Current Courses






Spring 2020 Courses

Language Courses


Elementary Modern Greek II, Nikolas P. Kakkoufa
MW 12.10pm-2pm
A continuation of UN1101, the students are expected to be able to read texts containing high frequency vocabulary and basic structures; understand basic conversations or understand the gist of more complex conversations on familiar topics; produce simple speech on familiar topics; communicate in simple tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters; write short texts or letters on familiar subjects.
Intermediate Modern Greek II, Chrysanthe Filippardos
MW 6.10pm-8.00pm
A continuation of UN2101, upon completion of the course, the students are able to read simple Greek newspaper articles, essays and short stories and to express their opinion on a number of familiar topics. In addition to these skills, students will be exposed to a number of authentic multimodal cultural material that will allow them to acquire knowledge and understanding of the vibrant cultural landscape of Greece today.

Literature, Culture & History

The Ottoman Past in the Greek Present, Dimitris Antoniou
T 2.10pm-4pm
Almost a century after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the Ottoman past lives on in contemporary Greece, often in unexpected sites. In the built environment it appears as mosques, baths, covered markets, and fountains adorned with Arabic inscriptions. It also manifests itself in music, food, and language. Yet Ottoman legacies also shape the European present in less obvious ways and generate vehement debates about identity, nation-building, human rights, and interstate relations. In this course, we will be drawing on history, politics, anthropology, and comparative literature as well as a broad range of primary materials to view the Ottoman past through the lens of  he Greek present. What understandings of nation-building emerge as more Ottoman archives became accessible to scholars? How does Islamic Family Law—still in effect in Greece—confront the European legal system? How are Ottoman administrative structures re-assessed in the context of acute socioeconomic crisis and migration? This course fulfills the global core requirement.
Thessaloniki Down the Ages, Paraskevi Martzavou
W 4.10pm-6.00pm
This course will explore the fascinatingly layered and multicultural history of Thessaloniki, the great city of Northern Greece and the Balkans. We will examine texts, archaeological evidence, literature, songs, and movies and in general the materialities of the city. We will examine this material from the 6th century BCE down to the the 21st cent. CE. We will notably think about the problems of history, identity, and cultural interaction in reaction to recent work such as Mark Mazower’s well known Salonica, City of Ghosts [2004]. This course fulfills the global core requirement.
The World Responds to the Greeks: Modernity, Postcoloniality, Globality, Stathis Gourgouris
T/TR 1.10pm-2.25pm
This course examines various literary, artistic, and cultural traditions worldwide that respond to some of the most recognizable Greek motifs in myth, theater, and politics. The aim is to understand both what these motifs might be offering specifically to these traditions in particular social-historical contexts and, at the same time, what these traditions in turn bring to our conventional understanding of these motifs, how they reconceptualize them and how they alter them. The overall impetus is framed by a prismatic inquiry of how conditions of modernity, postcoloniality, and globality fashion themselves in engagement with certain persistent imaginaries of antiquity. This course fulfills the global core requirement.
How to do things with Homosexual Βodies, Nikolas P. Kakkoufa
M 4.10pm-6.00pm
Homosexuality, as a term, might be a relatively recent invention in Western culture but bodies that acted and appeared ‘differently’ existed long before that. This course will focus on acts, and not identities, in tracing the  volution of writing the homosexual body from antiquity until today. In doing so it will explore a number of multimodal materials – texts, vases, sculptures, paintings, movies etc. – in an effort to understand the evolution of the ways in which language (written, spoken or visual) registers the homosexual body in literature and culture. When we bring the dimension of the body into the way we view the past, we find that new questions and new ways of approaching old questions emerge. What did the ancient actually write about the homosexual body? Did they actually create gender non-binary statues? Can we find biographies of the lives of saints in drag in Byzantium? How did the Victorians change the way in which we understand homosexual writing in Antiquity? How is the queer body registered in Modern Greek Literature and Culture? Can one write the history of homosexuality as a history  of bodies? These are some of the questions that we will examine during the semester.

Directed Readings, Independent Research. and Senior Research Seminars

Directed Readings, Nikolas P. Kakkoufa
GRKM UN3997 01
Directed Readings, Dimitris Antoniou
GRKM UN3997 02
Directed Readings, Stathis Gourgouris
GRKM UN3997 04
Directed Readings, Paraskevi Martzavou
GRKM UN3997 05
Senior Research Seminar, Nikolas P. Kakkoufa
Supervised Independent Research, Nikolas P. Kakkoufa
GRKM GU4460 01
Supervised Independent Research, Dimitris Antoniou
GRKM GU4460 02
Supervised Independent Research, Stathis Gourgouris
GRKM GU4460 04
Supervised Independent Research, Paraskevi Martzavou
Columbia Summer in Greece: Athens Curatorial Project


Columbia Summer in Greece: Athens Curatorial Project invites students to engage in the cross-disciplinary and diachronic study of Greece and to organize an exhibition in which they participate as both artists and curators. The program is structured around the study of texts, films, and cultural artifacts that offer a lens onto Greek history and culture and links between past eras and the present; site visits, fieldtrips, and walking tours that explore  emnants of the past (classical, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman) in contemporary urban settings; and workshop sessions in which students learn the stages of curating and creating art for an exhibition. Working closely with  olumbia faculty and Greek artists and curators, students gain first-hand experience in the theoretical and practical challenges of organizing and presenting an exhibition. More information about the program can be found at



GRKM G4135 Topics Through Greek Film. 3-4 points.

