Dr Chrisoula Lionis

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Chrisoula Lionis is a writer and cultural producer based between Athens and Manchester.  Working at the intersection of visual culture, cultural politics, and resilience studies, Lionis holds a PhD in Visual Culture (UNSW Australia, 2013) and is the author of Laughter in Occupied Palestine: Comedy and Identity in Art and Film (I.B. Tauris, 2016). She has published widely including in journals Social Text, Cultural Politics, and the Middle East Journal for Culture and Communication and has curated projects including Beyond the Last Sky: Contemporary Palestinian Art and Video (Australian Centre for Photography, 2012). Lionis’ has held several international teaching and research positions, including at the National Institute for Experimental Arts (UNSW Australia) in Sydney, a the Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, and most recently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester for Horizon2020 project Laughing in an Emergency: Humour, Cultural Resilience and Contemporary ArtLionis is the Co-director of the pedagogical platform Artists for Artists and is currently a Research Fellow on Understanding Displacement Aesthetics - an AHRC project that analyses the impact of artistic responses to displacement and refugeedom.  


Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Culture), UNSW Australia (2009-2013) Thesis: Punchline: The Emergence of Humour in Palestinian Art and Film

Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours, Class 1), UNSW Australia (2003-2007)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • The College Art Association (CAA)
  • The Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA)
  • The International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS)
  • The Australasian Humor Studies Network (AHSN)

External positions

Research Associate, National Institute for Experimental Arts, University of New South Wales

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  • visual culture, humour, cultural politics, memory studies, palestinian art, postcolonial studies

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