On Friday the 21th of September, Professor Maria Boletsi, named Professor by Special Appointment of the Marilena Laskaridis Chair of Modern Greek Studies, will deliver her inaugural lecture wit the title: 'The Futurity of Things Past: Thinking Greece Beyond Crisis'.
The chair was designated on behalf of the Dutch Society for Modern Greek Studies.
Prof. dr. ir. K.I.J. Maex, Rector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam, requests the pleasure of your company.
Boletsi is assistant professor at the department of Film and Literary Studies at Leiden University and the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS). After a Bachelor’s degree in Greek Language and Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Boletsi obtained a Bachelor’s in Literary Studies and a Research Master’s in Cultural Analysis at the UvA. Boletsi received her PhD with honours at Leiden University with a dissertation on barbarism in modern literature, visual art and philosophy, which was published by Stanford University Press in 2013.
Boletsi has been a research fellow at Princeton University’s Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies and a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s department of Germanic Languages/Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies and the book series Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race (Brill Publishing).
The Marilena Laskaridis Endowed Chair was established by the Dutch Society of Modern Greek Studies, a foundation that promotes research and education of Modern Greek language, literature, history and culture in the widest sense. The chair is chiefly financed by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, which aims to promote Greek arts and letters as well as maritime tradition and history. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cyprus also contributed funding for the chair.