Dr Eleni Christodoulou joined the Georg Eckert Institute in April 2016 as a research fellow, working in the field of Peace and Conflict within the Department ‘Textbook and Society’. She took over as acting head of the Peace and Conflict field in August 2016. Her research focuses on resistance to peace education in Cyprus, in particular on resistance towards efforts to change the history textbooks to make them more inclusive. Her project at the GEI examines whether the Orthodox Church in Cyprus has been a ‘securitising’ or ‘desecuritising’ force with regards to proposed changes to history textbooks. Her research interests include history and collective memory; pedagogical peacebuilding; Gramsci and peace education; gender and peacebuilding; and the role of religion in peace and conflict.
Eleni Christodoulou holds a BA in Modern History, an MA in Political Science and an MA in Diplomacy. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham in 2014. Her undergraduate thesis, on the history of the Birmingham School of Jewellery, was awarded the WHB Court Memorial Prize and the Baxter Prize in Local History. Her doctoral thesis, titled ‘The Politics of Peace Education in Cyprus’, investigated the discursive power struggle over education in the context of the Cyprus Conflict and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, UK. During her doctoral studies, she was a Universitas 21 PhD Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia, a PhD Visiting Researcher at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and completed an ESRC-funded placement at the Scrutiny Unit of the British Parliament. From 2014 to 2016, Eleni worked as a high school teacher at a private school in Cyprus, where she taught history and politics.