Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Chrysi Papaioannou


‘Ahead of its Time: Historicity, Chronopolitics and the Idea of the Avant-Garde after Modernism’ (PhD Awarded in May 2017)



  • AHRC-funded [Full-Time] PhD in Cultural Studies (FAHACS, Leeds) 2013-2015
  • [Part-Time] PhD in Cultural Studies (FAHACS, Leeds) 2011-2013
  • MA in Postmodernism, Literature and Contemporary Culture (Royal Holloway, London) 2002-2003
  • MA (Hons) in English Literature (Aberdeen/Vienna) 1998-2002

Research Interests

A literature scholar by training, my broader research interests revolve around questions of definitions and limitations of the category of the ‘literary’ in relation to its ‘extra-literary’ dimensions, be they social, historical or political. My doctoral project on historical temporality and the notion of the avant-garde approached the literary in this expanded sense to offer a comparative literature approach to critical theories of the avant-garde from the 1960s to the present. Intellectually, my work is informed by the tradition of the Frankfurt School and the tensions and contradictions that unfold in a dialogue between post-structuralism and Marxism.


‘In a Critical Condition’, in The Idea of the Avant Garde – And What It Means Today, ed. Marc James Léger (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014)

Conference/Seminar Participation

‘See It. Say It. Sorted.’ Reading the Enemies, MayDay Rooms, London, October 2018

‘Disabling the Fire Alarm: For a Benjaminian Chronopolitics of Self-determination and/in Contingency’, London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT), South Bank University, 1 July 2017

‘A Singular Avant-Garde: Reflections on Comparativism and the Chronopolitics of ‘Cultural Area Studies’, Uneven & Combined Development: Modernity and Modernism, Invited paper, FAHACS, University of Leeds, 23 May 2017

‘Proleptic Avant-Garde: Historicity, Narrative Time, and the Illusion of Sequence in Peter Bürger’s Theory of the Avant-Garde, Progress: Oxford English Faculty Graduate Conference 2016, University of Oxford, 3 June 2016

‘Seeing Similarity: Walter Benjamin, Chronopolitics, Historical Difference’, Work-in-Progress Research Seminar, FAHACS, University of Leeds, 18 March 2015

‘Time Discipline’ Stream, London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT), Goldsmiths, University of London, 27-28 June 2014 (Stream Organiser and Discussant)

‘Neo, Contemporary, Critical: The Avant-Garde and its Afterlives’, Weighs Like a Nightmare: Ninth Annual Historical Materialism Conference, SOAS, University of London, 8-11 November 2012

‘“Connected like a co-worker with human practice”: Everydayness, Life Praxis, and the Re-humanisation of the Avant-Garde Object’, Material Meanings: Third Biannual Conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM), University of Kent, 7-9 September 2012


ARTF2117 The Avant-Gardes (Seminar Assistant, Autumn Term 2015)

Research Projects & Grants

AHRC Full Doctoral Award in Cultural Studies
AHRC Research Training Support (Overseas Visit to Walter Benjamin Archiv, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Autumn 2014)

External Appointments

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