Rodanthi is Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK. She is author of 12 academic monographs, one public sociology book and a trilogy of poems in English, as well as numerous articles and other critical interventions in the social sciences.
A Greek by birth and a British by naturalization, she considers herself not just a flexible citizen, but a flexible traveller of different worlds. Her interest in the sociology of culture and the ‘new mobilities paradigm’ spans tourism, theories of travel, digital design and globalisation. As a scholar, she is interested in the ways that cinematic narratives relay social and cultural realities, often intervening in the organization of place and culture in more realist ways than their makers might have intended. She writes and publishes poetry and believes that poetry is not just a gateway to individualist alternative realities, but also a method of investigation into shared social and cultural formations that sustain artistic communities. She maintains a personal website, her own blog, and is one of the Chief Editors of Northern Notes Blog, the official blog of the School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Leeds.
Rodanthi won two awards for best poetry as a teenager, and published poetry in Cypriot literary magazines as a University student. She briefly worked as a journalist for social movement youth organisations at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Over the same period, became involved in the cataloguing of pioneering works by Greek Enlightenment philosophes at the University’s Central Library. Her interest in poetry, prose and photography involves mobilisations of magical and marvellous realism, critical realism, and surrealism, among other trends. She believes that poetry is not just a gateway to individualist alternative realities, but also a method of investigation into shared social and cultural formations that sustain artistic communities.