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Academic Year 2017/2018

The London Hellenic Prize
The London Hellenic Society has awarded this annual Prize of £10,000 since 1996 to original works written in (or translated into) English on subjects relating to or inspired by Greece. The Prize considers the full spectrum of writing, including archaeology, architecture, art, classics, history, literary criticism, religion, social studies, as well as fiction. Winners invariably appeal to a broad readership.

The winner of the 2016 Prize is Karen Van Dyck for Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry published by Penguin UK and NYRB USA

Our winning book is a beautifully and thoughtfully produced anthology of contemporary Greek poetry, printed with both the Greek and English versions on adjacent pages. This is a revelatory volume: refreshing, young, relevant, political, lyrical, comic. It speaks both to the Greek crisis and also to life beyond the crisis. As Karen Van Dyck, the editor, says in her introduction to the volume, “When there is less to go around, people fight, grab, get tough... But poetry, though, is one thing there is more of. Much more”. Van Dyck meticulously researched and collected poems not only from mainstream publishers in Athens and Thessaloniki but also from marginal literary journals, blogs, underground performance and graffiti poetry, from Greek expats abroad and from non- Greek immigrants or refugees in Greece. The result is an excitingly diverse, vibrant and grittily optimistic collection which shows the dynamism of Greece both despite and because of the crisis. 

Further details on the Prize and its past winners are available at:



The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS  

Academic Year 2016/2017

Karen Van Dyck expanded the Thessaloniki study abroad initiative through Columbia’s Global Centers in Istanbul and Paris and developed a training program for teachers of Greek with the Cathedral School. She brought a variety of speakers to campus and consulted on radio shows for the BBC and CBC in response to the economic and political crisis, including a five-part series on Greek Writers (Varoufakis, Markeris, Kapllani, Papandreou, Mastoraki). As a Fulbright senior specialist, she gave lectures at the Athens School of the Arts, the University of Patras and the American School of Classical Study (June and December, 2012) and coordinated the program Found in Translation. She presented a section of her book-in-progress A Different Alphabet: Multilingual Literature, Translation, and the Greek Diaspora at the Princeton Translation Seminar with the title “Translating the Foreign Accent of the Immigrant" (November, 2012).  She is also editing an anthology of new Greek poetry in translation (Zephyr) and a collection of short stories by Ioulia Persaki (Nea Estia).Karen Van Dyck's translations of the poetry of Jenny Mastoraki featured on CBC broadcast series "Greece: The Unfolding Drama" with Eleanor Wachtel: http://www.cbc.ca/writersandcompany/episode/2013/04/28/jenny-mastoraki-costa-gavras-interviews/

Stathis Gourgouris retired from his position of Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society after 6 years of service and spent the academic year on sabbatical leave. During this time, he finished two books: The Perils of the One: Lessons in Secular Criticism II, which he submitted to Harvard University Press, and Ενδεχομένως Αταξίες [Contingent Disorders], a collection of essays on poetics and politics in Greek, written over a period of 25 years including a number of previously unpublished works, which is due for publication in September 2016 by Nissos Publishers in Athens.

He also published the following essays: “maskSILENCEsilenceMASKS, or A Condition of Utmost Listening” in South As A State of Mind 7 (the essay was commissioned by documenta 14); “Musical Dis-Possessions” in Conflicting Humanities, Rosi Braidotti and Paul Gilroy eds.(London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016); “Political Theology as Monarchical Thought” in Constellations 23:2 (this was the text of the Annual Constellations Lecture, 2015); “Dream-Work of Dispossession: The Instance of Elia Suleiman” in the Journal of Palestine Studies 176; and “Humanism, Human-Being, Human/Animal” in the Indian journal Anekaant: A Journal in Polysemic Thought 3.

In terms of  journalism and public media work, he published the much discussed “The SYRIZA Problem: Radical Democracy and Left Governmentality in Greece” in the online journal Open Democracy on August 6, 2015 (https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/stathis-gourgouris/syriza-problem-radical-democracy-and-left-governmentality-in-g),which was translated into French and published in the collection Écrits sur la Grèce: Points de vue européens, Dominique Grozat, Elisabeth Gauthier eds. (Paris: Éditions du croquant, 2015), and was interviewed in two film projects: The Birdcage, a documentary piece by Lindsey Aliksanyan & Manos Cizek on the question of “How do economics affect politics and what consequence does this have for the future of democracy?” and a documentary by Christos Petrou on the pioneering composer and poet Lena Platonos. He also translated Lena Platonos’ poetry for the American reissue of the seminal Sun Masks (Lyra, 1984; reissued by Dark Entries Records, 2016). In addition, translations of his own poetry were published in the collection Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry, Karen Van Dyck ed. (London: Penguin, 2016).

