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Dr. Marilena Zackheos is a scholar, poet, and music maker. She studied philosophy, creative writing, and English literature in the USA and the UK. She holds a PhD in English from George Washington University, Washington D.C. She has published on postcolonial literary and cultural studies, psychoanalysis and trauma, gender and sexuality. She is co-editor of Vile Women: Female Evil in Fact, Fiction, and Mythology (2014), From Cyprus With Love (2016) and Education in a Multicultural Cyprus (2017). Other work includes an article titled “Revisiting Female Intimacy in Luz María Umpierre-Herrera’s The Margarita Poems” in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies (2016)  and a co-authored chapter on Nicosia’s emerging queer art scene in Contemporary Art in Cyprus: Politics, Identity and Culture Across Borders (forthcoming, 2018). Her research addresses representations of individual and community island identity in print and non-print texts, investigating specifically the intersections between trauma, gender, sexuality, and the nation. She is currently Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Nicosia and Director of the Cyprus Center for Intercultural Studies, which cooperates on and develops initiatives addressing diversity locally and abroad. She teaches courses on gender and the media, delivers training sessions on cultural intelligence, and leads creative writing workshops. She is a member of the following non-profits: Write CY, the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, and Accept-LGBT Cyprus. She is also a member of the Culture and Memory Task Group of the Cyprus Dialogue Forum. Her first poetry collection Carmine Lullabies was published in February 2016. Her music album Oh My was released in March 2017 under the band name Grendel Babies.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, George Washington University

Master, George Washington University

Master, Queen Mary University of London

Bachelor, University of Virginia

Bachelor, University of Virginia

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Cyprus Social Sciences
multicultural society Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
peace education Social Sciences
peaceful coexistence Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
Armenian Social Sciences
Novel Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2012 2018


Zackheos, M., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Ominous Clouds Had Gathered. Siuro: Palladium Kirjat

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


Longing in Nora Nadjarian’s "Selfie and Other Stories"

Zackheos, M., 1 Nov 2018, In : Cadences: A Journal of Literature and the Arts in Cyprus. p. 102-105

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Nicosia’s Queer Art Subculture: Outside and Inside Formal Institutions

Zackheos, M. & Philippou, N., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Contemporary Art in Cyprus: Politics, Identity and Culture Across Borders. . Tselika, E., Stylianou, E. & Koureas, G. (eds.). I.B. Tauris

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Education in a Multicultural Cyprus

Psaltis, I. (ed.), Anastasiou, N. (ed.), Faustmann, H. (ed.), Hadjipavlou, M. (ed.), Karahasan, H. (ed.) & Zackheos, M. (ed.), 2017, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars. 275 p.

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

multicultural society
peace education
peaceful coexistence

Introduction: Can Education Play a Role in Building a Culture of Peace in Conflict Societies?

Zackheos, M., Hadjipavlou, M., Anastasiou, N., Faustmann, H., Karahasan, H. & Psaltis, I., 2017, Education in a Multicultural Cyprus. Psaltis, I., Anastasiou, N., Faustmann, H., Hadjipavlou, M., Karahasan, H. & Zackheos, M. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, p. xiii-xxi 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript