About Us

The Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH) was established in Athens, Greece in January, 2015 and its legal status is a Non-Profit Organization.

The main purpose of the Research Centre for the Humanities is the funding of research in the humanities through a process of annual public calls for the submission of research proposals. The proposals are refereed by established scholars from Greece and abroad. Among the goals of the Research Centre for the Humanities are the articulation of an agenda for the multifarious significance of the humanities, the public discussion and further dissemination of research results, the creation of a space for the development of new trends that are being discussed within the international community of the relevant fields.

The Centre aims at bilateral agreements with similar Centres around the world for the exchange of scholars, common research projects and other activities, where the funding of the agreed activities is shared between the two bodies involved in the agreement.

The structure of the Research Centre for the Humanities

Governing Board, which has the legal responsibility of the Centre.

Academic Advisory Board. Its members, along with the members of the Governing Board and the Executive Administrative Board, will meet once a year and discuss possible research directions, suggest co-operation with other Centres, approve reports and the budget etc.

Executive Administrative Board, which will have the responsibility of the day to day operations, ensure that the organization of the activities related to the funded projects have the necessary quality, etc.

RCH Director – Senior Researcher: Dr. Despoina Valatsou

Dr. Despoina Valatsou was born in 1975 in Athens, Greece. She has studied History and Archaeology with a specialization in History (first degree, 1998) at the University of Athens, and Digital Media (Master of Arts, 2000) at the University of Sussex (UK). She holds a PhD in History (2014) from the University of Athens. Her PhD thesis is entitled “The emergence of new sites of memory on the Internet”. Her academic interests involve Digital Humanities, Digital History, Crowdsourcing and Public History, Memory Studies. She has participated as a historian-researcher in many research projects of the Historical Archives of the University of Athens. Despoina is an Adjunct Lecturer of Digital Humanities at the Department of Theory and History of Art of the Athens School of Fine Arts, where she is also conducts postdoctoral research on “Digital Public History and Historical Culture: Designing an Original and Innovative Crowdsourcing Project for 1821”. She speaks English and French.

RCH Secretary – Junior Researcher: Athena Bozika

Athena Bozika was born in 1993 in Athens, Greece. She studied Art Theory and History at the Athens School of Fine Arts and Political Science and Sociology at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is a PhD Candidate in the History of the Book at the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She speaks English, Italian and French.