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November 7-10, 2019 · California State University · Sacramento

Preliminary Schedule and Receptions

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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5:00-6:30 p.m. Session 1

Panel 1A·Scholar-Practitioner Perspectives on Traditional Greek Music in the Long Twentieth Century

Panayiotis League ·Florida State University
Archival Impressions: Cretan Songs and in Crisis from the James A. Notopoulos Collection

Phaedon Sinis ·Independent Scholar
Invisible Evidence: The Istanbul Lyra as a Musical Conduit to Other Worlds

Spyridon Antonopoulos ·King’s College London & Director, Psaltikon
The Politics of Identity in Contemporary Byzantine Music Performance

Panel 1B· Soloup’s Ἀϊβαλί (Aïvali): The Graphic Novel as a Vehicle for Literature and History

Moderator: Dean Papademetriou ·Somerset Hall Press

Antonis Nikolopoulos ·Political Editorial Cartoonist
On Creating Ἀϊβαλί (Aïvali): Inspirations, Process, and Receptions

Keli Daskala ·Hellenic Open University
From Literature to Comics: The Concept of Homeland in Soloup’s Ἀϊβαλί

Tom Papademetriou ·Stockton University
From History to Comics: History and Memory in Soloup’s Ἀϊβαλί

6:30-6:55 p.m. Break

Awards Presentation and Reception
Capitol Room, Hyatt Regency

7:00 p.m. Welcome and Acknowledgment of Sponsorship:

Franklin Hess, MGSA President·Indiana University Bloomington
Thomas W. Gallant, Program Committee Chair· University of California, San Diego
Katerina Lagos, Local Arrangements Committee Chair·California State University, Sacramento


Edmund Keeley Book Prize

Elizabeth Constantinides Memorial Translation Prize

John O. Iatrides Best Dissertation Prize

Vasiliki Karagiannaki Prize for the Best Edited Volume in Modern Greek Studies

Victor Papacosma Graduate Student Essay Prize


8 – 10 p.m. Reception and Music Concert: Orestis Koletsos and band will play the music of Mikis Theodorakis.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres

Friday, November 8, 2019

9:00-10:45 a.m. Session 2

Panel 2A: Do We Integrate Greek History and the Holocaust? 

Katerina Králova ·Charles University
New Sources and New Perspectives

Vasilis Ritzaleos ·Democritus University of Thrace
The Holocaust and Post-War Years in Greece: Local, National, and Transnational Perspectives

Andrew Apostolou ·Independent Scholar
Rethinking the “Holocaust in Greece” 

Panel 2B: Material and Social Realities in the Greek Diaspora 

Elaine Thomopoulos & John Psiharis ·Independent Scholars
“Working to Preserve Our Heritage”: A Historical Review of the Development of Greek-American Community Services

Alexander Kitroeff ·Haverford College
The Greek Americans and the Aftermath of the Pan-Orthodox Meeting at Ligonier, PA in 1994

George Paganelis ·California State University, Sacramento
The Greek Agricultural Experience in California's Central Valley

Eleftheria Arapoglou ·University of California, Davis
From Barba Giorgis to Fournos Theophilos: The Transformation of Greek American Foodways

Panel 2C: Viewing the State and Literature through Different Lenses 

Katerina Labrinou ·Panteion University
Policies “in a Plaster Cast”: Looking through the Greek Junta’s Legislative Production

Nikola Karasova ·Charles University
The Deep State in Greek Historiography

Nektaria Klapaki ·University of Washington
(Re-)thinking the Secularization Narrative: The Religious, the Secular and Modern Greek Literary Studies

Anastasia Sakellariadi ·University College London
Public Perceptions about the Role of the Past, Heritage and Archaeology in Greece

Panel 2D: Cultural Dimensions of the Crisis

Clio-Ragna Takas · University of Oxford
Multicultural Athens: Deconstructing National(istic) Discourses in Cinema’s Migrant Narratives

Harry Karahalios ·Duke University
Burning Down the House: Greek Cinema before and during the Economic Crisis

Liana Giannakopoulou ·Cambridge University
Exploring Identity in Times of Crisis: A Critical Analysis of P. Markaris’ “Green Card”

