Autumn 2015 (TBA): Public launch of the online electronic Descriptive Catalogue of Lambeth Palace Library Greek Manuscript Collection, to be held in Lambeth Palace. For further information please contact Christopher Wright and Charalambos Dendrinos.
5 February-25 March 2016: the University of London Postgraduate Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts continued preparing a new annotated edition and translation of the Letters of George of Cyprus (later Ecumenical Patriarch Gregory II, 1283-1289) at The Warburg Institute, University of London, Classroom 2, Ground Floor, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB (tel. 020 7862 8949) on Fridays, 3.45-5.45pm. For further information please contact Christopher Wright and Charalambos Dendrinos.
22 March 2016: Fifteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture “The Gennadius Library in Athens: The Vision of a Greek of the Diaspora” by Dr Maria Georgopoulou, Director, The Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens. In 1926 John Gennadius, an Athenian diplomat in London, offered his 30,000-volume library to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for the use of “the scholars of all nations” following the example of earlier benefactors from the Greek diaspora. The guiding principle of his collecting was to illuminate the history of the Greek “genius” through the ages. The lecture will assess the significance that the Gennadius Library has had for the development and growth of post-antique Hellenic studies in the past ninety years and the possibilities and challenges that lie ahead. For further information please contact George Vassiadis and Charalambos Dendrinos.
6-7 June 2016 (TBC): 2016 Institute of Classical Studies (IClS) Byzantine Colloquium “Arcadia: Real and Ideal”, co-organised with IClS and the International Society for Arcadia. Scholars from various disciplines will be exploring important elements that contributed to the creation, preservation and promotion of the Arcadian ideal from Antiquity, through the Middle Ages (in East and West) and the Renaissance to the modern world. The discussion will focus on the Arcadian ideal and legacy in dialogue with the geographical, real Arcadia. Confirmed speakers include Dr William Bainbridge (Durham), Dr Solon Charalambous (Cyprus), Professor Evangelos Chrysos (Athens), Dr Stefano Cracolici (Durham), Angelos Dendrinos (Athens), Marie-Claude Mioche (Goutelas), Dr Pedro Olalla (Athens), Professor James Roy (Nottingham), and Dr Alessandro Scafi (London). The event was originally planned to take place at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London on 8-9 June 2015, but had to be postponed for reasons beyond our control. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. For further information please contact George Vassiadis, Nil Pektas and Charalambos Dendrinos.
14-15 October 2016: International Conference on the Greek and Cypriot Presence in the United Kingdom during the 19th and 20th centuries. This two-day event, the first dedicated to the subject, will mark the official inauguration of the RHUL Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies. It will bring together scholars and students from across many disciplines who are interested in the social, political and cultural history of the Greek and Cypriot communities in the United Kingdom. The conference will focus on themes such as Greek and Cypriot emigration, education, religious and cultural institutions, business activities, media and publishing, etc. A Call for Papers will be circulated later in 2015. The Conference will be held at The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS, and will be open to the public. For futher information please contact George Vassiadis.
29 October 2015: "Greeks and Others in the Centre", the London Launch of Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture…and Stories (Berlin: Jovis, 2015). Cairo: the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. Its downtown core, the brainchild of Khedive Ismail, is a unique, living treasure house of nineteenth and twentieth century residential and commercial architecture. Dr Vittoria Capresi and Barbara Pampe of Baladilab, the editors of Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture …and Stories, have assembled an amazing book which introduces us to 38 historic buildings in central Cairo, many with Greek connections. Until recently, Greeks were to be found in almost every village, town and city in Egypt. Like the other minority communities, they were most numerous in the large urban centres. In the mid-twentieth century, the Greek community of Cairo numbered in the tens of thousands. Most Cairene Greeks lived downtown, close to their shops, offices, restaurants, schools, churches and clubs. Some Greek-Egyptians still live and work there today. At the London launch of their book, Dr Vittoria Capresi and Barbara Pampe spoke about The Making of “Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture…and Stories”, Dr Alexander Kazamias (Coventry University) responded with thoughts on “A Piece of Europe”? Reflections on Khedival Cairo after the Opening of the New Suez Canal, and Dr George Vassiadis (RHUL) provided a brief introduction entitled Greeks and Others in Downtown Cairo from Khedive Ismail to the Arab Spring. This event, organised in cooperation with the Society of Modern Greek Studies in the United Kingdom, was held at The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS. For futher information please contact George Vassiadis.
