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The 9th HO PhD Symposium on Contemporary Greece and Cyprus

15 June 2019

We are delighted to announce that on Saturday 15th June 2019, the Hellenic Observatory will be hosting its 9th Biennial PhD Symposium on Contemporary Greece and Cyprus. The core aim of the Symposium is to provide a platform for exchange and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas between young scholars currently undertaking research on Greece and Cyprus. All applicants accepted to give papers will be eligible for travel grants due to the generous support of the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

The Symposium is an initiative that the Hellenic Observatory undertook in 2003 and we are pleased that we have been able to sustain and develop it. Over the years the Symposia have attracted PhD students from many different countries, facilitating their contact and collaboration with their peers. We have also been very grateful to the many academics who have given their time to chair the panels at the Symposia. The PhD Symposium intends to help graduate research students to overcome the academic isolation associated to PhD research, to ‘try’ their ideas and findings on wider audiences, and to establish new collaborative links across disciplines. Additionally, it enables young researchers to engage with a wider academic community, including academic members of staff at the LSE, and a number of other distinguished scholars who participate as discussants at the Symposium.

The Hellenic Observatory welcomes contributions from research students (current and recent) across any field of the social sciences and some fields of humanities whose PhD focuses on contemporary Greece and Cyprus.

Registered participants are invited to present a part of their thesis during panel sessions, where participants will receive feedback from peers and academics whilst being exposed to new concepts, methods and content brought by the other participants. The sessions allow for an exchange of knowledge and develop a creative dialogue, as well as enabling scholars to meet and interact in order to promote ideas with peers and more established scholars in their respective fields from across Europe and beyond.

The Symposium, as with previous years, will be organised into panel discussions each with a narrow disciplinary focus, as well as two plenary sessions that will seek to address broader themes relating to Greece or Cyprus, or indeed questions of methodology and planning in the delivery of a PhD thesis. This will allow students the opportunity to gain new tools and fresh ideas which can be carried forward into their remaining years of study.

This year the first plenary session will be delivered by Professor Kevin Featherstone, Hellenic Observatory Director, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies & Professor of European Politics, LSE. Professor Featherstone will address the various stages of the PhD process and offer a detailed guide for students researching Greece and Cyprus. Having the experience of supervising over 30 PhD candidates, Professor Featherstone is in a good position to advise students on multiple issues relating to their current research and their future publications.

The second plenary session will be delivered by Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou Professor of Politics & Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE) School of Social Sciences (SoSS), University of Manchester. Professor Papadimitriou will talk about “Five things we Don’t Know about the Economic Crisis in Greece”. Professor George Pagoulatos, Professor of European Politics and Economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business, will act as discussant. 

Updates to the day’s proceedings will be added to the website as the Programme develops and nearer to the actual event date. The opportunity to register for the Plenary Sessions will also be made available in due course.

Supporters:

We are grateful for the generous financial support of the A.G. Leventis Foundation which has been crucial in the continuation of the Hellenic Observatory’s PhD Symposia.

 

Documents

Draft Programme

9:00 - 9:30

Registration                             

9:30 -11:00       

Welcome Address by Professor Kevin Featherstone, Hellenic Observatory Director; Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics                             

Plenary Session I- How to write a PhD (on Greece & Cyprus) 

Speaker: Professor Kevin Featherstone                       

11:00 -11:30      

Break & Group Photo                          

11:30 -13:00 

Panel Meetings - Session I                     

13:00-14:00  

Lunch              

14:00 -15:30    

Plenary Session II Five things we Don’t Know about the Economic Crisis in Greece 

Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou Politics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE), Co-Convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Southeast Europe and Co-Editor of the book series on European Politics at Manchester University Press       

Discussant: Professor Geroge Pagoulatos, Professor of European Politics and Economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business
                       
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone, Hellenic Observatory Director                    

15:30-15:45  

Break & Group Photo                      

15:45-17:15     

Panel Meetings - Session II     

17:15-18:45  

Panel Meetings - Session III            

18:45-19:15      

Certificates and Nicos Mouzelis Prize for Best Paper

19:15   

 Private Wine Reception 

 

Venue Details            

Plenary Sessions

The plenary sessions will take place in the Wolfson Theatre (New Academic Building, LSE) and will also be open to the public (non-participants). Further details to follow nearer the date. The purpose of these lectures is to allow the exchange of ideas between young researchers and scholars on issues related to Greece and Cyprus. We are extremely grateful to the A.G. Leventis Foundation, for its generous support.

Plenary Session I: How to Write a PhD (on Greece & Cyprus)            

                Lecture 1              

Speaker:                  

Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics; Hellenic Observatory Director 

                    Date:                  

Saturday 15 June                  

Time:  

09.30-11.00                  

                    Venue:                  

Wolfson Theatre (NAB LG.01), New Academic Building, LSE                  

Plenary Session II: Five things we Don’t Know about the Economic Crisis in Greece

Speaker:                  

Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou Politics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE), Co-Convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Southeast Europe and Co-Editor of the book series on European Politics at Manchester University Press          

Discussant: 

Professor Geroge Pagoulatos, Professor of European Politics and Economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business

                    Chair:                  

Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics; Hellenic Observatory Director

                    Date:                  

Saturday 15 June                  

                    Time:                  

14:00 - 15:30                  

                    Venue:                  

Wolfson Theatre (NAB LG.01), New Academic Building, LSE