Department of Mediterranean and Global Economic and Social History
Leda Papastefanaki was born in Athens in 1967 and studied history at the University of Crete, where she received her PhD (2002). She is currently Professor of Economic and Social History at the Department of History-Archaeology in the University of Ioannina and collaborating Faculty Member at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies/Foundation for Research and Technology. She is Board Member in the Greek Economic History Association (since 2010), while participates in the Historian’s Network for Women’s and Gender History/IFRWH and the (Greek) Network for the history of labour and labour movement. A founding member of the European Labour History Network (2013), she is since 2021 the Chair of the ELHN committee. She was co-coordinator of the “Feminist Labour History” (2013-2021), “History and historiography of remuneration in the long-term” (2013-2017), and “Labour in Mining” (2018-2021) Working Groups of the ELHN.
She has published the monographs: Ergasia, Technologia kai Fylo stin Elliniki Viomichania. I Klostoyfantourgia tou Peiraia (1870-1940) [Labour, Technology and Gender in Greek Industry. The Textile Industry of Piraeus (1870-1940)], Herakleion: Crete University Press, 2009 [in Greek] and I fleva tis gis. Ta metalleia tis Elladas, 19os-20os aionas [The vein of the earth: The mines of Greece, nineteenth-twentieth century], Athens: Vivliorama Publishing, 2017 [in Greek]. She has coedited, among others, the volumes Working in Greece and Turkey: A Comparative Labour History from Empires to Nation States, 1840 - 1940 (Series: International Studies in Social History, Volume 33, New York: Berghahn, 2020), with M. Erdem Kabadayı; Labour history in the European semi-periphery. Southern and Central Europe, 19th-20th centuries (Berlin/Boston: Oldenburg De Gruyter 2021), with Nikos Potamianos; Women, Work, and Activism. Contributions to the history of labour in the long 20th century (Series: Work and Labor – Transdisciplinary Studies for the 21st Century, Central European University Press 2022), with E. Betti, M. Tolomelli and S. Zimmermann.
Her research interests focus on the social and economic history of industrialization and labour, social history of technology, mining history, history of occupational health, urban history, gender history, oral history, industrial archaeology, Jewish history, history of the Mediterranean, global history, public history.
Leda Papastefanaki and Manuela Martini (eds), special issue «Crises, genre et économies familiales adaptatives dans l’Europe méditerranéenne (late XIXe-XXe siècles) / Crises, gender and adaptive family economies in Mediterranean Europe (late 19th –mid 20th century)», in The Historical Review/La Revue Historique XV/1 (2018)
From Santorini to Trieste and Suez: ‘Discovery’ and Use of the Theran Earth in the Mediterranean (from the end of the 18th century to the beginnings of the 20th century)”, Mediterranean Historical Review 33/1 (2018), pp. 67-88.
Leda Papastefanaki, “From Santorini to Trieste and Suez: ‘Discovery’ and Use of the Theran Earth in the Mediterranean (from the end of the 18th century to the beginnings of the 20th century)”, Mediterranean Historical Review 33/1 (2018), 67-88
Leda Papastefanaki, “Salaires, division sexuée du travail et hiérarchies sociales dans l'industrie textile grecque, 1912-1936”, Cahiers Balkaniques 45 (2018), 101-120
Leda Papastefanaki and Manuela Martini, “Ιntroduction. Des économies familiales adaptatives en temps de crise dans l’Europe méditerranéenne”, The Historical Review/La Revue Historique XV (2018), 9-22
Λήδα Παπαστεφανάκη, «Περί του χρησιμωτάτου τούτου χώματος… ‘Ανακάλυψη’ και χρησιμοποίηση της θηραϊκής γης στη Μεσόγειο (τέλη 18ου αιώνα-αρχές 20ού αιώνα)», στο Dimitra Douskos, Alexandre Farnoux & Iris Tzachili (eds.), Therasia II. Historicizing Prehistory The historical and epistemological context of the archaeological discovery on Therasia in 1866, Ecole Française d’ Athènes- University of Crete, Athens 2018, 95-120