Maria Boletsi ·University of Amsterdam & Leiden University
Chronotopes of Crisis and the Politics of Possibility in Recent Greek Literature

10:45-11:00 a.m. Break

Late Morning Session
11:00 – 12:45 pm Panels

Panel 3A·Greek Diaspora Engagement and Homeland in the Context of the Greek Crisis and Beyond

Foteini Kalantzi ·University of Oxford
Homeland Party Politics and the Greek Diaspora during the Crisis

Othon Anastasakis ·University of Oxford
Political Participation and Diaspora Vote 

Manolis Pratsinakis ·University of Oxford
Intra-EU Mobility and the New Greek Emigration

Marilena Anastasopoulou ·University of Oxford 
Diaspora and Transnational Philanthropy in Greece

Panel 3B·Text and Translation

Karen Van Dyck ·Columbia University
Balkan Translation Experiments

Anna-Maria Sichani ·University of Sussex
Photocopies, Microfilms and .txt Files: Textual Technologies and Modern Greek Literary Studies

Dimitrios Varvaritis ·University of Vienna
The Corfiot Jewish Journal Mosè and the Reception of Wissenschaft des Judentums in Greece.

Ilana Freedman ·Harvard University
“I Read with Difficulty… on this Ancient Stone”: Fictitious Fragments of a Transcultural Greece

Panel 3C: Territory and Crisis

Elektra Kostopoulou ·Rutgers University & New Jersey Institute of Technology
Broken Toilets: Leros Island and Displacement in the 21st Century

Kelley Tialiou ·Independent Scholar
Odyssean Figures: Contemporary Greece as a Site of Displacement

Ioannis Balampanidis ·Panteion University
The Abduction of Europa: Perceptions of European And National Identity In Crisis-Ridden Greece

Nikos Christofis & Amaryllis Logotheti ·University of Macedonia
Cyprus: The Victim of Authoritarian Politics (?): Recent Developments in Resolving the Cyprus Conflict

Panel 3D: The Crisis: Action, Administration, and Perception

Hara Kouki ·University of Durham & Hellenic Open University
From Claims-Based Protests to Commons Oriented Initiatives: Tracing Collective Action in Athens, 2010-2017

Rengina Eleni Mantanika ·European University Institute
(In)Visible Contentious Actors and Migrants in the Greek Urban Landscape: From Claim-Based Action to Enacting Change in the "Here and Now" (2007-2017)

Russell Henshaw · University of Oxford
States of Indifference: Administering Solidarity in Post-Debt Crisis Greece 

Katherine Kelaidis ·Loyola University Chicago & National Hellenic Museum
The Limits of “European-ness”: The Murder and Meaning of Zak Kostopoulos

Lunch – buffet: 12:45 – 2:30 p.m.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tour of the California State Capitol: please make reservations at registration desk or  online.


1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Lunchtime special session panels: 

Special Session I: Modern Greek Programs in Classics Departments: Historical Perspectives, Present Challenges, and Future Prospects, organized by Johanna Hanink ·Brown University & Dimitri Nakassis ·University of Colorado at Boulder

Special Session II: Digital Greek Historic Journal (DGHJ) Project and Consortium, organized by Rebecka Lindau

1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Mixer for Graduate Students
Organized by the MGSA Graduate Studies Committee


Afternoon Session 

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Panels

Panel 4A: Globalizing the Greek Revolution of 1821

Michalis Sotiropoulos ·Queen Mary University London 
Past, Present and Futures of the History of the Greek Revolution of 1821

Antonia Dialla ·Athens School of Fine Arts
1821 and the Age of Revolutions: Α View from the “Periphery”? 

