Modern Greek Seminar

The Sub-faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies runs a year long seminar series, while students and staff often collaborate to develop conferences and colloquia on a variety of topics.

These seminars and conferences bring together researchers and speakers from around the university as well as throughout the UK and internationally, attracting audiences of diverse backgrounds.

Since 2015 the Greek Seminar has been generously supported by an A. S. Onassis Foundation special grant.

This Term’s Seminars

Michaelmas 2017

Thursdays, 5-7pm, in Ground Floor Lecture Room 1 at 47 Wellington Square.

26 October

Takis Kayalis (Ioannina)
C. P. Cavafy: History, Archaeology, Empire
2 November Alexander Kazamias (Coventry)
The Visual Politics of Fear: Images of Anti-Communist Propaganda in Post-War Greece
9 November Fiona Antonelaki (King’s College London)
The Generation of the 1930s and the Greek Literary Canon: New Evidence, New Questions
16 November Dimitris Dalakoglou (Vrije, Amsterdam)
Heavy Metal and Neo-Nazism in Contemporary Greece
(a paper co-authored with Dimitris Borboudakis)
23 November Kristina Gedgaudaite (Oxford)
Memory Wars and their Ideologies: Asia Minor in Contemporary Greek Culture
30 November David Roessel (Stockton, NJ)
An Englishman and an American with the Greek Resistance: The War-Time Experience of Colonel C. M. Woodhouse and Major Jerry Wines in Memoir and Fiction

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Past Seminars

Trinity 2017

4 May Lydia Papadimitriou (Liverpool John Moores University)
A Blast and other crises: Tracing the economy and ecology of recent Greek cinema
11 May A discussion with the playwright Andreas Flourakis about his play Θέλω μια χώρα
25 May Alexandra Georgakopoulou-Nunes (King’s College London) &
Korina Giaxoglou (Open University)
Memes, tweets & other small stories about Yanis Varoufakis: On the social-mediatization of the Greek economy

Hilary 2017

26 January Anne Zouroudi
A Detective in Winged Sandals: Greek Mythology in Crime Fiction
9 February Antonis Nikolopoulos (Soloúp)
Narrating History Through Comics in the Graphic Novel “Ayvali”
23 February Sotiris Paraschas (King’s College London)
What is an author in nineteenth-century Greece?
2 March David Holton (University of Cambridge)
Poetry and music in 16th-century Cyprus
9 March Maria Stassinopoulou (University of Vienna)
Book Launch: Across the Danube: Southeastern Europeans and Their Travelling Identities (17th–19th centuries)

Michaelmas 2016

20 October Katherine Barnes (Australian National University)
History from the ground up: Greece 1942-45 and The Sabotage Diaries
3 November Marjolijne Janssen
The Cambridge Grammar of Medieval Greek project
10 November Peter Mackridge (University of Oxford)
Literary representations of Greek life and language in the late eighteenth century

Trinity 2016

2 June Elena Tzelepis (University of Athens)
Reading Antigone in contemporary Athens: Inclusions, exclusions, foreclosures, and the eternal question of who belongs to the polis

Michaelmas 2015

15 October Akis Gavriilidis (Brussels)
Gustav-Adolf, the king of Asine that never was: Seferis between Europe and (his native) Asia

Trinity 2015

28 May Liana Giannakopoulou (University of Cambridge)
Engonopoulos’ Bolívar: from Pindar to Abraham Lincoln

Hilary 2015

29 January George Vassiadis (Royal Holloawy, University of London)
‘Honoured prisoners of the Reich’: the Rizos Rangavis family, 1941-1945
5 February Maria Margaronis (The Nation & University of Oxford)
Covering the Greek elections
19 February Elizabeth Kirtsoglou (University of Durham)
‘We are all Immigrants’: anthropological analysis of recognition and political subjectivity
5 March Akis Papantonis (University of Cologn)
Literature and biology of affection in a story set in Oxford: a presentation on the novella Καρυότυπος (Athens, 2014)

Michaelmas 2014

30 October Titika Dimitroulia (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Economy, politics, and literary publishing in Greece: from the fall of the dictatorship to the 2008 crisis
6 November David Wills
Reinventing Paradise: the Greek crisis and contemporary British travel narratives
20 November Sarah Ekdawi (University of Oxford)
The man, the text and the poet: multimodal translations of Cavafy
4 December James Pettifer (University of Oxford)
Hellenism in Albania: twenty years after communism

Trinity 2014

15 May 2014 Kalliopi Fouseki (UCL)
Claiming the Parthenon Marbles: whose claim and on behalf of whom?

Hilary 2014

13 March 2014 Vangelis Karamanolakis (University of Athens)
Historians and the trauma of the past: the destruction of security citizens’ records in Greece (1989)

