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A minute with Elisavet Kiourti Academic working with videogame technologies


Where do you live and with whom?
Shhh…That’s a secret

What did you have for breakfast?
Every day I have oatmeal with yogurt and berries. But, there are those times that I love eating muffins with fresh orange juice.

Describe your perfect day
Sitting alone on the couch playing videogames with a huge basket full of sweet popcorn and chocolates.

Best book ever read?
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. It’s a book written by the sociologist Erving Goffman. It enlights our vision, through the metaphor of theatrical production, of understanding ourselves as social identities. For Goffman, we as human beings are like actors on a stage, each playing different roles, often following common social scripts and using props and costumes to support our roles. Most people, consciously or unconsciously, behave somewhat differently as their professional selves versus their private or intimate selves and this is distinguished in two stages, frontstage and backstage.

Best childhood memory?
I do have many. From knocking on the neighbors’ doors with my toy medical kits asking them if they need a doctor, to riding bicycles with the boys, since there was no single girl in my neighborhood that time.

What is always in your fridge?
Yogurt, yogurt, yogurt. Don’t ask why, I have no clue.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Imagine Dragons, Paolo Nutini, Jann Tiersen, Yiruma, Coldplay, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Monolink, Billie Eilish, Maneskin, Lavrentis Machairitsa, Pavlos Pavlidis and many more. In other words pop rock, piano music and electronic.

What’s your spirit animal? And why
Owl. I just adore those eyes.

What are you most proud of?
My philosophy in life is to be honest, kind and swear a lot. Being proud is not in my list, since I believe that does not help you mentally and practically evolving.

What movie scene has really stayed with you?
I am not a movie girl though I have watched Moulin Rouge fifteen times until now. But, I can tell you about the most intelligent puzzle videogame Limbo. Dark game that makes your brain working like crazy.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Only one? Let’s name three. Erving Goffman, Michel Foucault and Judith Butler. I could have endless conversations with them about society, gender construction, power, resistance and sexuality.

If you could time travel when/where would you go?
At the beginning of the universe. I would adore to see how it expanded to what it is today [without Covid-19 and the antivaxxers] .

What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is to become a dumb society of monkeys [nothing personal with monkeys].

What would you say to your 18-year-old self?
Damn, you did well girl.

Name the one thing that would stop you dating someone
Being racist, fascist or misogynist.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
The mind is unpredictable. I cannot imagine. Either way it’s not ending, so cheers.

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