation to 'Other than Mexicans'. Kyriakides and Torres' book Race Defaced (Stanford University Press, 2012) represents a 200 year UK-US comparative historical analysis of racism and anti-racism. In his 'postcolonial' position as Associate Professor of Sociology, Ethnicity and Communication, Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology, research extended to the Middle East and to the EU's Southern Maritime Border.

He is currently engaged in a comparative analysis of anti-immigration movements in the US, Norway, Greece, Switzerland and the UK and is also carrying out comparative research into the impact of conflict on the aspirations of higher education students in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.

As Canada Research Chair at York University, Kyriakides is particularly focused on configurations of racialization in relation to the meaning of ‘East’ and ‘West’ and articulations of racism and nationalism in the reception of refugees in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Kyriakides has published widely, including papers in each of the consistently ranked top-three peer-reviewed journals in ethnic studies – the journals of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Ethnicity and Health. Recent papers in Ethnicities, New Political Science, the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, his ASA award-nominated Stanford University Press book (co-authored with R. Torres) Race Defaced: Paradigms of Pessimism, Politics of Possibility, and his forthcoming Oxford University Press book (also co-authored with R. Torres) Multicultural Apocalypse: Anti-Immigration at ‘History’s End’, consolidate empirical and theoretical work to-date.

In 2016 Kyriakides joined the international advisory board of the journal Ethnicities and the Executive Committee of York's Centre for Refugee Studies.

On Race Defaced:

"Race Defaced shakes up the status quo in the field of race—and social theory more broadly—delivering an exciting, forceful challenge to prominent thought. A major contribution."

-Alana Lentin, University of Western Sydney

"It's refreshing to see an ambitious work that steps back from the immediate cauldron of race and places it in a broader political, historical, and theoretical framework. Kyriakides and Torres offer a compelling challenge to the current orthodoxies in this bold, wide-ranging critical analysis."

—Stephen Small, University of California, Berkeley

"Race Defaced is a thoroughly engaging and stimulating attempt to rethink and resituate conservative and radical orthodoxies surrounding the history and development of racism and anti-racism. [...] Following the police slayings of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the U.S. in 2014 and the subsequent protests that took hold across the country, the questions and challenges the book poses for scholars on “race” and for participants within progressive social movements assumes a renewed significance . . . The authors' main contribution lies in providing a conceptual toolkit, framed within 'hope' and 'possibility,' with which to begin a movement toward an emancipatory politics."

—Waqas Tufail, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Student Supervision

Currently lead supervisor for the following doctoral students:

1. Sabrina Paillé. Title: The Mobilization of Gender Equality and Sexual Freedoms in Western European Anti-Immigration Discourses

2. Dina Taha. Title: Marriage for Refuge: An Exploration of Syrian Women’s Survival Mechanisms in Egypt

3. Afsana Tabibi. Title: Migration Geopolitics, Orientalist Racism and the Reception of Afghan Refugees in Canada

4. Nadiya Ali. Title: The ‘Muslim Artistic Space’ Post-9\11: A Critical Muslim Theory Approach

5. Farnoush Mozafari. Title: The Sociological Re-imagination of Subjectivity and Materialism

MA Students

1. Carlo Handy (2017-18) Title: Black Refuge: Racialization, Nationalism and the Reception of Haitian Refugees in Canada.

2. Janice Phonepraseuth (2016-17) Title: Who We Are: A Study of Chinese Student Organizations across North-American University Campuses.

3. Hena Mehta (2016-17) From Prayer to Prejudice: Growing Saffronisation in New Religious Movements.

4. Sabeen Kazmi (2015-16) Title: Canadian-Muslim Women as Right Bearers: Experiences of Inclusion and Exclusion within the Canadian Legal System.