Michaelmas 2013

31 October Screening of Twice a Stranger, followed by Panel discussion, Unmixing People: an assessment of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, with A. Abakan (BBC), R. Hirschon (St Peter’s), M. Llewellyn Smith (St Antony’s), V. Solomonides (King’s College, London)
Event co-organised with SEESOX.
7 November Annika Demosthenous (University of Oxford)
Lost cities: Kyrenia and Famagusta in Cypriot-Greek poetry
14 November Marios Psarras (Queen Mary, London)
‘No country for old faggots’: breaking with the parental home and exploring queer Utopias in Panos Koutras’s Strella
28 November Anna-Maria Sichani (University of Athens)
Revolutionary pathos, Greek ethos: alternative literary magazines and ‘marginal poetics; in the long (Greek) sixties
5 December Konstantina Zannou (Queen Mary, London)
National poets stammering the nation: Foscolo, Solomos and Kalvos

Trinity 2013

2 May Konstantinos Panapakidis (Goldsmiths College, London)
Dragging the past in Athens: autoethnography, visual methods and the recording of Greek drag performance culture
16 May Dimitris Gkintidis (University of Oxford)
On generous others: European materiality and the discourse of autonomy in contemporary Greece
20 May Dimitris Kamouzis & Stefanos Katsikas (Centre for Asia Minor Studies & University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Book Launch: State-Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey: Orthodox and Muslims, 1830–1945
Event co-organised with SEESOX
23 May Sheila Lecoeur (Imperial College, London)
Screening of: A Basket of Food, Greece in the 1940s
30 May Maria Vassilikou (Universität Freiburg)
The Holocaust in Greece in the light of a new collection of sources by Institut für Zeitgeschichte

Hilary 2013

7 February Akis Gavriilidis (University of Macedonia)
Two Brotherless Peoples’: Theodorakis, Elytis and other nationalists
14 February Dimitris Plantzos (University of Athens)
Hellas mon amour: Greek museums as national ‘sites of trauma’
28 February Michalis Chryssanthopoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Literature tackles history: the transformation of the public sphere in Greece in the late 19th and early 20th century
7 March Helena González Vaquerizo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Kazantzakis’ Odyssey: a 20th century epic

Michaelmas 2012

25 October Fotini Dimirouli (University of Oxford)
Paradise Lost? Lawrence Durrell’s ‘romance’ with the Hellenic World
1 November Victoria Reuter (University of Oxford)
Ithaca revisited: modern responses to Cavafy
8 November Peter Mackridge (University of Oxford)
Vénise après Vénise: official languages in the Ionian Islands, 1797-1864
15 November Angie Voela (University of East London)
“Becoming-woman”: literature between the social sciences and the humanities
22 November Philip Phillis (University of Glasgow)
National or transnational? Reconfiguring contemporary Greek cinema
29 November David Holton (University of Cambridge)
Kazantzakis in the groves of academe: his 1946 visit to England

Michaelmas 2011

3 November Dimitris Antoniou (University of Oxford).
The Nation’s Vow: haunting fantasies of the Colonels’ Greece
17 November Giorgos Giannakopoulos (Queen Mary, London)
A.J. Toynbee’s Frames of War in Asia Minor (1919-1922)
1 December Trouble in the archive: cultural responses to the Greek crisis
An illustrated lecture on recent film, literature and art from Greece by Dimitris Papanikolaou (Oxford), followed by a roundtable discussion.

Trinity 2011

26 May Spyros Tsoutsoumpis (University of Manchester)
Between honour and shame: a reappraisal of masculine identities among fighters of the Greek resistance (1941-1945)
9 June Hakan Özkan (University of Münster)
Romeyka in nowadays Turkey : the Pontic dialects of Trabzon
23 June Dimitris Papanikolaou (University of Oxford)
‘Alec Scouffi, un écrivain Grec assassiné à Paris’: movement, sexuality and the homosexual type in the long 1920s

Hilary 2011

27 January Giorgos Michalopoulos (University of Oxford)
What led to the war of 1897: Greek foreign policy in the late 19th century
10 February Eleni Papargyriou (King’s College London)
Cavafy, photography and fetish
24 February Elisavet Pakis (University of Lancaster)
Staging lesbian blues: questioning gendered belonging in a Greek context
10 March Eleftheria Ioannidou (Freie Universität, Berlin)
Towards a national heterotopia: ancient theatres, ancient drama festivals and the cultural politics of performance in modern Greece