Finally, he gave a number of international lectures on his current research (University of Kent, University of Pisa, Collège Internationale de la Philosophie in Paris, Uppsala University, London School of Economics), as well as the Thomas E. Leontis Memorial Lecture, Ohio State University, on “Culture in Times of Crisis, Crisis as Culture”. Moreover, he was part of the ICLS team that fielded Columbia University’s successful application for the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Grant on “Global Language Justice” and he was appointed by the Greek Ministry of Education to the Governing Board of Directors of the Hellenic International University.

Academic Year 2012/2013

Vangelis Calotychos' monograph, The Balkan Prospect: Identity, Culture, and Politics in Greece After 1989 was published in the Studies in European Culture and History series, at Palgrave MacMillan, in January 2013. A presentation of the book's argument appeared in Serbian in the journal Iñterkùltùràlnòst (Interculturality), the publication of the Institute of Culture for Vojvodina, Novi Sad, in March 2013. He served as a discussant on panels devoted to contemporary Balkan film at the Association for the Study of Nationalities Convention. He is happy to have served a three-year term on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Modern Greek Studies. He is a faculty member at the Harriman Institute and Chair of the Modern Greek Seminar, at the University Seminars Program, at Columbia University. Click here to read a recent review of the Balkan Project in the CHRONOS online magazine. 

Mark Mazower published Governing the World: the History of an Idea with Penguin Press and it was named among the Financial Times Best Books of the Year. He also contributed articles to the Guardian, The Nation, and the Financial Times. His reviews appeared in Prospect magazine and he contributed an extended essay on Europe to the New Statesman for its centenary issue. Interviews with him appeared in Corriere della Sera, The Globalist, and Limes: Revista di Geopolitica. He gave the 18th Annual Kimon Friar Lecture at Deree College in Athens and the text was published in the Athens Review of Books. He also received the Dido Sotiriou Prize from the Society of Greek Writers and delivered a lecture on the occasion at the Megaron Mousikis in Athens. In Paris on leave, he lectured at the Sorbonne and Sciences Po, ran a work-in-progress seminar that focused extensively on modern Greek themes and continued his research into modern Greek history in local archives.







In the Fall 2012 Nadia Urbinati organized an International conference on Rousseau and the annual Kyriakos Tsakopoulos lecture. She gave a lecture in the Brazilian Annual Meeting of Political Studies at San Paulo, and participated in a workshop at Princeton University. She was also a respondent of the Tanner Lectures by Robert Post held at Harvard University in May 2013. She spent the Spring semester 2013 teaching a course at Sciences Po for Master students on Principles and Issue of Representative Democracy. She served in a promotion committee and had the chance to present two papers at Sciences Po (two at Cevipof and one at GREPIC), one at the Sorbonne, Paris I, and finally one at the Fondation Paris Sciences Lettres. Finally, the journal edited by faculty of the Department, Raisons Politiques will publish her article “The Populist Phenomenon.” Meanwhile, she has three books in English coming out in the next months and one in Italian.

Christine Philliou has been a senior fellow at Central European University's Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest. She co-authored an article that appeared recently in Comparative Studies in Society and History, entitled “The Ottoman Empire and the Imperial Turn,” about the tremendous changes in Ottoman historiography and the comparative study of empires over the past decade. She is continuing her current research project on a group of Ottoman Turks who dissented from the ruling Committee of Union and Progress and from the subsequent nationalist movement led by Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk), and who opposed such policies that led to the Armenian genocide, among other things.

Ioannis Mylonopoulos gave lectures in Copenhagen (University), Geneva (Fondation Hardt), London (Royal Society of Medicine), New York (Institute of Fine Arts), Oxford (University), and Rome (German Archaeological Institute). At a conference on The Aesthetics of the Inscribed Text in Greek and Roman Antiquity at the University of Durham (UK), he was invited to deliver the keynote lecture. He managed to complete and submit seven articles, fourteen book reviews, one entry for an electronic encyclopedia, and two archaeological bulletins. In the Spring term 2013, Mylonopoulos was on leave (University of Heidelberg, Germany). In April, he taught as a professeur invité at the University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne. He was invited to join the editorial team of The Marginalia Review of Books (themarginaliareview.com) and became one of the co-editors of Archiv für Religionsgeschichte.

In the fall, Toby Lee taught Intermediate Modern Greek Conversation and in the spring, the Intermediate course in Modern Greek language and culture. Outside of the Program, Toby successfully defended her dissertation, “Public Culture and Cultural Citizenship at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival,” in Anthropology and Film & Visual Studies at Harvard University. She contributed an article, “Το Φεστιβάλ της πόλης, η πόλη του Φεστιβάλ: Ορίζοντας την έννοια του τόπου ανάμεσα στο τοπικό και στο εθνικό,” to the book Σινέ Θεσσαλονίκη: Ιστορίες από την πόλη και τον κινηματογράφο (eds. Αγγελική Μυλωνάκη, Γιάννης Γκροσδάνης, University Studio Press 2012). She is also the Director of the Collaborative Studio program at UnionDocs: Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn, and her large-scale video installation Single Stream, a collaboration with artists Pawel Wojtasik and Ernst Karel, will open at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria in July.

