The Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London is a unique grouping of academics in different disciplines and departments, with interests and expertise covering more than three millennia, from Aegean prehistory to the history, language, literature and culture of Greece, Cyprus and the worldwide Greek diaspora today.
Our work and our international prestige are supported by a distinguished International Advisory Board, with external members from the USA, Italy and Greece as well as the UK. The Centre's members participate in research projects funded by such prestigious bodies as the European Research Council (ERC) and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Many of our projects have attracted generous sponsorship from leading Greek and Cypriot charitable foundations, including A.G. Leventis, Stavros Niarchos and Alexander S. Onassis.
Founded in 1989, the Centre is committed to promoting knowledge and understanding of Greek history, culture and language of all periods, and in particular the fostering of research with a comparative focus, whether cross-cultural or exploring the diachronic spectrum of Hellenism itself.
In close partnership with the Department of Classics (ranked 3rd in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework), and the Arts & Humanities Research Institute, of which it forms part, the Centre builds upon the expertise of a membership drawn from a range of departments and central services across the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences & Public Policy, and from the neighbouring Courtauld Institute of Art. Visiting Fellows and Visiting Professors are also affiliated to the Centre for periods of between six months and three years.
The core activities of the Centre are:
- to raise public awareness of the historical and contemporary role of Greek culture through a range of outreach events, publications, web-based dissemination, links and cooperative ventures with universities and research centres in other countries, notably Greece, Cyprus, the USA, in addition to leading cultural partners in London and elsewhere;
- to encourage and facilitate collaborative research relating to the Greek-speaking world, across departments within the university, and promote its impact in the wider community;
- to organise public engagement events, academic workshops and international conferences;
- to maintain and enhance its established series of Publications, published by Routledge, and build upon its track-record of electronic publishing (in collaboration with the Department of Digital Humanities).