Haris Theodorelis-Rigas holds a degree in Classics from Oxford University and an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the LSE. He has taught Greek and Latin at school and university level and currently specializes in ethnic minority institutions in the Balkans and the Middle East as an Onassis scholar.
From ‘Imagined’ to ‘Virtual Communities’: Greek-Turkish Encounters in Cyberspace
Article first published online: 11 APR 2013
Journal compilation © 2013 Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism
Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism
Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 2–19, April 2013
How to Cite
Theodorelis-Rigas, H. (2013), From ‘Imagined’ to ‘Virtual Communities’: Greek-Turkish Encounters in Cyberspace. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 13: 2–19. doi: 10.1111/sena.12017
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2013
- ‘Greek-Turkish Reconciliation Module’ of the European Union's Ramses II Project
The pivotal role played by Computer-Mediated Communications (CMCs) as mobilization tools for social movements as diverse as the ‘Arab Spring’, the Iranian ‘Green Revolution’, and the 2008 Greek ‘December Riots’, has rekindled academic interest in the internet as a field of sociological research. Drawing on new media and nationalism studies, this article approaches a particular type of CMC as a ‘virtual community’. By examining the context of post-1999 Greek-Turkish reconciliation, it is argued that these virtual communities have offered significant breathing space for individuals who are ready to revisit, discuss, and negotiate the constitutive boundaries of modernity's ‘imagined communities’, and are therefore conducive to the Greek-Turkish rapprochement.