Past seminar meetings

Here you can find information on past modern greek seminar meetings.


Austerity Measures (Chair, Karen Van Dyck; Rapporteur, David Schneller) - 3 artist talks + 3 seminars (Hellenistic, Byzantine, Modern) on the topic of Austerity Measures What happens when you lose something or think you’ve lost something – whether an ancient tradition, an idea of Europe, a standard of living or a homeland – and what kind of literature, art and society emerges out of this loss? How are measures (μέτρα in Greek) restrictive, but also the measure and the meter of the possible?

September 18, 2015
“To Fit or not to Fit” - An Artist Talk and Screening
with Greek writer-director Athina Rachel Tsangari
respondent Toby Lee (Tisch, NYU) in coordination with U.S Premiere at the 53rd New York Film Festival of Chevalier at Lincoln Center
October 15, 2015
Panagiotis A. Agapitos (Professor of Byzantine Literature, University of Cyprus)
"Contesting Conceptual Boundaries: Byzantine and its History"
Respondent Maria Hadjipolycarpou
Co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Heyman Center, and the Department of Classics.
November 19, 2015
John Ma (Professor of Classics, Columbia) 
"Cavafy, the Hellenistic age, and us"
Co-sponsored by the Department of Classics.
February 11, 2016
A reading with novelist Christos Asteriou
and translator Patricia Barbeito (RISD)
respondent Karen Emmerich (Princeton)
Co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Translation Studies.
March 23, 2016
Screening of Stefanos Tsivopoulos’s documentary-fiction Eleusis (2012)
To be followed by a discussion with the director, Stefanos Tsivopoulos
respondent Soo-Young Kim (Columbia)  
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean, School of the Arts.
April 20, 2016
Karen Van Dyck (Professor of Modern Greek Literature, Classics)
Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry& multi-media performance of Greek poetry and translation with the poets and translators
Phoebe Giannisi, Jazra Khaleed, Peter Constantine, and Karen Van Dyck
Respondent Edwin Frank (NYRB)
The event is accompanied by an exhibition of recent Greek zines curated by Dimitris Antoniou and Karla Nielsen.
Co-sponsored by the Program in Hellenic Studies, The Modern Greek Seminar at The University Seminars Program, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Women Poets at Barnard, Barnard Center for Translation Studies.
October 2, 2014
Maria Kakavoulia, Onassis Senior Visiting Scholar & Associate Professor, School of International Relations, Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University
October 21, 2014
Vassilis Loules, Film Director
Screening: «Φιλιά εις τα παιδιά»/“Kisses to the Children”
November 12, 2014
Elena Mamoulaki, Visiting Assistant Professor, Program in Hellenic Studies, Columbia University
November 18, 2014
Antonis Liakos, Professor of Contemporary History and History of Historiography, University of Athens
April 7, 2015
A Poetry Reading & Discussion with Elsa Korneti & Patricia Felisa Barbeito (Professor of American Literatures, Literary Arts and Studies, RISD)

Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

November 7, 2013
Toby Lee, Lecturer in Modern Greek, Program in Hellenic Studies, Columbia University 
November 20, 2013
Panagiotis Antonopoulos,  PhD candidate, Department of Modern Greek Studies, University of Crete
December 4, 2013
Kostis Kornetis, Assistant Professor, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University
March 5, 2014
Tatjana Aleksic, Associate Professor of South Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
& Patricia Felisa Barbeito, Professor of American Literatures, Rhode Island School of Design
March 24, 2014
Kostis Karpozilos, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow, Blinken European Institute, Columbia University
& Despina Lalaki, Senior Lecturer in Modern Greek, A.S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies, NYU
"American Espionage and Philanthropy: Perspectives from the Greek Left"
April 1, 2014
Erato Basea, Stavros S. Niarchos Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University


Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

October 25, 2012
Konstantina Zanou, Post-doctoral History Scholar, University of Nicosia, Cyprus & Visiting fellow, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) NYU
"Between Two Patriae: Transnational Patriotism in the Ionian Islands and the Adriatic, 1800-1830"

November 1, 2012
Fay Zika, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theory of Art, Department of Theory and History of Art, The Athens School of Fine Arts
”The Revival Of Multimodal Aesthetics And Contemporary Greek Art"

December 5, 2012
A book presentation and discussion with Stan Draenos –historian and political analyst– about his latest book
Andreas Papandreou: The Making of a Greek Democrat and Political Maverick (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012).

