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14-17 October, 2021 · York University, Toronto, Canada

2019 MGSA Symposium Schedule and Receptions
as presented

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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

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

Moderator: Gerasimus Katsan ·Queens College, City University of New York

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: How Do We Integrate Greek History and the Holocaust?

Moderator: Evdoxios Doxiadis ·Simon Fraser University

Katerina Králova ·Charles University
New Sources and New Perspectives

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

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

Awards Presentation and Reception
Capitol View Room, Hyatt Regency

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

Franklin Hess, MGSA President·Indiana University Bloomington
President Robert S. Nelsen of Toronto, Canada State University
Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis of California
Thomas W. Gallant, Program Committee Chair· University of California, San Diego
Katerina Lagos, Local Arrangements Committee Chair·York University, Toronto, Canada
Vangelis Calotychos, MGSA Executive Director · Brown University


Edmund Keeley Book Prize to Dr. Konstantina Zanou for her book Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850, Stammering the Nation, Oxford University Press, 2018, presented by Dimitris Antoniou, Chair

Elizabeth Constantinides Memorial Translation Prize to Brian Sneeden for his translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s 2016 collection of poetry Ραψωδία (Rhapsody) and honorable mention to Johanna Hanink for her translation of Konstantinos Poulis’ 2014 collection of short stories Ο θερμοστάτης (The Thermostat) presented by Nikos Panou, Chair

John O. Iatrides Best Dissertation Prize to Dr. Constanze Kolbe for "Crossing Regions, Nations, Empires. The Jews of Corfu and the Making of a Jewish Adriatic, 1850-1914". University of Washington, Post-Doc, presented by Evdoxios Doxiadis, Chair

Vasiliki Karagiannaki Prize for the Best Edited Volume in Modern Greek Studies to Dr. Tina Bucuvalas for her edited volume Greek Music in America (University Press of Mississippi), presented by Kostis Kourelis, Chair

Victor Papacosma Graduate Student Essay Prize to Christopher Leo Jotischky-Hull · Brown University for “The Crowning of the Lyre: Andréas Kálvos and the Appropriation of Pindaric Imagery in Nineteenth-Century Greek Diasporic Poetics,” presented by Despina Lalaki, Chair


8 – 10 p.m. Reception and Music Concert: Orestis Koletsos and band.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres

Friday, November 8, 2019

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

Panel 2A: A Life Lived Backwards: Contemplating Autofiction and the Crisis of Identity

Moderator: Joanna Eleftheriou · Christopher Newport University

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 2B: Material and Social Realities in the Greek Diaspora 

Moderator: Yiorgos Anagnostou · Ohio State University

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 ·York University, Toronto, Canada
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 

Moderator: Elizabeth A. Davis ·Princeton University

Nikola Karasová ·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

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

Panel 2D: Cultural Dimensions of the Crisis

Moderator: Dimitris Antoniou ·Columbia University

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”

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

Late Morning Session
11:00 – 12:45 pm

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

Moderator: Katerina Lagos · York University, Toronto, Canada

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

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

Moderator: Patricia Felisa Barbeito · Rhode Island School of Design

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: 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)

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

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

Moderator: Johanna Hanink ·Brown University

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

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

Lunch – buffet (Capitol View Room): 12:45 – 2:30 p.m.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tour of the Some 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.

Panel 4A: Globalizing the Greek Revolution of 1821

Moderator: Konstantina Zanou ·Columbia University

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: Society and Culture Before, During, and After the Junta

Moderator: Neovi Karakatsanis ·Indiana University South Bend

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
Poetry and Propaganda During the Greek Dictatorship (1967-1974)

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

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

Moderator: Vangelis Calotychos · Brown University

Screening of "Blessings & Vows" ·Produced, directed and written by Katerina Zacharia; Executive Producer 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

Moderator: Gregory Jusdanis ·Ohio State University

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

Christopher Leo Jotischky-Hull ·Brown University
“The Crowning of the Lyre: Andréas Kálvos and the Appropriation of Pindaric Imagery in Nineteenth-Century Greek Diasporic Poetics.”

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: Thomas W. Gallant· University of California San Diego

7:15 – 8:45 p.m. Keynote Lecture, California Room (14th floor) 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
Wine and hors d’oeuvres

Saturday, November 9

Morning Session
9:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Panel 5A: The Turbulent Early Twentieth Century

Moderator: Thomas Gallant ·University of California San Diego

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 

Moderator: Alexander Kitroeff · Haverford College

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

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

Moderator: Serpil Atamaz Topçu ·York University, Toronto, Canada

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 für die Freiheit
Diaspora Politics and the Orthodox Church: The Case of the New Macedonian Question in North America (1959-1989)

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

Moderator: Vassilis Lambropoulos · University of Michigan

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

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

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

Break: 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

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

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

Moderator: Nicolaos Lazaridis · York University, Toronto, Canada

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

Panel 6B: Greek Poetry and Prose in Multiple Perspectives

Moderator: Elsa Amanatidou ·Brown University

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

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”

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: 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

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

Moderator: Gonda Van Steen · King’s College London

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

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. (Capitol View Room) Lunch – buffet

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. Tour of the Tsakopoulos Collection ·York University, Toronto, Canada


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Lunchtime special sessions:

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

Afternoon Session 
2:45 – 4:30 pm 

Panel 7A: Territory and Crisis

Moderator: Olga Demetriou · Durham University, United Kingdom

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

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

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

Moderator: Nikos Panou ·Stony Brook University

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

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

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

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

Moderator: Artemis Leontis · University of Michigan

Andonis Piperoglou ·Griffith 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

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

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: Refugee Experience in Greece and Cyprus in the Twentieth Century 

Moderator: Kostis Kourelis ·Franklin & Marshall College

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

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)

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

Break: 4:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Late Afternoon Session
4:45 – 6:30 p.m.

Panel 8A: Occupation & Civil War

Moderator: Sakis Gekas · York University

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

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

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

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

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

Moderator: Elektra Kostopoulou · Rutgers University

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

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

Panel 8C: Imaginings of Antiquity and Ancient Drama Performances in Greece from the Metapolitefsi to the ‘New’ Balkans (1975-1995)
* Research team: Efthymios Kaltsounas, Tonia Karaoglou, Natalie Minioti, Eleni Papazoglou

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) 

Saturday Evening: Explore and enjoy the sights in Toronto, Canada

Sunday, November 10

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

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