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Daniel Martyn Knight


Daniel Martyn Knight
Postal address:
School of Philosophical
Anthropological & Film Studies
(Social Anthropology)
71 North Street, St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462985

Research overview


2021    Vertiginous Life: An Anthropology of Time and the Unforeseen. Oxford: Berghahn.

2019    The Anthropology of the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (co-authored with Rebecca Bryant)

2017    Ethnographies of Austerity. London: Routledge. ([with new Afterword], co-edited with Charles Stewart)

2015    History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Journal Collections

2020    Emptiness. Cultural Anthropology, Theorizing the Contemporary (with Dace Dzenovska)

2019    Orientations to the Future. American Ethnologist. (with Rebecca Bryant)

2017    Alternatives to Austerity. Anthropology Today 33(5). (with Laura Bear)

2016    Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe. History and Anthropology 27(1). (with Charles Stewart)


Dr Daniel M. Knight is Reader in the Department of Social Anthropology and Director of the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies at the University of St Andrews. He has held positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Durham University and collaborates closely with the British School at Athens. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Durham University and a BA from University of Wales, Lampeter.

Daniel has conducted ethnographic research in Thessaly, central Greece, since 2003, writing on the economic crisis, time and temporality, neoliberalism and neocolonialism, and renewable energy. His first book, “History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece” (Palgrave, 2015) explores how moments of the past are intricately woven together and embodied during eras of social upheaval. Turning his attention from the past to the future, Daniel is co-author of “The Anthropology of the Future” (Cambridge University Press, 2019), where he presents the concept of ‘orientations’ as a way to study the indefinite teleologies of everyday life. His most recent monograph, Vertiginous Life: An Anthropology of Time and the Unforeseen (Berghahn, 2021) presents a theory of temporal vertigo and associated affects induced by a period of chronic crisis in Greece.

His recent Leverhulme Trust project focused on the temporal complexity of renewable energy initiatives in austerity Greece, addressing how economic uncertainty has created dynamic spaces for entrepreneurial opportunism while renewables are locally perceived as neo-colonial programs and new extractive economies. This research is currently being written-up as a monograph under the provisional title “Renewable Energy in the Age of Austerity”.

Daniel is co-editor of “Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe” (Routledge, 2017) and has edited special collections on “Alternatives to Austerity”, “Orientations to the Future”, and "Emptiness". He is co-editor of “History and Anthropology” journal, an Associate of the Higher Education Academy, and his research has been funded by the ESRC, EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy and National Bank of Greece.

Research Interests / Supervision Topics:

History and Anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Anthropology of the Future, Anthropology of Crisis, Time and Temporality, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Modern Greece, European (especially Balkan and Mediterranean) Anthropology, Michel Serres

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