Events

Thursday 7 January

21 in 21 Celebratory Kick-Off Event

Barbican Centre

Concert dedicated to Greece. More details TBC.

In collaboration with the National Bank of Greece and Initiative 1821-2021. For more information see www.protovoulia21.gr


Thursday 28 January, 18.30-20.00

Panel: Power and Impunity

Hellenic Observatory, LSE

Power and Impunity: What Donald Trump and Boris Didn’t Learn from the Ancient Greeks

Speakers: TBC

Are we living in a world marked by a new impunity of power? Political leaders discard established norms and taboos that have guided the behaviour of their predecessors and, in doing so, they win popular support from new areas of society, including the disengaged and excluded.  Across the world, in domestic politics, rhetoric is seemingly preferred over truth; ‘fake news’ over traditional media; and emotion over expertise. How did we get here? Our notions of the good society, of the responsibility that comes with power, and, of course, democracy and its discourse, stem from ancient and classical Greece. Our deepest sense of Western values, embedded in education curricula across our societies, emanates from classical Athens. Is it no longer of use or value? Are we now judging utility and cost differently? If so, how and why are our leaders safe in doing so?

Contact the Hellenic Observatory. 


Thursday 4 February

Runciman Lecture

Great Hall, KCL, Strand

Thirtieth Annual Runciman Lecture

Prof David Ricks: ‘The Shot Heard round the World: The Greek Revolution in Poetry’

Abstract TBC.


Wednesday 10 February

Niki Marangou Memorial Lecture

Temporary Exhibition Room, Leventis Gallery

Nicosia, Cyprus

Third Annual Niki Marangou Memorial Lecture

Prof Roderick Beaton: ‘Το ’21 και ο ευρωπαϊκός φιλελληνισμός’

Painting by Niki Marangou

Abstract TBC. Please note this lecture is in Greek.

Contact: marangouatkings@gmail.com or Prof. Roderick Beaton


Monday 15 February

Panel: 1821: The Migration of Revolutionary Ideas (Pt 1)

British School at Athens

1821: The Migration of Revolutionary Ideas (Pt 1)

Ideas about making a revolution – ideas that are in themselves revolutionary: these two back-to-back panel discussions, one in Athens, the other in London, will revolve around both concepts, as ways of understanding the outbreak of revolution by Orthodox Christian, Greek-speaking subjects of the Ottoman empire in the spring of 1821, that would lead to the creation of Greece as a modern nation-state in 1830. Speakers will focus on the transmission, or ‘migration’, of such ideas across the European continent in the wake of 1789 Revolution in France and their impact in creating the climate in which a Greek revolution became possible in 1821.

Athens speakers TBC, panel chaired by Prof. Roderick Beaton

Contacts: Prof. Roderick Beaton and the British School at Athens


Monday 22 February, 18.00-20.00

Panel: 1821: The Migration of Revolutionary Ideas (Pt 2)

STB03, Stewart House, Malet Street, London

1821: The Migration of Revolutionary Ideas (Pt 2)

Painting by Ioannis Moralis

The second in a two-part series (see above). Confirmed speakers:

  • Prof. George Varouxakis (Queen Mary)
  • Dr. Athena Leoussi (Reading)
  • Dr. Sanja Perovic (KCL, French/Comp. Lit.)

Panel chaired by Prof. Roderick Beaton.

Location: STB03 (large basement room of Stewart House, adjoining Senate House on Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU)

Contacts: Prof. Roderick Beaton and the British School at Athens


Wednesday 3 March

Panel: Why 1821?

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Why 1821? The Origins of the Greek War of Independence

Focuses on the early historical background and Balkan dimensions to the Greek War of Independence.

Chair: Wendy Bracewell, Professor of South-East European History at SSEES

Speakers: Richard Clogg, Viron Karidis, George Frangos (travel restrictions permitting)

Contact: Prof. Richard Clogg


Thursday 11 March

Annual Hellenic Lecture

Royal Holloway, University of London

Nineteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture

Prof Gonda Van Steen: ‘The Greek Revolution of 1821 and Its Multiple Legacies’

Details TBC. Contact: Dr Charalambos Dendrinos, Director, The Hellenic Institute, RHUL.


Monday 15 March

Panel: Lord Guilford and his Ionian Academy

Venue TBC

Lord Guilford and his Ionian Academy

Lord Guilford’s statue on Corfu

Explores the history and tradition of the intellectual movements that led to the liberation of the Greeks, including the contribution of the Greek communities in Britain, Europe and Russia.

Details TBC. Contact: Dr Charalambos Dendrinos, Director, The Hellenic Institute, RHUL.


Thursday 22 April

Panel: The Greek Revolution through the Eyes of ‘Others’

RHUL Bedford Square

The Greek Revolution through the Eyes of ‘Others’

Focuses on perceptions of the Greek Revolution and explores reactions from East and West during and after the Revolution, including attitudes of Ottoman Turks, Sephardi Jews, North and Latin Americans.

