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Panos Kompatsiaris

  • Panos Kompatsiaris has been at HSE University since 2015.


Panos Kompatsiaris works in the intersection of visual culture, cultural studies and media theory, focusing on the broader politics of media and culture. He has published articles and chapters on global art institutions, labour in the creative industries, working class and ethnic minorities in film, artistic populism, curating, animal studies and celebrity activism. He is the author of The Politics of Contemporary Art Biennials: Spectacles, of Critique, Art and Theory, Routledge, 2017 and co-editor of The Industrialization of Creativity and Its Limits Values, Politics and Lifestyles of Contemporary Cultural Economies (Springer, 2020).

Areas of research interest and potential supervision include: curating and media; contemporary art  institutions; othering and visual representations; creative work; digital ehtnography; animals and media.

Education and Degrees

  • 2015

    PhD in Art Theory
    University of Edinburgh
    Thesis Title: Curating Resistances: Crisis and the limits of the political turn in contemporary art biennials

  • 2011

    Master's in Visual Culture
    University of Edinburgh

  • 2003

    Degree in Economics
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Awards and Accomplishments

Courses (2023/2024)

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Center for Experimental Museology, Moscow 


Innovation Initiative Grant, The University of Edinburgh Development Trust (https://craftingvalues.wordpress.com/)

2010- 2014 

PhD Fellowship, Greek State Scholarship Foundation (I.K.Y)



2021                Either We All Become Heroines or None of Us’: Towards an Anti-Essentialist Politics of the Heroic. ‘Duty to Revolt’ (virtual conference, invited), 25- 26 Mar, Athens, Greece

2021                Art Struggles: Confronting Internships and Unpaid Labour in Cultural Production. ‘Artistic work in Greece: regimes, politics and perspectives’ (virtual conference, invited). 26 -27 February, Thessaloniki, Greece.

2020                The Art Institution in the Age of Platformization (virtual conference, invited). NO FUTURE, Conference, Dec 15-17, Istanbul, Turkey.

2020                Politics, Economies and Cultures of Contemporary Art Biennials, post-Documenta (virtual public lecture, invited), Oct 27, Kassel, Germany.

2020                The Alien Museum: Resurrection, Kinship and Futurism in post-Anthropocentric Comist Politics. ‘CEM Almanac: №1’ (virtual seminar, invited). Dec 2, Moscow, Russia.

2020                The Politics of Left-Wing Trolling: Counter-Hegemonic Discourses Against Austerity (with Yiannis Mylonas). ‘#DN25. Global Dispositives. From #DigitalRevolution to the #NewSilkRoad. Infrastructures and Discursive Imaginaries of Geopolitical Realities’ (virtual conference). 12-15 Nov, Tymen, Russia.

2020                Trolling as transgression: Subversive affirmations against neoliberal austerity (with Yiannis Mylonas).Comparative Media Studies in Today’s World’ (virtual conference). Nov 10-11, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

2020              Biennial Ethnographies Against Biennialization: Place, Translocality and Global Forms, ‘Biennialization and its counternarratives’ Panel (conference, invited). 108th CAA Annual Conference, Chicago, USA.

2020              Politics of Artistic Research and Knowledge (seminar), Arts-Based Research or Communication Studies? Respublika!, February 6, Helsinki, Finland.

2019              Vulnerability, Kinship and Ethics in a Fish Ethnography: Methods and Ethical Positioning, Muséum national d'histoire (conference), Nov 21-22, Paris, France.

2019              Trolling as transgression: Subversive affirmations against neoliberal austerity (with Yiannis Mylonas). ‘Piracy and Beyond: Exploring 'Threats' in Media and Culture’ (conference), Oct 23-25, HSE, Moscow, Russia.

2019              Mapping Artistic Networks in Post-Socialist Biennials , ‘Situating the ‘Global’ in Contemporary Humanities’ (conference, invited), Oct 17-19, HSE, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

2019              Art Manifestos (with Evangelos Chrysagis),London Conference in Critical Thought’ (conference), Jul 5-6, Goldsmiths, London, UK.

2019             How to Make Kin with a Monster Fish?. ‘Monstrous Ontologies’ (conference), Roehampton University, Jul1, London UK.

2019             Monster fish, Kinship and Non-human Vulnerabilities. ‘Conference Stream 37 11th Critical Management Studies Conference’ (conference), 27-29 Jun, The Open University, Milton Keynes, London, UK.

2019              Celebrity Activism and Revolution: The Problem of Truth and the Limits of Performativity. ‘Cultural Studies Association, 11th Conference’ (conference), 30 May – 1 Jun, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA.

2019              Statements, Politics and Values in Contemporary Biennial Curating. As big as Biennale: Biennali in Dialogo/ Biennials in Dialogue (conference, invited), May 7, Venice, Italy.

2019              Monster fish, Kinship and Non-human Vulnerabilities, New Holland (public lecture, invited), April 10, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

2019              Art and Populism: Making the Aesthetics of the People (seminar, invited). La Cultura Del Populismo. IULM, 7 Mar, Milan, Italy.

2019              A Toxic Pufferfish in the Mediterranean. ‘My Dear Friends’ (exhibition talk, invited). Jan 13, DEPO Gallery. Istanbul, Turkey.

2018              We Need More Heroes: Art and Anti-Fascist Imaginaries. ‘Shaping Desired Futures: Cultural Relations in Europe and Beyond’ (conference, invited), 28 Nov, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium.

2018              Social Media and the Rise of neo-Nazism in Europe (with Yiannis Mylonas), University of Tyumen, Violence in the Digital Age, (conference) 10-11 Oct, 2018, Tyumen, Siberia.

