NORMED Scientific Committee

(in alphabetical order)

Academic project leader: Ada Dialla | Professor of Modern and Contemporary European History, Department of Art Theory & History, Athens School of Fine Arts | President of the Executive Administrative Board, Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH)

Dr. Ada Dialla is a European and Russian History Professor at the Department of Theory and History of Art, School of Fine Arts (Athens). She has studied History at the School of History, State University of Moscow (Lοmonosov) (B.A. and M.Sc.), the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens, and the Department of Political Science of the University of Athens. She was a visiting researcher at the Russian Academy of Science (St Petersburg), at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) at the Jordan Center for Advanced Studies in Russia of New York University, and at Princeton University. She is a founding member and chair of the Athens-based Governing Board of the Research Center for the Humanities. Her main research interests are 19th and 20th century Russian and European history. Her recent publications include Humanitarian Intervention in the Long Nineteenth Century. Setting the Precedent (with Alexis Heraclides, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015); “Mediterranean Diasporas: Politics and Ideas in the Long 19th Century”,  Roundtable: Jussi Kurunmäki, Bernard Heyberger, Ada Dialla, Konstantina Zanou, Maurizio Isabella, Global Intellectual Ηistory,2018; “Thinking Europe on Europe’s margins: Alexander Sturdza, Konstantinos Oikonomos and Russian-Greek orthodoxy in the early nineteenth century”, The Historical Review/La Revue Historique, 16, (2020): 141-166; “The Congress of Vienna, the Russian Empire, and the Greek Revolution: Rethinking Legitimacy,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies, May 2021; 1821: What Made it Greek? What Made it Revolutionary?Special Issue, Historein. A Review of the Past and Other Stories, 20, no 1 (2021), with Yanni Kotsonis; The Russian Empire and the Greek Speaking World. Local, European, and Global Stories in the Age of Revolutions (Athens: Alexandreia, 2023, in Greek).

Dr George Kalpadakis | Senior Researcher, Modern Greek History Research Centre (KEINE), Academy of Athens

Dr. George Kalpadakis is a Senior Researcher in Foreign Policy at the Modern Greek History Research Center of the Academy of Athens (KEINE), specializing in Southeast Europe and institution-building. In 2023-24 he will be a Lewis-Gibson Fellow at the Centre for Greek Studies (CGS) at the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Development Studies (CDS) in 2015-17. In 2021-22 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University on a scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation, working on small state strategies in the European Union. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the departments of Law and Political Science of Democritus University of Thrace and University of Crete.  His monographs include The Macedonian Dispute, 1962-1995 (Kastaniotis 2012, 2017, 2023; Academy of Athens Award 2013) and The Cyprus conflict, 1954-1974 (Papazisis 2021, 2022), while his forthcoming study concerns the vision of establishing a confederation of Balkan states in the post-Ottoman era in 1828-1829 (in publ. SOV 2023). In 2022 he published with professor V. Sabatakakis (Lund U.) A Swedish Philhellenic Pamphlet from 1821 as vol. 1 of Grifos, the journal of the Finnish Institute at Athens. He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Scandinavian Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. He holds degrees from University College London (BSc Honours HPSS), the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc International Relations) and the University of Athens (PhD, Dept. of Political Science and Public Administration).

Kallirroe Linardou | Assistant Professor in Byzantine and Medieval Art, Department of Art Theory & History, Athens School of Fine Arts | Member of the Executive Administrative Board, Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH)

Kallirroe Linardou is an Assistant Professor – History of Byzantine & Medieval Art. She is teaching as a faculty member in the Department of Theory & History of Art, Athens School of Fine Arts, since 2010. She is a graduate of the Department of History & Archeology, University of Ioannina (1993). Her postgraduate and doctoral studies were undertaken in Great Britain: MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies, King’s College, London (2000), and Ph.D. in Byzantine Art, Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, Centre of Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham (2004). During her postgraduate studies and beyond she has received the following scholarships and fellowships: Foundation of State Scholarships (IKY); A.G. Leventis Foundation; Arts and Humanities Research Board (A.H.R.B.), British Academy; Stanley J. Seeger Center of Hellenic Studies, University of Princeton. Earlier in her career she worked under contract as a field archeologist for the Greek Ministry of Culture. Her specialty is medieval illustrated manuscripts and she has published variously on this topic.

Dr Michalis Sotiropoulos | The 1821 Fellow in Modern Greek Studies, British School at Athens (BSA)

Michalis Sotiropoulos is a historian of modern Europe with an emphasis on the intellectual history of the Mediterranean and the processes (revolts, revolutions, state formation, etc.) that transformed the political culture and ultimately the political geography of the region during the long 19th century. Michalis studied Political Science at the University of Athens and History at the University of York, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and the University of London where he completed his PhD. He has taught or worked as a researcher at the Universities of London, Oxford, Athens, Thrace, as well as Princeton University. Since 2021 he is a postdoctoral researcher at the British School of Athens and Principal Investigator of the research project ‘Unpublished Archives of British Philhellenism during the Greek Revolution, 1821-1832’. His studies have been published in various languages, in foreign and Greek academic journals and edited volumes; his monograph Liberalism after the Revolution: The Intellectual Foundations of the Greek State, ca. 1830-1880 was recently published by Cambridge University Press.




Dr Despoina Valatsou | Lecturer in Digital Humanities, Department of Theory & History of Art, Athens School of Fine Arts | Director – Senior Researcher, Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH)

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.



Athena Bozika | PhD Candidate in the History of the Book, University of Athens | Secretary – Junior Researcher, Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH)

Athena Bozika was born in 1993 in Athens. She studied Art Theory and History at the Athens School of Fine Arts, and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Sociology by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Athens. Since 2023 she is working on a PhD thesis on the history of the digital book at School of Philosophy of the University of Athens. She works at the Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH) as a Junior Researcher, as RCH Secretary and as editorial coordinator of RCH’s publishing project, the RCH Digital Library. She has participated in various artistic and research projects. Her research interests include the history of the book as an object, the history of digital technology and digital design, with an emphasis on the relationship between the body and digitality, as well as the relationship between materiality and digital space.