Karamanes Evangelos

Evangelos Karamanes

Biographical note

Born in Evangelismos, Larisa, in 1967, he studied Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki before undertaking postgraduate studies in Folklore and Social Anthropology at the same institution and Paul Valéry University, Montpellier, France (Post-graduate Diploma, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 1994, supervised by Nora Skouteri-Didaskalou) and in Ethnology and Social Anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (D.E.A. 1994, Ph.D. 1999 supervised by Marie-Elisabeth Handman).

A Research Director at the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre (HFRC), Academy of Athens, where he serves since 2002. Acting Director since 2014. His regular work at the HFRC includes the recording and evaluating of the manuscripts and other ethnographic material entering the Archive on an annual basis and editing publications and the Annual of the HFRC. His fieldwork has been focused in the areas of Aspropotamos (Depart. Trikala), Grevena and Lefkada island but also in Larissa (Thessaly), Andros (Cyclades) and Crimea. He has worked for the documentation and digitization of folklore museum material. Responsible for the Centre building, he also sits on its committees. He has organised the digitization of the Folklore Archive and the creation of digital applications and of the Centre’s website within the framework of the “Developing a National Documentation Centre for Popular Culture” project (2004-2008), part of the Information Society Operational Program (scient. respons. Aik. Polymerou-Kamilaki). Scientific responsible of the research program “National Network for the Documentation of Tangible and Intangible Heritage” (2014-2015) in the framework of the Operational Program “Digital Convergence” during which the electronic equipment of the Centre was fully renewed and digital repositories of folklore and collections were created.

He supervises internship of university students at the HFRC. He teaches special subjects of folklore and ethnology at the National Centre for Public Administration and Self-Government (Institute of Training - INEP). He has participated in the writing of teaching books (INEP, 2017) and the Institute for Lifelong Learning of Adults, (IDEKE, 2008). He also teaches for many years, on a voluntary basis, in Open Universities. He has supervised the dissertation of doctoral thesis as a member of committees. He is a reviewer of scientific proposals/programs, and an evaluator of the academic work of researchers and University staff members.

In the past, he has served as Secretary of the Fondation Hellénique de la Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris (1999). He taught “Anthropology of Food”, with an emphasis on the traditional Greek diet, at Harokopion University, Athens (Nutrition and Dietetics Department, 2004-2007). He has supervised Ph.D. students as a member of thesis committees.

He publishes texts in widely circulated journals and newspapers and participates in television and radio broadcasts with folklore themes. He has collaborated with television and radio programs on folklore related subjects, co-presenting the Folklore Centre’s hourly “Folklore Pages” program on the Church of Greece radio station with the former Centre’s director, Aikaterini Polymerou-Kamilaki, for three years (2006-2009). General Secretary of the Historical and Folklore Society of Thessaly, he is also a member of the Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF), of Eurethno Network, the Hellenic Folklore Society and the Greek Ethnology Society. Military service: The Hellenic Army.

His academic interests include material culture, traditional diet and techniques, local identity, popular worship, digital cultural repository management. 

Selected publications


Gamilia ethima ton Vlachochorion tis Pindou. Proimes laografikes katagrafes fititon tou N. G. Politi (Wedding customs of Vlach Villages of Pindos. Early folklore recordings of students of N.G. Politis) [in Greek]. Scholarly Supervision - Introduction - editing: Evangelos Karamanes, Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens, Sources on Greek Folk Culture, no. 12, Athens 2017, pp. 110.

Organosi tou chorou, technikes kai topiki taftotita sta Kopatsarochoria ton Grevenon (Spatial Organisation, Techniques and Local Identity in Kopatsarochoria of Grevena [Region of Western Macedonia, Greece]), (in Greek), Academic Direction: Aik. Polymerou-Kamilaki, Ed.: P. I. Kamilakis, Publications of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens, no. 25, Hellenic National Printing House, Athens 2011, pp. 432.

Laografikes katagrafes apo to Valtessiniko Gortynias (Mythoi zoon, paramythia kai tragoudia) (Folklore Material from Valtessiniko, Gortynia. Animal Tales, Folktales and Songs), (in Greek with Preface and Introduction in English], Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens, Sources on Greek Folk Culture, no. 3, Athens 2009, pp. 256.


«Fêtes et lieux du calendrier populaire grec : inventaires et approches contemporaines des pratiques festives » in L’inventaire des fêtes en Europe, (sous la dir. de Laurent Sébastien Fournier), coll. Ethnologie de l’Europe, L’Harmattan, Paris 2017, pp. 67-87.

