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14-17 October, 2021 · Toronto, Canada

Important Deadlines:

January 31, 2021 ‐ Individual Abstract Submission Deadline extended from 1.15.

January 31, 2021 ‐ Panel Submission Deadline.

January 31, 2021 ‐    Special Session (roundtable, workshop, or luncheon brainstorming session) Proposal Submission Deadline.

Acceptances and rejections will be announced on March 15, 2021.

Deadlines for submissions are non-negotiable and final.

All submissions will be made electronically through the forms linked below. No other means will be recognized.

The forms for submission enforce the deadlines and they also enforce a 350-word limit for individual or panel abstracts and a 500-word limit for panel introductions and rationales.

We urge you write your abstract first and do a word count.

NB When you submit an abstract you will receive a confirmation email. If you don't, kindly notify the webmaster. Please ensure that you submit the email address that you will continue to use and will check regularly at the times when notifications and updates are sent out.

The forms for submitting proposals open in separate windows so that you may refer back to this page if needs be.

Individual Paper Proposals

Individuals should submit abstracts of up to 350 words by January 31, 2021. The Program Committee will inform individuals of acceptances and rejections by March 15, 2021.

Abstracts must adhere to the blind review process, without bearing any marks of identification. Nothing in the Abstract should compromise this process.

Individual Submissions ▶



Panel Proposals

The Panel Convener should submit electronically a panel description of up to 500 words describing the panel topic and connections among the papers along with the abstracts of individual papers, which should not exceed 350 words by January 31, 2021. The Program Committee will inform panel conveners and individuals submitting abstracts of acceptances and rejections by March 15, 2021.

Panels will be reviewed for the quality of both the entire panel and the individual papers. Panels may be accepted in their entirety or partially (i.e., three of four papers). If a panel is rejected, individual papers may still be accepted, depending on the quality of the submissions.

Panels may have no more than 4 participants. If the panel convener wishes to include a commentator, then the commentator will be the 4th member of the panel, introduced (but not identified in order to preserve anonymity) as a member in the panel abstract. The abstract should provide a rationale for including a commentator. 

Panel descriptions and individual abstracts must adhere to the blind review process. The Panel Convener will give the names and affiliations of individual authors only where it is required in the electronic submission boxes and not in the panel rationale or individual abstracts. Compromise of the blind review process automatically disqualifies the submission.

Panel Submissions ▶



Proposals for Special Session
(Workshop, Luncheon Brainstorming Session)

The Special Session organizer should submit a description of the proposed session (up to 500 words) electronically by January 31, 2021. Organizers of special sessions are notified of the PC’s decision by May 1, 2021.

Special sessions are distinctly different from academic conference panels.  They offer an opportunity for presenters and audience to work through a question; problem; new approach of pedagogical, practical, or theoretical interest; or to think more broadly about trends in the field. Discussion with the audience is a key component. Accordingly, the review process of special sessions is different from that of the abstracts for the academic panels: the process is not blind; the proposal is for the entire session and does not include individual abstracts; and proposals are reviewed after individual and panel abstract submissions have been vetted. The Program Committee judges the special sessions by both the quality of the proposal and the needs of the particular Symposium Program. Successful past sessions have included: Directions in Greek-American Studies; Teaching Literature, Teaching Language; Resources for Modern Greek Studies in the Digital Era; New Directions in Historiography; Workshop for Graduate Students and recent PhDs; Oral History Focus Group; Working in/on the Hellenic Diaspora; and Learning Greek on the Internet. 

NB: Only current MGSA members may propose special sessions. Organizers must be aware that there is no guarantee of acceptance.

Special Session Proposals ▶




Program Contact Information

Questions may be submitted with this form →

or addressed to:

Dr. Vangelis Calotychos
MGSA Executive Director


To become a member

You may join the MGSA online. Our online membership sign-up or renewal form, which is hosted by the Johns Hopkins University Press, allows you to pay your membership dues using most major credit cards.

If you wish to pay by check, print this form and mail it with your check to:

The Johns Hopkins University Press
Journals Publishing Divison
P.O. Box 19966
Baltimore, MD 21211-0966

Tel. (800) 548-1784 Fax: (410) 516-3866

* Check must be made in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank.

General Guidelines and Information


Paper abstracts should briefly explain the scope and focus of the proposed topic, methodology, research sources, and the broader significance of the scholarship for its discipline and the field of Modern Greek Studies. All abstracts should be written with an eye to clarity, coherence, quality, engagement with existing literature, and the contribution to scholarly debate.  

Abstracts should reflect original work that has not been previously presented or announced in other venues, as this compromises the blind review process.

No one may present more than one paper or serve as a presenter and commentator or chair on the same panel.

Jointly authored abstracts and papers are welcome.

Authors submitting abstracts and presenting papers at MGSA symposia understand that they agree to consider the MGSA's Journal of Modern Greek Studies as the first venue for publishing any articles resulting from their presentations.

Review Process

Abstracts for individual papers and panels should not include the name(s) of presenters. Compromise of the blind review process automatically disqualifies the submission.

All submissions will be judged by the MGSA 2021 Symposium Program Committee. No events will be scheduled that do not follow the submission process or come directly from the Program Committee. All decisions of the Committee are final.  

MGSA membership is not a requirement at the time of submitting a paper or panel. However, once presentations have been accepted, presenters are required to become members to be included in the Symposium program.

While Symposium participants are expected to cover their own expenses, some funding for graduate students and recent PhDs is available (see below). 


The Local Arrangements Committee negotiates with the university/conference center a package for AV that includes projector, screen, internet access, VGA cable, sound, podium with microphone, and panelists' table with at least one microphone.

Presenters must send an email notification to if they need anything in addition to what is provided in the above package by August 15, 2021.

Allocation of Chairs

The Committee selects all chairs for the program, including panel chairs. No member of any panel will serve as chair of the same panel. The role of the chair is to keep time and guide discussion. The role of the chair should not be confused with a commentator, who may be included in the panel proposal as a panel member.


· As per the call for papers, papers should be 20 minutes.  This will be carefully controlled by the chair of the panel.  You are also kindly requested to prepare the paper described in the abstract, as this is what was accepted.

· Papers can only be read in person.  No papers will be presented by proxy or via Skype.

Graduate Student Grants

A fund is available to defray costs for graduate students and recent unemployed PhDs presenting papers. The financial support will likely exceed $300 but is contingent on timely registration and application for funds, with documentation of status.

2021 Symposium Travel Grants for International Scholars

The 2021 MGSA Symposium Local Arrangements Committee is pleased to announce the availability of travel grants for individuals presenting a paper in Toronto, Canada.

There are 25 grants in the amount of either $1,000.00 or $750.00 to help offset the costs for travel and accommodations at the symposium. Candidates for the travel grants are individuals coming from outside of North America and who have either a part-time or full-time position at a university, archive, or research center outside of Canada and the United States. Graduate students are not eligible for the travel grants as they are encouraged to apply for the MGSA Graduate Student Grants.

To apply, please provide the following:

Applications for the travel grant should be made by April 1, 2021.  The Symposium Travel Grants awardees will be notified by May 15, 2021. All travel grant stipends will be distributed at the conference in Toronto, Canada at the time of registration. MGSA membership is not a requirement at the time of submitting a paper or panel. However, once presentations have been accepted, presenters are required to become members by June 1, 2021.

Inquiries and completed applications may be sent to some email