2018              The Industry of the Aesthetic: Rituals of Value and Labour in Contemporary Art Biennials, ‘European Sociological Association (ESA), Sociology of Art (RN2)’ (conference), 4-7 September, 2018, Valetta, Malta.

2018              Contemporary Art Biennials as Ethnographic Sites: Value, Activism and Politics Large Scale Exhibitions, ‘Art, Materiality and Representation’, British Museum & SOAS. (conference) 1-3 June, London, UK.

2018              Incorporating Activism: Art Biennials as Sites for Institutional and Social Change (with Nada Endrissat), ‘13th Organization Studies Summer Workshop on Responding to Displacement, Disruption, and Division: Organizing for Social and Institutional Change’ (conference), Samos, Greece.

2018              Contemporary Art and Left-wing Populism: Between High Aesthetics and Working Class Militancy, ‘The Aesthetics of Social Equality: Avant-Garde, Populisms and the People’ (conference), HSE, 10-11 May, Moscow, Russia

2017                The Politics of Contemporary Art Biennials: Spectacles of Critique, Theory and Art, ‘Università di comunicazione e lingue | IULM’ (public lecture, invited), Oct 18, Milan, Italy.

2017              The Politics of Contemporary Art Biennials. ‘Zurich University of the Arts and Documenta 14’, (public lecture, invited), April 9, Athens, Greece.

2017              Curatorial Words: The Production of Authorship and Public Value in Contemporary Art Economies, ‘Communication, Art, Media: Probing Impacts and Interactions workshop, ECREA Philosophy of Communication’ (conference), 13-15 Oct, Lisbon, Portugal.

2017              The Labour of Curating: Networking, Mediation and the Micro-entrepreneurialism of Mobile Creatives, ‘Mediating Cultural Work: Texts, Objects and Politics’ (conference), CAMEo, Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, 6-8 Sep, Stamford Court, Leicester, UK.

2017              Left-wing Populism and the Arts: Crisis, Resistance and Critique, ‘(Un)Making Europe Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association’ (conference), 29 August - 1 Sep, Athens, Greece

2017              Crafting Values: Economies, Ethics and Aesthetics of Cultural Worth, London Conference in Critical Thought 2017 (conference), 30 June-1 July, London South Bank University, UK.

2017              The Politics of Contemporary Art Biennials: Spectacles of Critique, Theory and Art,The Industrialization of Creativity and its Limits: Value, Self-expression and the Economy of Culture in Times of Crisis’ (conference), 23-24 Jun, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia.

2016              Art, Aesthetics and the People: The Artist Taxi Driver as Populist Realism and Working Class Pride, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (public lecture, invited), 5 Dec, Greece.

2016              Performing Artistic Populism: The Videos of Marc McGowan as Populist Critique and Negation, ‘Populism as Movement and Rhetoric’ (conference), University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

2015              'To See and Be Seen': Ethnographic Notes on Cultural Work, Challenging Media Landscapes: Cultures and Industries of Creativity, ‘Contemporary Media Landscapes’ (conference), 16-17 Nov, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

2014               ‘Exerting Force in Opposition’: Predicaments of Art, Resistance and Social Usefulness (conference, invited) Enjoy (y)our State of Emergency  Art and activist strategies in times of Crisis, NGBK, December 3-7, Berlin, Germany.

2014                The Rise of Nazism and the Web (with Yiannis Mylonas) ‘Media and Communication in and after the Global Capitalist Crisis: Renewal, Reform or Revolution?’ European Sociological Association's Research Network 18Sociology of Communications and Media Research (conference), 17-18 Oct, Bucharest, Romania.

2012              Pathologizing Politics: Culturalist Discourses on the Greek Debt Crisis (with Yiannis Mylonas) Communication, Crisis and Critique in Contemporary Capitalism, European Sociological Association's Research Network 18Sociology of Communications and Media Research (conference), 18-20 Oct, Bilbao, Spain.

2011              The Contemporary Art Biennial boom: Politics and the Political Economy of an Emerging Institution, ‘Cities, Creativity, Connectivity, International Association for Media and Communication ResearchIAMCR’ (conference), 13-17 Jul,  Istanbul, Turkey.   

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‘Every Experience Is New to Me’

Trang Ly is a 25-year-old master’s student from Vietnam. In addition to her studies on the Critical Media Studies programme at HSE University-Moscow, she works as a composer and contributes to the Life in Moscow series on the university’s website. In her interview, she talks about the unusual events she has helped organise, the many opportunities available to foreign students at HSE, and much more.

Students of Critical Media Studies Carry out Research on Monsters and Horror

Traditionally, humans have imagined monsters as the exact opposite of themselves: huge, violent, or invisible and soulless beasts. This is apparent in many examples in cinema. However, the image of monsters on the screen transforms with time. A group of Critical Media Studies master’s students organised an event covering the topic of how this transformation takes place at the ‘Playing with Fear: New Image of Monsters in Horror Films’ round table on December 10th.

'In Outer Space, Encounters between Humans and Non-humans Could be in a Variety of Languages'

On November 5, the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow hosted an HSE-organised event entitled 'Cosmic Bodies: A Philosophical and Musical Party for Cyborgs'. The speakers and the audience reflected on popular-culture depictions of humans as they explore outer space.

New book edited by professors from Critical Media Studies

HSE University Launches New Master’s Programme in Critical Media Studies

HSE University’s new Master’s Programme ‘Critical Media Studies’, offered by the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design, is now accepting applications for fall 2020. Programme Academic Supervisor and HSE Assistant Professor Panos Kompatsiaris explains what kinds of courses and research opportunities await the programme’s first cohort, and what makes the programme unique.