[MGSA-L] University of Amsterdam ~ CENSUS of Modern Greek Literature: New collaboration 2020 and forward

Dia Philippides philippd at bc.edu
Tue Sep 8 06:00:12 PDT 2020

With the support of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, the Marilena
Laskaridis Endowed Chair of Modern Greek Studies at the University of
Amsterdam has begun a new collaboration with the 'CENSUS of Modern Greek
Literature' project, which is led by Prof. Dia Philippides (Prof. Emerita,
Classical Studies, Boston College) and Prof. Wim Bakker (Prof. Emeritus,
Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology, University of Amsterdam). At the
University of Amsterdam, the collaboration is facilitated by Prof. Maria
Boletsi, incumbent of the Marilena Laskaridis Chair, and Dr. Tatiana
Markaki, Chair of the Dept. of Modern Greek Language and Culture.

The CENSUS is a forthcoming bibliography of modern Greek literature for
speakers of English. The MGSA community and libraries with Hellenic Studies
collections world-wide should be familiar with the original CENSUS
monograph of 1990, among the Association’s publications (
https://www.mgsa.org/Initiatives/Publications.html). The CENSUS’ collection
includes (all discoverable) references both to English-language
translations of modern Greek literary works and to studies published in
English on authors, works, and topics in modern Greek literature. Though
the publication dates of the references that are recorded in the CENSUS
extend over the 200+ years from 1813 to today, the actual range of the
covered subject matter extends from *Digenis Akritas* to today, that is a
span of more than nine centuries. The project aims at publication both in
print form (ca. 1,250 pages, i.e. five times the size of the 1990
monograph) and as an online (Open Access) database. Its distinguishing
characteristics include: the broad range of its coverage, the unique depth
of detail in its descriptions, and the links it provides to other standard
reference sources and directly to online resources for immediate reading.

In this collaborative initiative select faculty members and students
connected with the Marilena Laskaridis Chair in Amsterdam are participating
in the CENSUS project through seminars initiated in Amsterdam and
continuing (through transatlantic connections) online. The model for these
seminars had been previously established and tested with university
students in the USA, in a workshop series held at Boston College in 2018.
The phase of the collaboration that is supported by the Foundation’s grant
was initially set to run from February throughout the spring of 2020, and
has now been extended through the end of 2020. The current grant is also
supporting research development at the CENSUS’ home base in Boston (USA).

The CENSUS project is aiming at a first presentation of its results,
initially focussing on the section “Authors 19th-21st century”, as part of
the celebration of Greece’s Bicentennial year (2021) – with support from
the Laskaridis Foundation and as one of the 130 international research
projects under the aegis of the collective program "Πρωτοβουλία 1821-2021"
('Initiative 1821-2021') (newspaper TO VIMA – 1 February 2020
See also on the www.protovoulia21.gr
<http://www.protovoulia21.gr/draseis/census>/ website.

More information can be found on the following websites: Laskaridis
Dutch Society for Modern Greek Studies
and CENSUS of Modern Greek Literature

   - W.F. Bakker, Prof. Emeritus, Modern Greek Studies and Byzantinology,
University of Amsterdam
   - Dia Philippides, Prof. Emerita, Dept. of Classical Studies, Boston
   - Maria Boletsi, Prof. Dr., Marilena Laskaridis Endowed Chair of Modern
Greek Studies, University of Amsterdam
   - Tatiana Markaki, Dr., Chair of the Dept. of Modern Greek Language and
Culture, University of Amsterdam
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