Past seminar meetings

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

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

October 22, 2020
Dimitris Xanthoulis and Panayotis Evangelidis
November 19, 2020
Alexandra Siotou (University of Thessaly), George Mantzios (University of Toronto), and Penelope Papailias (University of Thessaly)
December 10, 2020
Yorgos Zois 
"Online Screening of the Film Third Kind (Yorgos Zois, 2018) and Discussion with the Director"
December 17, 2020
The Athens Zine Bibliotheque

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

October 8, 2019 
Kalliopi Amygdalou, Architectural Historian, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
November 19, 2019
Sokratis Koniordos, Full Professor of Sociology, University of the Peloponnese
February 19, 2020
Lukas Tsiptsios (Columbia University)
"Bizim PAOK": Refugees, Sports and Venizelism in the Intewar Thessaloniki" 
March 10, 2020
Dimosthenis Papamarkos
CANCELLED: "Classics and the Public: A Conversation with Demosthenes Papamarkos"
April 7, 2020
Sophie Iakovidou (Democritus Univeristy of Thrace)
CANCELLED: "M. Karapanou: Her True Literary Citizenship" 

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

September 28, 2018
Nicolas Prevelakis (Harvard University)
"Debt, Responsibility, and Punishment: Culturalist Explanations of the Greek and Euro Crisis"
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Brent Edwards and Karen Van Dyck (Columbia University) 
“Exile, Intralingual Translation, and the Nation (Seferis, Ritsos)"
March 6, 2019
Paraskevi Martzavou (Columbia University)
"Teaching Thessaloniki"

March 29, 2019
Soo-Young Kim and Elizabeth Davis (Princeton University)
"How to Do (Two) Things with Numbers: Enumerating the Greek Economy"

April 24, 2019 
Argyro Nicolaou (MoMA) and Nikolas Kakkoufa (Columbia University)
"Now that the World has Become an Endless Hotel: Greek Narratives of Displacement in the Middle East during WWII"

May 3-4, 2019
"Breaking News: Greece, Turkey, and the Media in the New Political Landscape"
Conference organized by the Program in Hellenic Studies, Columbia Global Center in Istanbul, and the Hellenic Studies Program at California State University.

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

October 13, 2017
Harris Mylonas (The George Washington University)
“Searching for Andreas: Political Leadership in Times of Crisis” (documentary film)
November 21, 2017
Eirene Efstathiou (Athens School of Fine Arts)
“Chora Exarcheion: The Polytechnio Campus and Radical Imagination” (artist talk)
December 5, 2017
Christina Koulouri (Panteion University) 
“Dressing Clio: Parades and Revivals in Greece (19th-20th c.)”   
January 25, 2018
Zoë Paul (artist)
"Παροικία - Anthropological reflections through craft and folk art of modern Greece"
February 15, 2018
Daphne Lappa (Princeton University)
"Different Ways of Being “Greek”: Borderland Religion in the City of Corfu, 18th c."
March 30, 2018
Penelope Papailias (University of Thessaly)
"Shades of the spectropolitical: Dead bodies and digital mourning between precarity and celebrity in contemporary Greece"
April 12, 2018
Yiannis Papadakis (University of Cyprus)
"There: Immigrants, Comparison, and Critique"

Fall 2015- Spring 2016

Chair: Karen Van Dyck, rapporteur: David Schneller
Austerity Measures3 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
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), 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) 
Co-sponsored by the Department of Classics.
February 11, 2016
Novelist: Christos Asteriou, translator: Patricia barbeito (RISD), respondent: Karen Emmerich (Princeton)
Co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Translation Studies.
March 23, 2016
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), Phoebe Giannisi, Jazra Khaleed, Peter Constantine, and Karen Van Dyck, Respondent Edwin Frank (NYRB)
Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry” (multi-media performance of Greek poetry and translation with the poets and translators)
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.

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

October 2, 2014
Maria Kakavoulia, Onassis Senior Visiting Scholar & Associate ProfessorSchool of International Relations, Department of Communication, Media and CulturePanteion 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
about his latest book My Name Is Europe
Monday, December 5, 2011
Maria Oikonomou -Institute of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Vienna
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Gonda Van Steen-Cassas Chair in Greek Studies, University of Florida &
Visiting Fellow, Center in Hellenic Studies, Princeton
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)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Lidia Santarelli (Center For European And Mediterranean Studies, New York University)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Dimitris Damaskos (University Of Ioannina, Western Greece)
Thurday, December 2, 2010
Andreas Kalyvas (New School University)
With Respondents Stathis Gourgouris (Columbia University) & Peter Bratsis (Salford University, U.K.)
Friday, February 11, 2011
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.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Efterpi Mitsi -- Associate Professor, Faculty Of English Studies, National & Capodistrian University Of Athens, Greece

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
February 11, 2009
Ipek Azime Celik (Department Of Comparative Literature, NYU)
“Papadiamandis And Dimitriou: Imagining Greece From Below”
March 12, 2009
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

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)
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”