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Sociology Research


Iris Pissaride's PhD research explores coloniality and identity in Cyprus, with a focus on colonial knowledge production within museum practice. Her research is funded by the ESRC DTP and the Cambridge Trust.

Iris was born and raised in Kaimakli, Cyprus. She holds a BA (Hons) in Politics, Psychology, Sociology, and an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. Along with academic research, Iris also practices a more visual sociology through collaborative work. In 2016 she worked with the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam as a guest-curator, and joined the editorial board of Kunstlicht — an academic journal for the arts affiliated with Vrije Universiteit. She was editor-in-chief of the journal from 2018-2019 where she oversaw the production of four thematic issues on the intersections of visual culture, contemporary art, and sociology. She organised events and collaborations with FramerFramed, SMBA, OT301, NieuwLand, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and the Tropen Museum’s Rituals Series. Her latest ongoing interdisciplinary work “Re-signifying views: an exercise in decolonising on/for/from Cyprus” was launched at Phaneromenis70 Cultural Research Foundation in Nicosia.

Research Interests

Cypriot identity, liminality, colonialism, coloniality, knowledge production, institutional and epistemological remnants of colonialism, museums and colonial archaeology, archives and visual sociology

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Bergs S., Pissaride I., Te Velte R., (2018), "Situating Art’s Histories: The Politics and Paradoxes of Globalizing", in Globalizing Art’s Histories: Politics and Paradoxes, Kunstlicht, Vol 39. No.4. pp. 4-9. Available online

Pissaride I., Simons H., (2016), "Diversity, Criticism, and the Closure of SMBA" , in Agendas of Impact (pre-publication), Kunstlicht, 2016. pp.6-11.

Key Publications - Other

Pissaride I., (2018), Re-signifying Views: An exercise in decolonising on/for/from Cyprus, in Delivering Views, Vol.23, 2018, Phaneromenis70 Cultural and Research Foundation: Nicosia. Available online

Pissaride I., (2016) A Social Geography of Dust, in Diaspora by Kyriaki Costa (exhibition publication), pp.3-16. Available online

PhD Supervisor

Research Groups & Affiliations


Economic and Social Research Council DTP PhD Scholarship (2018-2021)

Cambridge Trust, Vice Chancellor's Scholarship (2018-2021)

Leventis Foundation Scholarship (2018-2019)

Tutorial Award for fieldwork - St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge (2014-2015)

Leventis Foundation Scholarship for Master's Degree (2014-2015)

Dean’s Award, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge (2013-2014)


Additional Information

Conference papers and presentations:

“Identity as a colonial discourse” presented at Beyond Identity: New Avenues for Interdisciplinary Research on Identity, University of Wroclaw, Poland 8-9 November 2019

“Decolonising representation: Cypriot identities and colonial knowledge production” at: Decolonisation Workshop, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 13th May 2020.

“Each vase is a vessel: Colonial archaeology and the construction of Cypriot ethno-religious identities” Association for the Study of Nationalities, 25th Annual World Convention, Columbia University, New York, 7-9 May 2020 (postponed)

Job Title:
PhD Candidate, St Edmunds College
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