Contact: Paris Papamichos Chronakis


Saturday 9 May

Historic Walking Tour

Meeting Point TBC

Historic Walking Tour of Greece-Related Sites and Sights in London

Tour of the Bayswater area and St Sophia Church, London residence of Seferis, etc. Contacts: Konstantinos Trimmis and Gonda Van Steen.


Friday 28 May

The Greek War of Independence in Greek Cinema

Great Hall, Hellenic Centre

The Greek War of Independence in Greek Cinema

Details TBC. Organised by the Society for Modern Greek Studies and supported by the Hellenic Centre. Contacts: Liana Giannakopoulou and Lydia Papadimitriou.

Announcement of the 2021 Niki Marangou Dissertation Prize.


Thursday 17 June

The Greek War of Independence and British Involvement

Great Hall, Hellenic Centre

The Greek War of Independence and British Involvement

Relaunch of the Runciman Prize and talk. Organised by the Anglo-Hellenic League and supported by the Hellenic Centre.

Contacts: Dr John Kittmer, Chair of the Anglo-Hellenic League, or the Hellenic Centre.


Thursday 24 June, 18.30-20.00

Panel: Re-Appraising Economic Legacies

Hellenic Observatory, LSE

The Greek War of Independence: Re-Appraising its Economic Legacies

Details TBC. Contact the Hellenic Observatory.


Saturday 26 September

Historic Walking Tour

Meeting Point TBC

Historic Walking Tour of Greece-Related Sites and Sights in London

Tour of the West Norwood Greek Orthodox Cemetery and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral (neoclassical graves of famous Greeks, such as the Rallis family from Chios, the Vallianos family, etc.). Contacts: Konstantinos Trimmis and Gonda Van Steen.


Saturday 9 October

Film Screening

Venue TBC

Film Screening

Organised by the Cyprus High Commission.

Contact: Dr Marios Psaras, Cultural Counsellor, Cyprus High Commission


Friday 22 October

The Greek War of Independence in the Visual Arts and Literature

Venue TBC

The Greek War of Independence in the Visual Arts and Literature

Episode from the Greek War of Independence (1856) by Eugène Delacroix

Details TBC

Event integrated into the Being Human Festival at Cambridge (dates TBC).

Contact: Liana Giannakopoulou


Thursday 28 October, 18.30-20.00

Panel: The Geopolitics of Greece

Hellenic Observatory, LSE

The Geopolitics of Greece: Continuities and Discontinuities

Details TBC. Contact the Hellenic Observatory.


Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 November

Conference: A.G. Leventis Conference in Hellenic Studies

University of Edinburgh

Conference: Twelfth A.G. Leventis Conference in Hellenic Studies at the University of Edinburgh

The Greek Revolution of 1821: Contexts, Scottish Connections, the Classical Tradition.

Dugald Stewart Monument, Edinburgh

Accompanied by an exhibition in the University Library: ‘Edina/Athena 1821-2021: The Greek Revolution and Edinburgh as the ‘Modern Athens’’. TBC.

The revolution of the Greek-speaking, Orthodox Christian subjects of the Ottoman empire in 1821 was accompanied by declarations of national independence inspired by the recent revolutions in the Americas and France. The Greek Revolution was the first of its kind to be successful on European soil, and led to international recognition for Greece as an independent, sovereign state in 1830. In this way, the story of Greece as a modern nation-state begins, and also a new chapter in the history of our continent, as the era of multi-national empires slowly gave way, over the next two centuries, to an era dominated by the self-determination of nation-states.

This conference, held under the auspices of the A. G. Leventis Visiting Professorship in Greek, and forming part of Edinburgh’s biennial series of international conferences on Hellenic studies, will bring together scholars from many countries and a range of academic disciplines to re-assess the nature and significance of the Greek Revolution from the perspective of the twenty-first century and of a city and a nation that geographically lie at the opposite end of Europe from Greece, and have often been compared; namely Edinburgh (the ‘Athens of the North’) and Scotland.

In keeping with the broad remit of the Leventis series of conferences at Edinburgh, speakers will assess the role of the ancient and Byzantine Greek past in the causes, ideology, and reception of the 1821 revolution. The conference will also highlight Scottish connections to Greece, both ancient and modern, and specifically the Greek past as an inspiration for the Scottish Enlightenment and in the architectural planning of Edinburgh’s ‘New Town’.

Contacts: Prof. Niels Gaul and Prof. Roderick Beaton


Friday 10 – Saturday 11 December

Conference: Byron, Philhellenism in Literature, the Arts, and Scholarship

KCL

Conference: Byron, Philhellenism in Literature, the Arts, and Scholarship

Including a celebratory reception and book launch of A Critical Dictionary of the Greek Revolution, edited by P. Kitromilides (Harvard University Press). In honour of Roderick Beaton, Emeritus Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, KCL. Details TBC.

Contact: Prof. Gonda Van Steen

The announcement of Lord Byron’s death by the provisional Greek government

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