January 31, 2013
Dimitris Antoniou, Hannah Seeger Davis Fellow in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
"The Nation's Vow: Haunting Fantasies of the Colonels' Greece"

February 14, 2013
Basil Gounaris, Professor of Modern History at the Department of History & Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
“Clio meets Alexander the Great: Reassessing the Historiography of the Macedonian Question (19th-20th centuries)”

April 11, 2013
Álvaro García Marín, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Program in Hellenic Studies, Columbia University

Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Georgia Gotsi -- University of Patras, Greece & Visiting Scholar, Remarque Institute, NYU
"Beyond “Home Identity” Immigrant Voices in Contemporary Greek Fiction"


Friday, November 11, 2011

A reading & discussion with Gazmend Kapllani -Author and Journalist

about his latest book My Name Is Europe


Monday, December 5, 2011

Maria Oikonomou -Institute of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Vienna

"On the Clinical Picture of Nostalgia—and a Remote Literature


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Gonda Van Steen-Cassas Chair in Greek Studies, University of Florida &
Visiting Fellow, Center in Hellenic Studies, Princeton

"Aris Alexandrou's  Antigone (1951): A Critique of the 'blank pages on
which the revolution writes its instructions


Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Konstantinos Kalantzis, Mary Seeger Post-Doctoral Fellow in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
"Highland Crete as anti-Germany: Questions of Epistemology and Imagination 'in Crisis'"


Friday, April 20, 2012

Pantelis Voutouris (University of Cyprus) & Marinos Pourgouris (University of Cyprus)

Seminar on the Poetry of Odysseas Elytis

Pantelis Voutouris-"Linguistic geography and identity in The Axion Esti"

Marinos Pourgouris- "Philosophical Influences in the Development of  Elytis' Theory of Analogies"



Fall 2010 - Spring 2011

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nikolaos Mavrelos (Demokrition University Of Thrace, Komotini)

“’Narcissistic’ Techniques In 18th- And 19th- Century Greek Fiction As Vehicles Of Modernity”

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lidia Santarelli (Center For European And Mediterranean Studies, New York University)

“Barbarous Greece: Antihellenic Racial Theories In Fascist Italy”


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dimitris Damaskos (University Of Ioannina, Western Greece)

“Archaeology And National Identity In The Greek Museum”


Thurday, December 2, 2010

Andreas Kalyvas (New School University)

“An Anomaly? Some Reflections On The Greek December 2008”

With Respondents Stathis Gourgouris (Columbia University) & Peter Bratsis (Salford University, U.K.)


Friday, February 11, 2011

"New Directions in Greek-Ottoman Studies: A Roundtable"

featuring Evangelos Kechriotis--Assistant Professor, History Department, Bogazici University &

Visiting Fellow, Hellenic Studies Program, Princeton University

'Post-colonial criticism and Muslim-Christian relations in the (very) Late Ottoman Empire: the case of Izmir /Smyrna'

& Ilektra Kostopoulou-Ted And Elaine Athanassiades Postdoctoral Fellowship, Program In Hellenic Studies, Princeton University

"Hybrid Ottoman Geographies: Revisiting the Bi-religious Polity of Autonomous Crete."

Respondent: Christine Philliou, Assistant Professor of Ottoman History, Columbia University

Co-organized with Ottoman/Turkish Studies Seminar


Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Heath Cabot, Mary Seeger O’Boyle Fellow, Program In Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
“Aesthetics, Knowledge, and Judgment at an Asylum Advocacy NGO in Athens”


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Prof. Margaret E. Kenna--Emeritus Professor Of Social Anthropology, Department Of Geography, College Of Science, Swansea University, Wales, U.K.

"Anthropological Theory And Practice And The Role Of Serendipity: 45 Years Of Research On Anafi"


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Efterpi Mitsi -- Associate Professor, Faculty Of English Studies, National & Capodistrian University Of Athens, Greece

“Representations Of Greece In Early English Travel Writing”



Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

October 7, 2009
Yiorgos Kalogeras(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
“Entering through the Golden Door: Cinematic Representations of a Mythical Moment.”


October 26th, 2009
Fotini Tsalicoglou (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens)

“Photini Tsalicoglou speaks about Margarita Karapanou, madness, creativity, and a mother’s personal letters to her daughter.”


November 5, 2009
Mark Janse (Ghent University, Belgium)

“Dead or Alive? The Resurrection of Cappadocian (Asia Minor Greek)”
Co-sponsored by The Department of Slavic Languages & Literature & The Linguistics Society


Thursday, November 12, 2009
Dimitris Vardoulakis (University of Western Sydney, Australia)

"The Greek Utopia: Aris Alexandrou’s The Mission Box”


December, 16, 2009
Sotirios Bahtsetzis (Fulbright Art Scholar, Columbia University

“Cinematism against Visual Regimes:Undoing Gender in Contemporary Art in Greece”
Co-organized with The School of the Arts, Columbia University


February 18, 2010
Dimitris Papadimitriou (University Of Manchester, U.K.) & Argyris Mamarelis(London School Of Economics)
“The Last Ottomans: Passivity And Resistance Within The Muslim Community Of Western Thrace During The Second World War And The Greek Civil War”


March 25, 2010
Alexis Rappas(Ted and Elaine Athanassiades Post-Doctoral Fellow)
(Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University) with respondent
Lidia Santarelli (Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU)

“National Allegiance and Imperial Loyalty: Greeks Under European Colonial Rule”


Thursday, April 1, 2010
A discussion with film director Yorgos Lanthimos
Director of the film
“DOGTOOTH” in cooperation with The Film Division, Columbia University


Fall 2008 - Spring 2009

October 9, 2008
Andre Gerolymatos (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
‘The December 1944 Events: A Reappraisal’