16 October 2015: Seventh Annual Memorial Lecture for Julian Chrysostomides (1928-2008), “Rethinking Innovation in Byzantium” by Professor Apostolos Spanos (University of Agder, Norway), was held at The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS. Over eighty students, staff, Friends and supporters of the Hellenic Institute and the Hellenic Centre attended the event. Donations were received towards the Julian Chrysostomides Bursaries Fund in support of students pursuing Hellenic and Byzantine Studies at RHUL. For further information please contact George Vassiadis and Charalambos Dendrinos.
12 June 2015: The Hellenic Institute Steering Group, chaired by Professor Paul Hogg, convened in the Principal’s Meeting Room, Founders’ Building, and reviewed the progress of work and discussed future plans.
6 February-27 March 2015: the University of London Postgraduate Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts continued preparing a new annotated edition and translation of the Letters of George of Cyprus (later Ecumenical Patriarch Gregory II, 1283-1289) at The Warburg Institute, University of London, Classroom 2, Ground Floor, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB (tel. 020 7862 8949) on Fridays, 3.45-5.45pm. For further information please contact Christopher Wright and Charalambos Dendrinos.
26 March 2015: at the invitation of Mr Giles Mandelbrote, Librarian and Archivist of Lambeth Palace Library (LPL), MA and research students of the University of London students visited the Library and examined original Greek manuscripts. Mrs Clare Brown, LPL Archivist, introduced students to the history of LPL and its collections. Dr Christopher Wright presented the Greek Manuscript collection and sub-collections, and together with Dr Charalambos Dendrinos and Professor Costas Constantinides guided students in examining representative manuscripts. This visit is part of a close collaboration between the Hellenic Institute and LPL over the cataloguing and study of the Greek Manuscript Collection.
17 March 2015: Fourteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture "From Greeks Abroad to the Greek Diaspora: Hellenism in a changing world" by Dr George Prevelakis, Professor of Geography (Sorbonne – Paris 1) and Permanent Representative of Greece to OECD. During the last three centuries the world is dominated by the Nation-State ethos and its territorial configuration. Diasporas lost importance and suffered severe persecutions. However, new trends, such as globalisation, multi-polar organisation, global problems, network economy and information society, have shrank state territoriality; as a result, Diasporas regain significance. The Lecture explored concepts and aspects of Greek Diasporas in wider geopolitical, socio-economic, cultural and ideological contexts in an attempt to respond to important questions concerning Hellenism and its place in the new emerging geopolitical conditions and challenges in Europe and the world. The Lecture was held in the Windsor Auditorium, Royal Holloway Collge Campus, Egham. For further information please contact George Vassiadis and Charalambos Dendrinos.
16 February 2015: Lecture on “The Hospitallers (Knights of St John) in the Dodecanese: 1306-1522” by Michael Heslop held at The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS. The lecture was accompanied by an exhibition of photographs of Medieval Rhodes as seen in the photographs of Giuseppe Gerola. An informal reception followed. For further information please contact Michael Heslop.
26 January 2015: Round table discussion on Modern Greek Shipping on the occasion of the publication of the volume edited by Professor Gelina Harlaftis and Dr Katerina Papakonstantinou, Greek Shipping, 1700-1821-The Heyday before the Greek War of Independence (Kedros Publications: Athens, 2013). Keynote speakers include Dr Katerina Papakonstantinou (London), Dr Maria Fusaro (Exeter), Dr George Vassiadis (RHUL), and Ilias Bissias (Director, Naftika Chronika). The event was held at The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS. For further information please contact George Vassiadis.