Vetta, Theodora

Post-Doctoral researcher

Theodora Vetta studied history and archaeology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds an MA and PhD on Social Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, where she is member of the research laboratory Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux Sociaux (IRIS/CNRS). She has been a visiting researcher of the Swedish Institute’s Guest Program at Lund University (2012-2013), a visiting fellow at the University of Belgrade (2009-2010) and an Inter-Laboratory Fellow at the Central European University in Budapest, as part of the Marie Curie program “SocAnth-Anthropology in Central and Eastern Europe” (2007-2008).

Theodora’s previous work unpacks the ‘‘associational revolution’’ in post-communist and post-conflict Serbia through the analytical lens of class. Local NGOs are understood through their dialectical constitution with global systems of political economy and Aid, current neoliberal trends of state restructuring and processes of subjectification that come along “civil society building” projects.

Her current project sets to historicize culturally-driven explanatory frameworks on “Greek pathogeny” in order to depict the structural inequalities, regulatory patterns and power hierarchies wedded within the political project of crisis.

Research focus: household strategies, private/public debt, labor fragmentation, and privatization of energy production in Northern Greece.

Theodora’s publications include: :

VETTA, Theodora (2020). “Bondage unemployment and intra-class tensions in Greek energy restructuring”, in S. Narotzky (ed.), Grassroots Economies: Living with Austerity in Southern Europe, pp.25-48.  London: Pluto Press.

VETTA, Theodora, Jaime Palomera (2020) “Concrete Stories in Southern Europe: Financialisation and Inequality in the Construction Chain”. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. pp. 888-907.

VETTA, Theodora (2019) Democracy Struggles: NGOs and the Politics of Aid in Serbia. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books.