Affiliate Faculty

Neni Panourgiá (Adjunct Associate Professor, Classics) spent the Academic Year 2012-2013 as Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Bard College. In the Fall (October) she was Senior Alexander S. Onassis Fellow at MIT (Department of Anthropology), Harvard University (Department of Anthropology), and Harvard University Medical School (Department of Public Health). In January 2013 she became Co-Editor (Social Sciences) for the Journal of Modern Greek Studies. Her review of Elizabeth Davis (2011) Bad Souls appeared in the journal Ethnos. In the Academic Year 2013-2014 Panourgiá will be Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. Her book Dangerous Citizens. The Greek Left and the Terror of the State is forthcoming in Greek translation by Editions Kastaniotis.

Valentina Izmirlieva was the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library for 2012-2013. There she worked on her new book The Christian Hajjis: Mobility and Status in the Late Ottoman Empire. This project has previously been awarded a Howard Foundation Fellowship (2009-2010), an NCEEER grant (2009-2011), a Harriman Institute Seed Grant (2011), and a NEH summer fellowship (2012). Among her upcoming articles related to this study is “The Title Hajji and the Ottoman Vocabulary of Pilgrimage” to appear in the next issue of The Modern Greek Studies Yearbook.

Stéphane Charitos is the Director of the Language Learning Center at Columbia University. Recently, Columbia University, Cornell University, and Yale University received a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a first two-year phase to develop a collaborative framework for teaching the less commonly taught languages (LCTL) including Modern Greek through videoconferencing and other distance learning technology. The goal is to create a synchronous, interactive and learner-centered environment that will closely emulate a regular language classroom. This will allow for better leveraging of existing resources on our campuses; expansion of the breadth and depth of language instruction in the LCTL across all three institutions; and enhanced integration of LCTL faculty into the fabric of their respective institutions.


Peter Constantine is a writer and translator and fellow (2012-13). He is currently working with Karen Van Dyck on a bilingual anthology: Austerity Measures: New Greek Poetry in Translation and on documenting Arvanitika oral literature. The poems "Rain nations", "Non-" and "mo(u)rning thoughts" by Konstantinos Sampanis are being published in the current issue of Washington Review. Peter’s book of translations The Essential Writings of Rousseau has been published this spring by Random House, Modern Library.  

Álvaro García holds a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship from the European Union. He taught Intermediate Modern Greek Conversation and the bilingual sections of the course The Making of Modern Greek Poetry The World Responds to the Greeks. His post-doctoral research is a study on Greek fantastic literature and, especially, on the external and internal reception of the figure of the revenant in Greece and its importance in the process of national configuration. He participated in the 10th International Conference Monsters and the Monstrous, held at Oxford University (10-12 September 2012) and presented his research at the Modern Greek Seminar in Columbia University (11 April 2013). His publications include the paper “Colonialismo metafórico y angustia de la influencia: el discurso fantástico en el filo de la disemia griega” (Mediterráneos, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2013), and the forthcoming chapters: “‘The Son of the Vampire’: Greek Gothic, or Gothic Greece?” (Dracula and the Gothic in Literature and the Pop Art, Braga 2013) and “Haunted Communities: The Uncanny at the Core of Nation Formation” (Monsters and the Monstrous, Oxford 2013). 

Georgia Gotsi is Associate Professor of Modern Greek and Comparative Literature at the University of Patras. In 2012 she was Visiting Scholar at the Remarque Institute of New York University and did research as a Fellow at Columbia University (August-September 2012). She is the author of two books, on urban prose fiction in 19th -century Greek literature (2006), and on issues of cultural transfer from European and north American Literatures to 19th -century Greece (2010) (National Book Prize). She has published a number of articles and book chapters in Greek and international journals and collective volumes. Most recently, she has written on the Jewish presence in Modern Greek Literature, on Alexandros Papadiamantis as translator, and on the presence of immigrants in contemporary Greek prose fiction. She currently works on a book manuscript dealing with on Antiquity, Cultural Biography and Literature.

Gelina Harlaftis (Department of History, Ionian University) is a fellow (April-June 2013) at the Program and currently working on two research projects: a book manuscript titled From the Vagliano Brothers to Aristotle Onassis. Family business groups, international networks and global institutions; the second is a larger project entitled “The Black Sea and its Port-cities, 1774-1914. Development, convergence and linkages with the global economy” and is a collaboration of five Greek universities and research institutes (Ionian University, University of Crete, University of Thessaly, University of the Aegean, Institute of Mediterranean Studies and Hellenic Research Foundation, and eleven foreign (Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Georgian, American) Universities and Institutes, funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Education.