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The 8th Biennial HO PhD Symposium on Contemporary Greece and Cyprus

1 July 2017
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

On Saturday 1st July 2017, the Hellenic Observatory hosted the 8th Biennial PhD Symposium on Contemporary Greece and Cyprus. The core aim of the Symposium was 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.

Participants were invited to present a part of their thesis at panels covering a wide range of disciplines and interests. They received feedback from peers and Hellenic Observatory academics whilst being exposed to new concepts, methods and content brought by the other participants. The 8th Biennial Symposium was organised into panel discussions each with a narrow disciplinary focus, and two plenary sessions that addressed broader themes relating to Greece or Cyprus, or indeed questions of methodology and planning in the delivery of a PhD thesis. This gave the opportunity to students to gain new tools and fresh ideas which can be carried forward into their remaining years of study.

The first plenary session was much appreciated by all PhD candidates. Professor Kevin Featherstone explained all stages of the PhD process and offered a detailed guide for students researching Greece and Cyprus. Having the experience of supervising over 30 PhD candidates, Professor Featherstone advised the students on multiple issues related to their current research and their future publications.

The second plenary session was given by Prof Yannis Papadopoulos from the Institute of Political, Historical and International Studies. University of Lausanne. Prof Papadopoulos gave a lecture on The Eurozone Crisis and Democracy: Implications for Greece. The talk  highlighted the evolving power balance between ruling institutions and actors, and further assesed the impact of the Eurozone crisis upon the democratic credentials of the EU decision-making system.

We feel that the PhD Symposium is one of the most important international meetings for PhD students working on contemporary Greece and Cyprus in the social sciences and we hope to continue this tradition in the following years.

We are grateful to the generous financial support of the A.G. Leventis Foundation which has been crucial in the establishment of the HO PhD Symposia.

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