• 25 March 1821 is celebrated annually in Greece as Greek independence day; a day marking the birth of what some have seen as the first nation-state in Europe after post-revolutionary France. A series of localised revolts against Ottoman rule gave rise to a broad revolutionary wave that swept parts of the country. By the end of the 1820s, interventions by different European powers and the rise of philhellenic sentiment secured the state's autonomous existence from the Ottomans. This came at the price of greater dependence upon the so-called Great Powers: Britain, France, and Russia.

    As Greece prepares to celebrate the bicentennial of the events of 1821, we want to examine the dimensions of Greek dependence and independence from different angles. Was the war of independence a standalone event or part of a transnational process of revolutionary activity? How did the heterogeneous populations (Jews, Muslims) within what became the Greek nation-state experience the revolution and its aftermath? What kinds of sovereignty did Greece gain and how did its place in the world change over time? Finally, how is the revolution remembered in Greece today?

    Mark Mazower, Ira D Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University and founding director of the new Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination

    Katherine E. Fleming, Provost of New York University, Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at NYU

    Effi Gazi, Professor of History at the University of the Peloponnese and a member of the editorial board of the journal Historein

    Music by Κυριάκος Τζωρτζινάκης, "4 Δημοτικές Εικόνες - 3ο μέρος: Του
    Βουνού" ("Four Folk Images - part 3: Of the Mountain") (1975),
    recording by Andreas Vlachos (2021)

  • Nagorno-Karabakh in history

    Against the backdrop of a new war in Nagorno-Karabakh, in this episode we explore the region’s history through the lenses of political conflict as well as cultural interactions. Since 1994, Nagorno-Karabakh brokered an existence as an autonomous region, and the fortunes of its population were supposedly entrusted to international intermediaries, the so-called Minsk group. While the UN Security Council had ruled to restore the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, de facto throughout this period Nagorno-Karabakh was controlled by Armenia. In the autumn of 2020, Azerbaijan carried out a military operation, which resulted in the transfer of a large part of Nagorno-Karabakh, previously controlled by Armenia, to Azerbaijan. Now Armenian refugees have fled from here to Armenia or to Russia, while the Azerbaijani population expelled from Karabakh in the early 1990s is preparing to return. Among the ruins of towns and villages are both Armenian and Azerbaijani cultural monuments, some of which document a kind of coexistence that now seems unimaginable. Our guests speak about the region in relation to the Russian Civil War, Soviet culture of the 1960s, the role of the diasporas, and the impact of Soviet collapse on the Caucasus as a whole. The episode features music by composers and performers from the region.

    Zaur Gasimov, Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Bonn

    Ronald G. Suny, William H. Sewell Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan.

    Grikor Suni, Ov Dook Sarer (1997 recording, with Armena Marderosian, piano, and Henrik Mihranian, tenor, words by 19th c poet Ghazaros Aghayan) suniproject.org

    Bülbül (Murtuza Mammadov), Sevgili canan (1975, Melodiya, words by 12th c poet Nizami)

    Grikor Suni, Yete mi Oor (1997 recording, words by 19th c poet Hovhannes Toumanian)

    Rashid Beibutov, Armenian folk song (Bulbul- Nightingale) (1971, Melodiya)

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  • Hosts Georgios Giannakopoulos and Dina Gusejnova in discussion with

    Jeanne Morefield, Senior Lecturer in political theory at the University of Birmingham, Co-President of the Association for Political Theory and fellow at the Quincy institute for responsible statecraft

    Sam Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University.

    Charles Smith, Distinguished Professor of Playwriting, Ohio University Presidential Research Scholar in the Arts and Humanities, and head of the Professional Playwriting Program at Ohio University

    The American election has created a closely watched spectacle across the world. The interests of those watching are as widely divergent as those of the American electorate itself. For the past four years, the words and gestures coming from America’s now departing president have made for a horrible show of dehumanisation, farce, and contempt. And yet the election is also a passing moment in a much more protracted crisis revolving around the state of American democracy as well as its status worldwide.

    Music by Buster Ezell, 'Bottle up and go' (1941), from the Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/item/ftvbib000036/

    Extracts from the play by Charles Smith, Knock me a Kiss, productions at Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth, TX (2013).

  • Georgios Giannakopoulos and Dina Gusejnova in conversation with Alexander Etkind, Professor of History at the European University Institute at Florence, and Maria Mälksoo, Senior Lecturer in International Security at the Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent.
    Taking the protests in Belarus which began in August 2020 as a cue, this episode reexamines some of the pivotal scholarship in Eastern European history and international relations through conversations about ways in which the past comes alive in present crises. The episode aims to contextualise the past of Belarus and the region of Kresy in the light of an open future, centring around issues of the cultural and economic histories of borderlands, memory and security, forgotten and obliterated groups. We also discuss how interdisciplinary groups using new media could foster new insights into the history and memory of this region.

  • Hosts: Dina Gusejnova, Georgios Giannakopoulos

    Guests: Cemil Aydin, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Marc David Baer, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics

    Yavuz Akyazıcı, Renkli Rüyalar Oteli, from his Album Turkish Standards, vol. 2
    Hacı Arif Bey (1831-1885), ‘Güzel Gün Görmedi Avare Gönlüm’, performed by Ahmet Özhan,
    at Community Audio https://archive.org/details/huzzam/Guzel+gun+gormedi+avare+gonlum.mp3
    Erdogan waves goodbye to Kemalism--the end of the post-9/11 moment in Turkey’s relations with Europe and the West -the revived legacies of the Ottoman past – Mehmet II’s place in Kemalist and conservative Turkish imaginaries -- Mehmet II in the eyes of Nizami Hikmet – Mehmet II´s love poems to Greek youth-- the ambiguous legacies of Ottoman tolerance - the legacies of the Ottoman empire in the modern world – the theme of contested endowment – modern Turkey´s claim on the post-Ottoman world – the reactions from Greek and Russian Orthodox Church representatives – the turn to the right in the regions associated with the ‘antemurale Christianitatis’ – the divisions between the Russian state and the Orthodox Church in assessing the incident

  • Hosts: Dina Gusejnova, Georgios Giannakopoulos
    In this series, we will be inviting guests to explore topical questions in historical perspective, and to share their thoughts drawing on experiences and research from around the world.

  • Hosts: Dina Gusejnova, Georgios Giannakopoulos
    In this series, we will be inviting guests to explore topical questions in historical perspective, and to share their thoughts drawing on experiences and research from around the world.

    The Monument Crisis. Episode 1: Democracy and Violence

    Episode 1: Carlo Invernizzi Accetti, Associate Professor of Political Theory at CUNY, New York
    Nausikaa El-Mecky, Professor of Art History at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

    Episode 2:
    Michal Murawski, Lecturer in Critical Area Studies, UCL SSEES, London
    Alma Simba, UG student in International History at LSE, London, and Editor of Lacuna Lit literary magazine