Yanni Kotsonis ·New York University
The Crooked Lines to 1821: Unraveling National Narratives in Useful Ways

Panel 4B: A Life Lived Backwards: Contemplating Autofiction and the Crisis of Identity

Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis ·New York Institute of Technology
Women Writers as Fictional Characters in Amanda Michalopoulou’s Novels

Gerasimus Katsan ·Queens College, City University of New York
External Crisis and the Crisis of the Self in Recent Greek Fiction

Amanda Michalopoulou ·Author
The Maddening Restrictions of Fictionalized Autobiography

Panel 4C: Cultural Heritage Discourses in a Greek Rural Village

Screening of "Blessings & Vows" ·Directed by Katerina Zacharia & produced by Sharon E. J. Gerstel

Laurie Kain Hart ·University of California, Los Angeles
Reconstruction and Forms of Value 

Yiorgos Anagnostou ·Ohio State University
Voice and Voicing in Blessings and Vows

Panel 4D: Literature over the Long Durée

Simos Zenios ·University of California, Los Angeles
Popular Sovereignty and Revolutionary Spectacle in Adamantios Korais’ Asma Polemistirion

Alexander Grammatikos ·Langara College
"What a Delight it Will Be to Visit Greece Free!”: Mary Shelley and the Greek War of Independence

Nikos Panou ·Stony Brook University
Fatal Attraction: Manuel of Corinth Meets Neagoe Basarab

Keynote Lecture and Reception

7:00 – 7:15 p.m. Introduction: Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, State of California

7:15 – 8:45 p.m. Keynote Lecture, Esquire Plaza

“Modern Greek Studies in the 21st Century: Views from History and Literature"

Artemis Leontis ·C. P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek & Comparative Literature; Chair, Department of Classics, University of Michigan

& Antonis Liakos ·Emeritus Professor of Contemporary History, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Reception: Capitol Room, Hyatt Regency

Orestis Koletsos and band playing Mikis Theodorakis music/Wine and hors d’oeuvres

Saturday, November 9

Morning Session

9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Panels 

Panel 5A: The Turbulent Early Twentieth Century

Saffo Papantonopoulou ·University of Arizona
Space, Time, and Bodies: Transgender Sexuality and Temporality in Post-Ottoman Thessaloniki

Panagiotis Delis ·Simon Fraser University
The Origins of the Second Balkan War, 1912-13

Charalampos Minasidis ·University of Texas at Austin
“We Have Opposing Political Ideas”: Greek Citizen Soldiers During The National Schism, 1915-1924

Efi Gazi ·University of Peloponnese 
In Search of a (New) "Hellenic Line": Ideas about the Greek Nation, the East and the West in the Beginning of the 20th Century

Panel 5B: Economic Forces during Times of Crisis 

Georgios Giannakopoulos · Durham University & University of the Peloponnese.
Monitoring Greece’s Finances: Edward Fitzgerald Law and the Establishment of the International Financial Commission (1880-1908)

Nicholas Kalogerakos ·University of Oxford
Hospitality to Hostility: Homeporting the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Athens during the Greek Military Dictatorship

Efrosyni Rantou ·York University, Toronto
Subterranean Politics and Political Subjectivities; The Case of the Kassandra Mines in North Greece

Gül Üret ·University of Graz
Migration in Times of Economic Crisis: The Greek Golden Visa Programme as an Opportunity Framework

Panel 5C: Studies on Greek Identity in the Periphery

Merih Erol ·Ozyegin University
Greek Evangelicals of Asia Minor in Family Narratives, c. 1870-1930

Dimitrios Stergiopoulos ·University of California, San Diego
The Reception of the Ottoman Constitution of 1876 in Greece; The Appeal of Ottomanism among the Greeks and the Greek-Speaking Ottomans

Athansios Grammenos ·Friedrich Naumann Stiftung fur die Freiheit
Diaspora Politics and the Orthodox Church: The Case of the New Macedonian Question in North America (1959-1989)

Menios Papadimitriou ·Fordham University
The Church of Greece and Queer Communities

Panel 5D: The Politics of Greek Identity Post-WWII 

Vassiliki Vassiloudi ·Democritus University of Thrace
Signifying America and Youth in the Post-Civil War Discourse in Greece

Christos Stefanopoulos ·Panteion University
Gender-Based Representations of Self-Destructive Behaviour in Post-War Greece, 1945-1973

Eftychia Mylona ·Leiden University
Greeks in Egypt: The Different Possibilities in a Context of Transition

Themistoklis Aravossitas ·University of Toronto
New Greek Migration to Canada: Effects on the Community’s Ethnolinguistic Visibility

