Eugenia Roussou

Academic degree: Doctorate
Category: Full members
Institutional subunit: ISCTE-IUL
Research group: Circulation and Place-Making
Thematic line:
Research interests: Religion | Alternative healing | Spiritual creativity
Research contexts: Portugal | Greece | Brazil
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Biographical note

Having graduated from the University of Thessaly, Greece, with a BA (honours, distinction) degree in History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology in 2003, Eugenia Roussou received her MA in Social Anthropology (2004, distinction) from the Goldsmiths College, University of London, and her PhD in Social Anthropology (2010) from UCL, University of London. She has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Greece on religion, alternative spirituality, performances of ritual healing, material religiosity, gender, ethnic identity. Her current research, as a full researcher at CRIA, focuses on “new” spiritualities, religious pluralism, alternative healing, spiritual creativity, and the relationship between contemporary religiosity and socio-economic crisis in Portugal and Greece. Her theoretical and ethnographic interests are directed towards the multiple ways of expressing and practicing religion and spirituality, sensory models of perception, epistemologies of knowledge, material manifestations of belief, performances of (spi)ritual healing, multiculturalism and globalization, and the creativity with which social identities are constructed in the contemporary world.

Eugenia Roussoupub252*2011ArticleROUSSOU, Eugenia, 2011, "Orthodoxy at the crossroads: popular religion and Greek identity in the evil eye practice", Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 20 (1): 85-105, ISSN 1016-3476.
Eugenia Roussoupub252*2011Book chapterROUSSOU, Eugenia, 2011, "When Soma encounters the spiritual: bodily praxes of performed religiosity in contemporary Greece", em Ruy Blanes e Anna Fedele (orgs.), Beyond Body and Soul: Anthropological Approaches to Corporeality in Contemporary Religion, Londres, Berghahn Books, pp. 133-150, ISBN 978-0-85745-208-5.
Eugenia Roussoupub252*2013Book chapterROUSSOU, Eugenia, 2013, "Spirituality within religion: gendered responses to a Greek 'spiritual revolution’", in Anna Fedele, Kim Knibbe (orgs.), Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality: Ethnographic Approaches, London, Routledge, pp. 46-61, ISBN: 978-0-415-65947-5.
Eugenia Roussoupub252*2013Book chapterROUSSOU, Eugenia, 2013, "The New Age of Greek orthodoxy: pluralizing religiosity in everyday practice", in Ruy Blanes and José Mapril (orgs.), Sites and Politics of Religious Diversity in Southern Europe: The Best of All Gods, Leiden, Brill, pp. 73-92, ISBN: 978-9004255234.
Eugenia Roussoupub252*2014ArticleROUSSOU, Eugenia, 2014, "Believing in the supernatural through the «evil eye»: perception and science in the modern Greek cosmos, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 29 (3): 425-438, ISSN: 1353-7903, E-ISSN: 1469-9419.
Eugenia Roussoupub252*2015ArticleROUSSOU, Eugenia, 2015, "From socialization to individualization: a new challenge for Portuguese religiosity", Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 7 (3): 89-112.
Eugenia Roussoupub252*2015Paper in proceedingsROUSSOU, Eugenia, 2015, "Religiosidade portuguesa em transformação: uma discussão antropológica da 'nova espiritualidade' contemporânea em Lisboa da Crise", in J. Antero, S. Marivoet (orgs.), Anais do I Congresso Lusófono de Ciência das Religiões: Religiões e Espiritualidades, Culturas e Identidades, vol. XVI, Lisboa, Edições Universitárias Lusófonas, pp. 39-50, ISBN:
Eugenia Roussoupub252*2016ArticleROUSSOU, Eugenia, 2016, "A transformação de religiosidade em Portugal e na Grécia: uma comparação etnográfica da Nova Espiritualidade e pluralismo religioso no sul da Europa", Rever, 16 (3):
Eugenia Roussoupub252*2017Book chapterROUSSOU, Eugenia, 2017, "The syncretic religioscape of contemporary Greece and Portugal: a comparative approach on creativity through spiritual synthesis", in Stefania Palmisano and Nicola Pannofino (orgs.), Invention of Tradition and Syncretism in Contemporary Religions: Sacred Creativity, Nova Iorque, Palgrave McMillan, pp. 155-175, ISBN: 978-3-319-61096-2.

IDResearcherPositionProjTitleProject typeStatus+
pub252*Eugenia RoussouResearch scholarproj30*Religion in/of crisis: pluralism, spiritual creativity and healing in Portugal and GreecePost-doctoral researchConcluded+
pub252*Eugenia RoussouResearch scholarproj320*Religious boundaries in transcendence: "new age", pluralism and spiritual creativity in contemporary LisbonPost-doctoral researchConcluded+