06 JUNE 2014 / The Center for Modern Greece opens today at the Freie University in Berlin

The interdisciplinary Center for Modern Greece, which was created through a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, is being inaugurated today at Freie Universität in Berlin. The inauguration will coincide with a speech by the President of the European Court, Professor Vassilios Skouris.

The Center for Modern Greece will become part of Freie Universität and will collaborate with the University’s existing chair of Modern Greek Studies. The Center’s operation will place the Modern Greek language, as well as the culture, literature and history of contemporary Greece, at the epicenter of German and European scientific interest, contributing to the broader dissemination and establishment of Modern Greek studies across Europe.

Freie Universität is an internationally acclaimed higher education institution, whose research department has been awarded important distinctions, both by German and international scientific organizations. Following the model of the Italian Center and the French Center already in operation at Freie Universität of Berlin, the Center for Modern Greece will serve as an interdisciplinary hub, where students, scientists and scholars from all over the world will have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the wealth of contemporary Greek culture. The Center’s operation will be complementary to the University’s existing chair of Modern Greek Studies, enhancing its academic activities and promoting contemporary Greek thought and culture, as well as the productive exchange of ideas, in a more systematic way, through events, conferences and lectures of scientific interest.

In addition, the Center is expected to help support the cultivation of scientific relations between Greece and Germany, as well as the research, recording and evaluation of Greek-German cultural relations. The Center’s operation is connected to the establishment of a new digital library and an innovative publishing program that will include literary works, essays and scientific bibliographies focused on Greece and its history.

Christina Lambropoulou, Chief Financial Officer of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, stated: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Freie Universität, contributing to the creation and support of a Center that will further the dissemination of the contemporary Greek spirit across Germany, and Europe at large. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation views the Center for Modern Greece as a unique educational and interdisciplinary hub, which will introduce an even broader audience to the beauty of Greek language, literature and thought.

The Director of the Center for Modern Greece, Professor Milton Pechlivanos, stated: “At a critical time for Greek-German relations, during which the tone has often been set by stereotypes, the creation of the Center for Modern Greece, thanks to the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, is a unique opportunity for scientific research to contribute to the sober investigation and processing of our common, bilateral past.”

For more information on the Center for Modern Greece and its operation, please visit the website.