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Centre for Hellenic Studies Public Events

Through its regular weekly seminars, colloquia, public lectures and international conferences, the Centre for Hellenic Studies is a concentrated force for the advancement of research in all aspects of Hellenic culture.

All its activities are free, open to the public and designed to be accessible to a wide audience.

Public Events Diary 2017-18

Seminars

Weekly CHS seminars in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies and in Modern Greek Studies take place at the Strand Campus as follows:

Alternate Tuesdays during teaching terms at 17.30
Late Antique & Byzantine seminar series

Alternate Mondays during teaching terms at 17.30
Modern Greek Studies seminar series

Events

Semester 2

Thursday 1 February 2018, 18.00
The 27th annual Runciman lecture by Professor Emerita Charlotte Roueché (King’s College London)
Seeing the Levant: From Herodotus to the present day
Great Hall and Entrance Hall
The lecture is preceded by Orthodox Vespers in the Chapel at 17.15. The event is sponsored by Matti Egon and the late Nicholas Egon. This year’s lecture is dedicated to the memory of Nicholas Egon.

Monday 5 February 2018, 17.30-19.00
In the footsteps of Evgenios Voulgaris: Problems of biography and reception in the Greek Enlightenment
Council Room.
A seminar with Paschalis Kitromilides (Professor Emeritus, University of Athens). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

Tuesday 6 February 2018,17.30
Nazareth as a Byzantine Pilgrimage Centre 
Small Committee room (K0.31)
A seminar with Ken Dark (Reading). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

Monday 26 February 2018, 17.30-19.00
Niki Marangou: Cyprus, female voice and memory
Council Room
A seminar with Polina Tambakaki (King’s College London). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

Tuesday 27 February, 17.30
Natural Beauty – Ideals and Realities of Beauty in Late Byzantium
Small Committee room (K0.31)
A seminar with Kirsty Stewart (Oxford). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.
**Please note that this event has been cancelled**

Monday 12 March 2018, 17.30-19.00
The Greek foreign policy in the Middle East: Making a new friend and keeping an old one
Council Room
A seminar with Emmanuel Karagiannis (King’s College London). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

Tuesday 13 March 2018, 17.30
Plato and Hipparchus have read the Bible: Early Christian Appropriations of Ancient Greek Cosmology
Council Room (K2.29)
A seminar with Efthymios Nicolaidis (Athens).
Followed by the launch of Greek Medical Literature and its Readers
From Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium 
Edited by Petros Bouras-VallianatosSophia Xenophontos
Discussants: Michael Trapp (King’s College London) and William MacLehose (University College London).
CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

Wednesday 14 March 2018, 18.00
The 5th annual Rumble Fund lecture by Mary Beard
Bush House Lecture Theatre
The 2018 Rumble Lecture, delivered by Mary Beard, will explore some of the ways modern artists have re-imagined ancient Roman emperors: it will uncover some 'missing persons', and reveal some unexpected misidentifications.

Saturday 24 March, 14.30
A celebration of the life of Alan Cameron
Room 349, Senate House

Monday 26 March 2018, 17:30-19.00
Spaces of Greek-Turkish encounters in 20th-century Istanbul
Council Room
A seminar with Méropi Anastassiadou (INALCO, Paris). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

Tuesday 27 March 2018, 17.30
Death of a Patriarch: The Murder of the John VII of Jerusalem (†966) and the Question of the ‘Christian minority’ of tenth-century Palestine
Council Room (K2.29)
A seminar with Daniel Reynolds (Birmingham). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 May 2018
International conference
The Macedonian Front 1915-1918: Politics, society and culture in time of war
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Conference website is now live at: http://www.hist.auth.gr/en/mfc18/main 
This conference is organized by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in partnership with King’s College London, the British School at Athens, the Imperial War Museum, under the auspices of the British Embassy, Athens.
Take a look at the list of speakers
Speakers are by invitation only. Others with an interest who wish to attend will be welcome to do so, but should register in advance with the Secretary of the conference, Aris Tachinoslis, at macedonianfront@gmail.com

Monday 18 June 2018, 18.00, Great Hall
A celebration of 100 years from the founding of the Koraes Chair 
With the award of the Katie Lentakis Prize for 2018 by the Anglo-Hellenic League.
To celebrate the centenary Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature distinguished experts will speak on relations between Britain and the world of Hellenism in the fields of culture, literature and history, from the time of Adamantios Koraes to the present, and prospects for the future.
STOP PRESS:we are proud to announce that the closing remarks will be made by Mrs Lydia Koniordou, Minister for Culture and Sport, Hellenic Republic.

