Oxford is one of the few universities in Britain where Medieval and Modern Greek can be studied at graduate level. The department of Byzantine and Modern Greek offers a one-year MSt course, a two-year MPhil course and the DPhil doctoral research programme, as well as ample opportunities for professional and personal growth. We also collaborate with the Department of History, in the organisation of the MSt and MPhil in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies.
The MSt and MPhil programmes include a range of interdisciplinary seminars as well as an opportunity to read for a Special Subject tailored to specific interests in consultation with your supervisor. In the recent past, our main graduate seminar series on ‘Themes and Contexts in Modern Greek culture’ have included: Classical Reception, Cultural Memory, Re-Readings, Kinship and Identity, Memory and Place, and Performance and Performativity. In addition to these seminars, our weekly Modern Greek Seminar covers a broad range of subjects and attracts distinguished speakers throughout the course of the year.
MSt students are required to submit two portfolios of essays (between four and six essays) in their first two terms at Oxford, and further develop their research skills by writing a dissertation during their final term on the programme. MPhil students are required to submit three portfolios of essays and write a longer dissertation in the second year of their degrees.
Doctoral candidates in the department benefit from the supervision and expertise of our faculty members, and become integrated into a friendly and dynamic graduate community. Our D.Phil. students participate in graduate seminars, organise reading groups, present their research in a supportive environment and gain teaching experience in the sub-faculty. The department additionally has an annual tradition of interdisciplinary student-led conferences, which have attracted speakers from the UK and abroad. Past graduate conferences and events include:
- (2017) ‘Crossings: Negotiating Borders and Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean’
- (2016) ‘Renegotiating History in light of the “Greek Crisis”’
- (2015) ‘Diversity in 20th and 21st Century Greek Popular Culture(s) and Media’
- (2013) ‘Cavafy Week’
- (2010) ‘Current Trends in Greek Cinema’
- (2008) ‘Gender and Identity in Contemporary Greece’
- (2008) ‘Politics, Culture and the Ancient World in Post-War Greece’ (co-organized with the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama’)
Applicants interested in pursuing a research degree in the department are encouraged to consult the research profiles and to contact Professor Marc Lauxtermann (whose research interests encompass the Medieval, Early Modern and Modern periods) and Associate Professor Dimitris Papanikolaou (whose interests include Modern Greek, cultural studies, comparative literature, sexuality and gender studies).
Recent DPhil topics pursued in the sub-faculty include:
- ‘Smyrna in Your Pocket’: The Memory of Asia Minor in Contemporary Greek Culture
- Homosexuality on Greek TV
- ‘The Classical Asset’: Hellenism, Developmentalism and Power under the Greek Military Dictatorship of 1967–1974
- A critical edition and literary commentary of the London version of the ‘Byzantine Achilleid’
- Cavafy Hero: Literary Appropriations and Cultural Projections of the Poet in English and American Literature
- Poetry and National Identity in Cyprus and Scotland
- Penelope Differently: Feminist re-visions of myth
- Words and artworks in the twelfth century and beyond. The thirteenth-century manuscript Marcianus gr. 524 and the twelfth-century dedicatory epigrams on works of art.
- John Zonaras’ Epitome of Histories (12th Cent.): A Compendium of Jewish-Roman History and its Readers
- Politics of translation, poetics of culture : the case of Greek translations under the Junta (1967-1974)
- Bibliographia Historica Byzantina: A Historical and Bibliographical Description of the Early Editions of the Corpus Historiae Byzantinae (1556-1645)
- Literature and the Greek auteur: Film adaptations in the Greek auteur cinema
- Giving an account of herself : life-writing in Maro Douka, Rea Galanaki and Margarita Karapanou
Scholarships are available to support students in the Sub-Faculty of Medieval and Modern Greek at all graduate levels, and applicants are automatically considered for a university scholarship provided they submit their applications by the January deadline.