Katerina Hatzikidi is a social anthropologist and 2019-20 Swiss Government Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate Institute. She is also Postdoctoral Affiliate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA/SAME), University of Oxford and Associate Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), University of London, where she previously was 2018-19 Stipendiary Fellow.
Her research interests include questions of human rights, politics and religion, far-right nationalism, ethnic and religious minorities, and populist movements. She is currently editing a volume, with Eduardo Dullo, on Brazil’s recent ‘conservative turn’.
Katerina obtained her PhD from the University of Oxford in 2018 with a main area focus on Brazil. Drawing on longterm ethnographic field research conducted in Maranhão, her thesis, ‘Children of the land and children of the Saint: religion, heritage, and territoriality in a Brazilian quilombo’, focused on Afro-Brazilian grassroots political organisation around collective land rights. Her doctoral research formed part of the project ‘Currents of faith, places of history’, funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Network. During her doctoral studies, she was also Visiting Researcher at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
She has lectured and tutored at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (University of Oxford), at the Human Rights Consortium (SAS, University of London), and at universities in Brazil and Greece.
At the Graduate Institute, Katerina is working with Yvan Droz on a project at the intersection of politics, religion, and ethnicity. More specifically, she is looking at religious transformations in ‘ethnic group’ contexts within national states and on the ways these transformations engage or fail to engage with political organisation around collective land rights.
Areas of Expertise: Brazil, Christianity, identity politics, land rights, quilombolas, ethnic minorities, religious and political transformations