October 30, 2008
David Ricks (King’s College, London, U.K.)
‘Greek poets’ tributes to Cavafy'


November 20, 2008
Martin McKinsey (University Of New Hampshire)
“Issues In Trans/Punctuation”
Karen Emmerich (Columbia University)
“Punctuating Space In Modern Greek Poetry”


December 8, 2008
Maria Boletsi (University Of Leiden, Netherlands)
“When The Sound Of The Other Sounds Strangely Familiar:
The Balkan Neighbor, The Guest, The Barbarian”


February 11, 2009
Ipek Azime Celik (Department Of Comparative Literature, NYU)
“Papadiamandis And Dimitriou: Imagining Greece From Below”


March 12, 2009
Gerasimus Katsan (Queens College CUNY)
“The Sheep And The Shepherds:  Censorship, Morality And
Contemporary Social Criticism”


April 1, 2009
Irene Kacandes (Dartmouth College)
“Daddy’s War: Greek American Stories: A Paramemoir”



Fall 2007 - Spring 2008

October 1, 2007
Constanze Guthenke (Princeton University)
“Looking for Foreign Friends: Solomos, Translation, and the German Influences”


November 2, 2007
Gail Holst-Warhaft (Cornell University)

“Electrifying the Nisiotika: Mariza Koch and Aegean Rock”


November 29, 2007
Evdoxios Doxiades (Princeton University)
“Sexual Crimes and Improprieties in Late Ottoman Greece, 1750-1829”


March 4, 2008
Poets, Translators, and Critics on the Poet, Translator and Critic George Seferis
Andriana Mastor (Columbia University)

“A Different Sort of Nostos in Seferis’s Logbook III”
Susan Matthias (NYU)
“Sensual, Light-Hearted, Lyrical, Magisterial: Translating Seferis’s Multi-Faceted Prose”
Kathryn Stergiopoulos (Princeton University)
“Translation In the Manner of Giorgos Seferis”


March 12, 2008
Eleni Papargyriou (Princeton University)
“Selective and Distant Images: George Seferis’s photographs of Cyprus”


March 27, 2008
Nikolaos Panou (Harvard University) & Mona Momescu (University of Constanta)
He will shatter Kings on the Day of His Wrath:  Faith, Fear, Power in Early Modern Balkans”
Respondent: Christine Philliou (Columbia University)



Fall 2006 - Spring 2007

October 26, 2006
Christine Philliou (Columbia University)
“The Millet System and Its Discontents: Dealing with Difference in the Ottoman Empire”


November 3, 2006
Eleni Papagaroufali (Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences)

“Town-Twinning In Greece: Towards The Construction of a New European Identity”

November 30, 2006
Elizabeth Ann Davis (Columbia University)
“A System in Doubt of Freedom: Responsibility and Reform in Greek Psychiatry”


December 7th, 2006
Poet Nikos Alexiou (Queen’s College) & translator Karen Emmerich (Columbia University)

in a bilingual reading in Greek and English from

Miltos Sachtouris’s Poems, 1945-1971. Translated by Karen Emmerich. (Archipelago Books, 2006) &

Nikos Alexiou’s The Garden Of Lost Vespers: Poems 1983-2003 (Seaburn Press, 2006)


February 23, 2007
Dimitris Papanikolaou (Oxford University)
"C.P. Cavafy and Discourses of Sexuality"
Respondent: Dr. George Syrimis (Yale University)


April 9, 2007
Dr. Miltos Pechlivanos
(Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki)
Σημεία στίξεως της ανάγνωσης – ο Στρατής Τσίρκας από τη Λέσχη στις Ακυβέρνητες Πολιτείες. [Points of Punctuations in Reading – Stratis Tsirkas from The Club to Drifting Cities].



Fall 2005 - Spring 2006

September 27, 2005
Yiorgos Anagnostu (Ohio State University)
“Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America”


October 24, 2005
Constantine Tsoukalas (University of Athens)
“The Origins and Effects of the East-West Dichotomy in Modern Greek Culture”


November 10, 2005
Discussion with Constantine Giannaris, filmmaker
in conjunction with screenings of three films:

From the Edge of the City (Apo tin akri tis polis), One Day in August (Dekapentavgoustos),
and Hostage (Omiros)


January 19, 2006
Peter Bratsis (University of Salford, U.K.)
“Perceptions of Corruption in Greek Politics: Between Commodity Fetishism and Globalization?”


February 23, 2006 

Reading of poetry and prose by two New York Greeks

Christos Tsiamis and John Chioles (NYU)


March 23, 2006
Neni Panourgia (Columbia University)

“Desert Islands”


April 6, 2006
Ioanna Laliotou (University of Thessaly)
“Transatlantic Subjects: Thinking about Mobility and Culture in Historical Perspective”



Spring 2005

April 4, 2005
Karen Van Dyck (Columbia University)

“Psycharis’s Reading Room”


May 2, 2005
Peter Mackridge (Oxford University)
“Greek as a Sacred Language: Modern Greek Translations of the New Testament”