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Visiting staff

The Centre has a distinguished record in attracting academic visitors, from post-doctoral researchers to professors emeriti, who benefit from its distinctive character and resources and contribute, on a voluntary basis, to making our research environment at once unique and truly international.

Periods of appointment vary from six months to three years and may be renewed.

Visitors normally contribute in one or more of the following ways:

    by giving seminars or public lectures
    by a reading, performance, or exhibition of creative work
    by taking part in the organisation of a public event or conference
    by advising doctoral students
    by contributions to planning or publicity

Visiting staff have free use of King's facilities, including library, internet, and affiliation address, and are asked to provide brief information about themselves and their work for these webpages.


Dr. Achilleas Hadjikyriacou

Address:  Centre for Hellenic Studies
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS


Dr. Achilleas Hadjikyriacou (AH) is the Cultural Counsellor of the Cyprus High Commission in London, a position he holds since 1st September 2014.

AH begun his academic studies in 2002 at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Department of History and Archaeology. After graduating in 2005 as the valedictorian of the School of Philosophy, he pursued postgraduate studies in Modern History at Royal Holloway University of London. Upon the completion of his MA Degree in 2006, he was accepted for doctoral studies at the European University Institute in Florence from where he received his doctorate in History and Civilization in 2010.

During his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, AH received several awards, distinctions, research grants and scholarships from Cypriot, Greek and international organisations including the Foundations of Government Scholarships of Greece and Cyprus, the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and the European University Institute in Florence. In 2012 he was awarded the “James Kaye Memorial Prize” for the best PhD thesis on history and visuality for the period 2009-11. AH has presented numerous papers in international conferences and published articles in peer-reviewed international journals and edited volumes. His first monograph entitled “Masculinity and Gender in Greek Cinema, 1949-1967” was published in 2013 by Bloomsbury receiving positive reviews by leading academics in the fields of history, gender and cinema studies.

Before his diplomatic appointment at the Cyprus High Commission, AH worked as a Scientific Officer at the Research Promotion Foundation in Cyprus, and also as a part-time Lecturer teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to history and gender at the European University of Cyprus and the University of Cyprus.

Research interests

  • History of Greek cinema with an emphasis on filmic representations of gender
  • Social and cultural history of post-civil war Greece
  • Gender and masculinity in contemporary Greek History
  • Greek popular culture during the 1950s and 1960s
  • Visual sources in history
  • History and Social Anthropology



  • 2013 ‘Masculinity and Gender in Greek Cinema, 1949-1967’ (London - New York: Bloomsbury).

 Articles/Book chapters

  • 2015 ‘Cinema as a valid source of historical analysis: Theories, methods and examples’ in Constantinos Phellas and Dionyssis Balourdos (eds.), Society & Research: Quantitative & Qualitative Methods (Athens: Papazisis), pp. 359-389.
  • 2012 ‘Cacoyiannis’ Stella:  Representation and reception of a patriarchal anomaly’ in Yannis Tzioumakis and Lydia Papadimitriou (eds.), Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities (Bristol - Chicago: Intellect Publishers and University of Chicago Press), pp.185-202.
  • 2012 ‘Changing societies, changing images: Masculinities and gender relations in Greek cinema, 1950-67’ in Linda Erker-Alexander Salzmann-Lucile Dreidemy and Klaudija Sabo (eds.) Update! Perspektiven der Zeitgeschichte (Vienna: Studienverlag), pp. 241-248.
  • 2009 ‘Exoticising patriarchies: Rethinking the anthropological views on gender in post WWII Greece’, e-pisteme, vol.2, no.2, pp.17-29.
Professor Robert Holland

Visiting Professor

Address:  Centre for Hellenic Studies
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS


Robert Holland’s undergraduate and postgraduate training was carried out at Jesus College and St. Antony’s College in Oxford. In 1976 he was appointed Beit Lecturer in Commonwealth History at Oxford University. In 1977 he moved to the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the University of London as a Lecturer, becoming Reader in 1991 and Professor in 1998. He retired in 2009, but continues to research and write in his field. He became a Visiting Professor at the CHS in 2011.

