The three researchers who were selected to receive the fellowships sponsored by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation were announced by the University of Amsterdam in the framework of the Marilena Laskaridis Chair of Modern Greek Studies. The fellows will be hosted by the University of Amsterdam and they will work on their research projects in the field of Modern Greek Studies as Visiting Research Fellows for the academic year 2019-2020. The fellows were singled out for their research projects proposals and were selected by the University, according to the criteria set out in the call, among candidates of high standard, early- and mid-career scholars whose research engages with Modern Greek language, culture and/or history.

8-month fellowship:

  1. Ioannis Papachristou (PhD in 2013, Department of Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Project: “Kallinikos III of Constantinople and The Religious Philosopher by Bernard Nieuwentyt”

Fellowship duration: 1 September 2019  to 30 April 2020


4-month fellowship:

  1. Kristina Gedgaudaitė (PhD in 2019, Oxford University)

Project: “Smyrna in your Pocket: Memory of Asia Minor in Contemporary Greek Culture”

Fellowship duration: 1 September 2019 to 31 December 2019


  1. Pafsanias Karathanasis (Ph.D. in 2017; Department of Social and Historical Anthropology, University of the Aegean)

Project: “Prolonged crisis and permanent liminality: A study of the relations between Greece and Cyprus through shared experiences of sociopolitical crisis”

Fellowship duration: 1 October 2019 to 31 January 2020


The Foundation Catherine Laskaridis warmly congratulates the Fellows and wishes success in their work!


The Marilena Laskaridis Endowed Chair of Modern Greek Stuies was established by the Dutch Society of Modern Greek Studies, a foundation that promotes research and education of Modern Greek language, literature, history and culture in the widest sense. The chair is chiefly financed by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, which aims to promote Greek arts and letters in Greece and abroad. The Chair bears the name of the late Marilena Laskaridis, former Vice-President of the Foundation. The Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the Dutch Society of Modern Greek Studies, also contribute to the chair’s funding.

The University of Amsterdam is the largest academic institution in the Netherlads and is historicaly linked with Greek intellect. Several letters of Adamantios Korais, a leading figure of Greek Enlightenment, are kept in the University’s library. Moreover the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies has been producing for decades work of great scientific value. The Marilena Laskaridis Chair of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Amsterdam is one of the few of its kind in Western Europe.


Note: The photo accompanying this post is taken from the University of Amsterdam website.