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Student appointed UK Ambassador to Greece

Posted on 02/08/2012
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The Centre for Hellenic Studies is delighted to announce that Mr John Kittmer, current (part-time) student, has just been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic.

John's relationship with King's began in 2005, when he started to study part-time for the MA in Modern Greek Studies. He wrote his dissertation on the prolific 20th-century poet, Yannis Ritsos, and, after gaining his MA in 2007, revised and published the dissertation as 'The uses of Greek Orthodoxy in the early poetry of Yannis Ritsos', Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 33 (2009), 180-203.  In 2008, John began part-time research as an MPhil/PhD candidate with a thesis on a much wider aspect of Ritsos' poetry. The thesis explores the different ways that Ritsos appropriated and reflected on the work of other poets in his own poetry, and in his translations and critical writings. John has also served on the Executive Committee of the UK Society for Modern Greek Studies and the Strategy Committee of the Centre for Hellenic Studies. 

In commenting on his appointment to Athens, John said:"This appointment is a great privilege for me. My love of Greece and the Greek language goes back many years to my schooldays and my subsequent study of classics at university. But it is through my more recent studies at King's that I have really got to understand and appreciate Modern Greece. The history, culture and literature of Greece since the start of the 20th century all deserve to be more widely known and understood. What I have learned at King's (and will continue to learn as I complete my PhD in the years ahead) will hugely help me in my new post. I am very grateful for the way that my supervisors at King's have enabled and encouraged me to pursue my studies alongside a full-time career."

For more info, see the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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