CHS & the Argolis Association of Philologists

The Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University and the Argolis Association of Philologists (Greek acronym: ΣΦΑ) hold an ongoing collaboration up to this day. As the Center holds at its core the promotion of the Hellenic culture, the training and cooperation with philologists/literature teachers stands high among the Center’s academic interests. Both the Center and the Association cooperate in activities such as:

The “Digital Resources of Knowledge and their Contribution to Philology” Workshop

The Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece offers the workshop “Digital resources of knowledge and their contribution to philology”. This workshop aims at introducing Greek literature teachers to concepts such as digital literacy and information fluency, with emphasis on digital resources in the humanities, both in Greek and English. The Argolis Association of Philologists supports this workshop, its members participating either as coordinators or attendees. Ever since its first iteration in 2014 and over the years, the workshop has offered advanced training to more than a hundred of participating literature teachers from the Argolis, but also from the Peloponnese and throughout Greece. The former Counselor for Philologists in the Argolis, Dr. Dimitris Giannakopoulos has participated as a rapporteur of relevant thematic units and members of the Association who are advanced users of digital resources for literature teachers are invited as coordinators of some sessions of the workshops, to share their knowledge with their colleagues.

CHS GR, in cooperation with the Argolis Association of Philologists, on the occasion of the workshop of May 2016, also organized an event addressed to all interested literature teachers. Dr. Vassilis Vassileiadis, scientific researcher at the Center for the Greek Language, gave an open lecture at the CHS GR on the topic: “ Psifides and Proteas: digital resources for the Greek language and language education. A Tool, a digital content repository or something more?” Dr. Vassileiadis, participated in the workshop and introduced the participants to the platforms Proteas and Psifides, both of which are used for teaching literature courses.

Joint Events

Ever since the beginning of their cooperation the Center and the Association have been organizing educational events annually.

  • On December 16, 2018, the Argolis Association of Philologists organized in collaboration with the Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece an event in memory of Angeliki Laiou, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History at Harvard University and a pioneer in Byzantine Studies. The event, entitled “In Memoriam: Angeliki Laiou, 10 years after her death”, took place at the Byzantine Museum in Argos. George B. Dertilis (Professor Emeritus of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens & of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) and Taxiarchis Kolias (Professor of Public and Private Life in Byzantium, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) were the speakers.

  • On February 10, 2018, at CHS GR, Giorgos Kentrotis, Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting of the Ionian University, gave a lecture on “Dionysios Solomos as the founder of the national language”. CHS GR Director, Ioannis Petropoulos, and the President of the Association, Nikolaos Boumparis made the opening remarks.

  • On May 14, 2017, CHS GR, together with the Association of Philologists, hosted a talk by Peter Mackridge, Emeritus Professor of Modern Greek at the University of Oxford. Professor Mackridge was one of the first lecturers in the CHS GR Events Series in 2009.

  • On October 15, 2016, Roderick Beaton, Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, King’s College London, gave a lecture, jointly organized by the Center and the Argolis Association of Philologists. The lecture, in Greek, was entitled “Was Lord Byron pro-memorandum? The true contribution of the English poet in the 1821 Struggle”.

  • On October 6, 2015, an educational workshop for the literature teachers in school units in the Argolis was held at CHS GR. The topic was “Harnessing the educational asynchronous tele-education platform Moodle in the self-reactive learning process.” The workshop was organized by the Argolis Association of Philologists and the former Counselor for Philologists in the Argolis, Dr. Dimitris Giannakopoulos.

  • On February 14, 2015, the CHS, the Association of Philologists and the local chapter of the Hellenic Association of Mathematics hosted an event at the CHS commemorating the great Greek mathematician Konstantinos Karatheodoris. Anna Stavrakopoulou, Associate Director of CHS GR, introduced the event, while Ioannis Emmanuel, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, University of Athens, spoke briefly as a representative of the Hellenic Association of Mathematics. The main speaker, Panayiotis Stavrinos, Associate Professor in the same Department, spoke on “Data from the scientific work of Konstantinos Karatheodoris and their repercussions”. Nikolaos Boumparis concluded the event with his lecture entitled “Between East and West: Karatheodoris’ worldview”. Alexandra Kastania, journalist at “K”, Kathimerini’s magazine, coordinated the event.