Current fellows


Christos Asteriou is the author of two novels and a volume of short stories. He has also translated several books from German (among others Hofmannsthal, Gadamer, Wolf). He was the Head of the German Department at the European Center for Literary Translation (2001-2004). As a writer he has regularly contributed to salient national and international literary publications with articles on literature and art. Several of his short stories have been translated into English, Italian, Serbian and other European languages. Christos received the 2013 literature fellowship from the Berlin Academy of Arts and the 2015 Fulbright artist's fellowship. During his stay, he conducted research on his new novel interviewing Greeks expatriates in New York City.



Maria Archimandritou is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Penology at the School of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She teaches criminology and penology and is also a poet. She has published (among other texts) nine academic books and thirteen collections of poetry. Maria was a Visiting Fellow in the Program in Hellenic Studies, Columbia University, from August-September, 2014. During her stay she conducted research on her book length writing project “Hermes.” The research project aims to explore the Homeric Hymn to Hermes as a cultural criminological narrative.

Elena Mamoulaki was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Program in Hellenic Studies in the fall of 2014. In the fall semester she taught the interdisciplinary course entitled: “Diaspora, Exile, Immigration.” Elena was invited to present her work "Recalling the Past-Reclaiming the Future: Public Memory of WWII as a Form of Social Protest in Contemporary Greece" at the NYU Alexander S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies. She also presented at Columbia’s Modern Greek Seminar the paper: “The politics of Hospitality: Gender Performativity as Political (Dis) Obedience during the Greek Civil War” which is related to her research on the relationships between islanders and political exiles during the Greek Civil War. Parts of her research on the memory of exile on Ikaria island have been recently published (Ashgate 2015, Routledge 2015). She is currently a Junior Research Fellow (COFUND) at Durham University (Department of Anthropology). 

Effie Plexousaki is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology and History, University of the Aegean, Mytilini, Greece. She teaches Ethnography of the Mediterranean and Anthropology of education. She has published two books and several articles and chapters in edited volumes and journals. Her publications and research interests focus on the management of cultural difference in Greek schools, on educational practices of the Muslim minority in Thrace and on performances of locality and nation.  Effie was a Visiting Fellow in the Program in Hellenic Studies in October 2014, working on her current research project on parents’ associations in ethno-culturally mixed schools in Thrace. 
Tea Gamrekeli was a Visiting Fellow in the Program in Hellenic Studies from April-May 2015. She teaches Modern Greek language and literature at the Tbilisi State University, Georgia. Part of her PhD dissertation was published as a monograph in Greek “Δομικές ιδιοτυπίες στα ποιήματα του Κ.Π. Καβάφη” (Compositional Properties of Constantine Cavafy’s Poems). She has also published more than twenty articles, chapters and essays in edited volumes and journals and co-authored Greek reading books and Modern Greek-Georgian dictionaries. Tea is currently working on her project: “Peculiarities of Constantine Cavafy’s Poetic language” and preparing a book “A Message from Alexandria” which will be the first comprehensive publication in the Georgian language to deal with Cavafy’s literary work. The book will also include Georgian translations of Cavafy’s poems.

Fay Zika is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Theory and History at the Athens School of Fine Arts where she teaches philosophy and theory of art. Her research interests include colour, the senses, identity and gender, the relation between art and nature, the relation between philosophy and the arts and sciences. She has published several articles in Greek and international journals, in collective volumes and exhibition catalogues. She is the editor of the Greek translation of David Batchelor’s Chromophobia and the collection of essays Art, Thought, Life: The Aesthetic Philosophy of Alexander Nehamas. Fay was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Program in Hellenic Studies from March-May 2015, working on her current research project and book concerning the revival of interest in the senses in the sciences, the arts and philosophy, and the proposal for a multimodal aesthetics.