SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Ms Nafsika Papacharalampous

BSc Accounting & Finance (Athens University of Economics and Business); MBA (Athens University of Economics and Business); MA Anthropology of Food (SOAS)


Nafsika Papacharalampous
Ms Nafsika Papacharalampous
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Thesis title:
The Metamorphosis of the Greek Cuisine: National identity, tradition, heritage and memory as narratives of change from the Athens Market (working title).
Year of Study:
2012 (started) Tallow Chandlers and M W Beer Scholarship
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Nafsika is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is writing her dissertation on Greek traditional foods and markets, focusing on national identity, memory, terroir and heritage. Nafsika has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology of Food from SOAS and an MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business. She has previously written a weekly column investigating the notion of Real Food for the London-based online food market Love Your Larder and has recently started cooking professionally for pop-up-restaurants in London. Nafsika is also the Recipe Editor for the SOAS Recipe Book and a food blogger at, where she indulges her passion for both cooking and writing. She loves food history and has just started collecting old cookery books.

PhD Research

Anthropology of Food; Nationalism; Heritage; Memory; Tradition.


  • “Invented Traditions and National Foods of Greece: The Role of Cookery Books”, Food in History: 82nd Anglo-American Conference of Historians, Senate House, London, UK, July 2013.
  • “Invented Traditions and National Foods of Greece: The Role of Cookery Books”, 2nd Symposium of Greek Gastronomy: Food, Memory and Identity in Greece and Diaspora, Crete, Greece, July 2013.