Research Fellow an der Professur für Orthodoxes Christentum
(Philosophische Fakultät)

Efstathios Kessareas is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Religious Studies – Chair of Orthodox Christianity of the University of Erfurt. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Crete and a MA in Religious and Development Studies from the University of Leeds. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the Panteion University in Athens and another one in Greek Philology at the University of Crete. In the past he conducted postdoctoral research at the Center for Social Theory of Ghent University. He has published on sociology of religion, Orthodox Christianity, and Modern Greek ideology.

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Latest Publications:


Kessareas, Efstathios (2024) “The ‘Gordian Knot’ of Ethnocentrism and Universality: Comparing the Political Theologies of the Church of Greece and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople”. In Mihai-D. Grigore and Vasilios N. Makrides (eds.) Orthodoxy in the Agora: Orthodox Christian Political Theologies Across History. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Dezember 2023

Kessareas, Efstathios & Makrides, Vasilios (2023) “Symphonie als tragfähiges Modell von Kirche-Staat-Beziehungen in der orthodoxen Welt heute? Bestandsaufnahme und kritische Würdigung”, Catholica: Vierteljahresschrift für ökumenische Theologie 77/3: 201-221.

September 2023

Kessareas, Efstathios (2023) “Should the British Museum Return the Parthenon Marbles? The Response of the ‘Ethnic Hellenes’”, LSE Religion and Global Society, September 28th.

May 2023

Kessareas, Efstathios (2023) "Holy Communion in Greek Orthodoxy in the Time of Coronavirus: Ideological Perspectives in Conflict". Religions, 14 (5): no. 647 (pp. 1-17).

February 2023

Kessareas, Efstathios (2023) "'Signs of the times': Prophecy belief in contemporary Greek Orthodox contexts". Social Compass, 70 (1): 73–90.

Kessareas Efstathios (2023) "Economic Crisis, European Orientation, and Greek Orthodox Ideology" (in Greek), Social Science Tribune 20 (76): 28-63. 

Kessareas, Efstathios (2023) "Modernizers, Fundamentalists, and the 'Third Way' in the Orthodox Church" [in Greek]. Polymeros kai Polytropos, Volos Academy for Theological Studies, February 15th.

December 2022

Kessareas, Efstathios (2022) Faith, Economy, and Politics: Religious Tourism in Contemporary Greece. Erfurt: University of Erfurt (=Erfurter Vorträge zur Kulturgeschichte des Orthodoxen Christentums, 21)

Kessareas, Efstathios (2022) Church, Ideology, and Politics in Post-Dictatorial Greece. A Sociological Approach [in Greek]. Athens: Papazisi

Kessareas, Efstathios (2022) "Analysing Religious Public Discourses: Categories of Thought and Value Differences ", Sociology Lens, December 12th.

November 2022

Efstathios Kessareas (2022) "Geistliche Väter und ihre Idolisierung im orthodoxen Christentum", Religion & Gesellschaft in Ost und West, 50/11: 3–5. 

Kessareas, Efstathios, "The Church in Times of Crisis: A Refuge or a Driver for Change?", The Wheel Journal, 28/29: 66–71, 2022.