Welcome to my website. I am George Iordanou.

I have an unhealthy twitter habit, manifested @iordanou.

I have a PhD in Politics and International Studies from Warwick, a Master’s from LSE, and a Bachelor from the University of Southampton. For a full CV, head to my LinkedIn profile.

My PhD thesis examines how to apply theories of Multicultural Citizenship to non-Western and highly securitised contexts. You can read the abstract here.

I write both in English and in Greek.

You can contact me here.

 

The precariousness of ‘gig’ economy

The article “New ‘gig’ economy spells end to lifetime careers” published in the FT by Mr John Gapper, romanticizes precarious employment and caricatures the notion of stable employment, despite the author’s best intentions to balance the benefits and the worries... read more

Etiquette on Outsider Commentators on #Greece

Should people who live outside of Greece express strong opinions on whether Greece should stay or exit the eurozone? I, for one, feel that I am not entitled to express such strong opinions. Having a strong opinion, of course, is one thing. Expressing it, is another. I... read more

Η έλλειψη δημοκρατικού διαλόγου στην Ελλάδα και τα ατυχή κυπριακά παραδείγματα

Το ελληνικό δράμα δείχνει για ακόμη μια φορά την αδυναμία των Ελλήνων να συζητήσουν πολιτισμένα και με επιχειρήματα θέματα κοινού ενδιαφέροντος για τα οποία υπάρχουν αντικρουόμενες απόψεις. Πριν την κορύφωση του δράματος, γίνονταν δημόσιες τοποθετήσεις που πρόδιδαν... read more

Για το συνέδριο της ΕΔΕΚ

Στο συνέδριο της ΕΔΕΚ έγιναν και ψηφίστηκαν πολλά τα οποία θεωρώ ότι θα στοιχειώνουν το κόμμα για αρκετά χρόνια. Τα θέματα που μονοπώλησαν το συνέδριο ήταν δυο: Η επικύρωση της απόφασης του Μαρίνου Σιζόπουλου να εξοντώσει πολιτικά τους αντιπάλους του περνώντας... read more

The metaphor of re-reading

These days I recall earlier times of my childhood, when I had few worries and plenty of free time. I remember summers when I was a teenager, lying on the floor of an air-conditioned room, reading books far too complicated for my age. I re-read the same books years... read more

What it means to be a Greek-Cypriot?

Published in the Cyprus-Mail, May 17th 2015. In the case of Cyprus one must distinguish between the dual-meaning and usage of the dominant cultural identity. The identity and label of the Greek Cypriot (GC) can have two completely different meanings: there is a... read more

Solve it already 

The Turkish-speaking Cypriots have expressed their political will by overwhelmingly supporting a pro-solution politician. Now the ball is in Anastasiades’ court. He has to prove that he is willing to work towards solving the Cyprus problem and that he is not... read more

What makes a hero? — the elephant in the room (part 5)

Previous posts: What makes a hero? — introduction (part 1) What makes a hero? — outcomes (part 2) What makes a hero? — thinking about motives (part 3) What makes a hero? — two types of motives (part 4) In this series of posts I try to make sense of what makes a hero.... read more

What makes a hero? — two types of motives (part 4)

Previous posts: What makes a hero? — introduction (part 1) What makes a hero? — outcomes (part 2) What makes a hero? — thinking about motives (part 3) In this series of posts I try to make sense of what makes a hero. These posts are a record of my thoughts on the... read more

What makes a hero? — thinking about motives (part 3)

Previous posts: What makes a hero? — introduction (part 1) What makes a hero? — outcomes (part 2) In this series of posts I try to make sense of what makes a hero. These posts are a record of my thoughts on the matter, and might not always be coherent. If you have... read more

What makes a hero? — outcomes (part 2)

Previous post: What makes a hero? — introduction (part 1) In this series of posts I try to make sense of what makes a hero. These posts are a record of my thoughts on the matter, and might not always be coherent. If you have feedback or thoughts you want to share, I... read more

What makes a hero? — introduction (part 1)

In this series of posts I will try to make sense of what makes a hero. These posts are a record of my thoughts on the matter, and might not always be coherent. If you have feedback or thoughts you want to share, I would love to read them either in the comments below,... read more

On Useless Statistics

I run to podcasts. My favourite podcast is More or Less: Behind the Stats, by Tim Harford. It is broadcasted weekly by BBC Radio 4. Tim humorously examines mainstream statistics that come up in the news. Listeners send their questions and he tries to analyse the... read more

The hidden agenda behind the explicit criminalisation of sex-selective abortion

Women, like men, live in societies and make choices based on the norms and constraints that exist within those societies. Accepting diversity means accepting the fact that different people hold different conceptions of the good life. As long as people make autonomous choices within those constraints, the government should keep out of it.

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Περί του σεβασμού της θρησκείας

Μετά τις δολοφονίες στη Γαλλία γίνεται μεγάλος λόγος για το σεβασμό προς τη θρησκεία (respect, το λεγόμενο). Ο “σεβασμός” είναι κάπως ατυχής όρος. Δεν μπορεί να υπάρξει τέτοιο πράγμα όπως “σεβασμός στη θρησκεία του άλλου.” Σεβασμός στη θρησκεία, σημαίνει σεβασμός στο... read more

Word and Endnote almost made my cry

Today is Sunday, exactly a week since I realised that my referencing application broke my PhD by mixing the thousands of footnotes that I have. It was around 8am. I had waken up a few minutes before E., made us some coffee and turned on the computer. The plan was to... read more