Undergraduate Students

1. Brianna Dickenson.(2016-17) Title: The Representation of Black History within the Ontario Education Curriculum.

2. Sarah Farhan. (2016-17) Title: Racialized Representations of Terrorism in the Canadian Press.

3. Sharlene Choto. (2016-17) Title: The Experiences of Black Police Officers in the Greater Toronto Area.

Administration at York

1. York Strategic Project and Opportunity Review Team

2. Canada Research Chair Advisory Committee

3. Sociology Graduate Admissions Committee

4. Sociology Appointments Committee

5. Sociology Research Committee

6. Sociology International Committee



Professional service beyond the University

1. Member, International Sociological Association.

• Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations

2. Member, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

3. Member, Middle East Studies Association

4. Member, International Communication Association

• Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division

• Intercultural Communication Division

• Political Communication Division

5. Member, European Communication Research and Education Association

• Diaspora, Migration and the Media Research Section

• International and Intercultural Communication Research Section

• Political Communication Research Section

• Philosophy of Communication Research Section

• Film Studies Section



Peer-review for:

1. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

2. Journal of Ethnicity and Health

3. Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies

4. Ethnicities

5. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism

6. International Sociology

7. Communication, Culture and Critique

8. Bulletin of Historical Medicine

9. International Journal of Electronic Governance

10. New Political Science

11. Rochester Studies in Medical History book series

12. World Development

13. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies

Area of Specialization

Critical Immigration and Refugee Studies

Degrees

PhD, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Department of Politics, University of Glasgow
BA (Hons.), Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Glasgow

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests:

Race and Racism , Immigration , racialization and nationalism, (anti)immigration, the (anti)racist state, social theory, utopian thought and hopeful subjectivity, geopolitics, culture and communication

Current Research Projects

Racialized Reception Contexts

Summary: 
Racialized Reception Contexts (RRC) aims to develop a program of research orientated within the field of Critical Immigration and Refugee Studies. Initial research focuses on configurations of racialization in relation to the meaning of East/West, South/North, and the articulations of racism and nationalism in the reception of refugees in Europe, North America and the Middle East. RRC is guided by the understanding that racialization, particularly in light of the post-9/11 “war on terror,” works with the historical conditions of racism specific to a given national formation, but in a dynamic global context. A six-country analysis of Canada, the United States, Italy, Greece, Norway and Jordan, will examine the extent to which policy instruments and media discourse related to the global refugee crisis negatively impacts racialized communities in each reception context.

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Description: 
The Racialized Reception Contexts team consists of the following:

Christopher Kyriakides (York University, Canada)
Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo, Norway)
Rodolfo D. Torres (University of California, Irvine)
Nicolas Demertzis (University of Athens, Greece)
Musa Shteiwi (University of Jordan)
Paolo Boccagni (Univerity of Trento, Italy)


Project Type: Funded
Role: Canada Research Chair - Project Leader


Start Date:  Month: Jan  Year: 2016
End Date:  Month: Dec  Year: 2020

Rural Reception Contexts

Summary: 
Rural Reception Contexts is a research collaboration between York University’s Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Socially Engaged Research in Race and Racialization, the office of Kim Rudd, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Peterborough South, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Northumberland County,Ontario. Lead by the CRC, this three-way collaborative partnership seeks to develop a robust understanding of the reception of sponsored Syrian refugees in the context of Northumberland County, Ontario, so as to identify positive interventions and strategies that will enhance inclusive community development.

Northumberland County (NC) is active in welcoming Syrian refugees via sponsorship initiatives and the number of sponsored refugees is expected to significantly increase by mid- to late- 2016. NC presents us with an opportunity to examine the specific dynamics of refugee reception in a rural area with significant pockets of economic deprivation. Rural Reception Contexts will provide a detailed case study of the inclusion/exclusion of Syrian refugees in NC and will help us to gain insights into the specifics of rural refugee settlement. The findings from this socially engaged research will directly support policy-thinking at the local level in Northumberland County and will have implications for policy thinking at the national level.

The project is funded through the Social Science and Humanities Research Council in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, special call 'Targeted Research: Syrian Refugee Arrival, Resettlement and Integration'. The project is derived from and will extend Dr Kyriakides' Racialized Reception Contexts research program to in-Canada rural reception.

http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/results-resultats/recipients-recipiendaires/2016/syrian_refugee-refugie_syrien-eng.aspx


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principle Investigator - Christopher Kyriakides


Start Date:  Month: Oct  Year: 2016
End Date:  Month: Oct  Year: 2017

All Publications

Books

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (September 2012) Race Defaced: Paradigms of Pessimism, Politics of Possibility. STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS.

