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16 March 2017 : Sixteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture
The Greek Communities in Turkey: Past, Present and Future
Moore Building Lecture Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
Dr Alexis Alexandris, diplomat and historian, former Consul General of Greece in Istanbul and Ambassador-Representative of Greece to the UN, Geneva, traced the history of the most important Greek communities of the Ottoman Empire and of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople during the transition to republican rule. He also offered insights into more recent developments in Turkey and their impact on the long term future of the Greek Orthodox Community of Istanbul, one of the oldest religious and ethnic minorities in a rapidly changing region.
The lecture was followed by a reception in the foyer of the Moore Building and Dinner in honour of Dr Alexandris in the Large Boardroom, Founders Building. This event was co-organised by the Hellenic Institute and the RHUL Events Office.
7 February 2017: Annual Dabis Lecture
Writing as a Popularis: Ancient history outside the university
Picture Gallery, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
The author and presenter Tom Holland reflected on how he came to write ancient history for the general reader, and how his books differ – and don’t differ – from those written by academics. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. His translation of Herodotus was published in 2013 by Penguin Classics and in 2016 from Allen Lane, a history of Æthelstan published under the Penguin Monarchs series. In 2007, he was the winner of the Classical Association prize, awarded to ‘the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature and civilisation of Ancient Greece and Rome.’ He is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History. He has written and presented a number of TV documentaries, on subjects ranging from religion to dinosaurs..The lecture was organised jointly by the Department of Classics and RHUL Events Office. For further information please e-mail the Events Office.
23 January 2017: Exhibition and Public Lecture by Michael Heslop
Where in the Mani was the Frankish castle of Megali Maini (Grand Magne)? A New Synthesis of the Evidence
The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS
In this lecture Michael Heslop, Honorary Research Associate and member of RHUL Hellenic Institute Steering Group, presented his research on a hitherto overlooked location of the Frankish castle of Megali Maini (Grand Magne) in the Peloponnese. The lecture was illustrated by maps and photos, and was accompanied by an exhibition of photographs entitled “Patrick Leigh Fermor and the Castles of the Mani: Embellishment or Intrusion?”, which included, by kind permission of David McClay and the National Library of Scotland, some of the photos of castles taken by Patrick Leigh Fermor’s wife, Joan Rayner.
For further imormation please contact Michael Heslop.
29 November 2016: Public Lecture by Dr Chrysovalantis Kyriacou
Η φωνή του μαγγανοπήγαδου: ο κώδικας Β-030 του Πολιτιστικού Ιδρύματος Τραπέζης Κύπρου ως πηγή για την εκκλησιαστική και κοινωνική ζωή στην ενετοκρατούμενη Κύπρο / The well-wheel's voice: manuscript B-030 of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation as a source for the ecclesiastical and social life in Venetian-ruled Cyprus
Βank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, 86-90 Phaneromenis Str., PO Box 21995, 1515 Nicosia, Cyprus
In this lecture Dr Chrysovalantis Kyriacou presented his research on the hitherto unpublished Report on the errors of Cypriot Christians and other ecclesiastical, administrative and financial matters, composed by an anonymous Latin author in the second half of the sixteenth century. Preserved in the unique manuscript B-030 of the Collection of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, this document is an important new source for the history of Cyprus under Venetian rule.
The lecture was followed by a reception in the foyer of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. This was a joint event organised by the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and RHUL Hellenic Institute, under the aegis of the Italian Embassy in Nicosia.
21 October 2016: Eighth Annual Memorial Lecture for Julian Chrysostomides
Teaching Byzantium in London: reflections and recollections on the life and work of the distinguished Constantinopolitan Byzantinist Julian Chrysostomides (1928-2008)
Πνευματικό Κέντρο Κωνσταντινουπολιτών / Constantinopolitan Cultural Centre, Dimitriou Soutsou 46, Athens 11521, Greece (near Ambelokipi metro station)
Dr Alexis Alexandris, diplomat and historian, former Consul General of Greece in Istanbul and Representative of Greece to the UN, Geneva, delivered the Eighth Annual Memorial Lecture for our teacher and former Director Julian Chrysostomides.
14-15 October 2016: Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies Research Conference
Greeks and Cypriots in the United Kingdom, 1815-2015: Culture, Commerce and Politics
The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS
This two day conference was the first time researchers studying the history of the Greek and Cypriot communities in the United Kingdom came together and presented their work. Papers covered a broad range of topics related to social, cultural, commercial and political history and diaspora studies. To download the programme, please click here.
Co-organised by the Hellenic Institute / Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, the Cyprus High Commission, Cultural Section, and the Embassy of Greece, with the support of the Hellenic Centre, under the auspices of the High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus, Euripides L. Evriviades, and the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, Dimitris Caramitsos-Tziras.
2-3 June 2016: Institute of Classical Studies (IClS) 2016 Byzantine Colloquium
Arcadia: Real and Ideal
Court Room, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
At this two-day international colloquium, scholars from various disciplines explored 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 focussed on the Arcadian ideal and legacy in dialogue with the geographical, real Arcadia. Speakers included Dr Solon Charalambous (Cyprus), Professor Evangelos Chrysos (Athens), Dr Stefano Cracolici (Durham), Angelos Dendrinos (Athens), Dr George Kakavas (Athens), Dr Pedro Olalla (Athens), Dr Anna Vasiliki Karapanagiotou (Arcadia), Professor James Roy (Nottingham), and Dr Alessandro Scafi (London). For the Programme please click here.
This colloquium was co-organised with the ICS and the International Society for Arcadia, with the kind support of the City of Tripolis, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, The Hellenic Foundation, the Friends of the Hellenic Institute and the History Department of Royal Holloway, University of London.
22 March 2016: Fifteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture
The Gennadius Library in Athens: The Vision of a Greek of the Diaspora, Dr Maria Georgopoulou, Director, The Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Windsor Building Auditorium, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, 18:15 followed by a reception
15 March 2016: The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Spring Lecture
Hellenic Studies in Tudor England: An online interactive edition of an unpublished Greek encomium on Henry VIII
Room G22/26, South Block, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, 18:00
25 February 2016: Public Launch of the Online Electronic Descriptive Catalogue of Lambeth Palace Library Greek Manuscript Collection
Lambeth Palace, London SE1 7JU, 18:00
5 February-18 March 2016: The University of London Postgraduate Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts
The Warburg Institute, University of London, Classroom 2, Ground Floor, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB, Fridays 15:45-17:45
29 October 2015: London Launch of Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture...and Stories (Berlin: Jovis, 2015)
Greeks and Others in the Centre
The centre of Cairo is a unique, living treasure house of nineteenth and twentieth century residential and commercial architecture. Until the 1950s, it was home to a flourishing Greek community numbering many 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 Khedivial Cairo after the Opening of the New Suez Canal", and Dr George Vassiadis (RHUL) provided an 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 and Baladilab, was held at The Hellenic Centre in London.
16 October 2015: Seventh Annual Memorial Lecture for Julian Chrysostomides (1928-2008)
Rethinking Innovation in Byzantium, Professor Apostolos Spanos, University of Agder (Norway)
Professor Spanos' lecture at The Hellenic Centre in London was attended by over eighty students, staff, friends and supporters of the Hellenic Institute. Donations were received towards the Julian Chrysostomides Bursaries Fund in support of students pursuing Hellenic and Byzantine Studies at RHUL.