Saffo Papantonopoulou

About Saffo Papantonopoulou

My research is focused on the history and urban geography of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki is currently the second capital of Greece, but was previously the second capital of the Ottoman empire. I am interested in tracing Thessaloniki's transformation from an Ottoman port city to a Greek city. In my research I hope to trace the transformaiton of regimes of gender and sexuality from Ottoman times to the present, with a focus on the history of transgender sex work. I hope to take a transgender-centric approach to the intersections of anthropology, history, and urban geography, from the 19th century to the present.

Selected Publications

"'Even A Freak Like You Would Be Safe in Tel Aviv': Transgender Subjects, Wounded Attachments, and the Zionist Economy of Gratitude" in Women's Studies Quarterly, Special Issue: Debt. Volume 42: 1 & 2. 278-293.

"Thrice A Stranger: Hellenism, Kemalism, Zionism," in Athens Institute for Education and Research paper series.

"When Are You Not An Anthropologist?" in Arizona Anthropologist.


Areas of Study

Historical Anthropology - Urban Geography - Gender and Sexuality - Transgender Studies - Colonialism and Imperialism - Nationalism - Historical Memory - Ottoman history - Greek-Turkish relations - Neoottomanism

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Contact Information

Anthropology and Middle East Studies Dual PhD


2014- MA- Anthropology The New School for Social Research

2008- BA- History with Honors Brown University

2008- Undergraduate Teacher Education Program- Social Studies Brown University