Optional 1-point bilingual guided reading.

This course explores issues of memory and trauma, public history and testimony, colonialism and biopolitics, neoliberalism and governmentality, and crisis and kinship, all through the medium of Greek film. It brings the Greek cinema canon (Angelopoulos, Gavras, Cacoyiannis, Koundouros, et al.) into conversation with the work of contemporary artists, documentary filmmakers, and the recent “weird wave” and asks: what kind of lens does film offer onto the study of a society’s history and contemporary predicament? The viewing and discussion of films is facilitated through a consideration of a wide range of materials, including novels, criticism, archival footage, and interviews with directors. The course does not assume any background knowledge and all films will have English subtitles. An additional 1-credit bilingual option (meeting once per week at a time TBD) is offered for students who wish to read, view, and discuss materials in Greek.

GRKM V3001 Advanced Modern Greek I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: GRKM V2101 or the equivalent.

This semester we will continue to build language skills but with particular attention to speaking and writing Greek at the university level. We will focus on such topics as diaspora, history, politics, and identity. We will use materials from literature, critical essays, historiography, film, and mass media as a way to advance knowledge in Modern Greek literature and culture. In addition we will explore the diversity of Greek language as it is spoken in different regions and gain understanding of its evolution through time. Materials include: essays (Seferis, Theotokas); newspaper articles; television interviews (Flessa and Papanikolaou); advertisement; stand-up-comedy (Lazopoulos); music (art-song, rebetika, hip-hop); theatre (Demetriades); literature (Roides, Papadiamantis, Kazantzakis, Lymberaki, Karapanou, Galanaki, Charalambides, Chatzopoulos, Chouliaras).

GRKM V3002 Advanced Modern Greek II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: GRKM V2101 or the equivalent.

This semester we will continue to build language skills but with particular attention to speaking and writing Greek at the university level. We will focus on such topics as diaspora, history, politics, and identity. We will use materials from literature, film and mass media as a way to advance knowledge in Modern Greek literature and culture. We will explore the diversity of Greek language as it is spoken in different regions and gain understanding of its evolution through time. The focus is on the Modern Greek Poetry. Materials include: music (Theodorakis, Chatzidakis); interviews (Flessa); essays (Garantoudes); poetry (Erotokritos, Solomos, Kalvos, Palamas, Sikelianos, Varnalis, Karyotakis, Cavafy, Seferis, Ritsos, Embeirikos, Elytis, Gatsos, Sachtouris, Vakalo, Anghelaki-Rooke, Mastoraki, Montis, Dimoula, Chouliaras, Calas.)

GRKM W2112 Intermediate Modern Greek Conversation. 1 point.

For students in GRKM V2102, but also open to students not enrolled in GRKM V2102, who wish to improve their spoken Modern Greek. For more information, contact Dr. Maria Hadjipolycarpou at

CLGM G4290 Greece at the Crossroads. 3 points.

Human mobility in the Greek context covers a wide range of practices and historical experiences: labor immigration, diaspora, political exile, mandatory expulsions, repatriation and, more recently, migrations and diasporas from Eastern Europe and non-European countries to and via Greece. In this course, we will study various cases of population movements though the Greek national and other European borders. Our particular points of interest will include: a. the connection between human mobility and notions of Europeaness, b. the impact of human mobility on politics and culture and c. the impact of migrations and diasporas on the historical development of notions of self, nationhood, community and civil and human rights. Students will be invited to approach these issues through the exploration of specific case-studies, the study of bibliography and the use of a variety of primary sources (legal texts, autobiographical narratives, literature, films, artistic creation, performative arts etc.).

CLGM W4290 Greece at the Crossroads. 4 points.

This course introduces students to key aspects of Modern Greek culture as well as to faculty at Columbia working on Greece in different departments. Readings focus on moments when Greece's position at the crossroads between East and West become  comparatively relevant to particular disciplines. Students study works by poets, novelists, filmmakers, literary critics, historians, anthropologists and architects; Columbia faculty and invited guests then discuss their own scholarship in these fields. Texts are available in both English and Greek.  The course can be taken with a one-credit extra hour tutorial for advanced students reading materials in Greek.