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Rodanthi is Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK. She is an interdisciplinary academic with an interest in cultural globalisation and the communication between 'slow' and 'fast' mobilities. Her specialisms include intersections of media and tourism ('cinematic tourism') and the ways these trigger socio-cultural change (or not), as well as the ways the local survives in global cultural spaces (or not). Moving from questions of nation-building and migration to audio-visual forms of travel and digital tourism environments allowed for more synthetic explorations of collective imaginaries - both synchronically and diachronically. She has also engaged in art theory and media-related ethnographic research that explored the historical trajectories and social futures of ethno-cultural specificity in late (or liquid) modernity. Rodanthi currently maintains two websites and two blogs.
Rodanthi was Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Sociology and Social Policy, Leeds between 2007 and 2013. Between 2007 and 2011 she was Deputy Director, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, Leeds. She held visiting posts at Oxford (School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, 22 April-30 June 2012), the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe, Sociology, Lancaster University, 2007-9), a lectureship in sociology at the University of Kent (2004-7), a Research Fellowship in criminology at the department of Applied Social Science, Lancaster University (2003-4), a temporary lectureship in European history at the University of Central Lancashire (2002) and a Research Fellowship in history at Lancaster University (2002). Her teaching experience spans many disciplines and subject areas (anthropology, media studies, sociology, history, criminology). Currently she serves on the International Advisory Board of the Ikarian Institute for Social and Political Research.