"Folk culture, ethnographic research and analysis at the era of the Internet", A volume of scientific articles dedicated to the international conference "Greek Traditional Culture in the European context (5-8 April 2016), (in Greek), Chair of Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature - 2, Lomonosov State University of Moscow, School of Philology, Moscow 2016, pp. 94-104.

“Local traditional products and development: ecology, local systems, localities” (in Greek with summary in English), Epetiris tou Kentrou Erevnis tis Ellinikis Laografias tis Akadimias Athinon, (Annual of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens), vol. 33-34 (2009-2013), Athens 2016, pp. 59-81.

“Copying the Popular Art: Teaching and Production in the ‘Hellenic House’ [of Angeliki Chadjimichali]» in Folk Art. New Findings - New Interpretations. Proceedings of the Conference in Honor of Popi Zora. Under the Auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Karolos Papoulias, 2-5 November 2006, Benaki Museum - Piraeus Street Building, (in Greek with summary in English), (ed. Sophia Handaka), Benaki Museum, Athens 2015, pp. 541-552, LXXIV.

Aikaterini Polymerou-Kamilaki - Evangelos Karamanes, «National Ethnology Reports. Folklore Studies in Greece», International Society for Ethnology and Folklore Newsletter, November 2014, vol. 12, no 2, pp. 12-16. https://www.siefhome.org/downloads/newsletters/sief_news_2014_v2.pdf

«Space and imaginary in the legends of Aspropotamos region. Prefecture of Trikala, Thessalia, Greece», στο Narratives Across Space and Time: Transmissions and Adaptations. Proceedings of the 15th Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research, June 21-27, 2009 Athens, Scholarly Supervision: Aikaterini Polymerou-Kamilaki, Editorship Committee: Aikaterini Polymerou-Kamilaki, Evangelos Karamanes, Ioannis Plemmenos, Publications of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens - 31, Athens 2014, vol. II, pp. 65-76.

"Animal husbandry in Haliki, Aspropotamos: grazing organization in the summer pastures", Aspropotamos in space and time. Proceedings of the 9th Conference on History/Folklore and Vlach Traditional Music and Dances, 11-13 May 2007, (in Greek), Educational Brotherhood of Tziourtzia of Athamania (Φ.Α.Τ.Α.), Trikala 2009, pp. 150-171.

"Cheese dairy systems in the Pindus mountains: continuities and discontinuities", The history of Greek milk and dairy products. 10th Working Meeting, Xanthi, 7-9 October 2005, (in Greek). Organizer: Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, Aristides Daskalopoulos Foundation, Athens 2008, pp. 425-449.

Aikaterini Polymerou-Kamilaki, Evangelos Karamanes, "The Madman Caught Sight of the Drunkard and Took to his Heels: An anatomy of Drunkenness in Greece" in Patricia Lysaght (ed.) Sanitas Per Aquas. Spas, Lifestyles and Foodways, Proceedings of the 16th International of the International Commission for Ethnological Food Research, Innsbruck, Austria and Meran(o), Italy, 25 September–1 October 2006, Innsbruck 2008, pp. 307-336.

"Traditional practices for dealing with the lack of foodstuffs during the period of spring transition in the Kopatsarika villages of Grevena", (in Greek), Epetiris tou Kentrou Erevnis tis Ellinikis Laografias, (Annual of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre), 29 (1999-2003), pp. 131-146.

"Division culturelle du travail et construction identitaire dans le Pinde septentrional : le cas des Koupatsaréï (Département de Grévéna, Macédoine occidentale, Grèce)" in Dekker, T. Helsloot, J. Wijers, C. (eds.) Roots and Rituals. The construction of ethnic identities (Selected papers from the 6th SIEF conference on ‘roots and rituals’, Amsterdam 20-25 April 1998), Amsterdam 2000, Het Spinhuis, pp. 53-66.

"Changes in Cheese Production Among the Koupatsaréï: The Cheese Batzos" in Lysaght, P. (ed.) Food from nature. Attitudes and Culinary Practices, (Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the International Commission for Ethnological Food Research, Umeå and Frostviken, Sweden, 8-14 June 1998), Uppsala 2000, The Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folk Culture, pp. 287-296.

Digital copies of Evangelos Karamanes publications is available at the site: https://kentrolaografias.academia.edu/EvangelosKaramanes

Monographs and essays of Evangelos Karamanes published in the editions of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens are also available at the site: http://www.kentrolaografias.gr/el/content/δημοσιεύματα-του-λαογραφικού-αρχείου-κέντρου-ερεύνης-της-ελληνικής-λαογραφίας


Information and contact

Acting Director of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre

Director of Research

Address: 3 Ipitou str., 105 57 Athens, Greece

Tel. +30 210 3664760

e-mail: ekaramanes@academyofathens.gr