This network is the outcome of an ongoing synergy between two vibrant research communities working on the culture of Modern Greece and South Europe in the Universities of Oxford and Amsterdam. It was initiated by professors Dimitris Papanikolaou and Maria Boletsi with the key contribution of Dr. Kristina Gedgaudaitė, who has worked at both universities and acted as a bridge between the two communities from the very start of the network.

The network’s website is managed by an editorial team, the members of which are briefly presented below.

Maria Boletsi is Endowed Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Amsterdam (Marilena Laskaridis Chair) and associate professor in Film and Comparative Literature at Leiden University.

She works in comparative literature, literary and cultural theory, Modern Greek literature and culture, conceptual history, and cultural analysis. She is the author of Barbarism and Its Discontents (Stanford UP 2013) and co-author of Barbarian: Explorations of a Western Concept in Theory, Literature and the Art, vol. 1 (Metzler 2018). She recently co-edited the books (Un)timely Crises: Chronotopes and Critique (forthcoming Palgrave 2021), Languages of Resistance, Transformation, and Futurity in Mediterranean Crisis-Scapes: From Crisis to Critique (Palgrave 2020), Subjects Barbarian, Monstrous, and Wild (Brill 2018), and Barbarism Revisited (Brill 2015). She has published on various topics, including the concept of barbarism, C.P. Cavafy, functions of the “middle voice” in the context of crisis in Greece and beyond, and fictionality in protest and public art in relation to populism and post-truth.

Webpage at the University of Amsterdam
Webpage at Leiden University

Dimitris Papanikolaou is Associate Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Oxford.

He has written the monographs: Greek Weird Wave: A Cinema of Biopolitics (Edinburgh University Press, 2021), Singing Poets: Literature and Popular Music in France and Greece (Legenda/ Routledge, 2007), “Those people made like me”: C.P.Cavafy and the poetics of sexuality (Patakis, 2014, in Greek) and There is something about the family: Nation, desire and kinship in a time of crisis (Patakis, 2018, in Greek). He has co-edited the special issues on Cavafy Pop and New Queer Greece for the Journal of Greek Media and Culture and the volume Queer Politics/ Public Memory: Essays for Zak Kostopoulos (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 2020, in Greek), as well as the new edition of Kostas Taktsis’ poems, short stories and essays (2021).

Webpage at Oxford University

Kristina Gedgaudaitė is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Amsterdam.

Her research interests fall within the fields of cultural memory, migration, comics and graphic novels. Kristina holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and has held positions as a Marilena Laskaridis Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and Mary Seeger O'Boyle Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. Kristina's first monograph Memories of Asia Minor in Contemporary Greek Culture: An Itinerary, published by the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies Series, examines the memories that shaped Asia Minor refugee identity, focusing on the ways in which these memories continue to reverberate in present-day Greece. Her current project examines Greek comics and graphic novels as a site of artistic innovation and social critique.

Website at the University of Amsterdam

Yiorgos-Evgenios Douliakas is a Phd candidate in Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam.

His research revolves around queer theory, far-right and neo-nazism, law and justice. He holds an MA in Cultural Analysis from Leiden University. His Phd project examines the trial of the Golden Dawn as a theatre of justice, focusing on the relation between the law, theatricality, and the media.

Claudio Russello holds a DPhil in Modern Greek Studies from the University of Oxford.

His research focuses on the relation between modernism and the literary production of the 1960s in Greece. He also holds a BA in Chinese Studies (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), an MA in Translation Studies (SOAS, University of London) and an MSt in Modern Greek Studies (University of Oxford). His research interests include comparative and world literature, translation, and reception studies.

Periklis Douvitsas is the manager of the platform and the publisher of Nefeli (est. 1979).

He studied Composition in Mozarteum (classes of Bogusław Schaeffer and Adriana Hölszky) and was a member of the ACROE laboratory at the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble. Since 2003 he works in publishing (print and online).