Room H, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 09:30 - 11:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Georgios Karyotis (University of Glasgow)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Dimitris Skleparis (University of Glasgow)
  • Professor Petros Vamvakas (Emmanuel College)
  • Professor Christina Kulich-Vamvakas (Worcester State University)
  • Mr Konstantinos Vlachopoulos (University of Glasgow)
  • Mr Vasileios Karakasis (The Hague University of Applied Sciences)
  • Dr Athanasia Chalari (University of Northampton)

The economic downturn since 2010 and the mass forced displacement since 2015 have disproportionately affected Southern European states that have been at the epicentre of both crises. Young people, refugees and political elites have, to varying degrees and in different ways, sought to adapt to these developments and construct appropriate individual and collective responses and communicative frames in response to a range of new security challenges. This panel analyses the role of identify formation and transformation in the context of the economic and migration crises in Southern Europe. The panel is proposed on behalf of the Greek Politics Specialist Group. Individual papers look at the following themes:

  1. ‘Austerity, Demography, and the Forging of Liberal Identity in Mediterranean Europe in the 2010s’, Christina Kulich-Vamvakas (Suffolk University, Boston) & Petros Vamvakas (Emmanuel College, Boston)
  2. Youth Identity Formation During the Greek Crisis, Athanasia Chalari  (University of Northampton)
  3. ‘The Desecuritization of Migration in Greece: Contested Frames in Parliamentary Debates’ Kostas Vlachopoulos (University of Glasgow)
  4. ‘Building Futures: Comparative Perspectives on the Skills, Aspirations and Attitudes of Young Syrian Refugees’, Georgios Karyotis (University of Glasgow) & Dimitris Skleparis (University of Glasgow)
  5. 'Operational Codes” and Energy Security in Cyprus: Evaluating the opinion leaders’ viewpoints through Q-Methodology', Vasileios Karakasis (University of Leiden)