Research Interests

Robert Holland has been principally a historian of the British Empire, focussing on the end of empire. After 1990 his special interest moved first to the eastern Mediterranean, above all Cyprus, and subsequently to the wider region including Greece. He has recently completed a book on the British in the Mediterranean since 1800. His current interest is in the role of the Mediterranean in British culture and society during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Selected Publications

  • Britain and the Commonwealth Alliance, 1918-39 (Macmillan, 1981).
  • European Decolonization, 1918-81: An Introductory Survey (Macmillan, 1985)
  • The Pursuit of Greatness: Britain and the World Role, 1900-1970(Fontana/Harper Collins, 1991).
  •  Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus, 1954-59 (Oxford University Press, 1998).
  •  (with Diana Markides) The British and the Hellenes: struggles for mastery in the eastern Mediterranean, 1850-1960 (Oxford University Press, 2006).
  • Blue-Water Empire: the British in the Mediterranean since 1800 (Allen Lane/Penguin, 2012).

He has also edited seven books, most recently with Susan Williams and Terry Barringer, The Iconography of Independence: ‘Freedoms at Midnight’, (Routledge, 2010) and a large number of articles in periodicals.

Ms Bettany Hughes

Visiting Research Fellow

Address:  Centre for Hellenic Studies
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS

Professor Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith

Address:  Centre for Hellenic Studies
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS


Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith was educated at Wellington College and Oxford University (New College and St Antony’s College) where he studied classical languages and literature and philosophy. He obtained a D Phil for his doctoral dissertation which was later published as 'Ionian Vision: Greece in Asia Minor 1919-1922' (C Hurst & Co 1998). From 1970 to 1999 he served in the British Diplomatic Service, in London, Moscow, Paris, Warsaw and Athens, his last two posts being Ambassador to Poland (1991-96) and Ambassador to Greece (1996-99).

Since retiring from the diplomatic service in 1999 Michael Llewellyn-Smith has written and lectured about Greek history and culture, mainly of recent centuries. He is currently working on the life and times of the Greek statesman Eleftherios Venizelos. He lectures regularly for Swan Hellenic Discovery cruises, and reviews regularly for The Anglo-Hellenic Review. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Antony’s College Oxford, Vice President of the British School at Athens and chair of the School’s Committee for Society Arts and Letters, and a member of the Council of the Anglo-Hellenic League. He is married to Colette (née Gaulier), and they have two children and four grandchildren.

He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Seeger Centre for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University (2002); Senior Scholar of the Onassis Foundation (2005); and Venizelos Visiting Professor at Deree College, The American College of Greece (2009-10). He has given the 10th annual Runciman Lecture at King’s College London (Varieties of Philhellenism); the keynote lecture at the 2003 Toronto conference of the Modern Greek Studies Association (The Athens Olympic Games of 1896: Sport, Society and Politics in late 19th century Greece); a keynote lecture at the 2008 Triennial Meeting of the Joint Committee of the Greek and Roman Societies at Oxford University (The Prime Minister and the Historian: Venizelos and Thucydides); and the 2011 Walton memorial lecture at the Gennadios Library Athens (Kings, Princes and Powers: Venizelos and Dilemmas of Reform).

Research Interests

  • Europeanization in South-East Europe with reference to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. Major areas of interest include Justice and Home Affairs, Industrial Policy and Public Procurement Policy.
  • Energy security in the Southern European Energy Corridor.
  • EU-Russia bilateral relation.