Michaelmas 2010

21 October Erato Basea (University of Oxford)
National identity in the Greek cinema of the auteur: the case of Michael Cacoyannis’ Zorba the Greek (1964)
and
Dimitris Papanikolaou (University of Oxford)
Zorba and the Greek
4 November Efstratios Myrogiannis (University of Cambridge)
A canon in the making: ‘Byzantine History’ before Paparrigopoulos
18 November Philip Hager (University of Winchester)
Popular margins and the illegitimate mainstream: the field of theatre during the Colonels’ junta in Greece
2 December John Kittmer (King’s College, London)
‘Your body I know so well, like a poem memorized by heart’: some reflections on Ritsos reading the body

Hilary 2010

30 October Seila Lecoeur (Imperial College, London)
Mixed memories of occupation: the social impact of the Italian occupation of Syros,1941-43
4 February Christos Dermentzopoulos (Cultural Studies, University of Ioannina)
History, memory and identity in the film Politiki Kouzina (Touch of Spice)
18 February ‘Sex and the Other in Contemporary Greek Fiction’: A Conversation with Angela Dimitrakaki (History of Art, University of Edinburgh).
4 March Dimitris Tziovas (University of Birmingham)
The wound of history: Ritsos and the reception of Philoctetes

Michaelmas 2009

29 October Violetta Hionidou (University of Newcastle)
Famine, relief and politics in occupied Greece, 1941-1944
5 November Dimitris Sotiropoulos (University of Athens)
Are public policy reforms doomed? The case of Greece after 1974
Event co-organised with SEESOX
12 November Maria Margaronis
Translating Greece: ‘Truth’ and ‘ethnic truth’ in the mirror of the British media
19 November Dimitris Plantzos (University of Ioannina)
The Greeks and the ‘Global’: Negotiating classical culture and Hellenic identity in Modern Greece
26 November Andreas Papandreou (University of Athens)
The economics of climate change for Greece
Event co-organised with SEESOX
3 December Kostas Ifantis (University of Athens)
The evolution of Greek-US relationship: co-operation imperative amid dysfunctional geo-politics
Event co-organised with SEESOX

Trinity 2009

30 April Richard Clogg (University of Oxford)
Colonel Papadopoulos and the seduction of the Mother of Parliaments
05 May Peter Mackridge (University of Oxford)
Language and national identity in Greece, 1766-1976
Book launch
14 May Liana Giannakopoulou (King’s College, London)
Ritsos and the visual arts
21 May Philip Carabott (King’s College, London)
Stances and responses of Greek Orthodox society to the persecution of its Jewish fellow-citizens during the German occupation
28 May Tzina Kalogirou (University of Athens)
The visual impulse and some cases of ekphrasis in the poetry of Odysseas Elytis
4 June Julia Chryssostalis (University of Westminster)
Law writing the city: Athens’ legal architectography
8 June Eleni Papargyriou (University of Oxford)
Reading games in the Greek novel: modernity and periphery
11 June Dimitris Tziovas (University of Birmingham)
From Diaspora to Immigration: Greek Society and Culture in Transition
Book launch

Michaelmas 2008

30 October Margaret Kenna (Swansea University).
The “beanpole family” in Greece
6 November Roderick Beaton (King’s College, London).
Seferis in the Middle East: the “Levant Journal”
13 November Vassiliki Kolocotroni (University of Glasgow).
Nicolas Calas: the Golden Age
20 November Georgia Farinou-Malamatari (University of Thessaloniki)
Aspects of modern and postmodern Greek fictional biography in the 20th century
27 November Eleni Calligas (Arcadia Centre, Athens)
Installing British parliamentarism in the Ionian Islands, 1815-1864
4 December Maria Komninos (University of Athens)
Contemporary Greek cinema: the politics of identity

Hilary 2008

31 January Lia Chisacof (Bucharest)
Tragoudia horeftika (Dance Songs): A genre in folklore or in learned literature?
21 February George Yannoulopoulos (London)
Seferis and modernism: the question of language
28 February Achilleas Hadjikyriacou (European University Institute, Florence)
;The world is changing, men are not’: masculinity and gender relations in Greece in the 1950s and 1960s
6 March Christina Delistathi (University of Middlesex)
Translations of the Communist Manifesto: some preliminary findings and remarks

Michaelmas 2007

25 October Yannis Hamilakis (University of Southampton)
Dreaming ruins: materiality, archaeology and national imagination in Greece
Co-organised with the Institute of Archaeology
8 November Mark Hanse (University of Utrecht)
Paradise lost: the fate of the Cappadocians and their language(s)
15 November Churnjeet Mahn (University of Glasgow)
On not knowing Greek: British travel to Greece and the woman question
22 November Dimitris Asimakoulas (University of Surrey)
Fear and misery of the Greek junta: translations of Brecht’s works under the colonels
29 November Anastasia Christou (University of Sussex)
Narrating Hellenism—negotiating homecoming: gender, place and identity in second generation ancestral return migration life stories
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