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

Christine Soo-Young Kim

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



10/11/2016 612 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:15 PM


11/16/2016 612 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:15 PM
Biopolitics of Domesticity in Modern Athens
Panos Dragonas, University of Patras and Princeton University

Respondent: Ioanna Theocharopoulou, Parsons School of Design, The New School

12/12/2016 612 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Film Screening (Techniques of the Body, 2016) and Discussion
Mark Mazower , Columbia University

Naor Ben-Yehoyada, Columbia University

Notes: This will be a screening of Mark Mazower and Constantine Giannaris's Techniques of the Body (2016) to be followed by a discussion between Mark Mazower (Ira D. Wallach Professor, Department of History, Columbia University) and Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University). A reception will follow the event. We look forward to seeing you.
02/27/2017 316 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:15 PM
Yannis Makriyannis (1797-1864), a Greek hero of the Second World War: Reshaping national memory in times of revolution and civil war
Dimitris Kousouris, University of Vienna

Respondent: Konstantina Zanou, Columbia University

04/06/2017 612 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:15 PM
Stephen Crane at the Greco-Turkish War of 1897
Nikos Bakounakis, Panteion University

Karen Van Dyck, Columbia University

04/17/2017 316 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Dreaming of a Cinematic Cure: Gregory Markopoulos and the Temenos
Rebekah Rutkoff, Princeton University

Respondent: Jamieson Webster, Eugene Lang College, The New School