Break: 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Late Morning Session
11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Panels

Panel 6A: Educating Greek Americans: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Maria Kaliambou ·Yale University
The First Educational Books for the Greek Children in America

Fevronia Soumakis ·Teachers College, Columbia University
Greek Orthodox Education: Challenges and Adaptations in New York City Schools

Angelyn Balodimas-Barolmei ·North Park University
Promoting Heritage, Ethnicity, and Cultural Identity in Diasporic Communities: The Case of the Heritage Greece Program

Panel 6B: Greek Poetry in Multiple Perspectives

Helena Badell Giralt ·Pompeu Fabra University
The Construction of “Poem-Event”: Andreas Embirikos Reader of Tristan Tzara

Dionysios Maroulis ·Moscow State University Lomonosov
Ancient Greek Mythology in the Mirror of C.P. Cavafy’s Poetry

Mary Hamil Gilbert ·Birmingham-Southern College;  K. Scarlett Kingsley ·Agnes Scott College;  Monica S. Park ·Vanderbilt University;  Erika L. Weiberg ·Florida State University
Zoe Karelli, Interiority, and Post-War Feminism

Panel 6C: Studies on the History and Sociology of Greek Elites

Nathalie Soursos ·University of Vienna
Contested Philanthropy: Greek-Orthodox Foundations and the Modern Greek State

Despina Lalaki ·Baruch College CUNY
Women in Power and the Cultural Cold War in Greece

Nicholas Levis ·City University of New York
Education of Andreas Papandreou: Economists With and Without Guns

Panel 6D: Greek Society at Home during the Early Cold War 

Carl Mauzy ·King’s College, London
Greece Empowered – Marshall Plan Photography and the Construction of Post-War Greek Identity 

Mary Ikoniadou ·University of Central Lancashire
Reclaiming National History through Brechtian Dialectics in Πυρσός Illustrated Magazine in the 1960s

Maria Nikolopoulou ·National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
The Reception and Appropriations of American Cultural Texts and the Formation of New Cultural Identities in Greek Periodicals during the Long Sixties

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. Lunch – buffet

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. Tour of the Tsakopoulos Collection ·California State University, Sacramento


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Lunchtime special session panels:

Special Session III: Weathering the Storm?: The Institutional and Intellectual Challenges of Modern Greek Studies in the 21st Century, organized by Franklin Hess

Special Session IV: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Modern Greek Scholarship and Pedagogy, organized by Nikolas Kakkoufa & Despina Margomenou

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. JMGS Meet and Greet Session: Publishing in the JMGS
Chaired by JMGS Editors Johanna Hanink·Brown University &  Antonis Ellinas·University of Cyprus
with Associate Editors Nektaria Klapaki·University of Washington, Olga Demetriou·Durham University;  Book Review Editors Kostis Kourelis ·Franklin & Marshall College and Katerina Lagos ·California State University, Sacramento

Afternoon Session 
2:45 – 4:15 pm 

Panel 7A: A Forgotten Army, an Overlooked War, a Transformed Country: The Allied Armies of the Orient in WWI Greece

Moderator: Tassos Anastassiadis ·McGill University

Kostis Gkotsinas ·French School at Athens
Killing Time: Leisure of the Entente Forces at the Salonika Front (1915-1918)

Lena Korma ·French School at Athens
Infectious Diseases at the Macedonian Front: Particularities and Politics of an Unorthodox Opponent

Eirini Anesti ·University of Crete
A “City” Within a City: Installing the Army of the Orient in World War I Salonika

Panel 7B: Beyond the Modernization Debate: Aspects of the Greek State’s Formation in Foreign Relations, Criminal Justice and Social Policy (1830s-1860s)

Christos Aliprantis ·University of Cambridge
Revolution, Intelligence and State-Building in the Eastern Mediterranean (c.1830-1860)

Spyros Papageorgakis ·York University, Toronto
Capital Punishment: State, Executioners and the Crowd in the Kingdom of Greece during the Mid-Nineteenth Century (1844-1862) 

