Thirteenth International Graduate Student Conference in Modern Greek Studies

Ημερομηνία έναρξης: 07-05-2021

Τόπος: virtually, via zoom


 Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies

 Thirteenth International Graduate Student Conference in Modern Greek Studies

 “Works in Progress: New Approaches”

 Friday, May 7, 2021

The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University announces our Thirteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference in Modern Greek Studies. Due to ongoing COVID-related restrictions, the 2021 conference is being planned to take place virtually, via zoom.  We invite advanced doctoral candidates to submit proposals for papers on any aspect of the early modern and/or modern Greek world, from the fifteenth century to the present. This conference aims to provide a platform for a small number of outstanding doctoral students to exchange ideas with the Princeton Hellenic Studies academic community.  Also, conference participants will be offered a virtual introduction to research resources held at Princeton.

In addition to their participation at the conference, speakers will have the opportunity to virtually confer with Princeton faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Each selected participant will be assigned a mentor, a Hellenic Studies postdoctoral fellow, with whom to confer about their presentations, their dissertations and other research, as well as future professional opportunities.

Papers for this conference may engage with topics from any discipline in the humanities or the social sciences, including but not limited to linguistics, literature, history, philosophy, visual and material culture, the creative arts, architecture, media and film, anthropology, religion, and sociology. We are especially interested in transnational and/or comparative perspectives that highlight modern Greece’s links to wider cultural or geographical contexts, such as the Balkans, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and diaspora communities worldwide. Comparative and/or interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged. Papers at previous conferences have addressed questions of identity, migration, gender and sexuality, contemporary politics and society, international relations, media representations, religion, diaspora, reception and translation studies, cultural memory, and heritage.

The conference will be organized as follows: Speakers will write a paper of around 5,000 words, which will be circulated among the other presenters, chairs and respondents, in advance of the conference. On the day of the conference, speakers will summarize the main points of their paper in a prepared 15-minute presentation.  For each paper, a Princeton Hellenic Studies postdoctoral fellow will serve as respondent. In depth discussion will follow.

Due to ongoing COVID-related restrictions, the 2021 conference is being planned to take place via zoom. Conditions permitting, the conference may be held in a ‘hybrid’ mode, with some speakers presenting their papers from the Princeton Athens Center (to be broadcast live on zoom), while others participate remotely.


We invite submissions from doctoral candidates who are enrolled as graduate students at the time of the conference and are at an advanced stage of their dissertation work.

How To Apply

Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words by Friday, February 12, 2021. Abstracts should include reference to the theoretical and/or methodological approach(es) employed. All words in a non-Latin script (including Greek) should be transliterated. Each abstract should be accompanied by:

  • a cover letter of no more than one page explaining how the proposed paper relates to the applicant’s dissertation, and situating the applicant’s research within his/her academic field(s)
  • curriculum vitae
  • applicant’s contact information (name, current affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses, tel. nos.)
  • the name and e-mail address of an academic referee

Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged. Applicants will be notified by Monday, March 1, 2021 regarding acceptance. Participants will be expected to submit the full text of their papers by Friday, April 16, 2021. As noted above, papers (approximately 5,000 words) will be pre-circulated among speakers, chairs, respondents, and interested attendees. Papers should be in English, and presentations summarizing the main points must not exceed 15 minutes. Accepted applicants will be offered on how to structure and what to focus on in their oral presentations.

Submissions should be e-mailed as a single PDF document to:  and  with the subject line: “Modern Greek Studies Conference 2021 Proposal.”


Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021

Program Committee

Nathanael Aschenbrenner, Hellenic Studies

Kathleen Crown, Humanities

Merih Danali, Hellenic Studies

Elizabeth Davis, Anthropology

Karen Emmerich, Comparative Literature

Kristina Gedgaudaite, Hellenic Studies

Dimitri Gondicas, Humanities and Hellenic Studies

Molly Greene, History and Hellenic Studies

Sam J. Kennerley, Hellenic Studies

Soo-Young Kim, Writing Program

Effie Rentzou, French and Italian

Lidia Santarelli, Library

Katerina Stergiopoulou, Classics and Hellenic Studies

Yannis Stamos, Hellenic Studies

Secretary to the Committee:  Anthie Georgiadi, English