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BOURLESSAS Panos

I was born in 1986 at the western edge of Peloponnese, Greece. It was the very distance from any urban environment that offered me a momentum towards cities—in Athens, years later, this momentum would acquire its material and experiential reference. My studies at the Athens University of Economics and Business were sufficient for me to, first, question and, then, turn down the discipline of economics. At the same time, the everyday life in the city was constantly pointing towards different directions, amplified by the photographic lens which I used to see through back then.

Those directions—still present—expanded in year 2011: in a group of 24 students, I started an interdisciplinary Euromaster (M.A.) in Urban Studies. Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid along with six European universities marked the following two years as places-agents in the educational process: cities had to be understood through myriads of angles. Turning the gaze back to Athens, the degree was complete with a dissertation (University of Vienna, Department of Geography and Regional Research) that focused on vertical social differentiation and the expressions of social distance between Greeks and migrants sharing vertically the same residential buildings (supervised by Jesus Leal).

I have presented work on multiethnic coexistence (RC21, 2015), methodology and positioning (EURA, 2016), as well as have participated in summer schools on public space (University of Vienna, Department of Sociology, 2014), urban ethnography (University of Trento, Department of Sociology and Social Research, 2015), and visual culture (University of Durham, CVAC, 2016).

My doctorate research focuses on the geographies of homelessness, their visuality and materiality in Athens city centre (supervised by Alberto Vanolo).

The last two years I have been trying to understand how geography matters; and to play the trumpet. I like dogs.

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