20 Oct 2017

Conference entitled “The Quest for Reform during the Recent History of Modern Greece” (October 20-22, 2017)

“The Quest for Reform during the Recent History of Modern Greece”

The conference entitled “The Quest for Reform during the Recent History of Modern Greece” will be organized by the Hellenic American Union in cooperation with Hellenic American College on Friday through Sunday, October 20–22, 2017, at the Hellenic American Union theater (Massalias 22, Athens). Organized on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Hellenic American Union, and in the framework of the Hellenic American Union initiative for the rescue of Neapolis as the intellectual and cultural center of Athens, the conference is staged in cooperation with ten publishing houses headquartered or active in the district of Neapolis: Hestia Publishers, Metaichmio Publications, Agra Publications, Papadopoulos Publishing, Patakis Publishers, Gutenberg Scientific Books G. Dardanos, Nefeli Publishing, Melissa Publishing House, Kastaniotis Editions and Melani Editions.  

“The Quest for Reform during the Recent History of Modern Greece”Since the age of the Modern Greek Enlightenment, Greek citizens set forth the objective of exiting underdevelopment and entering the developed world, establishing robust institutions, progressing through education and the pursuit of excellence, and ultimately joining in the wider European system. These objectives became explicit during the beginning of the War of Independence, i.e. the birth of the modern Greek State era, as well as on successive occasions over the course of approximately two centuries. Reform, as the quest for comprehensive adjustment to the requirements of modernity and integration with the modern world, has been one of the main driving forces of the recent history of Greece.

And, it is this Reform that the conference curators aspire to initiate an open dialog. Nevertheless, the conference does not simply aim to provoke a discourse of historical content intended exclusively for pundits, but rather to instigate a dialog on two real, contemporary dilemmas concerning the content and, most importantly, the prerequisites of Reform.

More than 40 distinguished speakers—prominent historians, political scientists, economists, academics and intellectuals—will be conversing with each other and the public in an attempt to examine the issue of Reform along seven lines of inquiry: international setting / international standards; state / political institutions; political ideology vs. political action; the role of society; the role of economy; intellectual endeavors; locality and urban setting.

Click here for the conference program.


Friday, 20 October 2017, 18:00 – 20:30

Saturday, 21 October 2017, 10:00 – 20:00

Sunday, 22 October 2017, 10:00 – 15:30

Conference President

Leonidas-Phoebus Koskos, President, Hellenic American University

Scientific Committee

President: Angelos Delivorrias, Professor, f. Director of the Benaki Museum and member of the Academy of Athens

Members: Nikos Karapidakis, Professor of History, Ionian University, Nikos Marantzidis, Professor of Political Science, University of Macedonia, Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos, Professor of Contemporary Political History, Technological Educational Institute of Peloponnese, Evanthis Hadjivasiliou, Professor of History, Athens University.

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