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Alexandre Christoyannopoulos BA, MA, PhD, FHEA

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Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Profile

Alex is officially French and Greek, grew up in Brussels and has lived in England almost continuously since 1997, so he feels like a foreigner everywhere.

Between 1997 and 2008, he completed his academic studies at the University of Kent, covering disciplines such as Economics (BA), International Relations and European Studies (MA), and Politics and Government with some Theology and Religious Studies (PhD). The only interruption was an internship at the European Commission. ‌

Between January 2005 and 2010, he taught on a broad variety of modules in half a dozen departments both at Kent and (from 2008) at Canterbury Christ Church University. ‌In 2010, he joined the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough.

He still cannot decide whether his main discipline is political thought, religion and politics, anarchist studies, international relations or political theology. There may be others. He publishes and teaches in those areas among others (see below).

He has a keen interest in pedagogical innovations and publishes top essays from his students, as well as some lecture notes, on Socratic Hive.

He is fluent in French and English, reasonably fluent in Greek, understands (even if he pretends not to) Spanish and Portuguese, and has studied (and hopes to continue trying to learn) Arabic.

Alex has published on Tolstoy and Christian anarchism in particular, but his broader research interests include:

  • Christian/religious anarchism;
  • Leo Tolstoy's political thought;
  • politics and religion;
  • critical terrorism/security studies;
  • pacifism and nonviolence.

Feel free to contact him to discuss potential research projects and research supervision on any of these themes.

He is also interested in ideas, projects or experience on how to best combine open-access publishing (especially if accompanied by hard-copy availability) with academic rigour (peer-review). He is currently co-editing a series of books embracing those principles, and several of his academic publications are openly/freely accessible online (see publications).

Alex has taught on numerous different modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A full list is available here. At Loughborough, he has developed a final year module on ‘Politics and Religion’, and taught and developed or significantly redeveloped a final year module on ‘State, Violence and Terrorism’, a postgraduate module on ‘Protest and Resistance’, a postgraduate module on ‘International Politics: Issues and Policies’, as well as the first year ‘Contemporary World Arena’ and ‘Introduction to Academic Studies’ modules.

PhD Supervision

Current postgraduate research students

 

  • Oscar Addis: “The Revolutionary Strategy of Western Anarchism”.
  • Imogen Lambert: “Towards the Possibility of Post-Secular Revolution: A Case Study in Syria”.

Recent postgraduate research students

  • Elizabeth Vasileva (2018) “Anarchism, Deleuze and Immanent Ethics
  • Teresa Fernandes Xavier (2017) “The Postanarchist, an activist in a ‘heterotopia’: building an ideal type” 
  • Will Boisseau (2016)  “The Place of Animal Rights in the British Extra-Parliamentary Left”
  • John Nightingale (2015) “The Concept of Solidarity in Anarchist Thought”

Books

(ed.), Religious Anarchism: New Perspectives

Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009

Edited: Alexandre J. M. E. Christoyannopoulos

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(ed.), Religious Anarchism: New Perspectives

Christian Anarchism

A Political Commentary on the Gospel

Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2010

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Christian Anarchism

Anarchism and Religion

Anarchism and Religion (2017)

Stockholm University Press 

Edited by: Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, Matthew Adams

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Anarchism and Religion

Anarchism and Religion: Volume II

Anarchism and Religion (2018)

Stockholm University Press 

Edited by: Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, Matthew Adams

Read more about the publication here >>

 

Anarchism and Religion: Volume II

Journal articles

Chapters/entries in edited volume 

  • "Anarchism and Religion", co-authored with Lara Apps, in Brill's Companion to Anarchism and Philosophy, edited by Nathan Jun (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 120-151.
  • "The Golden Rule on the Green Stick: Leo Tolstoy's Postsecular International Thought", Towards a Postsecular International Politics: New Forms of Community, Identity, and Power, edited by Luca Mavelli and Fabio Petito (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 81-102.
  • "Christian Anarchism: A Revolutionary Reading of the Bible", New Perspectives on Anarchism, part of the Out Sources: Philosophy, Culture, Politics series, edited by Nathan Jun and Shane Wahl (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2010), 149-167.
  • "Responding to the State: Christian Anarchists on Romans 13, Rendering to Caesar, and Civil Disobedience", Religious Anarchism, New Perspectives, edited by Alexandre J. M. E. Christoyannopoulos (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2009), 106-144.

For a detailed list of publications (including translations into 7 languages), many of which are openly accessible online and some of which have been translated into other languages, visit the link below:

A detailed list of publications >>