Sakis Gekas ·York University, Toronto
The Greek Revolution War Pensions and the Legitimacy Process of Otto’s State (1830s-1850)

Panel 7C: Music, Dance Reimagined in Time and Place 

Andonis Piperoglou ·Flinders University
Indigenised Zorba: Dance, YouTube, and the Intersection of Aboriginality with Greek-Australia

Christos Papakostas ·National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Dance and the Greek Folklore Studies. The Case of D. Loukatos and M. Meraklis

Reguina Hatzipetrou-Andronikou ·Centre national de la recherche scientifique
The Social Construction of an Atypical Artistic Calling: Becoming a Female Instrumentalist within the Greek Traditional Music Revival

Panel 7D: Refugees in Interwar Greece: The Post-1922 Experience of the Asia Minor Greeks  

Dimitris Kamouzis ·Centre for Asia Minor Studies, Athens
Save the Children! The Greek Refugee Crisis of 1922 and International Humanitarian Campaigns

Natalie Zervou ·University of Wisconsin, Madison
Silent Bodies: Questioning the Invisibility of the Embodied Practices of Asia Minor Refugees in the Greek Interwar Period and Beyond

Lukas Tsiptsios ·Ecole Normale Supérieure, Ulm, Paris
Conquering Thessaloniki through Sports: The Creation of PAOK, Politicization of Ethnic Identities and New Cleavages in the City (1922-1936)

Break: 4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Late Afternoon Session
4:30 – 6:15 p.m. Panels

Panel 8A: Occupation & Civil War

Violetta Hionidou ·Newcastle University 
"We Left for the Bread and We Found the Bread": Greek Famine Refugees from the Island of Chios, 1941-43

James Horncastle ·Simon Fraser University 
Comrade or Foe? Yugoslavia’s Involvement in the Greek Civil War, 1946-1949

Susan Heuck Allen ·Brown University
The Young Plan and UNRRA, 1944

Alex Lamprou ·University of Ankara
Turkey and the Management of Refugees from Greece during the Second World War

Panel 8B: Identity, Belonging, and Memory among Emigrants and Refugees

George Topalidis ·University of Florida
Greeks, Ottomans, and Turks: Predicting Ethno-Racial Self-Classification via Multinomial Logistic Regression Analysis

Denise Matthews ·Eastern Connecticut State University
Invisible Differences: Children of Ottoman Greek Immigrants in the US

Marcia Ikonomopoulos ·Museum Director, Kehila Kedosha Janina
Jewish Refugees and British Detention Camps in Cyprus

Stamatia Dova ·Hellenic College Holy Cross
American Land: Migration Narratives in Ilias Venezis

Panel 8C: Society and Culture Before, During, and After the Junta

Marilena Simiti ·University of Piraeus
Greek Social Movements 1974-2016: A Critical Reassessment

Dimitrios Machlouta ·York University, Toronto
"Dear Co-Fighters"; The Inter-American Federation for Freedom and Democracy in Greece and its Anti-Junta Campaign

Foteini Dimirouli ·University of Oxford
The Continuation of the Cold War by Other Means: Foreign Intervention in Greek Culture Before and During the Military Junta (1967-1974)

Aimilia Salvanou ·Utrecht University
The Memoryscape of the 1960’s: The Democratic Youth Lambrakis

Panel 8D: Imaginings of Antiquity and Ancient Drama Performances in Greece 

Moderator: Eleni Papazoglou ·Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki

Tonia Karaoglou ·Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
Between Theatre and Ritual(s): Ancient Drama Performances and the Forging of a Greek Communitas

Natalia Minioti ·Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
"Our" Tragedy, "Their" Theatre: The Reception of Foreign Performances of Tragedy in Greece (1975-1995) 

Polyvia Parara ·University of Maryland, College Park 
The Portrayal of Ancient Greece in the Nineteenth Century: The Parallel Lives of Elisavet Contaxaki’s “Classical Bouquet” and Leon Melas’ “O Gerostathis”

Saturday Evening: Explore and enjoy the sights in Sacramento

Sunday, November 10

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Business Meeting (open to all MGSA members)

9:30-11:00 a.m. MGSA Executive Board Meeting