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Current research interests

Gabriel Koureas' research interests are in the relationship of memory, conflict and commemoration in the construction of National and gender identities.

His past research and published monograph Memory, Masculinity and National Identity in British Visual Culture, 1914-1930 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007) concentrate on the commemoration of the First World War in relation to the visual culture of the 1920s and offers an innovative way of looking at ways in which intimacy, cultural expressions of sexuality, emotion and affect are encoded in diverse forms in visual culture and commemorative objects with particular emphasis on the performative nature of gender and various sites of memory.

Current research interests concentrate on:

  • issues of representation of conflict and its commemoration in the museum space.
  • the city and memorial sites with special emphasis on postcolonial memory and gender as well as the possibilities of reconciliation offered through visual culture and the senses.
  • representations of terrorism in visual cultures of the 20th century.
  • the visual culture of the Middle East in relation to its Ottoman Past and transcultural memories.
  • the visual culture of the Mediterranean and transcultural memories.

Research funding

  • Dr Gabriel Koureas along with Dr Jay Prosser (University of Leeds), Dr Colette Wilson (University of Westminster) and Leslie Hakim-Dowek (University of Portsmouth) successfully completed an AHRC inter-disciplinary Research Network that examined the cultural exchanges that characterised the Ottoman Empire and its transcultural memories that inform present day cultural production. Please visit Ottoman Cosmopolitanism for more information on the outcomes of the project. The research project ¬†resulted in the publication of a special issue of the Journal of Memory Studies (Volume:12 issue: 5 (2019)).
  • Dr Gabriel Koureas, Birkbeck, along with Reading University and Sandhurst Military Academy, has successfully completed an AHRC Networking Grant which investigated how the terrorist has been represented in the visual arts, film, photography and the media. Find out more about Terrorist Transgressions.