Dr Gabriel Koureas

Senior Lecturer & Program director for the MA Museum Cultures.

Dr Koureas completed his PhD at Birkbeck (funded by a three-year AHRC grant), where he has been teaching since 2000.

His teaching concentrates on visual and material cultural from the late 19th century to the present day with special emphasis on memory, gender, race and national identity and their intersections.

Current research interests

Gabriel Koureas' research interests are in the relationship of memory, conflict and commemoration in the construction of National and gender identities.

His past research and published monograph Memory, Masculinity and National Identity in British Visual Culture, 1914-1930 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007) concentrate on the commemoration of the First World War in relation to the visual culture of the 1920s and offers an innovative way of looking at ways in which intimacy, cultural expressions of sexuality, emotion and affect are encoded in diverse forms in visual culture and commemorative objects with particular emphasis on the performative nature of gender and various sites of memory.

Current research interests concentrate on:

  • issues of representation of conflict and its commemoration in the museum space;
  • the city and memorial sites with special emphasis on postcolonial memory and gender as well as the possibilities of reconciliation offered through visual culture and the senses;
  • representations of terrorism in visual cultures of the 20th century
  • the visual culture of the Middle East in relation to its Ottoman Past

Research funding

  • Dr Gabriel Koureas along with Dr Jay Prosser (University of Leeds), Dr Colette Wilson (University of Westminster) and Leslie Hakim-Dowek (University of Portsmouth) successfully completed an AHRC inter-disciplinary Research Network that examined the cultural exchanges that characterised the Ottoman Empire and its transcultural memories that inform present day cultural production. Please visit Ottoman Cosmopolitanism for more information on the outcomes of the project.
  • Dr Gabriel Koureas, Birkbeck, along with Reading University and Sandhurst Military Academy, has successfully completed an AHRC Networking Grant which investigated how the terrorist has been represented in the visual arts, film, photography and the media. Find out more about Terrorist Transgressions.

Forthcoming Events


7th LCSS PhD Methodology Conference

The conference aims to bring together PhD & Professional doctoral students and early-career researchers from various disciplines within the Social Sciences and Humanities in order to share their research experiences.

Latest News

A Tide of Humanity: Discussing the Migrant Crisis

On 27 November 2015, LCSS has successfully organised a roundtable at SOAS to discuss the recent Migrant Crisis

LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, London, 3rd-7th August 2015

In August 2015, LCSS has successfully conducted the Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford.

LCSS Summer School 2015

We are excited to conduct LCSS's first summer school and to host a lovely group of students from Azerbaijan. 20 July - 14 August

International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice: Re-Gendering Education

LCSS’s growing gender platform continued its international conference series in Bloomington, IN, United States on International Conference on Gender and Education


“Insider” and/or “outsider: Anthropologists’ constant status negotiation”

Feray J. Baskin - PhD Candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

In the Name of the Nation: the burqa ban, French values and Islam

Daniela Alaattinoğlu - PhD Candidate, European University Institute - Florence, Italy

On Welfare Reform with Baroness Molly Meacher

Interview by Ozdemir Ahmet - On Thursday 4 April 2013 An interview was conducted with Baroness Molly Meacher at the House of Lords where questions were put out to her with regards to the welfare reforms introduced by the coalition.

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