1821: The Migration of Revolutionary Ideas

Two Panel Discussions chaired by Roderick Beaton, Emeritus Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, King’s College London, co-organised with the British School at Athens.

British School at Athens, Monday 15 February 2021

Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London, Monday 22 February 2021, 18.00-20.00. Co-hosted with the Hellenic Society. London location: STB03 (large basement room of Stewart House, adjoining Senate House on Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU)

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.

Should it not prove possible to host these events in person, they will be delivered virtually; registration information will be added approximately one month before the event.

Alexandros Ypsilantis crosses the Pruth by Peter von Hess, Benaki Museum, Athens
Alexandros Ypsilantis crosses the Pruth by Peter von Hess, Benaki Museum, Athens

Athens Speakers

Antonia (Ada) Dialla (Athens School of Fine Arts)

Efi Gazi (University of the Peloponnese)

Kostas Tampakis (National Hellenic Research Foundation)

London Speakers

Georgios Varouxakis (Queen Mary)

Athena Leoussi (University of Reading)

Sanja Perovic (King’s College London)

Athens Speakers and Abstracts

London Speakers and Abstracts

About Roderick Beaton, Chair

Roderick Beaton grew up in Edinburgh and studied English Literature at Peterhouse, Cambridge, before turning to Modern Greek as the subject of his doctorate, also at Cambridge – and at the British School at Athens. After a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Birmingham he embarked on a long career at King’s College London, first as Lecturer in Modern Greek Language and Literature (1981-88), later as Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature (1988-2018), and since then as Emeritus. From 2012 to 2018 he also served as Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s.

Roderick is the author of many books and articles about aspects of the Greek-speaking world from the twelfth century to the present day, including An Introduction to Modern Greek Literature (1994); George Seferis: Waiting for the Angel. A Biography (2003); Byron’s War: Romantic Rebellion, Greek Revolution (2013), all three of which won the prestigious Runciman Award for best book on the Hellenic world, and Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation (2019, now a Penguin paperback). His latest book, an overview of Greek history from the Bronze Age to the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution in 2021, is expected to be published in autumn 2021 with the title The Greeks: A Global History.

He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA, 2013), a Fellow of King’s College (FKC, 2018), Commander of the Order of Honour of the Hellenic Republic (2019) and, from September to December 2021, has been appointed A.G. Leventis Visiting Professor in Greek at the University of Edinburgh.

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