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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 Schedule

10/29/2021 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
Cyborg Classics: A Conversation with Dimosthenis Papamarkos
Dimosthenis Papamarkos, Author


What do ancient history and archaeology have to do with science fiction and graphic novels? How can insights from the humanities help us examine the role of artificial intelligence in the contemporary world? In this seminar Dimosthenis Papamarkos discusses how his training in classics helped him conceptualize his recent graphic novel Bare Bones, integrate specialized knowledge into a narrative aimed at a broad audience, and imagine human-cyborg relations in a post-apocalyptic world.

Respondent: Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University

Respondent: Karen Green, Columbia University

Respondent: Christos Papadimitriou, Columbia University

Notes: Co-organized with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University
12/15/2021 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
A Psychogeography of Bones
Alexis Fidetzis, Athens School of Fine Arts


In 1930, as part of the centenary celebration of the founding of the Greek state, the revolutionary hero Theodoros Kolokotronis’s remains were transferred from Athens to Tripoli, the city whose siege against the Ottomans he had led. While his bones found a place in the city’s central square, those of the Muslims and Jews who were massacred after the fall of Tripoli were neither interred in cemeteries nor incorporated into national narratives of the revolution. In this lecture-performance, artist and historian Alexis Fidetzis traces Kolokotronis’s postmortem journey, looks for those bones left outside of Greek history, and examines what the return of this founding father to the site of such human loss reveals about the making of Greek history and identity.

03/31/2022 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
A Civilizing Hellas? Debating the Colonial Dimensions of the Asia Minor Campaign
Dimitris Antoniou and Mark Mazower, Columbia University

Efi Gazi, University of the Peloponnese (Greece)

Kostis Karpozilos, Contemporary Social History Archives - ASKI (Greece)

Ayşe Ozil, Sabanci University (Turkey)
Remodal Abstract


While the Greek military campaign in Asia Minor was often described at the time as a colonial endeavor by its domestic and international critics, subsequent study has rarely placed it in a larger colonial context. In this seminar Dimitris Antoniou (Columbia University), Efi Gazi (University of the Peloponnese), Kostis Karpozilos (ASKI), Mark Mazower (Columbia University), and Ayşe Ozil (Sabanci University) revisit archival materials to examine Hellenism as an imperial project, responses to Hellenism in Anatolia, and receptions of Greek irredentism by the international left. What is gained by using the lens of colonialism to study the Asia Minor campaign and what are the challenges or shortcomings of such an approach?