Past events

January

Tuesday 23 January 2018, 17.30
City and Army in the East Roman Balkans (4th to 6th c.)
Council Room (K2.29)
A seminar with Efthymios Rizos (Oxford). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

Monday 22 January 2018, 17.30-19.00
“Cyprus Lecture Series” in collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission - Cultural Section. 
‘Good’ and ‘bad’ Greek in a heritage language setting: transplanted diglossia in London’s Greek Cypriot parikia
Council Room
A lecture by Petros Karatsareas (University of Westminster). Sponsored by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus under the auspices of the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in the UK, Euripides L. Evriviades. Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series
Followed by the launch of Cyprus from Colonialism to the Present: Visions and Realities 
Essays in Honour of Robert Holland
Edited by Anastasia YiangouAntigone Heraclidou

Thursday 11 – Friday 12 January 2018
International conference: C. P. Cavafy: The poetics of history and the music of poetry
The event will close with recitation of selected poems by Cavafy in Greek by Dionysis Kapsalis and in English translation by Jeremy Irons.
Hellenic Centre, Paddington Street (Thursday evening) and Great Hall, KCL (all day Friday).
In collaboration with the Athens Conservatoire, including a concert and exhibition at the Hellenic Centre. Includes the launch of the English edition of the book by Stefanos Geroulanos, C.P. Cavafy: Historia Arcana. A Hidden History, concert with the first musical settings of Cavafy’s poetry by Dimitri Mitropoulos, recitation of Cavafy’s poems in English and Greek. Confirmed participants include Angelos Chaniotis (Princeton), Angelos Delivorrias (Benaki Museum, Athens), Stephanos Geroulanos (Athens), Nikos Tsouchlos (Athens Conservatoire).

Semester 1

December

Monday 11 December, 18.30
Book launch for Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After
ed. Margaret Alexiou and Douglas Cairns
Anatomy Museum
Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After is edited by Margaret Alexiou and Douglas Cairns, with the editors and a presentation by Niels Gaul (Professor of Byzantine Studies, University of Edinburgh), who will speak on ‘Tears and Laughter in Medieval Constantinople (Episodes from Michael Psellos and Niketas Choniates)’

Tuesday 5 December, 17.30
Associative Iconography in Byzantine Art: two for the space of one?
Small Committee room (K0.31)
A seminar with Angeliki Lymberopoulou (Milton Keynes). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

November

Monday 27 November, 18.00 (please note later start time)
Coming home to the other: a Greek, a Turk and stories of a shared past (a story-telling performance, with music)
Council Room
A seminar with Stella Kassimati and Pelin Turgut (International School of Storytelling, Emerson College, Sussex). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series. Part of the Greek-Turkish Encounters series, jointly with SOAS.

Tuesday 21 November, 17.30
‘Not the last frontier’: the Byzantine insular system between Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages
Old Committee room (K2.30)
A seminar with Luca Zavagno (Ankara).CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

Monday 20 November, 17.30-19.00
The metamorphosis of the Muses in recent Greek poetry: Classical reception in the era of postmodernism
Small Committee Room
A seminar with Irene Loulakaki-Moore (Ministry of Education, Greece). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

Tuesday 14 November, 19.00-20.30
Political economy, state formation and urbanism the land of Ancient Paphos
Greek Archaeological Committee UK Annual Lecture with Professor Maria Iacovou (University of Cyprus), introduced by Gerald Cadogan (Chairman, Anglo-Hellenic League).

Friday 10 November 
Modern Classicisms: Classical Art & Contemporary Artists in Dialogue
The Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus
This workshop sets out to explore the contemporary relevance of classical visual traditions: by bringing together art historians, collectors, critics and artists, we aim to examine what the classical artistic legacy means from the vantage-point of contemporary artistic practice. Confirmed artists, speakers and respondents include: Tiphaine Besnard, Bruce Boucher, Matthew Darbyshire, Brooke Holmes, Nick Hornby, Polina Kosmadaki, Lisa Le Feuvre, Christian Levett, Simon Martin, Minna Moore-Ede, Verity Platt, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Marc Quinn, Mary Reid Kelley and Caroline Vout.

Wednesday 8 November, 16:00-17:30
Quasi Phreneticus: metaphorical and technical interactions in the history of the ancient disease concept phrenitis
Room S8.08
A lecture with Chiara Thumiger (Warwick). This lecture is presented by CHS with CHoSTM (Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine)
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Tuesday 7 November, 17.30
The craft of noble metals: production of silverware and golden jewellery in Crete (14th-17th centuries)
Small Committee room (K0.31)
A seminar with Maria Constantoudaki-Kitromilidou (Athens). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

Monday 6 November, 17.30-19.00
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
Migration, translingualism, translation
Small Committee Room
A seminar with Karen van Dyck (Columbia University, New York). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

October

Tuesday 17 October, 17.30
Historical symbolism of the Great Palace of Constantinople
Old Committee room (K2.30)
A seminar with Michael Featherstone (Paris / Fribourg / Cambridge). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

Monday 16 October, 17.30-19.00
Edward Lear and Mount Athos
Small Committee Room
A seminar with Stephen Duckworth (independent scholar). Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

Tuesday 3 October, 17.30
What is Later Byzantium? Towards a new periodisation of Byzantine cultural history (1081 – ca. 1330s)
Old Committee room (K2.30)
A seminar with Foteini Spingou (Oxford). CHS Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series.

Monday 2 October, 17.30-19.00 
The music of the Jews of Greece
Council Room
A seminar with Chris Williams (British School at Athens), followed by the presentation of the Schilizzi Scholarships 2017Part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series

September

Saturday 23 September, 09.30- 19.45
Cyprus, Female Voice and Memory: Literature, Arts and History in the work of Niki Marangou
British School at Athens, Souedias 52, 10676 Athens
This workshop aims to assess the multifaceted work of Niki Marangou (1948-2013) by placing it within the broader context of modern Cypriot literature, history and art.

 

 

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