Journal Articles

Kyriakides, C. (2017) Words Don't Come Easy: Al Jazeera's Migrant-Refugee Distinction and the European Culture of (Mis)trust. Current Sociology, 65:7. * journal of the International Sociological Association.

Kyriakides, C. (2016) . Class and Race. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1–4. (ISBN 9781405189781)

Kyriakides, C. (2015) ‘Redressing Racism, Communicating Citizenship: State Legitimation Techniques in the Multicultural Metropolis.’ European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. 2(1), 23-51. *Journal of the European Sociological Association.

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (2015) “Other Than Mexicans”, “Islamic Fascists” and the Transatlantic Regulation of Risky Subjects. Ethnicities, Chicano/a & Latino/a Special issue. 15(2): 282-301.

Avraamidou, M. & Kyriakides, C. (2015) Media Nationalism. Global Media, 10(2): 1-21.

Kyriakides, C. (2012) ‘Post-Racial Pessimism: Therapolitics and the Anti-Utopian Present.’ darkmatter Journal, Post-Racial Imaginaries special Issue 9.1, June (online)

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (2012) ‘The Allure of Race: from New Lefts to New Times’, New Political Science, 34 (1), 55-80. *Journal of the American Political Science Association.

Kyriakides, C., Virdee, S., Modood, T. (2009) 'Racism, Muslims and the National Imagination’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 35(2), 289-308.

Kyriakides, C. (2008) 'Third-Way Anti-Racism: A Contextual Constructionist Approach'. Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 31(3), 592-610.

Kyriakides, C. (2008) ‘In Pursuit of Utopia: A Pakistani, an Arab and a Scotsman “return” to Cyprus'. Études helléniques/Hellenic Studies. 16(1), 95-112.

Virdee, S. Kyriakides, C., Modood, T. (2006) 'Codes of Cultural Belonging: Racialised National Identities in a Multi-Ethnic Scottish Neighbourhood'. Sociological Research Online. December.

Kyriakides, C. and Virdee, S. (2003) . ‘Migrant Labour, Racism and the British National Health Service’. Journal of Ethnicity and Health. 8(4), 283-305.

Book Reviews

Christopher Kyriakides (forthcoming) 'Arab Responses to Fascism and Nazism'. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies.

Christopher Kyriakides (2015) "Refugees, Capitalism and the British State: Implications for Social Workers, Volunteers and Activists". Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies

Christopher Kyriakides' (2014) 'Transnational Roots of the Civil Rights Movement: African American Explorations of the Gandhian Repertoire’. Journal of International Sociology.

Christopher Kyriakides (2008) 'The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain'. In Ethnic and Racial Studies Volume 31, Issue 8.

Published Reviews Of Your Work

Tufail. W. (2015) . Review of Race Defaced. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. April 2015 vol. 1 no. 2, pp.338-339. Official journal of the American Sociological Association’s Section for Racial and Ethnic Minorities.

Gilligan, C. (2013) Race Defaced: Paradigms of Pessimism, Politics of Possibility, Ethnopolitics: Formerly Global Review of Ethnopolitics, 12:4, 416-418, DOI: 10.1080/17449057.2013.844424

Fong, E. (2013) . Review of Race Defaced. Public Integrity. Summer, pp. 318-323.

Heartfield, J. (2013) . Review of Race Defaced. Spiked review of Books. Spiked-Online, January

Lancaster, G. (April, 2013) . Review of Race Defaced. Plurilogue: Reviews in Politics and Philosophy. International Research Network in Religion and Democracy. Online.

Forthcoming

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R. (Eds.) (2018) Borders of Mass Destruction: Racialization, “the Refugee” and National Belonging. Routledge.

Kyriakides, C. & Torres, R.D. (forthcoming 2017) Multicultural Apocalypse: Anti-Immigration at “History’s End”. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. (With Foreword by Saskia Sassen)


Teaching:

Approach To Teaching
Graduate

Fall 2016: Selected Topics in Classical and Contemporary Social Thought: Modernity and the Paradox of 'Race'

Winter 2017: Transnational Migration.

Undergraduate

Third-Year Course (2016/17: Sociology of Race and Racism


Current Courses

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TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/SOCI3450 6.0  The Sociology of Race and Racism LECT