Gëzim Alpion

Albanian sociologist

1962   -  

country of citizenship: Albania
educated at: Durham University, Cairo University, University of Tirana
occupation: philosopher

Gëzim Alpion is an academic, political analyst, writer, playwright, and civil society activist. He holds a BA from Cairo University and a PhD from Durham University, UK. He is currently based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Birmingham, UK. Stephen Schwartz holds that Alpion is 'a pioneer in the academic study of the phenomenon of celebrity', and ‘the most authoritative English-language author on Blessed Teresa of Kolkata'. Referring to Alpion's 2007 study Mother Teresa: Saint or Celebrity?, Schwartz contends that 'in its depth, breadth, and seriousness', this book 'may stand for some time to come as the single most important biography of Mother Teresa in English.’ In his review of the same book for the American Communication Journal, Marvin Williams holds that ‘Alpion’s examination of Mother Teresa’s celebrity is a case study of corporate identity management in today’s global media environment. His weaving of primary texts into the setting of this character piece creates a comprehensive cross-cultural examination that has the potential to become a new archetypal work of this mercurial personality.’ .
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If Only the Dead Could Listen

2008 play written by Gëzim Alpion

author: Gëzim Alpion


Mother Teresa: Saint or Celebrity?

book by Gëzim Alpion

author: Gëzim Alpion


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