We are proud and happy to announce that Dr Maria Boletsi, Professor of Modern Greek Studies of “Marilena Laskaridis Chair” at the University of Amsterdam will give her inaugurating speech, “The Futurity of Things Past: Thinking Greece Beyond Crisis”, on Friday 21 September 2018.

Dr M. Boletsi, who has been named professor by special appointment of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Faculty of Humanities, will focus on the study of modern Greece and Cyprus. Boletsi has a broad background in the Humanities, with a research scope that extends well beyond the field of Modern Greek Studies and encompasses modern English, Dutch and Greek literature, literary and cultural theory, postcolonial literature, post-9/11 literature and political rhetoric, visual art, and conceptual history. Contemporary Greek culture has taken centre stage in her research in recent years.

The Marilena Laskaridis Endowed Chair 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 as well as maritime tradition and history.