Selected Publications

  • Ionian Vision: Greece in Asia Minor 1919-1922, London: C Hurst & Co, 2nd edn, 1998
  • Scholars, Travels, Archives: Greek History and Culture through the British School at Athens, BSA Studies Series no 17, London, 2009, co-edited with Paschalis Kitromilides and Eleni Calligas
  • Olympics in Athens: The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games, London: Profile Books, 2004
  • Athens: A Cultural and Literary History, Oxford: Signal Books, 2004
  • The British Embassy Athens, Athens: British Embassy Athens, 1998
  • The Great Island: A Study of Crete, London: Longmans, 1965
  • Additionally, numerous essays, articles and chapters on subjects including the work of Steven Runciman in Athens, 1945-47; the life and works of Dimitrios Vikelas; and the meaning and importance of Europe in Greek politics, society and culture.
Dr Polina Tambakaki

Visiting Research Fellow

Address: Centre for Hellenic Studies 
King’s College London
London WC2R 2LS


Polina Tambakaki studied Greek literature and linguistics (University of Athens) and music (violin). Her doctoral thesis entitled ‘The “Musical Poetics” of George Seferis: A Case Study in the Relationship of Modernist Poetry to Music’ (King’s College London) has received the Hellenic Foundation’s 2007 Award for the best doctoral thesis in the United Kingdom in the Modern Literature and Language category. The book based on it was published in Greek by Domos in 2011 and was shortlisted for the 2012 Prize of the literary journal Diavazo in the category of critical writing. In 2008-2009 she was Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, and in 2010-2011 she was Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cyprus. In 2011-2012 she returned to the Centre for Hellenic Studies, KCL, first as a lecturer, and then, in 2013-2015, as George Seferis Research Associate in Modern Greek and Comparative Literature.

Research interests

  • Modern Greek literature and culture
  • Classical reception
  • Comparative literature and arts
  • Modernism
  • Literature and music
  • Literature and history
  • Nationalism and culture
  • Translation theories

Selected publications

(Forthcoming) ‘A modernist poet alludes to an ancient historian: George           Seferis and Thucydides’, in Brill’s Companion to Classical Receptions:          International Modernism and the Avant-Garde, eds. Adam Goldwyn and      James Nikopoulos
(Forthcoming) ‘“Art-popular” song and Modern Greek poets – interactions        and ideologies: The case of Mikis Theodorakis’, in Made in Greece:              Studies in Greek Popular Music, ed. D. Tragaki, Routledge Global                  Popular Music Series
(2014) ‘Investigating the myth and “mythology” of the Generation of the              ’30s: The “discovery” of rebetiko by Manos Hadjidakis, and                               George Seferis’ [in Greek], Proceedings of the Fifth International EENS         Congress (European Society of Modern Greek Studies, Thessaloniki,           2-5 October 2014
      ( ‘The Homeric Elpenor and those who made il gran rifiuto (Dante’s           Inferno, Canto 3) in the poetry of George Seferis: modernist nekuias             and antiheroism’, Classical Receptions Journal 5/1, pp. 144-165
(2013) ‘Language and music, national identity and Orthodoxy: “The down-         and-out Dervish” by Alexandros Papadiamantis’, Κάμπος, Cambridge           Papers in Modern Greek, pp. 31-65
(2012) ‘Odysseus Elytis’, entry in The Literary Encyclopedia
(2011) The ‘Musical Poetics’ of George Seferis [in Greek] (Athens: Domos)
(2010) ‘Poetry as song and national identity: Palamas and music’ [in                    Greek], Proceedings of the Fourth International EENS Congress                     (European Society of Modern Greek Studies, Granada, 9-12                            September 2010) (
(2010) ‘George Seferis’, entry in The Literary Encyclopedia
(2009) Review of: Dimitris Papanikolaou 2007. Singing Poets: Literature            and Popular Music in France and Greece (London: Legenda), in                    Comparative Critical Studies 6/2, pp. 275-8
(2008) ‘A modern poet reads ancient war texts: Politics, life and death in              George Seferis’ “The last day”’, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies           32/2, pp. 218-36
(2007) ‘A “musical comparison” between Seferis’ Gymnopaidia and                      “Sirocco 7 Levante”’ [in Greek], Proceedings of the Third International          EENS Congress (Bucharest, 2-4 June 2006) (Athens: Ellinika                          Grammata), i. 517-26
(2006) ‘Reading Thucydides: Seferis as an “historical poet”’, Criticism (K)            10, 82-96 [in Greek]
(2002) ‘Gymnopaidies’ by George Seferis and Erik Satie (in Greek)                      (Athens: Oriolos)
































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