Modern Greek

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The seminar’s title emphasizes the language—modern Greek—over the metropolitan nation-state, modern Greece. By so doing, the seminar uses the enduring and versatile nature of the language as a symbol for broader themes that, both diachronically and synchronically, depict the tension between sameness and difference, between the continuities and discontinuities that comprise the Hellenic world. The seminar does not limit its focus to Modern Greece, even though it remains its foremost concern, instead it seeks to provide a forum for original interdisciplinary perspectives on Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greece and the Greek diaspora. Seminar participants from a wide variety of fields consider all aspects of the post-classical Greek world as well as the reception and creative appropriation of the classical Greek tradition both in Greece and abroad. The seminar examines Greek relations with Western Europe, the Balkans, the Mediterranean, the Caucasus and the Middle East, tracing also the cultural presence of historic Greek communities in these areas as well as in more recent diasporas, in the United States and Australia. The seminar also examines the presence of diverse communities within Greece.


Past Meetings

Professor Dimitrios Antoniou

Professor Karen Van Dyck

Chloe Howe Haralambous

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/28/2018 618 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Debt, Responsibility, and Punishment: Culturalist Explanations of the Greek and Euro Crisis
Nicolas Prevelakis, Harvard University

Respondent: Chris Durante, Saint Peter’s University

10/25/2018 618 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Exile, Intralingual Translation, and the Nation
Karen Van Dyck, Columbia University

Respondent: Brent Edwards, Columbia University

11/14/2018 616 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:00 PM
A Sculpture is What you Bump Into by Accident and You’re Okay
Kostis Velonis, Princeton University

Respondent: Rebekah Rutkoff, New Jersey Institute of Technology

03/06/2019 618 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Teaching Thessaloniki
Paraskevi Martzavou, Columbia University

03/29/2019 617B Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
2:00 PM
How to Do (Two) Things with Numbers: Enumerating the Greek Economy
Soo-Young Kim, Princeton University

Discussant: Elizabeth Davis, Princeton University

04/24/2019 618 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:00 PM
'Now that the World has Become an Endless Hotel': Greek Narratives of Displacement in the Middle East during WWII
Argyro Nicolaou, Museum of Modern Art

Discussant: Nikolas Kakkoufa, Columbia University