Pubic Lecture

Historical Trajectories of Hellenism in Asia Minor

April 19, 2023

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University is pleased to present  Paschalis Kitromilides of the Academy of Athens.

The event will be moderated by Sharon Gerstel, the Director if the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for the Study of Hellenic Culture, and Dimitris Krallis, the Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University

Attendance is free but the presentation will not be recorded for later viewing.

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Speaker Bio

Paschalis M. Kitromilides, Ph.D. at Harvard University, is a Greek-Cypriot political scientist and intellectual historian. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Athens and a member of the Academy of Athens. He has been director of the Centre for Asia Minor Studies since 1980 and was Director of the Institute of Neohellenic Research / National Hellenic Research Foundation (2000-2011). He has held visiting appointments at Harvard and Brandeis Universities, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, the European University Institute and the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies Villa I Tatti. He is the author or editor of over fifty books, including Enlightenment and Revolution: The Making of Modern Greece (Harvard University Press, 2013), and over two hundred and sixty articles and book reviews in academic journals and collective volumes in Greek and English. Besides English and Greek, his books have appeared in Russian, Romanian, Serbian and Bulgarian.

Moderator Bios

Sharon E. J. Gerstel’s research focuses on the intersection of ritual and art in Byzantium. She is the Director of the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a J. Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2011-2012). As an archaeologist, she has worked at numerous excavations in Greece, both as a field director and as a ceramics specialist. Her comprehensive study (with M. Munn) of the medieval village of Panakton appeared in Hesperia in 2003. Her publications on ceramic tiles produced in Nicomedia (modern-day Izmit, Turkey) have appeared in the Journal of the Walters Art Museum and elsewhere. Publications on Byzantine women, including empresses, village widows, and rural nuns, can be found in The Art Bulletin, the Deltion tes Christianikes Archaiologikes Hetaireieas, and the Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte. Gerstel’s current research focuses on the intersection of music, architecture, and monumental decoration. She is co-director, together with Chris Kyriakakis (USC) of the project “Soundscapes of Byzantium.” Research from this project has been published in Speculum, Hesperia, Gesta, and elsewhere. She is also currently spearheading the restoration of the church of Hagioi Theodoroi in Vamvaka, Mani. Her work on this project has been published in the Journal of Modern Greek Studies and has been recognized in the short documentary Blessings and Vows.

Born and raised in Athens, where he lived until his college years, Dimitris Krallis studied political theory at the University of Athens and Byzantine History at Oxford and at the University of Michigan, where he obtained his doctorate. He teaches Byzantine history at Simon Fraser University’s Department of Humanities and is the Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies. He is the writer of two books, including, Serving Byzantium’s Emperors: The Courtly Life and Career of Michael Attaleiates and New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture Series, which was recently translated into Greek. He has also written numerous articles and co-translated the work of a major Byzantine historian, Michael Attaleiates. His research explores the social, political, economic and intellectual history of Byzantium, as well as its modern reception.

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