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CHS Lecture: Nations Against Empires; Nation-State Building in the Balkans

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Join us for a special lecture hosted by the Center for Hellenic studies at UC San Diego.

NATIONS AGAINST EMPIRES: NATION-STATE BUILDING IN THE BALKANS featuring guest speaker Dr. Christina Koulouri.

The lecture will focus on major transformations in Southeastern Europe from the late eighteenth century to the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) and the First World War (1914-1918), in the context of global changes that led to the demise of the Austro-Hungarian, Russian, and German empires and reconfigured the map of Europe.

The Ottoman Empire, at its height under the reign of Süleyman the Magnificent (1520-1566), extended from the Danube to the Nile. The Balkans formed an important part of this empire for six hundred years, until the nineteenth century when the rise of Balkan nationalisms resulted in the collapse of the mighty empire and in the creation of new states based on the principle of national self-determination. The lecture will focus on major transformations in Southeastern Europe from the late eighteenth century to the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) and the First World War (1914-1918), in the context of global changes that led to the demise of the Austro-Hungarian, Russian, and German empires and reconfigured the map of Europe.


SCHEDULE: 5-6pm Lecture / 6-6:30 Question & Answer Session / 6:30-7pm Refreshments

PARKING: The closest guest parking is in the Pangea Parking Garage. *Note all visitors must purchase a temporary parking permit at the lot, as there is no free parking on campus. Without a parking permit, your car will be ticketed. (Read campus parking details)

DIRECTIONS: The lecture is located in Building #1 in the Village at North Torrey Pines, on the corner of North Point Drive and Scholars Drive N. The building is a residential dorm, with meeting rooms on the top floor (15th floor).

Event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited - please RSVP!


ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Christina Koulouri is Professor in Modern and Contemporary History at Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences (Athens, Greece) and Director of the Research Centre for Modern History (KENI). From 2013-2017 she was the Dean of the School of Political Sciences, Panteion University. She studied at the University of Athens (Department of History and Archaeology), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Paris I - Panthéon - Sorbonne where she also received her PhD. She was awarded with the ‘Nicolas Svoronos’ prize and with the ‘Delphi’ prize of the International Olympic Academy. She participated as an expert of the Council of Europe at the pan-European research working group of the project «Learning and Teaching 20th Century European history» (Council of Europe, 1997-2001). Since 1999, she is the chair of the History Education Committee of the Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) and general coordinator of the Joint History Project (JHP). She is associated researcher at the UMR-IRICE: Unité Mixte de Recherche IRICE (Identités, Relations Internationales et Civilisations en Europe), Paris I & CNRS, Paris. She was historical advisor to historical documentaries like “Silent Balkans” (on the Balkan Wars) and “War and Peace in The Balkans”, on the First World War (ΑΝΕΜΟΝ, funded by Goethe Institute). Lecturer at many international conferences in Greece, Western and Southeast Europe, USA, Japan and China, she is also member of the editorial board of refereed academic journals and academic societies.

She is author of several books and articles on the teaching of history, the history of historiography, school textbooks, national identity, national holidays and the history of sports and the Olympic Games. She is also the editor of six workbooks (alternative educational materials) for the teaching of modern and contemporary history in Southeast Europe (http://cdrsee.org/publications/education). Some of her publications are: Dimensions idéologiques de l'historicité en Grèce (1834-1914). Les manuels scolaires d'histoire et de géographie, Frankfurt : Studien zur Geschichte Südosteuropas 7, 1991; Sport et société bourgeoise. Les associations sportives en Grèce 1870-1922, Paris : L’Harmattan, 2000; Clio in the Balkans. The Politics of History Education, Thessaloniki: CDRSEE, 2002 (editor and introduction); Athens, Olympic City, 1896-1906, Athens: International Olympic Academy, 2004 (editor and introduction).

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