Julia joined the Department in September 2019. She has an MA in ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology’ from the University of Thessaly and a BA in ‘History and Ethnology’ from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. Her MA thesis (“‘In-Visible’: Practices and Discourses of the Headscarf in the Muslim communities of Komotini”), explored the various meanings of the Islamic headscarf in the ‘Muslim minority’ of Greece, located in the north-eastern region of Thrace. In September 2018, she was awarded her PhD at the University of Surrey in a project entitled “Women in Crisis? How Young Greek Women Navigate Emerging Adulthood following the Effects of the 2008 Economic Crisis”.
At the moment, she is the convenor for the undergraduate module “Researching Society and Culture”. She has also taught modules in areas of social theory, visual culture, popular culture, gender, sexualities and policy processes and societal impact.
Julia’s research deals with youth studies, with particular focus on the role of gender and social class. She is currently developing a portfolio of research and teaching interests in the area of transitions to adulthood, with reference to topics such as educational pathways, the role of familial relations in the lives of young women, as well as a focus on other aspects of youth development such as intimate relationships.
She is currently developing her research on the issue of de-skilled employment, and the challenges university-educated young women face in reconciling their qualifications within a deeply precarious labour market in Greece. Her research further examines the ways young women’s intimate relationships, and attitudes towards such ties, are shaped by conditions of economic austerity.
Kazana-McCarthy, Julia. 2020. Beyond the ‘Stop Gap’: Young (adult) women’s experiences of living with parents in the aftermath of the Greek austerity crisis. Families, Relationships and Societies, ISSN 2046-7435