- Assistant Professor:Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design / School of Media
- Programme Academic Supervisor:Critical Media Studies
- Panos Kompatsiaris has been at HSE University since 2015.
I work in the intersection of art theory, cultural studies and media theory, focusing on the broader politics of culture in capitalist societies. I have published articles and book chapters on contemporary art biennials in Europe, work and artistic labour in the creative industries, representations of ethnic minorities in Greek film, art and populism, working class representations in the work of Aki Kaurismäki and the predicaments of celebrity activism. I have recently completed a book on contemporary art biennials (The Politics of Contemporary Art Biennials: Spectacles, of Critique, Art and Theory, Routledge, 2017). My areas of interest/ potential supervision include: contemporary art; art institutions; visual culture; sociology of culture; institutional critique; cultural minority representations; work and labour in capitalism.
Education and Degrees
PhD in Art Theory
University of Edinburgh
Thesis Title: Curating Resistances: Crisis and the limits of the political turn in contemporary art biennials
Master's in Visual Culture
University of Edinburgh
Degree in Economics
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Student Term / Thesis Papers
Н. Иванова «Political Endorsements of Hip-Hop Artists in US (2004-)». Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design, 2019
K. Zemel «Archetypal Plots in Modern TV Series (on the example of HBO and Netflix Series)». Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design, 2018
P. Pugacheva «Inclusive Theatre and Representation of Disability Culture in Media». Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design, 2017
- Art, Politics and Ideology (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design; 4 year, 2 module)Eng
Contemporary Art and its Politics: Visual Culture, Social Practice and Activism (Master’s programme; Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design; field of study "42.04.05. Медиакоммуникации", field of study "42.04.05. Медиакоммуникации"; 1 year, 3 module)Eng
- Contemporary Art and its Politics: Visuality, Activism and the Social Turn (Master’s programme; Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design; 1 year, 3 module)Eng
- Crafting Values in Art and Creative Industries (Master’s programme; Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design; 1 year, 3 module)Eng
Articles and book chapters16
- Chapter Kompatsiaris P. Celebrity activism and revolution: The problem of truth and the limits of performativity, in: The Political Economy of Celebrity Activism. L. : Routledge, 2020. doi Ch. 10. P. 151-165. doi
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Biennial art and its rituals: value, political economy and artfulness // Journal of Aesthetics and Culture. 2019. Vol. 11. No. 1. P. 1-9. doi
- Article Mylonas Y., Kompatsiaris P. DYSFUNCTIONAL CULTURES AND THE MAKING OF HOMO ECONOMICUS: EXPERT PERSONAS AND LIBERAL CONSENT IN AUSTERITY REGIMES // Communications. Media. Design. 2019. Vol. 4. No. 1. P. 32-61.
- Article Kompatsiaris P., Lear R. Is Another Biennial Possible? Art, Time and Refusal // London Journal of Critical Thought (UK). 2019. Vol. 3. No. 1. P. 29-39.
- Article Kompatsiaris P. On the Heroisms of Today: Experience, Memory and Risk as Anti-fascist Politics in Contemporary Art // Third Text. 2019. Vol. 33. No. 3. P. 415-430 . doi
- Article Mylonas Y., Kompatsiaris P. Trolling as transgression: Subversive affirmations against neoliberal austerity // International Journal of Cultural Studies . 2019. P. 1-22. doi
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Aliens in the Mediterranean Sea: Monstrous Fish and the (Im)Possibilities of Kinship with Non-Human Others // The Enemy. 2018. Vol. 1. No. 1. P. 11-32.
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Contemporary art and left-wing populism: the Artist Taxi Driver as working class ideology // Journal of Visual Art Practice. 2018. P. 67-80. doi
- Chapter Kompatsiaris P. Dreamers and Other Sentimental Fools: Money, Solidarity and Ambivalent Populism in the Films of Aki Kaurismäki, in: The Films of Aki Kaurismäki: Ludic Engagements. Bloomsbury, 2018. Ch. 6. P. 101-116. doi
- Article Компациарис П. Colonizing the alien sound: Conceptual aesthetics and the conquering of the sonic other (trans. from English by Tatiana Pirusskaya) / Пер. с англ. // Новое литературное обозрение. 2017. № 148. С. 138-143.
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Whitewashing the nation: racist jokes and the construction of the African ‘other’ in Greek popular cinema // Social Identities. 2017. Vol. 23. No. 3. P. 360-375. doi
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Art Struggles: Confronting Internships and Unpaid Labour in Contemporary Art // TripleC – Cognition, Communication, Co-operation: Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society. 2015. Vol. 13. No. 2. P. 554-566. doi
- Chapter Kompatsiaris P., Mylonas Y. The rise of neo-Nazism and the web: social media as platforms for racist discourses in the context of Greek economic crisis, in: Social Media, Politics and the State: Protests, Revolutions, Riots, Crime and Policing in the Age of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society). Routledge, 2015. P. 109-130.
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Curating Resistances: Ambivalences and Potentials of Contemporary Art Biennials // Culture, Communication & Critique. 2014. Vol. 7. No. 1. P. 76-91. doi
- Article Kompatsiaris P. ‘To See and Be Seen’: Ethnographic Notes on Cultural Work in Contemporary Art in Greece // European Journal of Cultural Studies. 2014. Vol. 17. No. 5. P. 507-524. doi
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Novelty and the politicization of the creative field: Creative labour and the poetics of the ‘open work’ // Critical Contemporary Culture. 2012. Vol. 1. No. 1
Center for Experimental Museology, Moscow
Innovation Initiative Grant, The University of Edinburgh Development Trust (https://craftingvalues.wordpress.com/)
PhD Fellowship, Greek State Scholarship Foundation (I.K.Y)
The New Year is a time for making plans and adopting new resolutions. We have talked to HSE students and staff members about the events they are most looking forward to in the coming year, 2020, and about their wishes and hopes for the new year.
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.
Originally from Greece, Pános Kompatsiáris was attracted to join the Higher School of Economics because of the university’s reputation for exceptional working conditions and fostering career development. Having spent the last ten years in a variety of cities, including Edinburgh and Berlin, Professor Kompatsiáris brings his background in economics, cultural studies and art theory to his current position as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design at HSE.