Dr Myriam Fotou

Lecturer in International Relations and Careers Tutor for Politics and IR

Contact Details

  • Email: mf267@le.ac.uk
  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2417
  • Office: Room 1008, Attenborough Tower

Personal Details

  • BA/ Ptychion (EKPA, University of Athens, Greece)
  • MA (University of Westminster)
  • PhD (LSE)

Dr Myriam Fotou joined the School as Lecturer in International Relations in January 2017. Previously she was a Part-Time Lecturer in International Relations at Queen Mary University of London and a Graduate Teacher Assistant at the London School of Economics among other HE institutions, and a research fellow at the University of Westminster.

Myriam completed her PhD at the London School of Economics in 2016. Her thesis was on ethics of hospitality, inquiring into conceptualisations of Otherness in contemporary International Political and International Relations Theory within an increasingly securitised intellectual and policy migration framework.


  • PL3143 International Migration in the Age of Securitisation
  • PL1020 Classics in International Relations
  • PL1016 Order and Disorder: International Relations 1989 to the present
  • PL2015 International Theory
  • PL1021 Power in the World Economy
  • PL7589 Politics of Human Rights (DL)

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • International Political Theory
  • International security
  • Migration
  • Borders
  • International Political Sociology


Myriam’s research aims at the creation of a distinctive ethics of hospitality, which functions as a way of thinking about the relationship between representation and humanisation, of being alert to what is precarious in another life and of responding to the “missing” Other or the “unmissed” Other, i.e., an Other who may be present in the Western imaginary, but who, nonetheless, does not possess any clear status; who is either “illegal” in her presence, existing in a legal vacuum, or figure of destitution / liminality.

Her current research activities are centred around mainstream understandings of key migration figures (migrant, refugee, migrant smuggler, etc.), the language used in ethics of migration and IPT and its colonial connotations.

Recent research activities

(EISA, Barcelona 2017) What is in a name? Decolonising ethics of migration in the current refugee “crisis”

(BISA, Brighton 2017) Migratory controls in the intersection of the ethical and the political: the figure of the smuggler

(ISA, Atlanta, 2016) Border Ethics: Auto-immunity as Ethics of Hospitality

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